SOURCE: Encompass Lighting Group

Encompass Lighting Group

May 16, 2011 13:39 ET

Encompass Lighting Group Strengthens Management Team to Support Growth of Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting Brands

Promotes Josh Weiss to Vice President, General Manager of Tech Lighting; Hires Marketing Veteran Tiscia Eicher as Director of Marketing for Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Encompass Lighting Group, the parent company of leading lighting products manufacturers Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting, announced today that it is broadening its management team to support the growth of its Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting brands. The company has promoted Josh Weiss to the position of vice president and general manager of Tech Lighting. Additionally, the company has hired marketing veteran Tiscia Eicher as director of marketing, who will be responsible for the brand direction of both Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting.

"We're excited about the potential to grow the Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting brands and are confident that Josh and Tiscia have the expertise to take these brands to the next level," said Jim Brewer, president of Encompass Lighting Group. "Josh's strong leadership and management skills combined with his creativity and passion for lighting products make him the ideal choice to guide the strategic direction of Tech Lighting. Tiscia's depth of brand marketing expertise for such well respected organizations as Calphalon and American Express is exactly what we were looking for to further build awareness of Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting and support our sales efforts."

Weiss joined Encompass Lighting Group in 2006 as director of product development. Since that time he has held various positions focused predominantly on product development and marketing and most recently held the position of vice president of product development. He has helped launch two new brands, a patent pending wireless audio system, over a dozen new catalogs and supplements, hundreds of unique light fixtures and an innovative portfolio of LED products. Previously, Weiss spent five years in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston and formerly Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he executed a broad range of transactions. Weiss holds a bachelor's of science degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Eicher is joining Encompass Lighting Group from PAWS Chicago where she worked for three years as director of adoptions, successfully growing adoptions by 143% through new programs. Prior to PAWS Chicago, Eicher was vice president of brand marketing for the Calphalon Corporation for five years where she successfully built and managed the organization's brand marketing department overseeing advertising/PR, consumer research, creative services, e-marketing, gift registry, events/promotions and culinary centers. Before Calphalon, Eicher worked for more than a decade for the American Express Travel Related Services Company in various marketing director roles. Eicher holds a bachelor's of science degree in hotel administration and general business from Cornell University and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

About Encompass Lighting Group:
Headquartered outside of Chicago, the Encompass Lighting Group has developed some of North America's premier lighting brands, including Tech Lighting, tiella, 2thousand degrees, T~trak, ELEMENT, Wilmette Lighting Company, and LBL Lighting. The hallmarks of each brand in the Encompass portfolio are precision design and engineering, outstanding quality and consistent, superior service.

Additionally, Encompass Lighting Group prides itself on custom manufacturing capabilities and works with the customer to provide custom design solutions for individual environments.

Encompass offers distributorship services through a vast network of independent sales representatives, lighting showrooms and industry specialists across North America -- and worldwide. From start to finish, the logistics of the entire Encompass Lighting manufacturing and distribution process assures that customers get the best lighting fixtures possible in the market today. For more information, visit www.encompasslighting.com.

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