Louise Gardner leads the team at Smart Lighting Consulting. She is an expert with over twenty-five years experience in the lighting industry, for both large and small companies. Louise has the know-how and expertise to strategize locally and globally for your company. Capitalizing on her skills in business strategy, marketing research, technology assessment, organizational process and team facilitation, Ms. Gardner influences and guides the product development and strategic efforts of clients in all facets of the lighting industry.
Louise was recently appointed as an advisory board member for Graham Partners LLC. Graham Partners is private investment firm based in Philadelphia.
Louise started her career at Kenall Manufacturing as a project engineer. Moving to Cooper Lighting/Eaton she started in the engineering pool and was quickly promoted on the the new product development team that developed Iris Lighting Systems. That is where she found her passion for marketing research and business development. Promoted multiple times in marketing, product management and engineering she has managed brands including Iris Lighting Systems, Fail-Safe, Shaper Lighting, McGraw-Edison, Halo Track and Surelites, Neo-Ray and Corelite products.
Holding additional executive positions at Nora Lighting, The Toro Company, USA Illumination and SLV Lighting NA Louise has a proven track record of successful business management and strategic development.
A mechanical engineer by education, Louise has also garnered two patents from various product innovations. She is also extremely process driven with a Six Sigma Green Belt certification in New Product Development.