Executive Team

A.L.P.’s leadership team not only possesses vast industry knowledge but also has the business expertise and commitment to guide the organization’s success and serve our valued customers.

In spite of our growth, A.L.P. remains a family business. Founder and chairman, William Brown, continues to be a guiding force while his sons, Steve and David, hold key positions as CEO and COO respectively. Many of the values that the Brown family holds dear, such as respect, commitment and hard work, are behind A.L.P.’s guiding principles.

William Brown

William Brown

Chairman

Company founder, Bill Brown has been supplying the lighting marketplace with components for more than 55 years. From company beginnings to this day, the A.L.P. team has relied heavily on Bill’s extensive sales experience and manufacturing expertise. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the IESNA and a committee member of the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Trained as an accountant, Steve Brown spent the majority of his early career with A.L.P. focusing on sales and marketing in different regions of the United States. As CEO, Steve plays a critical role in the company’s new product development and channels his considerable energy and enthusiasm to customer service and company growth. He has served as a board member of the IESNA in Chicago and Los Angeles.

David Brown

David Brown

Chief Operating Officer

David Brown began his career with A.L.P. Lighting Components in 1978, holding a variety of international positions before assuming the operational helm. Educated as a lawyer, David’s attention to detail brings a unique perspective to the organization. David’s focus on improving processes and operations in turn improves service to A.L.P. customers. He has served as President of the Energy Efficient Lighting Association.

Eduardo Alvarez

Eduardo Alvarez

Vice President and Business Manager, A.L.P. Plastics

Eduardo Alvarez has more than 20 years of experience in the plastics industry, in such areas as manufacturing, molding, compounding, tooling and machinery.  In his role as Vice President and Business Unit Manager, Eduardo is responsible for the planning, organization and controls assigned to A.L.P.’s Steel Craft, Reflek® and Vantex™ brands.  He manages these products and services through all stages of the product life cycle to optimize profits, as well as achieve marketing, financial and corporate growth objectives. Eduardo holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey.

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes

Vice President And Business Manager, A.L.P.’S LexaLite Brand

Tom Barnes is a Certified Lighting Professional and has four patents related to plastics in lighting. He spent his entire career with LexaLite®, holding positions in sales, sales management, operations and strategic development. In his current role with A.L.P., he is responsible for defining and promoting the plastic optical product line – a business unit that includes LexaLite® product lines and high-performance optical sheets – ensuring profitability through management of product development, production, pricing and related functions.

Jeff Benton

Jeff Benton

President Of A.L.P.

With more than 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, Jeff Benton joined A.L.P. in 2005 as a plant manager. He guided the growth of the manufacturing operation through a number of major acquisitions, eventually being given company-wide operations responsibility and the leadership of Business Unit management. In his current role as President, Jeff has strategic and managerial responsibility for the entire A.L.P. enterprise, including manufacturing operations, finance, distribution and product development. A US Army veteran, Jeff began his career with Cooper Lighting and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Steve Dix

Steve Dix

Vice President, Customer Fulfillment

Steve has more than 25 years of manufacturing-related experience, and since joining A.L.P. in 1995 has held Dix progressively responsible management positions in the areas of warehousing, operations and logistics. Steve has been appointed Vice President, Customer Fulfillment. In this role, he manages the entire order processing experience, including customer service, inventory, warehousing and logistics.

Jim Grady

Jim Grady

Chief Financial Officer

Jim Grady has more than 25 years of finance and operations experience with expertise in all aspects of financial systems, planning, reporting and analysis. An entire career in the manufacturing sector – including tenures with aluminum and plastics extruders – has made Jim adept at the analysis and decision-making required to maximize the profitability of a complex, multi-plant operation. He is responsible for the company’s finance, accounting, information technology, and human resources departments.

Patti Maenza

Patti Maenza

Director of Human Resources

Patti Maenza brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to A.L.P. Her expertise in employee relations and recruitment, as well as her professional credentials, give her the diverse background required to manage multiple programs and policies. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resource (PHR) and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the Management Association of Illinois. Patti played a pivotal role in transition management during the company’s recent growth and acquisition mode and is responsible for directing and managing all US human resource activities.

Donny Wall

Donny Wall

President of Bill Brown Sales

Donny Wall manages the revenue and field performance of the Bill Brown Sales team. He has worked in lighting his entire career, including holding key positions at Cooper Lighting. In the past, he has managed crucial account relationships for Bill Brown Sales in the Southeast. Donny’s market expertise and leadership skills are an asset to the sales team and OEM customers.

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