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Denis Caldora: The Next Chapter

Denis Caldora is retiring after 35 years in the lighting business, and is ready to travel the world.   When the average person hears the term “dynamic duo,” Batman and Robin come to mind. For lighting people, however, the term typically referred to Denis Caldora and David Phillips.  Or, as Denis prefers, “Lucille Ball and […]


Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Brett Robinson-Robinson Lighting & Bath

Luminary – Retail: Brett Robinson – Robinson Lighting & Bath, Canada   How did you get started in the industry?  Well, the easy answer is that it’s a family business. I am a fifth generation Robinson in the lighting business if you include Thomas Robinson who was a “chandler” (candle maker) in Montreal around 1850. Needless to […]


Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Nicole Bretzing-Bretzing & Associates

Leader – Category : Nicole Bretzing, Bretzing & Associates, San Ramon, Calif.   How did you get started in the industry?  I got into the lighting industry quite by accident.  While going to college, I responded to an ad for a part-time position in customer service in the office of a local manufacturer’s representative. I was majoring […]

Brody Foy

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Brody Foy-Western Lighting

Luminary – Rep: Brody Foy, Western Lighting, Irvine, Calif. How did you get started in the industry? I was introduced to the lighting industry in December 2003, when I started installing fixtures for Schonbek Worldwide Lighting in the Expo Design Centers.  By spring 2004 at the direction of my boss, Jeff Jarvie, I started representing Dale Tiffany […]

Ira Phillips - Quoizel Lighting

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Ira Phillips – Quoizel

LEGEND – Manufacture: Ira Phillips, Quoizel How did you get started in the industry?  Before I entered the lighting industry, I was a diamond salesman who no longer wanted to travel. I was presented with an opportunity at Lightolier and worked for them for about five years. One day I put an ad in the newspaper and […]

Alvin Lehman, Atlantic Electrical Supply

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Alvin Lehman, Atlantic Electrical Supply

Legend – Retailer Category: Alvin Lehman, Atlantic Electrical Supply, Richmond, Va. How did you get started in the lighting industry? This is a family business that I joined as an employee in June 1955.  What are the biggest changes you’ve seen? The industry used to be more personal – and that is true for the manufacturers as […]

Kellee Hollenback-Littman Group

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Kellee Hollenback-Littman Group

Luminary – Manufacturer category: Kellee Hollenback, Littman Group  How did you get started in the lighting industry?  My fashion sense led me to lighting.  In my 20s I got into retail, starting at the Gap. By 2000, I was the General Manager of the number two Ann Taylor store in the country.  Karen Miller, who was the […]

Lighting Rep Bob Stolzberg

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Bob Stolzberg – Stolzberg Associates

LEGEND – Rep: Bob Stolzberg, Stolzberg Associates in Lighting, Maryland Heights, Mo. How did you get started in the industry?  I have been in the lighting industry since I graduated from college in the early 1970s. I was so fortunate to have worked at Westinghouse Corp., Lightolier, and with industry leaders such as Maurie Rosen, Sam and […]

Lucy Dearborn: Lucia Lighting & Design

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Lucy Dearborn-Lucia Lighting & Design

LEADER: Retailer – Lucy Dearborn, Lucia Lighting & Design, Lynn, Mass.     How did you get started in the industry?  Lighting was my first job out of college. I worked in a local lighting store and fell in love with the creativity, constant change, and technical challenges that lighting offers.  Clients really appreciate special guidance and […]

Eric Borden - Kichler Lighting

Legends, Leaders, Luminaries: Eric Borden-Kichler

Leader – Manufacturer: Eric Borden – Kichler   How did you get started in the lighting industry?  My first experience dates back to a job with my uncle’s lighting components factory in Brooklyn, N.Y., where I worked summers and school holidays. During my employment there, I became familiar with manufacturers such as Halo, Juno, Thomas, Virden, AW […]