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Office: (510) 982-3938
Cell: (510) 612-4721

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About Brian Franco

Brian Franco has worked in the lighting industry for over 16 years. In 2005, after graduating from Penn State with a degree in Architectural Engineering (lighting/ electrical option), he began his career as a lighting designer in San Francisco. In his role on the Applications and Technical Support Team, Brian now dedicates his time to supporting Lighting Systems’ sales team by providing customers with design and specification assistance, lighting calculations and technical support. Brian has his LEED AP BD+C credential and is also a Lighting Certified (LC) professional.

As a child Brian and his family moved around a lot, including stops in Budapest, Hungary and Rochester, NY but he has always called the greater Philadelphia area home and still makes frequent visits there to see family. Between his younger brother and sister, Brian now has an additional three nieces and a nephew to visit on his trips.

Brian was recently married on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe to Brooke, his partner of 5-years. His passions are music, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, and snowboarding.

Brian Franco
Applications/Technical Support

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Office: (510) 982 3920
Cell: (707) 477 4790


About Dustin Reyff

Dustin has been in the electrical field for the past 15 years. After graduating from Oregon City High School, he moved to California to work for his family's electrical company where he was an electrician for 8 years in the field and running commercial and service work. Dustin then moved on to electrical distribution at Graybar for 7.5 years. He worked in customer service, project specialist, account rep and rounded out his career in outside sales.

Dustin's hobbies are golfing, bike riding with the family and taking his son swimming anywhere and everywhere. He also likes to travel to San Diego to visit his parents.

Dustin is passionate about the lighting business and always eager to help anyone and everyone.

Dustin Reyff
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors

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Office: (510) 982 3919
Cell: (408) 772 8062


About Eric Leber

Eric comes to Lighting Systems with 10 years of working with major lighting manufacturers and 6 years working with electrical contractors on lighting projects. He was featured in the “Practical Wine and Vineyards” and “Wine Business Monthly” magazines for lighting retrofit solutions and was published nationally for his work with Kendall Jackson Family wines. Eric led a local ESCO branch in San Leandro that earned 6 PG&E awards and is passionate about using LED lighting design solutions for a more energy efficient future in California.

Eric loves to travel internationally and spend time with family. Hobbies include most outdoor activities, especially boating at Lake Berryessa in Napa. Eric and his wife Paula are excited for the post covid environment as they love to attend concerts and do an occasional stage dive. They have a 2-year-old daughter and spend most of their weekends at local parks in San Ramon.

Eric Leber
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors

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Office: (510) 982-3923


About Michelle Darcey

Michelle brings to Lighting Systems an extensive background in leading account operations for companies of varying sizes in Northern California. After graduating from Chabot College in Hayward, CA, Michelle has spent her career focusing on all aspects of office management and internal operations. Utilizing analytics, she has identified and resolved inconsistencies and streamlined workflow processes for companies in the pharmaceutical, material handling, and optical industries.

Michelle enjoys tending to her vegetable garden and spending time with her husband Bob, her 5 rescue kitties, and Bella her rescue dog. She looks forward to Sunday dinners with her entire family as the highlight of her weekend.

Michelle Darcey
Office Manager

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Office: (510) 982 3925
Cell: (415) 464 7005

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About Ron France

If one could say they are obsessed with lighting control it would be Ron France. His career in lighting has touched just about all facets of the industry: Manager, Engineer, Presenter, Designer, Troubleshooter, Integrator, T24 AT tester, just to name a few. His accolades include: Senior Electrical Engineer- design and specifications for commercial buildings (20 years); Lighting Designer – notably - Devos Children’s Hospital, Redbull Soccer Stadium, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Past VP for a Lighting Rep, Knowledge of AGI32, Autocad, A/V design and specifications, communications and networking infrastructure and certification; College Lecturer.
Ron enjoys working with "one of the best teams in the industry," as he leads the efforts of the Lighting Controls Department at Lighting Systems.

While Ron enjoys golf and bowling, he and his wife, Mary, enjoy home DIY projects including anything from landscaping to construction. They have five children. Ron says being a Grandfather surpasses anything one can imagine. Hearing "Papa Ron is amazing" is definitely something he loves!

Ron France
Controls Group Manager




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Office: (916) 865-2431

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About Melanie Gador

Melanie has the proud distinction of being a part of the Lighting Systems family through three generations of our growth. Over the last 23 years she has worked with the original partners on Townsend Street, 2nd generation on Howard Street and now with the 3rd generation at the Roseville office. With 31 years of experience in the electrical industry Melanie is a wiz in the CSR/Project Manager and Quotations arena.

Melanie and her husband Michael have two children, two nephews and one niece whom have kept them very busy over the past 26 years of marriage. Melanie enjoys cooking, traveling, and DIY projects with the kids. Her life goal is to become a foster parent to children in need.

Melanie Gador
Project Quotations




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Office: (775) 329 2030
Cell: (775) 386 7295

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About Rafael Fajardo

Rafael runs a tight regiment in our Nevada office, thanks to his military background. He is an Army, Gulf War veteran whom participated in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort. In addition to his military service, Rafael brings 30+ years of experience in the lighting industry to Lighting Systems. He has worked for distributors, lighting manufacturer, electrical contractor and lighting agencies.

Rafael and his wife Jackie have four children living in all corners of the United States.

In his free time, Rafael enjoys golfing, fishing, scuba diving/spear fishing, hiking, target shooting, and, he recently took-up snow skiing.

Rafael Fajardo
Outside Sales/Contractors and Distributors