SESCO Lighting is pleased to announce it is expanding its reach with the acquisition of the G2 Lighting Agency, based in Birmingham, AL. According to Todd Langner, President/CEO of SESCO Lighting, “Today more than ever, this acquisition helps support our growing sales efforts. This opportunity creates a unified specification, contractor and distributor support structure over our entire footprint. From a geographical standpoint, our now contiguous footprint bolsters our presence in both the greater Atlanta and Gulf Coast markets.”
It has been a goal of SESCO Lighting to expand into Alabama, and the buzz and excitement over the announced acquisition in the Birmingham market is something that is embraced by the growing SESCO Lighting team. Marshall Graham, SESCO’s Chairman, says, “When looking at this acquisition, it quickly became apparent that Shannon Godwin and the team at G2 Lighting were an extraordinarily good fit for SESCO. The fact that SESCO and G2 Lighting are both specification driven companies made Shannon’s team the obvious choice.”
When the contract was finalized, Shannon Godwin, President of G2 Lighting added, “I sincerely appreciate the opportunity the SESCO family has provided G2 Lighting Agency and its employees. I am very thankful to the outstanding manufacturers and staff who supported G2 Lighting Agency over the last several years. I owe a debt of gratitude to the specifiers, distributors and contractors who supported G2 and we all look forward to a new beginning as we join the SESCO family!” The G2 Lighting Agency and its employees will be integrated into SESCO over the next month.
Today, SESCO Lighting is the nation’s largest and most successful lighting manufacturers’ representative company, with more than 250 employees and annual sales approaching $300 million. Founded in 1967 by Mike Segal and this year celebrating 50 years in business, SESCO Lighting, an ESOP, is now 100% employee owned with 14 branch offices and 8 support divisions.
Our new Birmingham employees joining the team today are as follows:
• Shannon Godwin - Branch Manager
• Jennifer Langley - Outside Sales
• Phillip Godwin - Outside Sales
• Wanda Langley - Sr. Inside Sales Support
• Ryan Godwin - Quotations Specialist I
• Graham Smith - Quotations Specialist I
SESCO's Orlando Sales Office + Headquarters, including the support divisions of Lighting Controls, Energy, Public Sector, National Accounts, Distributor Solutions & SESCO Global have a new address!
222 West Maitland Boulevard
Maitland, Florida 32751
(Not to fear, the phone numbers will all stay the same!)
In a move to solidify itself as the leader in the Lighting Controls Industry, SESCO Lighting has appointed Rhonda Viveney to Sr. VP of Lighting Controls. SESCO Lighting is the largest Manufacturer’s Representative for Lighting and Lighting Controls in the United States.
Rhonda Viveney started her career at SESCO Lighting in 1985 as the first controls specialist on staff. In 1990, she was named as Manager of the Lighting Controls Division. As a well- known veteran in the Industry, Rhonda grew her employee roster to over 20 people covering Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Creating a successful Division comprised of specialized quotation, project management, field service personnel and world class salespeople has been Rhonda’s passion.
Rhonda has a BA in Theatre Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and has assisted in founding and running local theatre projects.
Rhonda is a member of the SESCO Lighting Board of Directors.
SESCO Lighting is pleased to announce that John Palk has been appointed VP of Sales and Marketing, replacing Larry Ceppos, now a Senior Specification Salesperson. John, with SESCO since 2007, served as manager of the Knoxville sales office and was responsible for that office becoming the lighting sales leader in the Knoxville market. John has also served as Chairman of the SESCO ESOP Committee and has worked tirelessly to help drive growth in both the contractor and specification markets.
John earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science at Grand Valley State University (Michigan), and is currently completing work on his MBA.
Additionally, SESCO Lighting continues to expand its reach with Tom Salter, SESCO VP of Business Development, heading up a new industrial division. Tom’s leadership has led to accelerated growth in the Public Sector Division, and he will continue to lead the charge in opportunity growth and expansion for SESCO.
Finally, Larry Ceppos has elected to move back into an outside sales role in our Orlando office. Larry has been instrumental in several key initiatives for SESCO in the last few years. In this transition, Larry is turning over manufacturer visitation, SPIFF and incentive coordination along with corporate sales functions to John and Tom. We are excited for Larry as well as the Orlando office. Larry brings over 25 years of sales and specification experience back into the Orlando market and has a track record of success. We wish him the very best!
Effective January 1, 2016, Marshall Graham, previously President and CEO, will become Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Todd Langner, Senior VP Business Development since 2008, will become President and CEO. Mike Segal, company founder and Board Chairman since 1967, will remain a member of the Board.
