Rick has worked within the lighting industry for more than 25 years in a product development and application capacity. Most of his experience is in outdoor and industrial lighting. During this time he has participated on a number of lighting related committees in the IESNA, NEMA, and ANSI. Rick has presented at the IES Street and Area Lighting Conference, DOE Workshops on LED Streetlighting, and Lightfair. Currently Rick is the chief manager of Kauffman Consulting, LLC, a lighting consulting group based in the Atlanta area. Since 2010, Rick has been helping municipalities and utilities with LED Streetlighting pilots and upgrades. During his career he has been involved in product development and manufacturing for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed to and received more than two dozen patents. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University.