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To invent something that has never existed before is my greatest passion. Being told “No” or “that can’t be done” is the fuel that motivates me.
If you had told me I would end up owning a lighting manufacturing company when I was pursuing my degree in Architectural Engineering and later went on to get an MBA, I never would have believed you. However, there is this wonderful symbiotic relationship between my formal education, past accomplishments and my interests that goes hand-in-hand in the lighting industry.
Welding, sculpting, wood working, and of course inventing new luminaires, I can usually be found in the shop into the wee hours of the morning. No, I don’t sleep a lot, but with so many things to learn, improve, and accomplish, sleep is a currency I can live without to feed my curiosity.
I continually get to create something new and exciting while using cutting edge (and rapidly improving) technology… Who wouldn’t sign up for that?
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Food & Fitness!
I am obsessed about fitness and food. I work out to eat and eat to work out. After discovering pole fitness as an alternate way to stay fit, I was addicted. I took classes and ultimately became a pole instructor. In fact, when I am on the road visiting my customers, it’s not unheard of that I will take a fitness class of some sort, usually yoga, pilates or pole, while in your city. It just one of many things I love. I also, enjoy preparing my own dishes at home and trying new restaurants when on the road. I will usually seek out the #1 Yelp rated restaurant in your area.
I adore my little family, including the four-legged furry family member who comes to the office with me every day. I am the mother of the President Elect of LUX dynamics, Keoni McCarty, a joyful handful to say the least. She is the pride of my life’s accomplishments. I am also honored to being able to help support my husband in this amazing venture, LUX dynamics, he has created from the ground up with his own two hands.
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A book to the mind is as a gym to the body…
Whether it is a science fiction novel about time machines or a national geographic issue about volcanoes and earthquakes, I love to read! Unlike many of my friends and their video game addictions, books are my weak point. I find myself getting lost in the text, visualizing myself in the story, and finding a personal connection to the characters. To me, books are real-life dreams.
It is difficult to pull me away from a book, although, I love spending time with my dad at the LUX factory. I enjoy the hands-on experience with different tools and machines, organizing drill-bits, taps, end mills, and learning the business.
I have big plans to have a business of my own someday. I have been working on the business plan to manufacture fairy wands filled with refillable fairydust packets of varying potions. With this, if you’re in a mood to cast a spell to turn a frog into a prince or to have the ability to fly, you can go to the supermarket and buy that potion. My revenue from the initial sale of the wand is minimal, but I don’t care because I’ll make millions from the one-time use potion packs.
My company will be called LUXstar.
I like surprises. Mostly I like surprising others. I am always looking for a way to make someone smile.
Handling Accounts Receivable gives me few opportunities to be myself so I find other outlets to get my kicks. At work we have one of those bank teller vacuum systems that ports shipping paperwork from the loading doc directly to my desk. I like to send the cartridge back with candy in it. It makes me smile to know the person on the other end gets a nice surprise when the cartridge is returned…
I have always helped people. Before working at LUX dynamics, I was a masseuse. Sometime I wonder if that’s why John hired me… Did he think the staff was going to get a full time masseuse/book keeper?
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Whether underneath my scrubs (at work) or at the university where I am majoring in physics, I am typically sporting a T-shirt representing a super-hero. I’ve become rather famous in many circles for them.
Doctor Who is my favorite “of course!”-because who doesn’t like Doctor Who? For those not in the know, the BBC show depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called “The Doctor”, a two-hearted extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. He explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS, usually accompanied by a friend or two. He generally gets himself into situations where he needs to solve a problem; mainly with diplomacy, science, a dash of cleverness, or the ‘occasional’ explosion.
I like math and science. Well that’s an understatement. Since elementary school, my peers claimed that I had “a calculator for a brain”. I also like to keep an order to things and understand how/why they work—which is rather helpful for both my work here and at school.
Musician and teacher extraordinaire
I like to teach. Whether it’s lighting, software, computer hacking, or music, I find myself at my best while teaching. My love for music began too long ago to remember, when my house was always filled with song. I spent all my formative years learning to play anything I could get my hands on, and making music is my outlet for my creative self-expression.
Lighting captured my interest since working at LUX dynamics as it is a never-ending process, but nothing compares to the feelings I get when I play a lick like this:
(imagine “Freebird” by Lynard Skynard is being played)
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The world is my playground.
Give me a mountain, and I’ll climb it. Give me a board, and I’ll ride it. Give me a bike, and I’ll learn how to do a wheelie. Anything “outdoor adventure” related is enough to get my attention.
With all the exposure to outdoor sports one could ask for growing up, I learned to love challenges. Doing a wheelie was my latest accomplishment. While going to school for my BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, I finally figured out the physics needed to accomplish this much craved (silly to some) task. Silly to most, but I’ll never forget my first wheelie.
Post-graduation, I went to work at LUX dynamics and rapidly moved up to Design/Innovation Lead. I will never lose my passion for the outdoors, but it seems that lighting has found an equal place in my heart.
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I LOVE yarn. I am an avid knitter & crocheter. I consistently have five or six yarn projects started at any given time, everything from blankets, hats, crop tops, and stuffed animals. I rarely keep any of my creations, but instead gift them to my family and friends. There is something so therapeutic about putting on my favorite playlist and creating something new with pretty yarn!
When I am not traveling around visiting our amazing customers with my yarn bag in hand, you can find me at a pole fitness studio. I fell in love with pole fitness several years ago and since then have become an instructor. There is a serious amount of strength, flexibility, and pain tolerance involved in the sport and I absolutely love the feeling of accomplishing a beautiful new trick or combo and putting it to the perfect song!
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