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Pati Kelly had the honor of speaking at the Wire Association’s Operator Summit earlier this month in Dallas and was amazed to hear how many companies are struggling to hire people. Below are some takeaways from the event.

Companies need to be creative to find ways to attract the right people.  Embrace flexibility, alternative hiring sources, part time and weekend shifts.

One company is having success allowing people to work 36 hours on the weekend but paying for 40 hours. These 12-hour Friday through Sunday shifts allow employees to go to college and finish their degrees.  Due to this practice and the part time scheduling, this company is fully staffed during the weekend shifts.
Lighting Career Opportunities
Industry Promotions & Moves
Katherine Stekr - Associate Director, HLB Lighting Design
Christina McCartney - Sales & Marketing Manager, The Lighting Element
Aldo Espina - Senior Lighting Designer, One Lux Studio
Brock Klein - Director of Sales & Marketing, Electri-Flex Company
Jessica Smith - Senior Lighting Designer, Stantec
Luke Southern - Senior Designer, Fisher Marantz Stone
Angela Matchica - Principal, Director of Cultural Projects, EwingCole
Nathan McLeod - VP Product Management, Halco

Job Moves
Kara Alexzander - Regional Sales Manager, LSI Industries
Shawn Messerschmidt - Sr. Electrical Designer, Sazan Group
Jane You - Lighting Project Designer, LPA, Inc.
Bryan Lesch - Distributor Sales, ERT Lighting
Mary Kruse - RSM - Distribution, Keystone Technologies
Kathy Levine - RSM Mid Atlantic - NICOR Lighting
Jeff Beck - Business Development Manager, WiZconnected
Mark Thorsen - Application Engineer, Enterprise Lighting, LTD
Joel Lauth - Director of Exterior Lighting, Chicago Lightworks
Ian Coll - Head of Custom, Flos
Clay Brewer - Sales Representative, EcoSystems
Mark Jenson - RSM C&I - Western Region, Phoenix Lighting
Brooke Ziolo
President / Executive Recruiter
Brooke has been recruiting in the lighting industry since 2008. Her expertise includes recruiting in lighting manufacturing, lighting design, ESCO’s and rep agencies with positions ranging from mid-level to C-Suite / Executive level in sales, marketing, engineering, operations, product management, lighting design, etc. Brooke is also a member of the IALD, IES, WILD and The Pinnacle Society.

Jim McGregor

Executive Recruiter
Jim works with manufacturers of lighting fixtures, lamps and ballasts, lighting controls and LEDs, as well as ESCO's and independent rep firms. Jim recruits for a variety of functional disciplines including sales, engineering, management, marketing and operations.

Cass Dahlem

Executive Recruiter
Cass partners with Public Power Utilities, IOUs, Co-ops, municipalities, industrial distribution and lighting. She conducts professional searches for virtually all internal and field functions.


Successful Placements
Brooke's Successful Placements

Lighting Design Firms
Lighting Designer - MEP firm

Lighting Fixture Manufacturers
VP of Innovation and Product Development 
Chief R&D Officer
Director of Project Management
Energy Auditor
Regional Sales Manager (Distribution)

Outdoor Lighting Manufacturers
Regional Sales Manager - Specifiers
Outside Sales - End Users

 C&I Manufacturers
Territory Sales Manager (Distributors)
Product Manager
Marketing Director - C&I Lighting Fixture Mfr.
Jim's Successful Placements

National Accounts Manager
Project Manager
Regional Sales Manager
National Sales Manager
Sales Director
Outside Sales
Solutions Manager

Cass's Successful Placements

Sales Manager
OEM Sales Manager
Lighting Project Manager
Customer Service
Product Manager