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Arkon Connects With Community

Partnership with Salvation Army helps combat generational poverty

Arkon Power recently sponsored the local Salvation Army’s 4th Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner, an event that generates proceeds for the organization’s Pathway of Hope program.

“It’s a program to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty,” said Lindsay Crossland, director of development for the Salvation Army of Clearwater & Upper Pinellas. “We want to make these changes for good, instead of keeping people in this cycle of poverty for generations.”

Arkon Power chose to be involved in the Doing the Most Good event and support the Salvation Army because it values the community in which it operates, according to Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis.

“Our goal is not only to help our customers improve as places of business, but to help the communities we serve in Florida and beyond improve as places to live,” she said. “We value everyone we live and work with not only as customers, but as people.”

The Arkon Power team attended the 4th Annual Doing the Most Good Dinner, held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Sept. 28, to learn more about how it can assist the Salvation Army in its mission to serve. Through Pathway of Hope, the Army provides individualized services to families with children to allow them to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. The program seeks to address the root causes of poverty, Crossland said.

Last year, the Salvation Army served more than 57,000 people in Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County. For its sponsorship of the annual Doing the Most Good dinner, Arkon Power will be featured on the Salvation Army truck in the coming year. The truck is not only driven throughout Pinellas County on a daily basis, but it has also appeared at special events and media opportunities, including the Tampa Bay Rays Christmas in July game, Red Kettle Campaign kick-off with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Walmart Fill-the-Truck events, Red Kettle Campaign opportunities with Bay News 9, Angel Tree media opportunities with ABC, and many more.

“We’re truly honored to see our name associated with an organization as devoted to improving the plight of the poor and disadvantaged as the Salvation Army,” Lelekis said. “It’s a partnership Arkon Power hopes to continue for many years to come.”

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Arkon Illuminates Spiritual Grounds

A regional church collective has brightened the campus of its Florida location with new LED fixtures.

Diane Brown knew retreat goers visiting the Clearwater, Florida church she directs appreciated its four retreat houses on 14 acres of lakeside grounds. And she didn’t want that appreciation to end once the sun went down.

“We have a beautiful piece of land with paths where people can walk around,” Brown said. “Now they can do it at night.”

What’s changed? The church, Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer, headquarters of the Marian Servants who operate throughout the Southeast, recently installed LED light fixtures with the help of Arkon Power. The 160-, 120-, 80- and 40-watt flood lights not only allow visitors to enjoy the church grounds, they make worshipers feel safer, according to Brown.

What’s more, the church director said the fixtures come with low maintenance costs and stand to save the church more than 70% on its energy bill annually.

Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer has also installed new LED lighting in its 325-person chapel, where Brown said “the lights were burning out fast and costing us a lot of money because we have to leave them on often.”

While Brown said she’s still waiting to see her first electric bill after installing the exterior lights, she’s already seen the benefits of the indoor LEDs, not only in reduced energy costs but also in her maintenance bills. Where the church had previously been changing out entire light fixtures, they’re now changing single bulbs—and doing so rarely.

Brown said she’s recommended the same lighting changes to other churches in the Marian Servants network because the finances make so much sense—“they’re less expensive and last longer, it’s that simple,” she said.

Eleni Lelekis, Arkon’s director of business development, said working with a group like the Marian Servants has shined a light on an exciting opportunity for the company going forward.

“We love working with groups who have the best interest of their patrons at heart, and we truly believe LEDs can improve the customer experience for almost any organization,” she said.

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Arkon Power Adds New Sales Rep & Contractor

New hires bring team into “peak form,” according to company executives.

Arkon Power has continued to grow its sales and operations team, adding John Johnson as a new sales representative and Richard Elzey as a contractor.

Johnson has been in sales for nearly a decade and has handled products from textbooks to collegiate apparel and accessories. He spent five years as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Pfizer before moving into the LED space about two years ago.

“I’m very familiar with the lighting sales cycle,” Johnson said. “Because it’s a slightly longer cycle, it’s all about establishing a good relationship, and you really have to listen to the customer. I think that’s true in every business, but especially in lighting sales.”

As Arkon continues to increase its market penetration, Johnson sees great potential to grow the company’s name recognition and increase sales numbers.

“The great thing is LEDs have now been around long enough that people have studied up on them and have good information,” he said. “You’re speaking with people that already know LEDs are the best route for their company.”

Elzey has 25 years of contracting experience, both in the field and as senior instructor for the Florida-based Contractors Institute. He teaches examination preparation and continuing education classes around the state and holds a certified general contractors license and various specialized licenses. Arkon Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis said he’s added considerably to the company’s capabilities.

“Richard has been an invaluable addition to the team,” she said. “He offers an attention to detail that I know our customers are going to appreciate.”

