LED Media Coverage and Speaking Engagements

See the LED Media Coverage and Speaking Engagements for one of the top USA made LED Light Manufacturers  that also offers Turnkey LED Lighting Solutions.

This page of the MEDIA Section focuses on the Multi-Media and Presentation offerings by the Company to assist the overall market and its Authorized Resellers in representing the LED Opportunity to prospective buyers. The Latest Press page includes multiple sample articles.

Please feel free to request a speaking engagement by the Company’s founder, Charlie Szoradi.

Charlie Szoradi is the Founder and Chairman of Independence LED, one of the leading high performance lighting companies in the US. Mr. Szoradi has over 20 years of experience in the Green Energy sector, He is not only an Architect, LEED Accredited Professional and Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Energy Auditor, but Mr. Szoradi is also a Board Member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) and on the Capital Hill Delegation for the Green Economy Task Force.

The Green Energy and LED Presentations that he provides typically run 45 Minutes with high impact PowerPoint graphics and data charts along with demonstrations of the actual energy saving equipment, strategies and tactics. A 15 minute Q&A session typically follows each Presentation. The breakdown below reflects sample copy that some organizations have used in advance to introduce the Speaker and Presentation. Mr. Szoradi and his research team also often customize presentations upon request. As examples, the leading Association of Cable and Telecom engineers (SCTE) requested details on energy saving options for their 24/7 Call Centers differently than a Chamber of Commerce which requested broader based information on savings potential for a diverse range of business categories.

The most popular Multi-Media Presentation to date has been: “The ROI Business Case for LED Lighting” The Performance, Return on Investment, and Incentives across key business sectors such as Commercial Office, Industrial, Hospitality, Education, Multi-Family, Retail, and Parking.

The Presentation focuses on actionable intelligence for property owners and operators to illustrate the most appropriate and cost effective paths for energy reduction, specifically for different property types and areas within the buildings. Given that lighting, on average, accounts for 30% of a property’s electricity cost, the opportunities for savings is dramatic. The Presentation breaks down the side by side Return on Investment (ROI) on lighting options ranging from CFL, T12, T8, T5, and Induction relative to LED lighting for Socket and Tube retrofits. LEDs have the ability to reduce the lighting costs by 50% or more with paybacks ranging from 2 to 3 years, and the presentation covers key payback factors such as run time, cost per kWh, and level of efficiency on existing lights to guide property managers into when and where LEDs make financial sense over other options. The presentation also covers financing options and incentives ranging from Federal Tax Deductions to Utility Company Rebates. Plus, learn about what to look out for in Quality Control and Testing and see State-of the-Art LEDs that have breakthrough lumen/watt efficiency and run time longevity through advanced thermal management systems. We are at an exciting new crossroads in the American Energy Revolution, and you will have a chance to ask questions relative to your property in the Q&A segment at the end of the presentation.

Here is another Sample of LED Media Coverage in a “Green” News Article on Speaking Engagement

Multi-Media Presentations & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS over the past few years:

Our CEO, Charlie Szoradi, was invited by the Council of State Governments (CSG) to speak at the Easter Regional Conference on July 29. 2019. Presentation slide show: https://independenceled.com/pdfs/Council-of-State-Governments-Eastern-Regional-Conference-2019.07.29-Energy-and-Environment-Presentation-by-Charlie-Szoradi-FINAL.pdf

The presentation was specifically for CSG’s Energy and Environment Committee, and here is the link to the 12 minute video of the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqSuqHQbfBM&feature=youtu.be


Independence LED Lighting’s CEO, Charlie Szoradi, was invited by the Council of State Governments (CSG) to speak at their Conference for the Easter Region on July 29, 2019.

The presentation contents focus: Cost-Effective Energy Intelligence for operating cost reduction and job creation through clean technology ranging from specialty Corrections Facility LED Lighting to commercial Air Conditioning Optimization.