Mr. Graham has been President and CEO since 1992 and led the company through the major downturn in 2008/9 to record years in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Langner was responsible for implementation and execution of strategy for new divisions such as Public Sector and National Accounts along with overall coordination of BDL, a custom lighting supplier and manufacturer, and the Distributor Solutions and Energy Divisions.
In addition, SESCO has appointed Thomas Salter as the new VP Business Development. Mr. Salter previously spent 16 years with Cree in various management positions. Graham, Langner and Salter will be based in Winter Park, Florida at the company headquarters.
On a local level the company appointed new area managers: Mike Collins – Jacksonville; Mark Ross – Pensacola; Bill Todhunter – Ft. Lauderdale.
ABOUT SESCO LIGHTING, INC.
SESCO Lighting, celebrating its 50th year in business in 2016, is the largest independent commercial and industrial lighting sales organization in the U.S. with offices throughout Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. SESCO is an ESOP with 100% of its corporate stock owned by 220 employees and annual sales of $ 300,000,000.
Prior to joining SESCO, Tom worked at Cree for 16 years and Shat-R-Shield for 3 years in several roles from Engineering to Marketing and Sales. Tom brings a wealth of experience in the electrical industry, with a strong focus on growth. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from North Carolina State University (Go PACK!) and his Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University. Tom is married (Susan) with 4 children (Lauryn, Jackson, Grant, and Rachel) plus a “little” English Mastiff (Tank). Tom enjoys playing basketball, coaching his children’s football and basketball teams, and exploring the world of craft and international beers.
SESCO welcomes Mike Collins as our Jacksonville/Tallahassee Manager. Prior to joining SESCO Mike held positions as Financial Manager, Sales Manager, and Branch Manager with Graybar Electric. He is a highly accomplished, results-focused business executive with an extensive track record directing sales, finance and operations. Mike grew up in St. Louis and enjoys following all the sports teams, especially St. Louis Cardinals (go Cards!) He served in the US Army for five years, spending time with the 82nd Airborne stationed in Germany. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree at Salisbury University and his MBA at University of Central Florida. He and his wife, Caitlin, have two children Lucy (3 years old) and Will (2 months old). Mike enjoys golfing and spending time with family.
Dan Smith joined SESCO, on March 1st, as the new Manager of Distributor Solutions. Dan manages the Distributor Solutions group throughout the entire SESCO footprint. He is based at SESCO Headquarters in Orlando.
Dan spent 28 years in electrical distribution, 20 of which were in Branch and District Management positions. Most recently Dan was District Manager for Sonepar/Irby with responsibility for 11 branches.
Dan resides in Orlando with his girlfriend Resa. Dan and Resa are dog lovers. Dan also enjoys speed sports; NASCAR, Drag Racing, Speed Boats, etc.
We would like to recognize and congratulate Jerry Schmitz, LC from our Ft. Lauderdale office as well as Jimmy Nix, LC and Phillip Jelniker, LC from Jacksonville for passing the very challenging 4-hour, 180 question Lighting Certification exam and successfully obtaining their LC designation. The addition of these three brings the total number of Lighting Certified practitioners at SESCO to fourteen.
Way to go guys!
Bob has been in the Electrical Industry since 1985. In that time he has held many varying roles with 3 top notch manufacturers: Thomas and Betts Corp., Hubbell Lighting Inc. and Genlyte/Philips. He has been active in the Lighting Industry since 1997 and held positions including Southern Region Manager and VP Sales to name two. Most recently Bob’s role at SESCO has been as the VP of our Distributor Solutions Group.
We wish Bob and our entire Atlanta team much success as they embark on this new chapter together!
While Bob is integrating himself in the SESCO Atlanta office, Andy Mills will be moving to his newly appointed role as SESCO’s Manager of Special Projects.
SESCO is very proud to announce the appointment of Melody Lenhart to the position of CFO. Melody joined SESCO in October, 2012 in the role of Controller. Prior to joining SESCO, Melody worked for Nextran Corporation in Orlando as their Controller. Before relocating to Florida, Melody had successfully founded and was the President of a leading Certified Public Accounting firm in San Antonio, TX.
Melody earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting at Frostburg State University and her Master of Science (MS) in Business Administration at West Virginia University. Melody has earned and holds the following certifications: CPA, CMA, CFE, and CGMA.
Melody is married to Matt Lenhart, has two sons Chase and Cody, and three dogs Bear, Colt, and Lexie.