Owner, Ion Lighting
With over 20 years of experience in the architectural lighting and design industry, Jamie Connell brings his lighting expertise to companies throughout the country.
After finishing high school, a Massachusetts-born Connell enlisted himself in the infantry stationed in Germany and served in the Gulf War. Upon returning home from the Army, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. With a drive to succeed, Connell then went on to work for General Electric Company in Boston. While there, he was part of the technical sales leadership program, became a Six Sigma Black Belt, and ultimately moved into consulting where he oversaw quality control projects.
Four years later, Connell moved to General Electric’s Florida location as a sales engineer in their electrical division. After 10 more years with the company, Connell decided it was time to go out on his own. And in 2011, Ion Lighting was established.
“I decided to start my own lighting company by meeting directly with the manufacturers,” Connell says. “By having these relationships, I am able to build and create custom lighting fixtures that I can then deliver to my clients.”
Whether it’s a need to create custom LED lighting solutions or lighting controls, Ion Lighting has a wealth of resources from Asian and North American manufacturers to their own manufacturing facility in Orlando. Some of Ion Lighting’s most innovative projects have been the result of successful collaborations with companies that include Disney and Universal as well as resorts, hotels, commercial and multi-family projects throughout the country.
“I liked to be challenged with new projects and ideas,” Connell says. “It’s great to bring a new product to market while helping customers complete their projects on time.”
Paul Rodriguez is an accomplished sales professional with more than 18 years of experience in the Communications Industry where he recently served as Vice President of Sales. He has been able to establish strong relationships building value for his partners via his problem-solving business style and commitment to developing true partnerships with his clients from every level of the organization.
He has worked closely with key accounts to help drive revenue and deliver a premium product for his clients like Orlando Health, Advent Health, Universal Studios, Morgan & Morgan, Fields Auto Group, Toyota of Orlando to name a few.
He is excited about joining the Ion Lighting team and the opportunities that come with a great company and product. “The team at Ion Lighting has to be some of the best if not the best in the architectural lighting and design industry. The level of expertise, commitment, and professionalism is second to none. I’m fortunate to be able to be a part of the Ion Lighting Family”.