Al Near

President & CEO

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Al brings a broad understanding of lighting solutions and technology to the North Texas marketplace, obtained by serving over two decades in executive-level sales, product development, and marketing leadership roles with various manufacturers, including two of the industry’s largest lighting companies and a Global 500 consumer electronics company. Over the years, he has written editorials for LD + A, LEDs Magazine, and several other industry publications.

Al is a passionate advocate for the use of solid-state lighting technology and controls to achieve substantial energy savings without sacrificing the quality of light within the architectural environment. Al’s experience developing lighting products from concept to reality gives him a solid understanding of the design process and enables him to provide unique insights into how lighting products can be applied for optimal effect.

Al is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he obtained a B.S. in Industrial Management.

Ken Keefe

Executive Vice President & CFO

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Ken has over thirty years of experience in the Commercial Lighting Industry. His main responsibilities at HLA include complete oversight of the entire business operation with a focus on management of the sales side of the organization.

In 1997, Ken was named an Officer of HLA and elevated to the Company’s Board of Directors. That same year, Ken led the initiative to purchase the company from its original owners. The employees formed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and the company was purchased, becoming 100 percent Employee Owned.

Ken was previously named ”Employee Owner of the Year” for the ESOP Association’s Southwest Chapter. He was also honored as one of two finalists for the ”Employee Owner of the Year” for the entire country by the ESOP Association’s National Chapter.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree from Kent State University. He is a member of the Kent State University President’s Medallion Society and a Member of the Kent State University President’s prestigious Herrick Society. He and his wife, Lynn, are Members of the Texas A&M University Heritage Society.