Our Team

Patrick Harders

President & Owner

Josh Palmer

Field Operations Manager

Andy Shumate

Sales & Trade Partnerships

Karen Hu

Office Administrator

Danny Klassen

Field Technician

Keysmer Galeas

Field Technicial

Laura Harders

Social Media & Marketing

Patrick Harders

Patrick Harders

President & Owner

Patrick is the lighting mastermind behind Enlightened Lighting.

Patrick was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. While earning his finance degree from UNC Charlotte, he began working with Tom Fenig, a pioneer in outdoor lighting. During college, Patrick designed over 500 outdoor lighting systems for Tom’s company.

Upon graduating in 2001, Patrick bought an outdoor lighting franchise from Tom’s company and moved to Northern Virginia. During his 10 years with the franchise, Patrick helped design four products for two of their manufacturers.

After fulfilling his franchise obligations, in 2011, Patrick left the franchise world to start his own LED lighting company, Enlightened Lighting. Patrick has designed and installed lighting systems in over 3,000 homes throughout Northern Virginia, and is one of the very few Class A contractors specializing in landscape lighting in all of Virginia.

Patrick along with Damien Sanchez and Josh Palmer founded Sterling Lighting, an LED manufacturer. Patrick has been involved with every aspect of designing the full product line, which includes 9 patents and an additional 9 patents pending.

Patrick married Laura in 2005 and they have two children, Benjamin and Abigail.

Patrick has over 15 years in the lighting industry and finds that his passion and excitement to show people the beauty in light is as strong as ever.

Josh Palmer

Josh Palmer

Field Operations Manager

Josh is the knowledgable, electrical guru on our installation team, in charge of managing all field operations.

Josh was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Growing up in a small town of under 400 people where it was common to get snow as early as October and continue to get snow into May, the move to Northern Virginia in 2002 was a big change.

Josh has taken over 400 classroom hours in electrical training, home automation training, and has installed over 2,500 outdoor lighting systems.

Josh is married to Marie and they have two young boys and a dog.

Andy Shumate

Andy Shumate

Sales & Trade Partnerships

Andy leads our Enlightened Lighting sales division.

Andy was born in Fairfax and spent the first part of his childhood in Fairfax County before moving out to Warrenton, Virginia. Andy began working in the outdoor lighting field six years ago. He started off as a part of our installation and maintenance team, before transitioning over into our sales division. He is passionate about lighting design and delivering excellent customer service.

Prior to working for Enlightened, Andy held various jobs working with outdoor contractors. Andy is an avid New York Giants fan, snowboarder and movie buff. He recently added the role of “dad” to his resume with the birth of his adorable daughter Paisley.

Karen Hu

Karen Hu

Office Administrator

Karen is the driving force behind our office team. She is in charge of our company scheduling, billing and customer relations. When you call the main office phone line, Karen is the friendly voice you hear on the other end.

With over a decade experience in the green industry, Karen loves developing new systems and procedures to make the office run efficiently.

Danny Klassen

Danny Klassen

Field Technician

Danny is a member of our installation and service team.

He grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from Osbourn Park High School in Manassas. Danny has been working for Enlightened Lighting for close to a year. Prior to joining our team, he worked in utilities.

In his spare time Danny loves to write and produce music, particularly experimental and progressive pieces. He is a big Washington Capitals hockey fan and is a proud “pup parent” to three wonderful dogs — a Chihuahua, German Shepherd, and Labrador retriever — two of which were rescued.

Keysmer Galeas

Keysmer Galeas

Field Technician

Keysmer is a member of our installation and service team. He has 5 years experience in outdoor lighting, including both commercial and residential lighting.

Keysmer was born in Honduras and grew up in Northern Virginia. He attended Washington Lee High School and Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg. Keysmer is an avid soccer player and Real Madrid fan. He has a proud “pup parent” to his 9 month old blue and red pit bull.

Laura Harders

Laura Harders

Social Media & Marketing

Laura brings her social media-savvy skills to our company’s blog and creates and manages Enlightened Lighting’s content across various online marketing platforms and social networks.

Laura is a native of the Northern Virginia area, having grown up in Springfield and Fairfax. She attended the University of Virginia, and comes from a family rivalry of UVA and VA Tech alumni. Shortly after graduating she met and eventually married Patrick; today they reside in Prince William County and have two children.

Laura began helping with Patrick’s lighting career after the birth of their first child and she has previously filled various roles on his administrative team. She currently assists with Enlightened Lighting’s social media marketing and PR, while also running her popular blog BeltwayBargainMom.com.

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