GENLED Brands pleased to announce several key appointments
HOUSTON, TX (June 7, 2021) – GENLED Brands™, a designer and manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, is pleased to announce that Scott H. Vontobel has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Vontobel has been promoted from his role as President of GENLED Brands™, a post he held for the last year while supervising the company’s global restructuring. He served in various escalating lead management and global sales roles including President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations at Acolyte since 2014. After Acolyte joined the GENLED Brands™ umbrella, Vontobel was named Director of Global Sales, leading sales efforts for both brands around the world. He previously worked with Lex Products, TMB and Global Design Solutions on projects ranging from Cirque du Soleil to the Super Bowl.
Min Wu has been named Vice President of Operations. Wu has more than 20 years’ experience in global supply chain. She joins GENLED Brands™ from Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), where she was Senior Manager of Global Supply Planning and Outsourced Operation from 2017 through 2020. She was the Global Supply Chain Manager for Maurice Sporting Goods from 2009 to 2016, and previously handled exporting in China for 7 years. Wu earned her MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Brandon Silwester has been named Vice President of Engineering. Silwester was promoted from his previous role as Vice President of Product Development. He joined Acolyte in 2011 and became part of the GENLED Brands™ team in 2018. Silwester oversees global product development for both the Acolyte and AgiLight brands, working with staff on four continents to facilitate design, product management, testing, quality control and process improvements. His experience managing teams of engineers and bringing exciting new products to market has helped GENLED Brands™ remain at the forefront of the linear LED lighting and LED signage industries.
Hendue Vidal has been named VP of Sales – Acolyte North America. Vidal is in his ninth year with the company. He joined Acolyte in 2013 as Operations Manager before his promotion to Customer Service Manager in 2015. He then served as Technical Sales Manager from 2017 as Acolyte joined GENLED Brands.
“We are excited to announce Scott’s promotion to President and CEO of GENLED Brands™ and to see the development of the team. Over the past year, Scott successfully led the transformation and expansion of business, which included large investments in people, product and customer service. We congratulate Scott on the well-deserved promotion and look forward to continuing our partnership with the full GENLED Brands™ team,” said Adrian Guerra, Partner at the Capstreet Group.
“I am grateful for this expanded responsibility and look forward to helping GENLED Brands continue to grow,” said Vontobel, who stresses a renewed commitment to teamwork, customization and customer service as keys to the company’s success. “We were able to use the time afforded us by the obvious challenges of the past year to reorganize and restructure our team and make some great improvements, including a beautiful brand-new website that serves as a wonderful ‘front door’ for both of our businesses and the engineering of several new products to share with our customers. This truly is an exciting time for our company, and we’ve set up a dynamic team.”
GENLED Brands™ is the parent company of two divisions: AgiLight, a producer of premium signage lighting systems, and Acolyte, a producer of premium architectural lighting systems. The Company’s patented LED products are used in a wide variety of illuminated signage and architectural lighting applications. GENLED Brands serves a diverse range of end markets represented by some of the most recognizable retail and corporate brands in the world. The Company is able to serve top global brands due to its innovative and diverse product portfolio, established reputation for quality, and global supply chain capabilities. Our own factories in Europe and China and our Global Headquarters and Production Facility in the United States allow all types of custom production. The latest additions to our product lines include the PRO Premium line of 24V signage modules; the Armor Series AC Mini wall washers and grazers, which offer amazing run lengths without any external drivers; Neon Apex, which offers a unique top-bend radius; Flexible BackLyte with improved efficacy and custom connections; and 12 new GeoLyte decorative pendants.
About The Capstreet Group
The Capstreet Group is a Houston, Texas based private equity firm that invests in owner-managed, lower middle market companies. Capstreet targets companies operating in the value-added distribution, industrial services and manufacturing, and business to business service sectors. Capstreet’s approach is to partner with excellent management teams to build out corporate infrastructure, accelerate growth and profitability, and create long term sustainable businesses. For more information, visit The Capstreet Group website, www.capstreet.com.