This month’s Meet the Team is with a baby giraffe. Just kidding, it’s with Chelsea Mitchell, a project manager for our team, who we like to call a baby giraffe for her awkwardness during softball. But that’s another story for another day. All jokes aside, Chelsea works day in and day out for our customers. For 10 years, she’s been a valuable member of the SDLA team, beginning her career with us part-time while in college… and never looking back! 

 Q: How did you get started in the lighting industry? 

 A: During college, my dad was the principal and co-owner of SDLA. And a part-time receptionist position was available for the company, so I took it! Through that job, I got a taste of the day-to-day work at SDLA, and really began to love the people and the work. A project manager position then opened up, so I applied for that. Though it was never part of the plan, I ended up loving every aspect of it. 

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? 

 A: Honestly, there’s nothing better than driving through the city and being able to point out different projects that we made possible. It makes you feel like you are part of San Diego, bringing pieces of your work to everyday life.  

 Q: What do you like about the culture at SDLA? 

 A: I love that everyone at SDLA is friends both inside and outside of work. We do a lot together like happy hours and softball leagues…and sometimes we end up hanging out on the weekends without really planning it. In my opinion, it’s always a good sign when you want to hang out with your coworkers after work! Not only is it fun to organize events outside the office, but it also makes the work we do inside the office more enjoyable. 

Q: What is the best part about your job? 

 A: Every day is different. Although my position is very email-based and a lot of the daily work is similar, different problems arise with a variety of our valued customers. Assuring people I know on a personal level that we’re going to solve whatever problems they’re facing, and then solving those problems, is really rewarding.