This month’s Meet the Team Q&A is with our Lead Controls Specialist, Cliff Cobelli. Also known as the nicest guy in the office, Cliff designs Wiring diagram and details for Title 24 compliant lighting control systems. When he’s not busy in the office, he’s working on getting his motorcycle license. But there is currently a debate in the office… can he be the nicest guy in the office wearing leather and burning rubber on his hog? Only time will tell. In the meantime, let’s get to know this rebel and valuable member of our team.

Q:  What is your background? How did you get started in the industry?

CC: I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and right after college I started working in Acuity Brand’s factory in my home state of Connecticut. At the time, I just wanted a job to get me out of my parent’s house…but it became much more than that. I learned a lot and fell in love with the industry. I ended up staying there for three years before I started looking for a change. I was familiar with SDLA because of the close relationship with Acuity, so I reached out to Danny about a job. After a couple of failed outreach attempts, he responded and we met at LFI. He saw I was serious about moving across the country, and here I am two years later.

 Q: What do you like best about working at SDLA?

 CC: I love that culturally it’s like a big family.  As someone who has no family in the area it’s refreshing to work somewhere everyone genuinely cares about each other. Everyone gets together and we have a ton of fun…just last week we had a potluck. From a work standpoint, I love solving problems and seeing projects come full-circle. At my last job, I wasn’t able to go onsite very often because the projects I worked on were all over the country. Here, many of our customers and the buildings we work on are in the area, so I get to see our work come to life in person. I also love customer relations…it’s all very rewarding.

 Q:  What has been your most rewarding project?

 CC: I would have to say the UCSD building where we have been working on the Outpatient Pavilion new hospital research center. We started this project in 2015, shortly after I started. In a way, it has grown with me. I like that it’s a complex design, a lot of collaboration with the EC to great a best fit solution and was a unique experience since it did not have to comply with California T24.

Q: As 2018 approaches, is there anything work related you are looking forward too?

CC: I am really excited to see how the market changes with Acuity Brand’s new wireless system on the market. Being an engineer I’m a bit of a techie, so I just really want to see it in action and test it out to see all of its capabilities. Wireless is the hot new trend of the industry and it will create a lot more opportunities down the road.