Meet the Team: Jason Sprenger

At SDLA when we meet a great candidate, we don’t hesitate to make them an offer to join our team, even if we don’t know exactly what their title will be! When Jason Sprenger joined the team, we knew he’d be a great addition, but we didn’t quite know where to put him because his 23 years of industry experience qualified him for multiple positions here at SDLA. After spending about a week in quotes we decided to turn him over to the layouts team! When Jason is not working with the layouts team he likes to keep things low key. Born in Ohio but raised in Orange County, Jason loves the beach. On the weekends you can find him hanging with friends or taking his best pal to the dog park. Ready to kick back for our next meet the team?

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

JS: I’ve always been intrigued by lighting and ever since I was a little kid I was fascinated with the industry. I got my start in the industry when I was pretty young, working in the lighting department at Home Depot then I went on to be a sales representative for Light Bulbs Unlimited. I was working for a distributor that SDLA was representing when I inquired about the job. I met with Kristin and Danny and was excited to accept an offer shortly after the interview. While I’ve been in the industry for 23 years now, this place has a been a breath of fresh air.

Q: What’s your day to day like in the office?

 JS: The lighting industry and lighting technology are always changing and innovating, so our job never stays the same. We always have new software to utilize or new solutions to offer clients. My day starts with a quote and the chance to create a layout for a project. Each project is different, so I could turn a layout around in a couple of hours or I could be working on the project for three weeks. Our team has an ASAP mindset so whenever we receive a project, we put our heads down and get started.

Q: Do you have a favorite/most rewarding project you have worked on?

JS: When I first started I got to work on a really rewarding project, right out of the gate. The San Diego Community College project was detailed and complicated. It was exciting to be utilizing new software that I wasn’t familiar with to lay out everything from the classrooms to garage lighting. When a college goes under a complete campus remodel it requires a lot of brain power and teamwork. It was very rewarding for our team to look back at the completed project because we all worked closely together to deliver the best solution for the job.

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

 JS: What initially attracted me to SDLA was their reputation in the industry. The company culture is known to be unique and I’ve been lucky to experience the welcoming nature of this team. From day one everyone has been friendly and helpful. We are lucky to be led by principals who value learning opportunities and who never turn their back on the chance to help out their employees. I’ve worked for a lot of companies where they had this “sink or swim” mentality, SDLA could not be more opposite of that. The principals’ act as team fix it, they know there is always a solution and they won’t rest until they help you find it.

 

Meet the Team: Rod Equihua

How much do you know about our quiet, inside specification sales applications specialist, Rod Equihua? This dad of three loves being a family man and spending time at home with his crew when he’s not working up lighting layouts for clients! Rod loves playing soccer and whipping up anything you can find in the sea, like a California sushi roll or his specialty “Ceviche”. Ready to get the inside scoop on one of our favorite industry veterans?

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

RE: I studied architectural lighting and then worked in the electrical lighting industry for 27 years before coming to SDLA a year ago. I have plenty of experience in the field, like electrical power and lighting design, but this is my first time working for an agency. I’ve really enjoyed the switch and love that I always have something to do, the team here keeps me busy!

Q: What’s your day to day like in the office?

 RE: The specification and distributor/contractor teams work with the client and then they come to me to create the layout. I bring the concept to design and then to execution by creating a layout of the project. Some projects require 3D modeling/rendering calculations, which will give the client a complete look into the luminaire characteristics, room specification and fixture type/placement. I work a lot with the electrical contractors and inside specifications team to communicate and deliver the best service to the client.

Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?

RE: I love the daily challenges my job brings, each project is new and different, so each day I’m met with a new exciting challenge to conquer. There is never a dull day in this position, I always have something to do! I really enjoy working on detail and large projects, because a lot of time and energy goes into creating the model/rendering. Once the project is complete, it’s really rewarding to go back and look at all the work that went into making the large project successful. It’s always a great day when a client comes back after reviewing my layout and says “Yes! I love it and want to proceed with these fixtures!”.

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

RE: I’ve worked at many places over the years and this is by far the best place I’ve ever worked. A lot of us say we are one big family, I agree, but I’d also compare us to a thrilling soap opera. Many people know me around the office to be pretty quiet, but I can always be found giggling at something one of my co-workers says or a story they’ve told.  I’ve only been here for a short time and everyone has made me feel so welcome. The nickname master Crock-Dog hasn’t given me an official nickname but people like to tease me about being quiet. Before leaving for the day they might say “Woah, Rod stop talking so much Bro or you are too loud”.