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Mr. Llorens

Dave Llorens

CEO, EverWatt Lights

Dave Llorens is an electrical engineer and the CEO of EverWatt Lights, a lighting-as-a-service company that helps commercial properties save money by replacing their lighting with EverWatt LED lights for no upfront cost. EverWatt eliminates the vertical marketing structure with its many levels of distributors, supply stores, and regional and local reps by manufacturing and installing the LED lights. This results in cost savings to the end user by cutting out the middleman (and the markups).

Before EverWatt, Mr. Llorens started several businesses, including One Block Off the Grid, which helps put big-ticket, environmentally friendly home improvements within reach of the average homeowner. Homeowners can save money with solar technology, even learning how much they can save with just a quick phone call using One Block Off the Grid's custom technology. The company also helps homeowners negotiate discounts, vet installers, and design and buy/lease solar systems over the phone.

Mr. Llorens founded the company in 2008, and in 2012 he transitioned to COO after One Block Off the Grid merged with Pure Energies. In 2014, the company was acquired by NRG for $120 million.

Mr. Llorens has been passionate about entrepreneurship since he opened his first lemonade stand in Shreveport, Louisiana. He's an avid poker player who in 2004 started an online gambling software business, which he grew to a $2 million run rate before it was killed by the Internet Gambling Act of 2006. He also served as co-founder and CEO of 60-Day MBA, a program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses. While 60-Day MBA ultimately failed as a business, the program provided numerous aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools they needed to succeed.

Please visit http://everwattlights.com/ for more information.

Mr. Llorens can be contacted at +1 510-730-0062 or dave@everwattlights.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.