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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.