As President of Capital Lighting, Mike utilizes his unique experiences as a successful senior leader of growth companies in the construction, retail, and technology sectors to lead our organizational transformation from a local leader to a nationally-respected lighting industry brand. Before coming to Capital, Mike led similar expansion efforts in support of both domestic and global growth initiatives for large, multi-unit brands. In addition to a 20-year career in business development and large client management, his experience and credentials in the area of project management and operational excellence (PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) have enabled Mike to round out his business management perspective and provide greater value to the leaders within the Capital Lighting Team.
Mike holds a BA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and MBA in Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University and Graduate Certification in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. He resides in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Kristina and in his spare time, Mike sits on the Committee for Government Affairs with the ALA and Co-Chairs the Delaware Chapter of Great Strides annual golf outing in support of Cystic Fibrosis research.
Rob Hazel -- Controller
As the Controller at Capital Lighting, Rob uses his 15+ years of experience in accounting, finance and administration to lead our Finance, IT and Administration departments. His background includes leadership positions with companies in various industries focusing on financial analysis, expense management and strategic planning. In addition, Rob is a licensed CPA with public accounting experience. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs. While at Capital Lighting, Rob has directed the company’s new ERP, CRM and HRS conversions and handles various additional projects. He enjoys playing baseball and volleyball competitively and brewing his own beer.
Ann Landis -- Director of Customer Solutions
As Director of Customer Solutions, Ann uses her extensive knowledge about lighting design to enhance customer experience. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University along with being certified by the ALA as a Lighting Specialist. Ann is currently a member on Feiss, Kichler and Quoizel product councils and oversees the single family division at Capital Lighting. Ann’s passions include traveling and playing tennis.
David Vargas -- Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, David incorporates his LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt knowledge into daily processes. His background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and American Military University. Prior to joining Capital Lighting, David managed Greenfield startups and implemented multiple Enterprise Resource Planning systems. David served in the 10th Mountain Division and 82nd Airborne and is a Service Medal Veteran with two deployments to Afghanistan. David’s passions include reading and watching the NY Giants.
Nicole Fair -- Manager of Brand and Corporate Initiatives
As Manager of Brand and Corporate Initiatives, Nicole manages the marketing and brand relations of Capital Lighting. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Franklin University, an AS in Graphic and Digital Design and an AS in Drafting and Design Technology. Nicole is currently managing the implementation of Capital Lighting’s first e-commerce platform. Prior to joining Capital Lighting, she led a project management division to achieve multiple credentials. She is also a professional organizer that strives to teach organization and time management skills. You will find her attending her children’s sporting events on the weekends.
Bob Beattie -- Business Solutions Manager
As a Business Solutions Manager, Bob uses his extensive history in the lighting industry to strengthen our company relationships. His background includes being President of a lighting company that supplied lighting to restaurants and developing a Commercial Lighting division. Some of his major projects include Wendy’s, Donato’s and Bridge Park. Bob served in the U.S. Navy and enjoys skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer.
Rick Seybold -- Business Solutions Manager
As a Business Solutions Manager, Rick uses his widespread lighting knowledge to promote growth for Capital Lighting. He graduated from the U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and served in the U.S. Army for 6 years. Rick has been in the lighting industry for over 36 years and is also a part of multiple foundations like Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross. He spends his free time in the outdoors doing various activities like snow skiing and kayaking.
Kevin Velpel -- Business Solutions Manager
As a Business Solutions Manager, Kevin utilizes his vast experience and knowledge to help promote Capital Lighting’s services and offerings in the Indiana market. Prior to joining the Capital Lighting team, Kevin’s experience includes 11 years of being a business owner. This experience has given Kevin the unique ability to truly understand the needs of his customers, and focus on developing business with a “customer centric” approach. He is a published writer, and has recently become an ALA Certified Lighting Associate (LA). Kevin’s passions include spending time with his family, being involved in his kids’ activities and traveling. He also is an adventurous enthusiast, as he has been skydiving, cliff diving, race car driving, white water rafting, zip lining and has ridden over 200 roller coasters.