New Employees 2019
LaFace and McGovern welcomes Ryan Kelly as Inside Technical Support in the Lighting Controls Department. Ryan is a Graduate of Grove City College with a B.S.E.E. (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) degree. He brings technical background with him from several industries: industrial heating, manufacturing, and nuclear power. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time skiing, swing dancing, salsa dancing, and playing the piano and guitar.
Chris Neidhardt has joined LaFace & McGovern as Lighting Controls Inside Technical Support/Field Service. He will be assisting the inside team with technical documentation and the Lighting Control Field Technical Specialists with Field Service. His 18 years of experience in the industry brings knowledge in distribution, purchasing, and electrical contracting as a PM and Estimator. During Chris’s free time he enjoys baseball and scouting with his sons.
We are excited to announce that Ashlee Martin has rejoined LaFace & McGovern of West Virginia’s Team as a member of the quotations department. Her first years in the industry were spent here with us doing quick quotes, project management, and customer service. During her time away from the industry, Ashlee has taken on leadership/employment rolls as a Staffing Specialist which will help her to excel in her new role with us. When not working, Ashlee spends her time with her daughter Lily who the WV office has watched grow up!
We are pleased to announce that Russ Sovek has rejoined LaFace & McGovern’s Outside Sales Team. Russ has over fifteen years of experience in the electrical and lighting industry and served in the US Navy as an electrician. In addition, Russ also brings twenty years of experience in sales. Please join us in welcoming back Russ Sovek to the Team at L&M.
New Employees 2018
LaFace and McGovern would like to welcome Mandi Hrabley to the team. She will be part of the inside sales staff. Her extensive background in the industry consists of working for an electrical contractor and most recently a project manager for a local lighting representative. She has obtained an MBA as well as degrees in Accounting, Human Resources, and Project Management. The combination of Mandi’s experience and existing industry relationships will be an asset to the L&M team.
Dave Gozzard has joined the LaFace & McGovern outside sales team. After High School Dave was enlisted in the US Coast Guard until 1995. He then took on a career in the electrical distribution market and most recently was employed with Hite/Mayer as a lighting specialist. LaFace & McGovern is excited to have him apply his solid industry experience to help grow business in the northern territory of Butler and Erie as well as the institutions in and around the Pittsburgh area. When he’s not working Dave enjoys golfing, hunting, and refereeing soccer. Please join us in welcoming Dave.
LaFace & McGovern of West Virginia welcomes Travis Paradis to the team. He is previously from Charlottesville, VA, where he was a Graphic Designer for Crutchfield Corporation. He was part of a team that produced the Crutchfield catalog, created content for their website, and social media. Travis is quickly gaining an appreciation for lighting and has a huge interest in consumer electronics and all things related to smart home technology. He will be Inside Support which will include Customer Service and Project Management.
We are pleased to announce that Lynn Rucker Wessel, who has 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry, has rejoined the L&M Team as a Project Manager after 24 years. Her first years in the industry were spent working with a distributor, then the lighting business here at LaFace & McGovern, and then she relocated to Orlando where she gained experience in customer service, quotes, and project management. Let’s re-welcome Lynn to the Team at L&M.
An End of An ERA
After 40 years of exceptional and dedicated employment with LaFace and McGovern, Steve Barczyk has decided to leave to enjoy retirement as of June 30th, 2017. Steve started with the company way back in October 1977. His hard work and never-quit-until-the-job-was-done attitude earned him the respect of the manufactures we represented, the customers he served, and his coworkers. He leaves Laface and Mcgovern having made many friends and connections for us within the industry, and we know that whoever takes over in his place will have some big shoes to fill. Steve was certainly one of a kind and he will be missed.
Help us congratulate Steve in all that he has accomplished and wish him the best in his retirement!
The leadership team of LaFace & McGovern Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Harry McGovern to CEO and Jim Mullet to President. Their continued leadership, along with Craig Lockwood, Brian Miedel, and Tim Leonard, will further establish L&M as the industry leading lighting and controls agency in Western PA and West Virginia.
New Employees 2017
We are pleased to announce that Nic Nee has joined the L&M team in an Inside Sales position; specifically Quick Quotes and Customer Service. Nic comes to us from Hickman Electric with a contractor background. Nic is a graduate of Peters Township High School and earned a Bachelors of Arts Sports Business degree with a minor in Photography and Art. Welcome to the team Nic!
LaFace and McGovern is pleased to welcome Christie Howard as the Director of First Impressions. This includes duties as receptionist and administrative assistant, event planning, making reservations, managing social media sites, etc. Christie comes to us with a degree in business. Her years of experience in sales, customer service, and most recently the office manager for one of our electrical contractor clients will bring value to the daily relationships made at L&M.
L&M is excited to announce Tara Pakler to our outside sales team. Tara comes to us with a background in interior design, graduating from Chatham University with a MA in Interior Architecture. She spent the early part of her career working for Pittsburgh architectural firms, and the last 8 years working with decorative lighting specification and antique lighting restoration on the showroom side of the industry. Let’s welcome Tara who will be a strong addition to our agency.
We are pleased to announce Patrick Wilson has accepted an offer to join LaFace & McGovern as office manager. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Houston and comes to us with 15+ years of management experience in the hospitality industry all over the United States. He will be joining us after 7 years as an Assistant General Manager at Valley Brook Country Club. In addition to some of Steve’s customer service duties, Patrick will also assist with the company’s HR, training, and website.