The Council of State Governments (CSG), a multibranch organization of the states, U.S. territories and commonwealths prepares states for tomorrow, today, by working with state leaders across the nation and through its regions to put the
best ideas and solutions into practice.
To this end, CSG:
• Interprets changing national and international conditions to prepare states for the future;
• Advocates multistate problem-solving and partnerships;
• Builds leadership skills to improve decision-making; and
• Promotes the sovereignty of the states and their role in the American federal system.

Presentation slide show: https://independenceled.com/pdfs/Council-of-State-Governments-Eastern-Regional-Conference-2019.07.29-Energy-and-Environment-Presentation-by-Charlie-Szoradi-FINAL.pdf

The presentation was specifically for CSG’s Energy and Environment Committee, and here is the link to the 12 minute video of the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqSuqHQbfBM&feature=youtu.be



Here are a few of the presentation highlights from 2018. (Contact Charlie Szoradi for more details or to book a presentation: Charlie@IndependenceLED.com. To see prior speaking engagements, please click on any of the prior years.

Energy Efficiency Conference – 8th Annual Event, Harrisburg, PA – Advancing Together: Efficiency + Consumers + Technology

Barrett Asset Management – Triple Bottom Line Sustainability – Perspective on Clean-Tech Investing (New York and Connecticut presentations)

Mission Story – Triple Bottom Line – Presentation for the Mission Story event held in Philadelphia, focusing on Non-Profit and Triple Bottom Line companies. Independence LED’s CEO, Charlie Szoradi, shared with the audience the inspiration for starting the First Light Project (www.FirstLightProject.org) in 2012. The 501(c)(3) is one of the philanthropies that Independence LED supports to provide aid to the developing world as well as under served communities in the United States.

New Jersey School Building and Grounds Association (www.njsbga.org) – Presentation on “A Business Case for LED Lighting”. Mr. Szoradi presented at a similar event in 2017, and the information was so well received that he was invited to present at the annual conference. This most recent presentation is a reflection of Independence LED’s ongoing commitment to energy intelligence.

Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA)

Event Press Release:

Legislators tour local Montgomery County manufacturing company

Independence LED Lighting an example of state’s expanding energy efficiency job sector

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (April 5, 2018) – This morning, local legislators toured Independence LED Lighting’s manufacturing center in Norristown to learn how energy efficiency companies are creating jobs, saving consumers money and driving economic growth in Montgomery County and throughout the region. Headquartered in Berwyn, and with offices in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Independence LED Lighting is one of the first authentic US manufacturers of commercial LED light fixtures, with installations ranging from US military buildings to Fortune 100 companies.

The company partnered with the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) to discuss how energy efficiency has become a significant and growing job creator in Pennsylvania.  A 2017 report from KEEA and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) found that nearly 70,000 Pennsylvanians work in clean energy, with more than 80 percent working in energy efficiency jobs.  The report also ranks Montgomery County in the top third of the state for clean energy jobs.

“We moved our LED lighting manufacturing from China to Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2010, because of the proximity to customers on the Northeast corridor and the quality of the regional workforce,” said Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED Lighting. “We credit Pennsylvania workers with our win of the Best Lighting Retrofit Award by the U.S. Green Building Council.”

Before touring the expansive production floor, legislators and guests heard about Independence LED Lighting’s commitment to local, sustainable and high-quality manufacturing. They also learned how state policies such as Act 129, the Commonwealth’s cornerstone energy efficiency policy, support the growing energy efficiency industry in their districts.

Independence LED Lighting and KEEA leadership also discussed how strong energy efficiency policies keep energy prices low for consumers. Passed in 2008, Act 129 provided Pennsylvania homeowners and business owners with $6.4 billion in benefits in its first seven years alone.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Matt Elliott, Executive Director of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), a 50-member Pennsylvania trade association. “Act 129 is an example of smart policy that is helping an innovative Pennsylvania employer, like Independence LED, expand its customer footprint.  With Charlie’s products and Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency programs, residents and businesses are cutting their energy usage and lowering their utility bills.”

Legislators in attendance included State Representatives, Tim Briggs, and Madeleine Dean, as well as representatives from Representative Matt Bradford’s and State Senator Thomas McGarrigle’s offices.

