We believe that through solid team work, a dynamic and cutting edge product portfolio and strong relationships, we can be the Best in Service Lighting Agency in San Diego. Our goal is to be a team of driven, humble, experienced and service oriented people who drive to give the best solutions to our clients. We offer a portfolio of the best products with fit and finish, competitive pricing and end of project satisfaction for the design and construction teams of Southern California.
The Lighting Element is excited to be building a team of service oriented, engaging and dynamic people focused on serving the customer and providing solutions to client’s needs. We are excited about building this dynamic team of driven individuals who want a fun, fast paced, enriching environment.
As founder and CEO of The Lighting Element, Maddy Kent MacElwee is excited to create a new lighting agency in San Diego. She began her career in 1990 from the ground up. She started in this industry doing submittals on a typewriter and managing a small warehouse for a lighting agency in Seattle. In the early 90s Maddy returned to her hometown of San Diego, where she worked as a project manager for a leading electrical distributor. In 1997, Maddy had her most rewarding and challenging job as a stay at home mom, and returned to the workforce in 2002 as quotations manager in electrical distribution. 2004 brought her to Lightolier where she began in specification sales, quickly becoming the District Sales Manager and winning Team of the Year in her first year in the role. In 2013 Maddy became District Manager for Philips Lighting, with responsibility for luminaires, lamps and drivers for the territory of San Diego and Hawaii. Excited to build up from this solid foundation, The Lighting Element brings her passion for lighting together with an amazing team of people.
Scott MacElwee joins TLE with 24 years experience in the electrical industry, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, solid relationships and his O.G. style. Scott and Maddy worked together starting back from 2004-2009 at Lightolier when Scott's career took him to Los Angeles. Originally from Pennsylvania, Scott might rock his Eagles jersey at TLE, bringing the NFC East into play in the office banter. Scott epitomizes the TLE values of Humble, People Smart, Champion, Happy & Dare to be Different. Scott is excited to be returning to the San Diego market as Vice President of The Lighting Element.
From East Coast to West Coast, and a brief stay back in New Jersey, Brendan McCartney is now at home in San Diego. A graduate of Rutgers, he began his career in lighting at Philips headquarters in 2014, and has since honed his skills in Color Kinetics and Lighting Controls. Often Brendan can be found hiking in his free time, as well as working on his music project. Quick to lend a hand, keeping it positive.
Susan Putman - a pioneer in lighting in Southern California, referred to often as the "Queen of Specification" Susan has agreed (after a little begging by Maddy) to offer her talents on a part time basis to assist The Lighting Element in it's early years. A mom of two, a rider of elephants, and an endearing friend to those close to her.
Christina Cabra joined the Lightolier factory direct team through the trainee program in 2007 after graduating from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Originally from Nashua, New Hampshah, Christina brought the word "wicked" to San Diego. After a brief departure to Phoenix, she returned last year to the cooler weather of San Diego. Hard working and passionate, Christina has a wicked awesome personality.
A graduate of USC, Vanessa comes to The Lighting Element from the distributor side. A hard working mother and family woman, she is a native of San Diego. Vanessa is tough as nails, dedicated to her team and gets the job done, always striving to go the extra mile and do it right, do it once. A regular Annie Oakley with a rifle, The Lighting Element is excited to have Vanessa on our team.
Born and Raised in San Diego, Venessa is the mother of three beautiful girls. A teacher for 13 years, her husband introduced her to Maddy after hearing about The Lighting Element's launch and knowing what a great fit Venessa would be for the new team. She is excited to be starting her next career in lighting. A Polynesian dance enthusiast, a favorite thing is being around friends and family and is always up for a cook out!
Another graduate of Rutgers has joined the Lighting Element team. Michael Mai joined Philips Lighting in 2014 and began supporting the San Diego Philips team from the Phoenix office after completing the training program. Michael relocated to San Diego in January, 2017 to join The Lighting Element. An avid swimmer and concert enthusiast, Michael enjoys farmers markets, outdoor concerts, playing the drums, pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Manny moved to the US as a five year old with his family and grew up in the Bronx. A 12 year veteran of the US Marine Corps, he fell in love with San Diego while stationed here from 2011-2013. An avid NY Giants fan, Manny is a sports and gym enthusiast and a people person with a smile always on his face.
Esther joined the TLE team in February, 2018 as quotes administrator. Esther is absolutely dog obsessed, who's pug and shiba inu that are like children to her. At times she is an adrenaline junkie and enjoys challenges like sky diving! She has been to Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, Yucatan, and other places in Mexico for non-profit volunteer programs. During these trips she has taught English, dance and drama and found the trips to be truly life changing!
Our third graduate of Rutgers has joined The Lighting Element's team. Alex joins us as a Project Manager after relocating to San Diego from New Jersey. A former fitness instructor, Alex is looking forward to keeping our TLE projects in great shape. A NY Giant's fan and veteran Karaoke singer, Alex is a ringer for "name that tune" and can name almost any song after just three notes.
Esmeralda joined TLE as Project Manager in Feb 2018. With a strong customer service background, Esmeralda is a Southern California Native, mom to a beautiful daughter. Esmeralda's fiance says she keeps the Hershey Chocolate company in business. She is both spontaneous and organized, a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino movies - and her first car was a '66 Mustang!