The University of Light
For over 100 years, Current’s Institute has been the model for lighting education and training. Today, our instructors are members of IES and LC-certified, and they offer public and custom training courses to support our industry, our partners and our customers.
The Institute @Hendersonville
The Institute @Cleveland
The Institute On-The-Road
Meet the Staff
Don King, LC
Trainer: Applications & E-Learning
Don has been working in the lighting industry for over 25 years and has audited and recommended solutions at over a couple of hundred commercial, retail, healthcare, and industrial facilities. He specializes in creating interactive, hands-on lighting and controls training experiences to increase sales effectiveness whether in-person or on-demand. He is lighting certified (LC) and is an approved American Institute of Architects (AIA) trainer. He is the chairman of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Hospitality committee and has written a portion of RP-9 and RP-2. Don graduated with a degree in nuclear and power engineering and earned his MBA. He has had various roles in sales and as a Six Sigma black belt prior to his current role.
Sales Effectiveness Leader
With an extensive background in proven communication and management processes designed to drive revenue and build relationships, Tony has over 25 years of experience in sales, management and organizational training. He came to Current in 2015 to help lead the effort in training our Key Account Teams. He’s focused on personnel development, revenue generation and building fundamental selling skills across our internal teams and external partners. Tony has lead internal sales initiatives while collaborating with executives and teams to execute strategic plans and hit annual targets.
Emma Lyne Bruce
Learning Operations Manager
Based in Hendersonville, Emma Lyne joined Current as the Learning Operations Manager alongside the launch of The Institute. With a background in architecture as well as experience in events and training development, she's dedicated to curating experiences with the end user in mind. While overseeing the planning and production of all Institute related live, digital, and virtual learning events, Emma Lyne's focus is on the overall strategic plan for training to support Current's business objectives and growth initiatives.
Melissa has over 8 years of experience in the hospitality industry and 3 years specifically in the dynamic world of events. She is an Event Coordinator at GE Current, a Daintree company where she specializes in planning and organizing trainings, webinars and tradeshows. Melissa graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Park & Tourism Management. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring new places. Regardless of the activity, Melissa is determined to create experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
History of The Institute
On April 18, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio, 400 employees of the National Quality Lamp Division of the General Electric Company packed equipment and other business materials for a move by horse-drawn vans and motorcade to one of the world’s most unique industrial parks ever conceived and created—Nela Park.
Many of the world’s most significant lighting inventions and innovative research and development have taken place within the historic buildings of this campus. It was these world-changing lighting products that led to the founding of Current, a startup within the walls of GE, in October 2015. In the years since, Current continues to provide commercial LED lighting, controls and energy management systems to some of the world’s biggest and most recognizable brands.
The Institute at historic Nela Park in Cleveland was founded in 1933 as the first facility in the world devoted to the teaching of lighting. Today, it remains a core pillar of Current and thrives as a hub of lighting innovation, research and training.
In 2021, the Institute at Nela Park will be joined by the Institute at Hendersonville, a new training center located at Current’s facility in Hendersonville, North Carolina.