The HIstory of the Van Teal Lighting Family

Growing Up Van Teal

Hivo’s children share their memories and best advice they’ve received while working in the family business.    “My father always told me that with my personal characteristics, I could – if I set my mind to it – do anything I chose,” reveals Eddy Van Teal. “This advice instilled in me a great sense of […]

How to Light a home art Gallery

How to Light Artwork in the Home

The increasing respect for fine art as an investment means a responsibility for creating an environment in which art is beautifully illuminated without damage by light.  Retailers, remodelers, and interior designers who are often asked to retrofit interiors may be inspired by two architectural firms – Jones Studio and Olson Kundig – that are recognized […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Alan Colker

Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category: Legend, Rep Alan Colker, Alco Lighting Sales Inc.   The Early Days:  My father opened an electrical supply house in Charleston, WV in the 1950s and my uncles also opened one in Huntington, West Virginia. I guess you could say I […]

Herman Lebersfeld: Capitol Lighting

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Herman Lebersfeld

 enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry.   Category: Legend, Retailer Herman Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting   The Early Days: The real legend was my dad, Arthur Lebersfeld; he was the visionary. He believed in using all of the cubic feet of a lighting showroom space – not just […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Dave McKee

enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category: Luminary, Retailer Dave McKee, Seattle Lighting/Globe Lighting/Builders Lighting   The Early Days: I got started in this business while going to college in San Luis Obispo. Calif. in 1978.  I answered a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper for a […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Larry King

enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category:  Luminary, Retailer Larry King, Capital Lighting    The Early Days:  When Larry King and Dave Winks opened Capital Lighting in June 1990, the Ohio business served approximately 80 percent of the area’s wholesale/builder market. Located in a suburban industrial park, […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Nathan Frampton

enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category:  Luminary,  Manufacturer Nathan Frampton, Fanimation   The Early Years: After graduating from college with a degree in accounting, I worked at a CPA firm for a year. I actually liked accounting a lot, but I knew in the long run […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Elise Severson Gilchrist

enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category:   Leader, Rep Elise Severson Gilchrist CLC, CLMR Lytestyles   The Early Days:  I got into the lighting business at age 38.  I have a degree in accounting and through a series of events I ended up with a retail […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: Clark Linstone

 enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry.   Category:  Leader, Retailer Clark Linstone, Lamps Plus   The Early Days: I started working for Lamps Plus/Pacific Coast Lighting in 1990.  [Previously, Clark earned an MBA and has banking background] I was attracted to the industry because I knew Lamps […]

Leaders, Legends & Luminaries: David Littman

enLIGHTenment Magazine pays tribute to some of the most illustrious members of our industry. Category:  Leader, Manufacturer David Littman, Littman Brands™ The Early Days:              A lot of my younger years were spent working at our family’s lighting business. In 1985, at the age of 23, I completed an MBA […]