"Our philosophy has been to keep on top of all the technological changes and always be committed to having a positive effect on the environment. EiKO succeeds because we never lost that feeling of a small, family-owned business. Our employees are loyal, and they like working here, and our customers benefit from that. The company's success always comes back to lessons my father taught me – 'I was raised to treat people fairly, I tell people in management here, don't put yourself up on a pedestal because I'll knock the bottom right out from under you.'"
Gary Withers, CEO – EiKO Global, LLC
Gary Withers is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EiKO and grew up in the lighting supplier business. His father, Dick Withers, founded EiKO in 1978 and five years later, Gary began his career at EiKO. In 1995, Gary took sole ownership of EiKO. Gary's expertise in miniature lamps and intimate knowledge of the world's best lamp manufacturing facilities makes him an invaluable resource; along with his knowledge and progressive thinking, EiKO continues to grow and change, which is a vital need for success in today's market.
Gary is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Rick Laird is President of EiKO and brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the company, having been in the lighting industry for nearly 23 years. Rick has a passion for seeing what customers need and his travels to EiKO's global offices enable him to maintain strong business relationships through first-hand experience. Rick began at EiKO in 2008, serving as Director of Procurement and Quality Assurance. In September 2012, Rick was appointed President of EiKO North America.
For nearly half his career, Rick held various roles within OSRAM SYLVANIA in R&D, Product Marketing and Business Unit Management. Rick began his career at Philips as an Engineering Coop, which evolved into a permanent position as the Product Development Engineer.
Rick has degrees in Physics. He is also a member of The Illumination Engineering Society of North America, The American Physical Society, The Optical Society of America and The International Society for Optical Engineering.
Kevin Harney is Chief Financial Officer of EiKO. Kevin has a successful track record of continuously improving financial performance, growing and transforming businesses, as well as leading corporate expansion. Kevin has experience executing corporate strategies to achieve financial goals.
Kevin has previously served in numerous financial leadership roles with Arrow Electronics, Inc., Converge, CHW, and Ernst & Young.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Santa Clara University and holds a Masters from Saint Mary's College of California.
Rick Roberts is Executive Vice-President, Operations of EiKO. Prior to joining EiKO, Rick worked with JCPenney Catalog and has been with EiKO since 1999. Rick holds a BGS from The University of Kansas with a degree in Personnel Administration.
Mitch Carney is Director of Sales, General Lighting NA of EiKO. Mitch began his career with Graybar Electric in Industrial Commercial Sales and from there, moved to Philips Lighting as a Zone Manager. Mitch has been with EiKO since 2007.
Mitch is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administraion.