The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) corporation dedicated to promoting the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Pennsylvania. In 2006, KEEA was founded in response to the pending expiration of utility rate caps in Pennsylvania and the state’s lack of energy efficiency policies. With over 50 business members as well as nonprofit and government partners, KEEA advocates on behalf of clean energy on the local, state, and federal levels. By representing the interests of the clean energy industry in Pennsylvania, KEEA is growing the market for energy efficiency and helping the Keystone State secure a prosperous, sustainable tomorrow. www.keealliance.org


Here are a few of the presentation highlights from 2017. (Contact Charlie Szoradi for more details or to book a presentation: Charlie@IndependenceLED.com. To see prior speaking engagements, please click on any of the prior years.

Mays Landing, NJ – New Jersey School Buildings & Grounds Association – A Business Case for LED Lighting

Capital Hill, Washington, DC – Office of US Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) – Focus on the $1.1 billion in annual energy savings with lighting retrofits via the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. (Mr. Szoradi spoke on behalf of the LED market in his role as the Leadership Council Chairman of the American LED Alliance (https://americanledalliance.com/).

Dahlgren, VA – U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center – American Energy Security relative to the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Washington, DC – U.S. State Department, Truman Building – Energy Savings with Buy American Act (BAA) Compliant LED Lighting and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enhanced technology for domestic and overseas security enhancement.

State College, PA – Penn State University – Future Food production through localized indoor vertical farming with LED lighting, optimized by customizing wavelengths via Photosynthetic Photo Flux Density (PPFD) metering

Boston, MA – Boston University – Next Generation LED Lighting and Direct Current (DC) Microgrid integration to maximize energy savings.

Philadelphia, PA – First of multiple book signings and presentations for Learn from Looking (preview and order: http://learnfromlooking.com/about/).


BuildingsNY Expo – Javits Center, NYC

Conference Speaker – Presentation “A Business Case for LED Lighting”

Energy and Cost Savings Seminar

ARC: Association of Riverdale Cooperatives & Condominiums

Sustainable Energy Fund

Energy Service Provider (ESP) Network Conference – 2016 Presentation on A Business Case for LED Lighting

Eastern University

Environmental Science Club – 2016 Presentation on Public and Private Sector Lighting Solutions


BuildingsNY – Javits Center Event, New York City (Presentation available upon request)

Student Outreach – St. Albans School – Washington, DC

City of Philadelphia Energy Benchmarking Legislation – February 25th Philadelphia City Hall
Presentation to City Council at the request of the Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network (SBN) in support of Amending Section 9-3402 of the Philadelphia Energy Benchmarking Code – Chairperson Blondell Reynolds Brown Councilwoman At-Large.  The amendment included adding all commercial portions of any mixed-use building where a total of at least 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space is devoted to any commercial use. Mr. Szoradi provided written and verbal testimony that focused on benchmarking measurement as the foundation for perspective on constructive energy management.  He provided multiple case studies across different property types ranging from parking to multi-family properties that have benefited from measurement and subsequent energy saving lighting.

NYC Carbon Challenge – January 30th Wells Hall – Rockefeller University
Conference: NYC Universities and Hospitals
Presentation: A Business Case for LED Lighting
Mr. Szoradi was booked to speak a the request of the NYC Office of the Mayor, that has taken a leadership role in energy conservation and sustainability via initiatives ranging from events like this one to handbooks for best practices.

Participating Institutions included:

NYC Office of the Mayor
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Greater NY Hospital Association
NYC City Wide Administrative Services
Rockefeller University
Barnard College
Berkeley College
Cooper Union
The City University of New York
Fashion Institute of Technology
New School
Pace University
NYU Polytech
School of Visual Arts
St. John’s University
Weill Cornell Medical College
NYU Langone Medical Center
Mt. Sinai Beth Isreal
Mt. Sinai Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Lutheran Health Care
Maimonides Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Montefiore – Inspired Medicine
NY Presbyterian
North Shore LIJ – Health
NYU Langone Medical Center


Chester County Economic Development Council – CCEDC is a full-service, regional economic development entity that has provided “smart growth” business services to companies in Chester County and the proximate region for over 50 years. It is a private, non-profit, non-governmental corporation comprised of several affiliates and employing over 40 economic development specialists.