Lelekis said Elzey and Johnson have shown initiative since joining the team and are poised to help build Arkon’s hard earned reputation as a leader in lighting solutions.

“Our sales and operations teams are now in peak form,” Lelekis said. “We look forward to seeing these new relationships grow with time.”

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Arkon Visits China & California for Market Research

Lighting controls and fixture designs stand out as major industry advancements.

Arkon Power executives recently made trips to San Diego, Calif., and Hong Kong to enhance the company’s knowledge of new lighting technology and product lines.

Arkon Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis and Technical Manager Graham Brown attended Lightfair International 2016 in San Diego from April 24 to 28. It was the third time Arkon representatives had attended the event, billed as the “world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference.”

Brown said the fair was well attended this year and offered a chance to vet the industry’s latest advancements.

“Not only are we constantly trying to stay on the leading edge of LED technology, but we’re also seeing some major improvements in lighting controls,” Brown said. “It’s something we’re now feeling confident bringing to our customers as these intelligent, network-based controlling systems become more efficient.”

Lelekis said the ability to integrate solar energy solutions into lighting systems showed promise at the lighting industry event, and the educational seminars were also beneficial.

“We attended several courses on controls as that’s a place where we think we can really help our customers as we move into more comprehensive energy savings solutions,” she said. “We were also able to further our knowledge of lighting ordinances in states outside our existing coverage areas.”

Brown traveled to China on a fact finding mission in early April, visiting multiple manufacturing sites with Arkon Foreign Purchasing Manager Clement Yuen (pictured above at left) and attending the spring edition of Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2016.

Brown said in addition to advanced lighting controls that stand to save customers even more money, the major advancement he’s seeing is in the aesthetics of lighting fixtures.

“We’ve recently seen some really sleek looking lights on the market and interesting designs that can serve in unique installation environments,” Brown said. “It all comes at a perfect time, as our customers are becoming more knowledgeable of LED technology and demanding new options.”

Brown’s trip overseas represented the fifth time an Arkon representative has traveled from the company’s Florida headquarters to China. Lelekis said it’s important for Arkon, which sources lighting both domestically and abroad, to be in personal contact with its manufacturers.

“By getting into these facilities and seeing their processes, not only do we advance our knowledge of the product line, but we can learn how we can help our vendors operate more efficiently,” she said.

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Market Performing as Arkon Execs Forecast

The market for LEDs is strong and growing stronger as the technology becomes more affordable and buyers gain confidence.

Arkon LED founder Eleni Lelekis got into the light-emitting diode business because she held a conviction lighting could be done better. Now, nearly five years down the road, that conviction is being proven true many times over.

Industry-wide revenues from LEDs have grown at a compound rate of about 13% per year since 2010, and market share has grown from just under 12% in 2012 to more than 25%, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report.

Ed Crawford, CEO of Philips Lighting North America, has said the decreased cost of LEDs has caused a “paradigm shift” in the lighting industry that has “changed everything.”

Lelekis has been saying the same thing for nearly a half decade.

“We told anyone who would listen when we were starting out that this was the first major technology shift in illumination since Edison invented the light bulb,” Lelekis said. “Seeing LEDs take over the market from legacy technology was a fair accomplishment.”

Now, Forbes Investing and other market forecasters are predicting the LED lighting market will grow 45% per year through 2019. By 2020, LEDs are expected to account for at least 80% of the entire lighting market. At an LED market share of 84%, domestic lighting energy consumption would be reduced 40% every year, according to DOE’s Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications. That would save 261 terawatt-hours of electricity, worth more than $26 billion at today’s energy prices and equivalent to the energy consumed by nearly 24 million U.S. homes.

Companies like Arkon LED and their customers stand to benefit from that kind of growth. Even as the cost of LEDs continues to decrease, making the money-saving technology increasingly affordable for businesses and individual consumers, the market could generate almost $100 billion by 2020, Forbes said.

That’s the exact kind of market flip Lelekis predicted when she joined the LED industry in 2011.

Arkon LED has already begun riding the wave, fanning out from its humble beginnings servicing the southeast United States to working with companies across the country and in Canada.

“We’ve gotten to the point that there is really no job we cannot provide lights for,” Lelekis said. “Arkon LED can provide lights for literally any company looking at LEDs. We can all be partners in energy—and money—savings.”

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New online feature offers graphic display of Arkon LED’s nationwide reach

Arkon LED has in the last year grown from a Southeastern U.S. LED upstart to an established provider of lighting solutions in nine states and in Canada. A selection of the company’s LED installations is now on display at

“The growth we’ve seen in the last three to four quarters has been astounding,” Director of Business Development Eleni Lelekis said. “Once we established ourselves as an industry leading LED solutions provider in the Southeast, word traveled around the country.”

