putting our clients needs first for over 20 years

Our Team

Kelly Gallagher

President

Kelly started EverLights is 1995, bringing to Chicago it’s first fluorescent lamp recycling company. Her vision was to create a company that protects the environment, while also creating employment opportunities for women and minorities. In 2012 she added new lighting to EverLights services, and in 2015 she added electrical distribution. Kelly has won multiple awards, including Enterprising Woman of the Year and the Rosie Award.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: The bulk of my energy goes to both our clients and my staff – making sure both entities are successful and happy with the work we are producing.

Q:What is your guilty pleasure song? A: Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits, Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and Rise Up by Andrea Day…all depends on the mood of the moment!

Q:What is something interesting about you? A:I love to dance like crazy, ride motorcycles, and hike deep in the woods.

Michael Hall

Vice President

Michael has 25 years of experience in the electrical distribution business with a focus on the construction market. He understands how a company runs from the ground up, as he has worked positions from warehouse, to customer service, to sales, to management.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: I am the Vice President, so I touch a lot of what happens in the company. However, I do focus on developing our construction related services for our construction clients.

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: I want to experience life. One of my best memories is riding motorcycles across country with my son. I want to keep experiencing things – until a tree falls on me.

Deborah Perez

Construction Market Specialist

Deb has worked in distribution since she was 20 years old. She started in the low voltage business, and through the years has evolved into data communication, daily electrical material, and now working in roadway and lighting!

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: Construction Market Specialist. In other words, account rep.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: “Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: Everyone has a gift, mine is the ability to deal well with difficult personalities.

Daniel Jovanov

Project Coordinator

Daniel comes to EverLights with a background in construction administration and marketing. As a project manager for EverLights, he ensures that purchases and deliveries are made in a timely manner, and keeps our customers updated on the process. Daniel has recently taken on the task of creating photometric layouts for the lighting team which helps customers see the results of changing out their luminaries before they are installed.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: Project Coordinator

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: 90s and early 2000s techno song that’s worth its weight in salt is my guilty pleasure song!

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: You mean you don’t find what I just said interesting!?

Camelia Flores

Billing Specialist

Camelia came to EverLights with a background in logistics. She moved freight for large companies such as WalMart. Therefore, her first position with EverLights was as part of the recycling team. She handled some of our national accounts needs – namely our esco partners and Walgreens. From the recycling team, she moved onto project management and finally accounting.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: I enter accounts payable, and process invoices.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: “Back to Life” by Alicia Keys

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: I don’t wear makeup or jewelry. Very natural.

Keith Viola

Lighting Sales

Keith attended the College of St. Francis, and came to EverLight with 24+ years of sales experience, 12 of those years were spent at Graybar Electric. He manages our inside lighting support team.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: Project Manager

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: Lunatic Fringe by Red Rider. There’s a story….

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: I hate cheese!

Cynthia Bischak

Administrative Assistant

Cindy joined us in 2016 after relocating to Chicago from Colorado. She comes to us with 25+ years of experience as an executive assistant where she was spearheading fundraisers, serving on boards, and doing volunteer work.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: Receptionist, A/P and assist where possible.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: Skidamerink

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: Living style where I take huge pleasures in scaling down and ridding myself and others of “non-useful stuff” as we have way too many possessions.

Juan Padilla

Outside Sales

Juan served as an Aviation Mechanic in the Navy for 4 years, and received his Bachelor of Science-Marketing degree from DePaul. He has 4+ years of industry experience, and is one of our Construction Market Specialists.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: I am an outside salesperson. I meet with clients, and work with them on their project and job needs. I take this information to my inside team to assure what is needed on the job is executed.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: “Black Betty” by Ram Jam

Q:What is something interesting about you? A:Veteran United States Navy

Omid Shahrava

Recycling Account Manager

Omid graduated from the University of Cincinnati, and has been with EverLights since 2015. He is one of our recycling account managers, and handles our national accounts.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: am the main national account manager for EverLights. I make sure our national partners get the same level of service and response time as if they were located in Chicago. I take pride in knowing how my customers preferences.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: It’s a guilty pleasure….that means it’s Top Secret!

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: I’m Bi lingual

Mark Ingles

Controller

Mark comes to EverLights with 25+ years of corporate finance and accounting experience. He oversees all aspects of accounting and finance operations for EverLights.

Q: What do you do at EverLights? A: I handle day to day financial operations

Q: What is your guilty pleasure song? (You know that one you rock out to when no one is looking!) A: Anything Kid Rock, have seen him 8 times and counting.

