Meet the Team: Alyssa Molby

Alyssa Molby is settling into her new role as project manager and embracing her problem-solving side… just call her Miss Fix-It! Alyssa was born and raised in San Diego but has friends and family all over the world that she loves to visit! After moving to Alaska for college, and needing a whole new wardrobe, Alyssa fell in love with the state that’s the extreme opposite of San Diego. However, Alyssa moved back to the sunny state to finish school and join her sister at SDLA. Alyssa loves to rock climb at Vertical Hold in San Diego and she’s looking forward to climbing the ladder in the lighting industry as well as she kicks off her career at SDLA. Ready to meet the friendliest face at SDLA?

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

AM: My sister, Amanda Ivko, raved about the company and encouraged me to apply when they were looking for her replacement. While I’m just a small wheel in the massive machine of SDLA, I love knowing that my contribution makes a difference and helps to keep things running smooth. It’s exciting to continue to find my place and create goals for myself with the company because it is just the beginning for me.

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

AM: There’s a lot of problem-solving and delivering accuracy to clients in the role of project manager. I start my day by fielding orders and needs from our distributors and turning around orders as quickly as possible. When things aren’t delivered, or something goes wrong on the job site, the distributor will reach out to me to fix it, so I like to be quick on my feet with solutions. Internally, I work closely with the other project managers and the quick quotes team whenever I have questions or need something for a client.

Q: Do you have a favorite/rewarding project that you’ve worked on?

AM: Lighting is like a different language and there is a ton to learn, so I’ve really enjoyed just navigating the basics. When I first started, it was a bit overwhelming but now things are beginning to click. It’s fun to be out and about and notice a fixture or lighting system that we put in place. I’m really excited to see the results of my first big project, the Marriott in Coronado. This project was challenging but a great way to start my new position – it’s given me the opportunity to learn so much!

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

AM: I love that everyone has their person. Everyone here has their office best friend or real-life best friend working beside them every day and that creates a really unique environment. It’s fun to come to work when you get to collaborate with a team that cares about each other.

Meet The Team: Shareef Stratton

This summer when Shareef Stratton wasn’t eating burritos with his coworkers, he was eating his way through Italy with his new wife on their honeymoon! It’s been an exciting summer for the newlywed who has been helping launch our new Quick Quotes department along with relaunching our softball team to the top of the leaderboards! Shareef loves living in San Diego where he takes full advantage of the beach and, on the weekends, is constantly on the go. He and his wife Michelle love to hike, camp and travel every chance they get. Did you get all that? Let’s dive into this month’s meet the team with our all-star distributor salesman, Shareef!

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

SS: Seven years ago, I was in my hometown, Ventura, working in law enforcement, where I quickly learned that that career path was not for me. A friend living in San Diego offered me a position in sales at CED Carlsbad – a local electrical distributor- and my first thought was, “Who wouldn’t want to move to San Diego?” So I accepted the position and made the switch where the beginning of my lighting career began. Having a background in distribution has helped me a lot in my current role, especially since SDLA works closely with CED Carlsbad. Prior to my transition from an electrical distributor to a manufacturer agent, I was lucky to have insight into how the company operated and I was able to get to know the some of the team members before accepting the position here. Since I’ve joined the team, the last year and a half has been really incredible for me. And as an added bonus- with the growth of the company- I’m no longer the new guy!

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

SS: Each day I’m presented with a new opportunity in this role. Either out in the field finding the best solution for our clients, or in the office, problem-solving with the SDLA team. As a Distributor Salesman, it’s my responsibility to help our distributor customers stock and sell the right products for their contractors. It’s exciting to negotiate and work with our distributors on stocking agreements and design-build opportunities.

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

SS: The last few months, I’ve been helping launch our new quick quotes department and that’s been extremely rewarding. Creating a new department has challenged us all creatively, and it’s been exciting to see how effective and helpful the team has already been to our clients. Jessica and Chelsea, our quick quotes specialists, has improved my side of the business tremendously by reducing the time it takes to provide pricing and placing small orders for my customers. As I said, the addition of this department has significantly improved the way we are operating and we’re all eager to see where we can take the Quick Quotes Department.

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

SS: The environment Danny, Brian and Kristin created here encourages creativity, togetherness and teamwork. We all are working toward a similar goal while also independently being pushed to be better. It’s inspiring working with a team that is driven and is passionate about challenging one another in order to find the best solution. One thing I think that is extremely underrated in the corporate world is amazing coworkers. I can honestly say that this team is more like a family to me, and that makes coming into work each day that much better.

Meet The Team: Jessica Swank

Buckle up for this month’s Meet the Team, with Jessica Swank, who brings the speed to our quotations department. Jessica’s job is all about living in the fast lane as a quick quotes specialist, but the same can be said about her life at home as she juggles marriage, parenting and the upcoming Dodger baseball season. We hope Jessica’s son doesn’t mind sharing, because our staff knows her best as Momma Jess, due to her nurturing and caring spirit (Cliff even has her as his west coast emergency contact)! Jess is a blonde at heart and admits that she can sometimes, (ok pretty much daily), ask ditzy questions, but she loves being able to make everyone laugh and is a great sport when it comes to laughing at herself. Let’s switch things into high gear and introduce our fast acting, quick quotes specialist!

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

JS: It was really about being in the right place at the right time. I had been working for a plastic surgeon and was at a standstill in my career. I reached out to my friend, Lee, inquiring about any job leads she was aware of in her industry. Luckily, she got me in touch with Kristin, who interviewed me and I left with the job later that day. I would’ve never imagined my career transitioning into lighting but now that I’ve been here for almost 2 years, I couldn’t be happier that this opportunity fell into my lap.

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

JS: I love the quick turnaround aspect of my job. Quick quotes are supposed to come back to the customer in 30 minutes, but I always strive for a faster time. When customers get a quote back in 5 or 10 minutes, they’re really appreciative of the customer service. Guiding the customer’s journey from the beginning, starting from scratch, is very rewarding. I also love when one of my co-workers comes back to me and lets me know that we’re moving forward with a project I initially quoted.

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

JS: I know we all say this, but I love the culture here because we truly act like one big family. I definitely spend more time with my work family than any of my friends outside of work. I enjoy working here because it’s so easy to come into work when you love the people you work with. Even the worst Monday’s aren’t so bad because there is always laughter and good times in our office. We also like to have “ Family Lunches”, where we all go out to eat or eat together in the office…we make it a point to do it at least once a week.

Q: 2018 is here, is there anything work-related you are looking forward to?

 JS: I love being able to look back and see how far I’ve come. I’m excited to work with more projects that are of larger sizes. While it can be intimidating to quote large projects, the challenge really excites me. As I learn more and expand my skillset, I’m looking forward to becoming an even better resource for my co-workers. I’m very lucky to have such supportive bosses here, like Danny, who has some new ideas of things I can get involved in this year. I have a difficult time saying no to him or anyone really, so I’m always open to trying new things and I can’t wait to see what he and the rest of the principals have in mind for me!