October 19, 2017
Van Rommel's Retirement
|After a very successful and hard-earned 45-year career in entertainment lighting, Pathway Connectivity and Acuity Brands would like to congratulate Van Rommel on his retirement.
Van studied Music and Theater at Trinity University before hitting the road as a lighting designer and touring lighting director for some of the big acts in Rock 'n Roll during the seventies, including extended tours with Waylon Jennings, REO Speedwagon and POCO. Those happy years became even happier when he met his bride-to-be Beth. To get away from sleeping on a tour bus and to spend more time with Beth and raise a family, Van got a suit and started designing for television in 1980 and eventually started a career as a specialized sales person in theatrical and architectural lighting controls.
Raising two children, Mia and Will, the Rommels settled in San Antonio, Texas. Van was invited to join Vari*Lite in Dallas and led to that firm's effort to move beyond concert touring and promote the use of automated lighting on Broadway, cruise ships, Las Vegas showrooms, opera and theme parks. At the same time, Vari*Lite introduced the landmark VL5 and VL6 luminaires and Van established and built a network of dedicated production services partners who enabled the company to offer top-notch quality lighting in local and regional markets throughout North America.
Van then became the Southeast Regional Sales Manager, then National Sales Manager for Strand Lighting and remained with them until joining Acuity Brands Lighting in 2010. Van was instrumental in Acuity's acquiring Horizon Control and Pathway Connectivity and combining those engineering, manufacturing and customer service teams to birth what is now known as a leading-edge solutions provider for lighting controls and networking technologies for the entertainment and architainment verticals. Other Acuity Brands, such as Fresco, are now reaping the benefits of the products and technologies dia o b-togepan9 em/=tmD c87Sri
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