SMART PROC 14 – Strengthening The Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow. The SMART Congressional initiative is the integration of regional Science & Technology activities for issues, events & projects among the SMART Congressional Delegation (8 Senators and 39 Representatives of DE, MD, NJ & PA), the Federal Executive Branch DC HQs, our International Allies, the four State governments (Executive & Legislative branches) and the regional technical, economic development and education/workforce development communities. Since 1999, SMART has conducted 282 significant events, addressed numerous case studies and facilitated $624M in direct SMART projects and $1.2B in indirect projects.

PMJ  – PJM is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia.

MIT Enterprise Forum – Starting in 1978, a group of entrepreneurs from MIT began to meet informally to compare and critique each other’s business plans. These meetings proved invaluable for gaining objective feedback and for networking. As the gatherings grew, the group named themselves the MIT Enterprise Forum. Soon word spread about the group’s value, and entrepreneurs in Washington. D.C., Chicago, Houston, Seattle and other cities asked to form their own chapters of the organization. Today there are chapters in more than 28 cities around the globe, involving over 2,000 participants, sharing knowledge, ideas, and bringing new technologies to market.


Cornerstones of Sustainability for Penn State University MBA Program
Home Talk Radio
Executive Leader Radio
MIT Enterprise Forum – Keynote Speaker
Harvard Business School President’s Breakfast – Keynote Speaker
Switzer Group – Interior Architecture
Woodlynde School: K-12 Grade Assembly on Sustainability
U.K. Lightsense LED Boot Camp


ROTARY Club: Wayne, PA. Presentation on “Red, White, and Green” – Made in America technology and the Competitive Advantages of the U.S. LED Manufacturer for Job Creation and Energy Savings

LED Boot Camp: Ongoing Monthly Series with Factory Tours

The Association of Energy Engineers – New Energy Technology Conference featuring six top companies and their CEOs. Harras Casino – May 24th

Made in America: State of the Region. Panelist with David Muir, Weekend Anchor for ABC World News and correspondent for the broadcast’s Special “Made in America” Reports. Hilton Philadelphia City Ave, Grand Ballroom – May 23rd

April is “Earth” Month and some of the speaking requests come from the education sector such as these first two during Earth Week:

First Sustainability EXPO at Lower Merion High School with State Senator Daylin Leach (D-17) – April 26th

Student Tour of the Boyertown Factory and review of Bright Ideas with the Sustainability Workshop on – April 24th

Cleantech Alliance Forum and Exhibition. Academy of Natural Sciences – April 12th

State of the Lighting Market. Energy Analyst Team for Major Asset Management Firm with over 5,000 Financial Advisors and approx 300 Billion assets under management (Confidential) – April 9th

March 13: Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia’s (EFGP) annual Cleantech Conference at St. Joseph’s University, Mandeville Hall

February 27-28: Southern LED Solutions – Two Day LED Boot Camp Training in Meridian, Mississippi

February 21: Main Line Chamber of Commerce Go Green Committee – Green Business Makeover Project Presentation at Villanova University, Driscoll Hall


