I was hired by Philips Lighting in 2015 as the Northeast Regional Manager and lead consultant for the Public Sector. With a background in sustainable design and green technologies, I ran my own construction and energy firm in New York City for eleven years. I've always been proud of being able to hold my own in a traditionally male-dominated environment—in fact, I was voted one of the Top 25 women entrepreneurs in New Jersey for two years in a row! Since my own company was a relatively small business with an annual turnover of no more than US$15M however, there was a limit to the scale of projects that I could take on.
It was winning the Harbor Lights Project for New York City* that helped me realize my vision of being a part of a large-scale iconic project. I was very impressed by the vision that Philips Lighting had for the future and it overlapped well with my own desire to contribute to the future of lighting technologies. By becoming a member of the end-user team, I am now involved in the largest project in the history of the company to date. It's a spectacular multi-million dollar municipal project commissioned by the Governor of New York, of which we're supplying US$65M in products and systems for the nine bridges and four tunnels surrounding the city.
Freedom to advance
I'm at a time in my career when I'm experiencing my second career birth. With Philips I am able to explore my capabilities in my chosen field and now feel as though there is no limit to what I can work to achieve. I love being out there in the marketplace, and I also have time to wind down, working in my garden, reading and enjoying the outdoors. I gave up TV years ago. I like having the freedom now to continue to advance my knowledge and expertise in lighting consultancy. That's a great thing about Philips Lighting; they have so many great online courses. And the Philips Lighting University in Somerset, New Jersey provides lots of opportunities to participate in advanced trainings to make sure we continue to be positioned as a thought-leader in the industry.