Arkon LED has done jobs as far west as Las Vegas, Nev., and as far north as Windsor, Ontario. The company has completed installations in the Northeast, Rocky Mountains, Texas and the bayou of Louisiana. The 42 jobs now highlighted on the Arkon LED website are not comprehensive but offer a representative sample of the breadth of the company’s reach, according to Lelekis.

And, more jobs are coming soon.

“Our operations people are going to be busy through the first quarter of next year,” Lelekis said. “We’re scheduling installations as fast as we can take the orders.”

Arkon representatives said the projects map will be updated continuously as the company’s backlog of jobs are added and new jobs are completed. Check back regularly to watch as Arkon LED grows, and email to learn more about any of Arkon LED’s individual projects.

International Affair Introducing Arkon’s Man in China

Arkon LED is a U.S.-based company, but a number of other countries have developed into leading players in the light emitting diode sector. China in particular has one of the world’s fastest growing LED manufacturing industries. To stay on top of what’s happening in the Far East and elsewhere, Arkon has positioned an in-house purchaser in Hong Kong.

As the company’s foreign purchasing agent, Clement Yuen brings multinational experience to the Arkon LED team. Yuen graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before working in sales, marketing, purchasing and manufacturing in multiple industries, including toys, sporting goods and computers. Yuen has worked in China and Hong Kong for the last 20 years and now turns his expertise in supply chain management to the LED market.

“With experience living in both the U.S. and China, Yuen is uniquely positioned to act as Arkon LED’s foreign liaison,” LED Sales Guy Greg Papandrew said. “We couldn’t be more fortunate to have someone with his supply chain and manufacturing expertise on the ground in the Eastern Hemisphere at all times.”

Papandrew first met Yuen on a fact finding trip to Hong Kong in 2014. The two have quickly developed a working relationship that allows Arkon to find the best solutions for its clients’ lighting needs, wherever they are in the world.

“I was immediately struck with Arkon’s willingness to learn about LED manufacturing the world over,” Yuen said. “I only hope to contribute to the company’s goal of being a true global player in this industry.”

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Arkon Helps Dress Up Historic Downtown with Decorative LED Lighting

Palm Harbor, Florida, is bathed in high quality light thanks to new LED fixtures.

Historic Downtown Palm Harbor has experienced a lighting “miracle,” according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Commissioner Norm Atherton.

“I started three and a half years ago trying to convince the county to let the merchants’ association put in new lights,” Atherton said. “And when I get ahold of something, I’m like a bulldog. I hold on till I get it done.”

Atherton’s target? New LED sidewalk and street lighting that would last a long time without costing a fortune up front. Atherton’s solution? Arkon LED.

Arkon completed installation of the Palm Harbor Historical Society’s first round of 50W LED lights atop fluted direct burial poles earlier this month. For less than $3,000 per setup, Arkon secured, delivered and installed the new lights, along with a light diffuser, two-piece base wrap, banner bar and 110-volt plug, on Palm Harbor’s Florida Avenue.

“The Historical Society was really prepared—they had a good idea of what they wanted and made sure there was power close by for each of the fixtures,” Arkon LED Sales Guy Greg Papandrew said. “All we had to do was engineer the right solution and make sure the lights were installed quickly and efficiently.”

The LEDs are expected to save the association at least 70% compared to older technology lighting such as metal halides. Atherton said he’d like to do as many as 40 more lights in the near future and that he appreciated the work Arkon did on the inaugural project.

“Everybody is tickled to death,” Atherton said of the installation. “I have to put [future installations] out to bid, but I would like to do business with Arkon.”

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PCB Sales Guru Greg Papandrew Announces Move to Archon Power

PCB Sales Guru Greg Papandrew Announces Move to Archon Power

  • Founded Multi-National Bare Board Group
  • Drove Growth to Earn BBG a Spot on the INC. 5000
  • Author of PCB Basics for Dummies®
  • Instrumental in 200W Shoebox Install Shown Above

The guy that literally wrote the book on selling printed circuit boards has officially announced he has joined the LED sales revolution underway at Archon Power. “LEDs are the wave of the future,” Papandrew said. “I’ve decided to step away from the business I built over the past decade because I feel so strongly about the quality of Archon’s product and the importance of its mission.”

Papandrew has more than 20 years of sales experience, and while he prefers the humble title “Sales Guy,”  he has extensive experience in offshore manufacturing, supply chain management and building creative marketing plans for business. Papandrew has led numerous sales and marketing workshops and spoken at countless industry events during his 20 years in the PCB business. He has been widely published in industry magazines and is the author of the popular PCB Basics for Dummies® book.


“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Archon Power team,” Papandrew said. “My number one mission is to help my clients make the brightest investment they can make.”



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