About Us


LF ILLUMINATION LLC is the brainchild of some of the greatest minds in architectural lighting. The company has leveraged relationships forged in architectural lighting over the past 45 years between manufacturers, fixture designers, marketeers, and specifiers. The team responsible for LF ILLUMINATION are themselves innovators of new lighting technologies based on a storied history of past achievements.

LF ILLUMINATION is a manufacturer that listens to the needs of designers and reacts with fixtures that provide high efficiency, performance, and the latest in LED technology that will define architectural lighting for years to come.

Jack Zukerman

Jack ZukermanChief Executive Officer

Jack may be best known for miniaturizing halogen accent and recessed lighting and offering it as a lighting platform that went far beyond retail display lighting. Jack embraced energy saving technologies well before world events necessitated them and spawned the well-worn industry catch phrase 'energy saving.' His industry prescience put him ahead of the field in introducing architects and lighting designers to concepts such as recessed multiple source lighting, architectural hospitality, high-end residential, commercial and task lighting — ideas that had as much to do with architectural design as they did with function. It is these synergies that inspired iconic lighting designers to contribute to "Let There Be Light," Zukerman's treatise on the lighting industry.

Lou Gonda

Louis L. GondaCo-Founder

Lou Gonda is Chairman and CEO of Lexington Commercial Holdings, LLC and Lexington Ventures, LLC, companies he founded in 1995 with a focus on the development and acquisition of real estate properties across the country, as well as investments in public and private equity funds. Lou's business background and expertise is also instrumental to start-up businesses in which he invests. Lou co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a leading commercial aircraft leasing company, until his retirement in 1994 following the merger with American International Group. Lou and his partners have been credited as pioneers in the commercial aircraft leasing industry, enabling ILFC to become the pre-eminent global aircraft leasing company.

Loren Kessel

Loren KesselPresident

Loren has worked in the commercial lighting industry for more than 25 years, beginning as a principal in a small distributorship, growing and selling that business to a large national distributor, then working his way up the industry ranks to become Vice President of National Accounts for a leading US lighting manufacturer. His invaluable industry knowledge and contacts and propensity for problem solving have made him a well-known industry leader in national account solution-based lighting sales. Loren earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island.

Scott Hershman

Scott Hershman, LC, MIESExecutive Vice President of Design & Product Development

Scott is a leading architectural lighting designer with more than 20 years in the field and several national product lighting awards for his designs, as well as industry recognition from both the IALD and IES. He has worked on a wide range of prestigious projects that includes museums, libraries, hotels, residences, airports, retail, office towers, and more. Scott trained in stage lighting and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in architectural lighting design from Parsons, where he now teaches a master's degree course in luminaire design. Scott is active in many industry organizations and currently serves the IALD as Co-Chair of Steering Committee for the LIRC.

Justin Weaver

Justin WeaverVice President Engineering

Justin brings a refreshing approach to lighting fixture design and engineering. With over 15 years of design and engineering experience (10 of them working alongside LF ILLUMINATION CEO Jack Zukerman), Justin's passion for lighting design is evident in LF ILLUMINATION' commitment to product excellence, technical relevance and reliability. As invaluable as Justin is to the growth of LF ILLUMINATION product line, he has been recognized by specifiers as a man that combines 'creativity, imagination and technical expertise'. Attention to detail is a hallmark of any successful engineer, and in that respect and many others, Justin has impressed an industry.