Louise Gardner comes to Graham as a lighting industry expert with over 25 years of experience in new product development, marketing, sales, and engineering. Currently, she is the President of Smart Lighting Consulting, an independent consulting company to lighting industry manufacturers. She also serves on the Advisory Council for Graham Partners portfolio company, Myers EPS. Louise recently held the position of Vice President of Product Innovation and Marketing at SLV Lighting, an international lighting company.
Louise previously served as Director of Marketing and managed Unique Lighting Systems, a business unit of The Toro Company, where she led a 15-member team that doubled sales and improved gross margin by 9% during her four-year tenure. Prior to Unique Lighting, Louise served in several leadership roles at various lighting companies, including Eaton/Cooper Lighting, USA Illumination, Nora Lighting, and Shaper Lighting. Louise has garnered two design patents in her career.
Louise received her B.S. from Northern Illinois University and holds a green belt six sigma certification for new product development. Louise enjoys playing golf, tennis, and traveling in her free time. She also enjoys volunteering at non-profit organizations.