Q: What is something interesting about you? A: I am a skilled mechanic

Mike Witkowski

Senior Project Manager

Mike started with EverLights in 2011 and was initially hired for an account manager position for the recycling team. By a combination of leadership skills and a can-do/will-do attitude, he quickly moved around in the organization. He has overseen operations, managed the warehouse, and is now managing lighting projects. Mike spent the majority of his career in lighting, which makes him an asset throughout the EverLights organization.

Q: What do you do for EverLights? I am project managing our lighting projects, with a strong focus on Northwestern and Northwestern projects.

Dan Ward

Director of Operations and Marketing

Dan joined EverLights in Spring of 2017 but brings with him 17 years of Corporate experience having worked at Walgreens and Grainger during that span. He has held multiple rolls in various divisions of both companies spanning across Operations, Procurement, Corporate Strategy and Product Management. While successful in his corporate career Dan always had a curiosity and passion for small business and felt that EverLights would be a good place for him to test those waters.

What do you do for EverLights? I oversee the operational structure of the company, helping to create employee training and improve company process to help streamline EverLights operations. In addition to these functions I also work closely with the recycling and energy sales teams to bring more strategic corporate partnerships to EverLights and strengthen those that currently exist.

Mario Capetillo

Director of Energy Solutions

Mario started with EverLights in 2016. Prior to coming to EverLights, Mario worked at ComEd in their utility rebate department. Before his time at ComEd, Mario was with AEP Energy selling and project managing lighting projects. His cumulative experience has allowed him to successfully develop a lighting upgrade division for EverLights.

What do you do at EverLights? I manage the successful completion of lighting project development and execution. I work on projects both in Chicago, and across the country. With each project, I manage the schedule, budget, rebates and lighting standards for our clients.

Kevin Artz

Project Manager

Kevin supports the lighting needs of our local clients – even going to the job sites to verify what EverLights is selling is the correct solution for that application. He joined EverLights after selling lighting projects for a lighting contractor. He prefers this side of the industry – as it gives him time to develop deeper relationships with the client. Kevin’s passion is energy efficiency.

What do you do at EverLights? I sell, service, and manage the lighting needs for our local clients.

What is something interesting about you? I am the youngest of six and attended five schools in five years. What this taught me – how to get along with people, and how to eat fast when necessary! I also love to hike, read, make pictures and explore.

Toye Adefeso

Recycling Manager

Toye started with EverLights in 2014 as a logistics coordinator in the recycling department. He is so thorough with his account management and services, that he has become the go-to for anything recycling in our local market. Toye has a diverse background – one that ranges from singing to acting.

What do you do at EverLights? I manage the recycling needs of our local customers, as well as one national account – Bed Bath and Beyond.

What’s something interesting about you? I have a few interesting things about me – I have a video on youtube, featuring some of my co-workers as actors. I was born in London. And, my last nugget, I was a star in an independent film this year.

Our History

1995

Patt, Kelly, and Ken Gallagher started EverLights, and got their first recycling customer, University of Chicago.‎

1996

EverLights plays a major role in making the city of Chicago pass lamp recycling.‎

1997

EverLights lobbies in Springfield, helping Illinois be one of the first states to pass a law that mandates lamp recycling.‎

1999

EVL adds Walgreens as a client and takes business from local to nationwide. Mandated lamp recycling law are implimented natiowide under universal waste laws.‎

2000

EverLights moves their office from Mokena to Chicago, and partners with Ektos, and energy service provider.‎

2006

Kelly Gallagher purchases the company from her mother.‎;

2007

Kelly wins the Enterprizing Woman of the Year Award.‎

2013

EverLights moves from Chicago to Skokie, increasing their space by 100 percent. Grainger is added as a recycling client.‎

2014

EverLights partners with GE to sell their products. Everlights wins the City Colleges of Chicago 10,000 Small Businesses Growth Award for biggest growth, Everlights becomes a certified DBE.‎

2015

EverLights add DBE infrastructure to their specialties. Wal-Mart becomes a recycling client. GE names Everlights their #1 LED distributor. EVL takes care of all the Cook County Courthouses' recycling and lighting supply needs.‎

2016

EverLights wins Northwestern University Legacy lighting projects. We light up the exterior of the campus with Philips and GE fixtures.‎

2017

EverLights expands operationally. We moved to a 25,000 square foot facility near O’Hare.‎