Officers

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.

Mike Virag

Executive Vice President & COO

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Mike Virag is a cutting edge, progressive and imaginative lighting industry executive.

After graduating from Penn State, Mike began his career in various sales and marketing roles establishing a keen knowledge of the needs of the customer. From selling lights out of a van to leading an international team of sales managers and factory agents, he has developed a solid, customer focused foundation.

Mike is credited with launching some of the industry’s first LED products with Acuity Brands Lighting. This experience ignited a passion around technology’s impact on our industry. Feeding that passion, Mike focused on lighting technology start-ups including his own design firm, Redwood Systems, Lighting Science and Soraa.

 Dallas/Fort Worth/Tyler

AMBER WHITE

Specification Sales Associate

awhite@hlalighting.com

ASHLEY MORRIS

Specification Sales Associate

ashley@hlalighting.com

BECKY FREEMAN

Specification Sales Associate

becky@hlalighting.com

JOE BARNES

Specification Sales Associate

jbarnes@hlalighting.com

MARK TOUSSAINT

Specification Sales Associate

mtoussaint@hlalighting.com

SEAN KAMAT

Specification Sales Associate

sean@hlalighting.com

MIKE SANDERS

VP, Contractor Sales & Major Projects

mike@hlalighting.com

AUSTIN LOCKWOOD

Construction & Distribution, East Texas

alockwood@hlalighting.com

BRAD SIMMONS

Construction & Distribution, East Texas

bsimmons@hlalighting.com

JACK COOPER

Construction & Distribution

jack@hlalighting.com

JACOB DELONY

Construction & Distribution 

jdelony@hlalighting.com

JEANNETTE CIESZYKOWSKI

Construction & Distribution

jeannette.c@hlalighting.com

JIMMY MENKE

Construction & Distribution

JMenke@hlalighting.com

MARK GRIFFITH

Construction & Distribution

mgriffith@hlalighting.com

MICHAEL DAWSON

Integrated Solutions Lead

mdawson@hlalighting.com

ALRIAH HUNT

Integrated Solutions

alriah@hlalighting.com

ISIDRO GRANADOS

Integrated Solutions

igranados@hlalighting.com

JODI LEDNICKY

Integrated Solutions

jlednicky@hlalighting.com

JOSEPHINE OW

Integrated Solutions

jpow@hlalighting.com

MICHAEL MCKEE

Integrated Solutions

mmckee@hlalighting.com

ROBERT MCVAY

Integrated Solutions

rmcvay@hlalighting.com

GRANT GRUBB

Vice President & GM – Controls

grant@hlalighting.com

ADAM FUNKHOUSER

Controls & Technology – Manager, Field Services

afunkhouser@hlalighting.com

BRIAN WHEELER

Controls & Technology

bwheeler@hlalighting.com

DON MARTIN

Controls & Technology

jdmartin@hlalighting.com

GAIL SESKER

Controls & Technology

gsesker@hlalighting.com

STEVEN ATKINSON

Controls & Technology

satkinson@hlalighting.com

JENNIE HOLLINGSWORTH

Controls & Technology – Project Management

jennie@hlalighting.com

PAUL CODD

Vice President & GM – Quotations

pcodd@hlalighting.com

JACKIE RANLY

Quotations

jackie@hlalighting.com

JEFF RODGERS

Quotations

Jeff@hlalighting.com

LEAH WOLFE

Quotations

lwolfe@hlalighting.com

LISA SMITH

Quotations

lisa@hlalighting.com

MICHAEL BYRD

Quotations

mbyrd@hlalighting.com

SHELLY RICHTER

Quotations 

srichter@hlalighting.com

STACEY EVERHART

Quotations

severhart@hlalighting.com

KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ

Quotations – Administration

krodriguez@hlalighting.com

TIFFANY DONALDSON

Operations 

tdonaldson@hlalighting.com

RENEE HENVEY

VP, Inside Sales & Administration

renee@hlalighting.com

ADRIANA CEDILLO

Quick Quotes

adriana@hlalighting.com

HALIE AGAN

Project Management

halie@hlalighting.com

HEIDI URBAN

Project Management

hurban@hlalighting.com

NIKKI SILVA

Project Management

nsilva@hlalighting.com

TAMMY KOCH

Project Management

tammy@hlalighting.com

ANDREA WEST

Inside Sales 

awest@hlalighting.com

CHRIS VARLEY

Inside Sales 

chris@hlalighting.com

LENORA HOWARD VILCA

Executive Assistant to the CEO & COO

lenora@hlalighting.com

ALEXIS STRAUSS

Human Resources – Manager

AMANDA HARRIS

VP, Finance & Controller

ARETHA PATRICK

Accounting

AUSTIN INGRAM

Revenue Accounting

DEMETRI SMITH

Revenue Accounting Assistant

MELISSA CONNELL

Revenue Accounting Assistant

DANIEL JAIMES

Receptionist

djaimes@hlalighting.com

ANDREW BURTON

Warehouse & Submittals Administrator

Lubbock

JAIME MARTINEZ

Specification, Construction & Distribution Sales, West Texas

jmartinez@hlalighting.com

KIT LEFEVRE

Specification, Construction & Distribution Sales, West Texas

klefevre@hlalighting.com

GARY THOMAS

Construction & Distribution Sales, West Texas

gthomas@hlalighting.com

JAREN SHIPP

Lighting Applications & Controls/Inside Sales, West Texas

jshipp@hlalighting.com

PERRY MCALISTER

Quotations – Manager, West Texas

pmac@hlalighting.com

ABEL HOLGUIN

Quotations, West Texas

aholguin@hlalighting.com

SHYENNE DEMOSS

Project Management & Inside Sales, West Texas

sdemoss@hlalighting.com