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.”
Sebastian Oyegun is an accomplished project manager and sales professional with more than 14 years in the US Army as a Logistics Officer, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sebastian controls budgets, negotiates subcontracts, and provides day-to-day communication with the project team to ensure jobs remain on schedule and within budget.
In his role as Project Manager/Outside Sales at Ion Lighting, Sebastian fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining morale. His strong communication and client service skills enhance Ions process-driven philosophy.
Sebastian holds a Bachelors’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He also has a Certified Associate degree in Project Management.
For the past 11 years, Sebastian has been giving back to the community by coaching basketball to Orlando youth. In addition to coaching, he spends his time with his wife, and three kids.
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 for a national media company.
He establishes strong business relationships by creating value for his partners via his problem-solving business style and commitment to developing true partnerships from every level of the organization. He works closely with key accounts to help drive revenue opportunities and deliver a premium product for his clients.
Paul is excited about joining the Ion Lighting team. “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.”