IMPACT Venture Conference – Mid-Atlantic Top 20 Cleantech company selection presentation on the Company and its LED Technology – 10.29.11
SCTE – Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers – Multiple Energy Reduction Presentations: SCTE EXPO Atlanta, GA 10.15.11 to 10.17.11
Radnor Conservancy – Energy Conservation Presentation following the screening of the film Low Impact Man – 10.9.11
University of Pennsylvania – Guest Lecturer – Wharton MBA, Masters of Urban Planning and Architecture Graduate Student Class – 10.27.11
The EAGLE LED TUBE Boot Camp – The Challenge, Solutions, and Results with 10 Point Differentiators in Technology for Linear LED Tubes.
PHARMA ENERGY CONFERENCE – Top 20 Pharmaceutical Companies: Designated Speaker on ‘The LED Lighting Landscape – Energy Savings and Green House Gas Reduction Opportunities for US and Overseas Pharma Facilities’
Green Economy Career Day – Conestoga High School, Devon, PA
Smart Energy Initiative of Southeastern PA – ‘The Business Case for LED Lighting’
SmartEnergyPa.org Presentation at the Chester County Economic Development Council
PA State Representative Warren Kampf – Ribbon Cutting at the new office and presentation of LED retrofits
Annual Clean Tech Forum (2nd Annual) – Feb 16th
LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Feb 9th

May to December 2010

LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Norwich CT
LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Meridian MS
LED Saving Solutions ‘Launchpad’ Presentation, Devon, PA
High Performance Lighting for Country Clubs, Vero Beach, FL
The Path to Home and Office Sustainability: YMCA – Main Line Philadelphia, PA
Fairfax County School District – Largest in VA and the 12th largest in the country
LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Camden, NJ
Eco-Student – with Parents Presentation, Bryn Mawr, PA
UPENN Wharton and Architecture School Presentation, Philadelphia, PA
City of New Haven Presentation on Energy Savings, New Haven, CT
Sustainable Business Network Center for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
St. Aloysius School Presentation to K-8th grade student body, Bryn Mawr, PA
Real Estate Investors Presentation – Association of South Eastern PA
Presbyterian Church – Green Week

Earth Month (April 2010)

MyPhl17 TV – Four Part weekly ‘Earth Month’ News Segments – (Across the month)
Green Chic Expo – Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA April 28th
LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Devon, PA April 26th
Episcopal Academy – Eco Kids Curriculum, April 26th
Environmental Fest – Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, April 24th
Sustainable Business Network – Annual SustainaBALL Sponsorship, April 23rd
Great Valley Middle School – Eco Kids Curriculum, April 23rd
Go Green Expo – Greater Philadelphia Expo Center – Introduction and Sponsorship of Keynote speaker Leilani Munter, April 17th

January to March 2010

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Real Estate Investment Department Class, Commercial Lighting and Residential Efficiency, March 25th
Eastern University – Commercial Lighting and Green Home Showcase, March 13th
Home Health & Home Wealth Seminar hosted by State Representative Brendan Boyle – 170th Legislative District – Keynote Speaker, Feb 28th
Social Venture Institute 2010 Business Conference, Hub Cira Center, February 27th
GREEN MATTERS Conference, Feb 24th
Eco Academy Training, Feb 18th
Go Green Committee Presentation, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, Feb 10th
LED Saving Solutions Boot Camp, Jan 20th

May to December 2009

U.S. & China Delegation – Sustainability Conference, December 2009 (12/15/09 During Copenhagen Climate Conference Week) Main Line Chamber of Commerce – Chamber University Classes, November 2009
Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce – GreenNow Conference – October 2009
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Real Estate Investment Program, October 2009
Williams Sonoma Home, October 2009
Professional Service Association: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), September 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer – Job Fair – GREEN JOBS Presentation at Lincoln Financial Field, September 2009
Business Network Presentations: Sustainable Business Network, August 2009
Conservation Association Presentations: Brandywine Conservatory, July 2009

Earth Month (April 2009)

GoGreen Expo
Penn Futures Energy Conference
Eco Academy – Denver, CO
Empowerment Group Earth Day Small Business Symposium and Schools in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

January to March 2009

West Chester University Entrepreneurs Symposium
US Capital – Energy Efficiency Presentations – Including Senator Specter, Senator Casey, Congressman Brady and respective staffs re: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Wharton Real Estate Development Class University of Pennsylvania
Diversified Investment Group – DIG
Radnor Conservancy


Clean Tech for Obama Fund Raiser
St. Norbert’s School – Eco Kids Curriculum
Wilmington Friends School – Eco Kids Curriculum
Green Building Council