October 2016

Steve Castellani
Specification Lighting Sales (SLS) 

Q: How did you first get started in the lighting industry?
It was my best friend, Randy Kirsch, my partner at SLS since 2010, who first introduced me to the lighting industry. In the late 1990s, I started my first job in lighting as a sales rep for a theatrical lighting manufacturer. Shortly after, I started Castellani & Co, a lighting manufacturer's rep firm, in the basement of my house in Lehigh Valley, PA. I commuted 200 miles daily to New York City in order to establish a foothold here. In 2007, Castellani & Co became Specification Lighting Sales (SLS), and by 2009 we were firmly rooted in Manhattan. I am extremely fortunate to have attracted a select group of leading manufacturers. It is also rewarding to work with an educated and highly professional partner and staff.

Q: How did you first get involved in the IESNYC?
As with so many people starting out in the industry, I attended IESNYC events. I found them to be educational and a great place to network. As a member of the Section and someone who has an established company, I know how important these events are, which is why we, as a company, support them.  

Q: How do you see your role as member of the IESNYC?
We encourage our sales team of young, experienced lighting designers to attend IESNYC events. I understand the importance of being involved on an IESNYC committee, and we support our rising star, Kacie Stigliano, who is secretary of the Section. Kacie is also involved in getting college students to become student members and, once they graduate, to join the EmergIES. We try to give her the space to do what she needs to do for the Section, and we’ve made our office available for committee meetings and parties. This year, we sponsored the cocktail hour at the Lumen Awards Gala. We are also proud IESNYC Platinum Calendar Sponsors. That financial support helps the Section continue its good work.

Q: In your opinion, what are the best assets of the IESNYC?
The IESNYC provides a platform for both young and experienced lighting professionals to share ideas and continue to innovate the industry.