Generation Brands Names Matt Vollmer As Sea Gull Lighting President, Announces Promotions
Generation Brands Names announced Matt Vollmer has been promoted to President of Sea Gull Lighting. A 12-year veteran of Generation Brands, he started as a regional sales manager and most recently served as VP/Sales for the Tech and LBL brands. In his new role, Vollmer will be responsible for maintaining and growing Sea Gull’s position as one of the top lighting brands used by builders, electrical distributors, contractors, and specifiers. He will develop strategic plans to build the business and oversee sales, marketing, product development, and secure business partnerships.
Vollmer will replace outgoing Sea Gull president Greg Cesca, who has decided to pursue a new professional path. Cesca will stay on through the end of October, working with Vollmer to create a seamless transition.
Taking over Vollmer’s former duties as VP/Sales for LBL and Tech is Steve Hurley, a 17-year veteran with Generation Brands. Hurley started with Tech Lighting during its early beginnings in Chicago and recently served as its Western Regional Sales Manager, working with manufacturers’ reps, showrooms, and specifiers for Tech Lighting as well as managing relationships with internet customers for both Tech and LBL.
Brian Lintner has been named Director/ Product Development & Design for Sea Gull Lighting after being with Generation Brands for 18 months. Lintner is a lighting and home décor industry veteran with 20+ years of experience in retail, design, and product development. He previously was with JC Penney, where he designed an array of lighting and home décor products including the department store chain’s well-known private label brands such as Cindy Crawford Style, Studio, Chris Madden, and Linden Street. He began his career with The Stiffel Company and later launched contemporary lighting brand Stonegate Designs.
Srinivasa Krishna will move from his current position as Generation Brands’ Director/ Corporate Analysis to become Sea Gull Lighting Director/ Sales Operations. He will focus on helping the Sea Gull sales organization better serve its customers. Krishna ‘s background includes 19 years in the lighting industry with varying roles at Tech Lighting in IT and analytics management plus consulting for Hunter Fans’ Sales Operations.
To expand service to its customers on a local level, Sea Gull is also adding a new sales region and naming Keith Conley as that area’s Regional Sales Manager. Conley has been with Generation Brands since 2006, working with one of its largest clients on new product introductions, forecast planning, and sales promotions for all its brands.
Mark Urban has been hired as the Product Development & Sales Manager for Monte Carlo Fan Company, the sister brand to Feiss. From 1990 to 2012, Urban was with Regency Fan Company, serving for the past 10 years as National Sales Manager. He will be responsible for developing Monte Carlo’s new product lines and working with the company’s sales and marketing teams to help grow the brand.
Kevin M. Fagan has been appointed to the newly created position of VP/Engineering for Generation Brands, where he will lead the company’s engineering teams across all brands in developing new products with a specific emphasis on incorporating the latest solid-state lighting technologies. Fagan is an 18-year lighting industry veteran, previously serving in varying top level management positions at Juno Lighting Group and Indy Lighting.