||My background is founded on a
love for art and tinkering with mechanical devices. This has been consistent
my entire life, and I have been fortunate to have had a continuous series of
opportunities as an adult to make my living from it.
I entered the industry as a draftsman at an
electrical engineering firm, later charged to produce
all lighting designs.
As part of the lighting business, I was introduced to influential
clients in resorts communities, which included Steve Wynn. I provided the design for his
vacation home, then his property in Atlantic City, which grew to all
of the company's properties, eventually leading to my moving to Las Vegas to
work for Atlandia Design (Owned by Steve W.)
I struck out on my own and started my
own Lighting Consulting firm, with Atlandia remaining a key customer.
The Mirage was my last large project in Las Vegas.
I became interested in manufacturing as a
design opportunity while consulting, with Marco Lighting my first
manufacturing customer, in 1987.
I found the mix of design and the mechanical / technical components
interesting, and the desire to get more involved in the industry grew.
The opportunity to
commit myself completely to lighting fixture design came with Winona Lighting.
interest was to bring energy saving sources to decorative lighting - to
create decorative products that worked as good as they looked.
From Winona, I moved
to Visa Lighting,
providing similar design services as I did with Winona.
From Visa, I moved to work at Kim Lighting
as the Director of Marketing, where I learned about the outdoor lighting
market, and the workings of a large organization using die-castings and
molded components over sheet metal and formed components.
I returned to Visa for a second tour as VP
of Marketing and Design, where I assisted the company in acquiring a product
line from 3M for the residential market, and advanced the company's design
approach to include improved processes to build all-new products not
possible with punch-and-bend processes.
In 2004, I began to pursuing solid-state
lighting, leading to producing editorial articles for magazines on the
topic, as well as seeking opportunities. This led me to take
take the position of Vice President and Director of Product Management at Renaissance Lighting.
My desire to return to independent consulting
got the best of me in 2006, leading to my focusing on Lumenique exclusively,
and now Tasca, my own product line..