L&M WV welcomes Grace Smith to the team. Grace , a graduate of Florida State University and a Florida native, joined the LaFace and McGovern of WV team beginning Jan 26th in a part time role. As of March 20th she accepted a full time position with the agency. In addition to her Bachelors Of Arts from FSU, Grace has experience in customer service as well as project management in the publishing industry. Grace will be cross training for a variety of roles in the next few months including front line phone support, customer service, project management, and other inside sales functions.
New Employees 2016
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Hostetler in an outside sales role covering the Altoona, State College, Johnstown, Indiana, Dubois, Clearfield, and Somerset areas of our market. He will be responsible for calling on electrical wholesalers, contractors, end users, and specifiers in that area of our territory. We believe Barry will be a tremendous asset to our team in the Altoona office. Barry and his family have been a long time residence of Windber where he is very active in community, school, and church. Barry held a position as a Senior Electrical Designer at HF Lenz Company in Johnstown. He was with HF Lenz the past 20 years.
L&M of WV welcomes Ashlee Martin to their inside team. Ashlee brings to us a diverse background with experience in office/clerical, customer service, sales and accounting.
Our L&M Controls Department has added Mike Melilli to our Field Technician Team. He comes to us with a strong industry background with work experience both at the Electrical Contractor level as well as the end user at the corporation level. He will be working with Mike Brusco and Mike Howard.
New Employees 2014Emilio Lombardi will be joining the L&M team in PA office in a role of inside sales/quotations. Although Emilio did not come from within our industry, he has a diverse background of experience in many areas and a BA in Business Administration from RMU that we felt helpful for a long career with us. His drive and enthusiasm alone will help him become a successful addition to the company. Please join us in welcoming Emilio to L&M.
LaFace and McGovern is pleased to announce Emilie Maynard has joined the L&M WV team in an outside sales role. Prior to joining LaFace & McGovern, Emilie Maynard worked as an Interior Designer for Edward Tucker Architects, Inc. in Huntington, WV. Her work at the architectural firm included a wide range of experience from residential, commercial and healthcare, with a specialization in lighting design. This design niche can be attributed to her previous position as a Lighting Showroom Manager and a focus on lighting while studying Interior Design.
Emilie graduated from the College of Design at the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design in 2005. Upon graduation, Emilie returned to Huntington and started her own Interior Design Firm, EGM Designs. She resides in Huntington with her husband and three children.
Please join me in welcoming Emilie to L&M.
New Principles 2013
At the end of January, Tim Leonard and Brian Miedel joined Harry, Jim and Craig as principals of the Company. Their years of experience in the business will give added strength to our management team. Congratulations gentlemen!
L&M would like to announce our newest member to the Specialty Lighting team.
Ken Lager has returned to the Pittsburgh region after spending the last 14 years traveling around the world installing theatrical rigging.
A graduate of Kutztown University of PA studying technical theatre and lighting, he moved onto work as a Technical Director for a few different theaters in PA, AZ, and NJ. He also worked with Pook Diemont & Ohl as a theatrical rigging installer. While working there, he oversaw installations at prestigious locations such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Holland America Cruise Lines, the American University in Cairo and flagship retail stores in NYC.
He can be reached at email@example.com, and his phone extension is 4980. Welcome aboard Ken.
3G-Vibration Rating Available
A 3G Vibration Rating option is now available for the Lumenbeam Grande and XLarge using the reinforced Short Yoke mounting option (SY-3GV). Tested to withstand vibrations at 3G, the option is for bridges, overpasses or applications subject to wind or mechanical vibrations. Consult the Lumenpulse website for spec sheets and order codes.
Update: Lumenbeam Medium
The Lumenbeam Medium is now available with a Stake Mounting option. Consult the Lumenpulse website for up-to-date specification sheets, order codes and dimensions.
Update: Lumenbeam Grande
Did you know you can mix optics on the Lumenbeam Grande to create special beam patterns? This option allows users to select combinations of VN (6°), NS (10°) and NF (20°) per board. Consult the latest specification sheet for order codes and board layouts.
Update: Lumencove Family
A Single Feed (SF) option is now available for applications where an open connector is not considered acceptable at the end of run. Consult the Lumenpulse website for the latest version of the specification sheet.
Update: LumentalkID Kit
A new LumentalkID kit is now available for all Lumentalk-enabled fixtures. The kit includes the LumenID, a USB cable and a LumentalkID cable. Consult the Lumentalk webpage for a specification sheet. Addressing and diagnostic software is also available, along with a user manual with steps on how to complete a Lumentalk installation.
LED Lift Off
The space shuttle Atlantis is the centerpiece of a new, $100 million Kennedy Space Center exhibit – the first exhibit to display an orbiter in full flight mode. To showcase the shuttle, designer firm Fisher Marantz Stone used innovative, tunable lighting techniques, with:
- 250 Lumenpulse LED luminaires
- Lumenbeam Dynamic White fixtures
- Custom Lumenbeam XLarge luminaires that mix blue and amber LEDs
- A range of Lumenfacade fixtures to light the surrounding exhibits and circulation areas