What We Do
Next Generation Lighting represents the leading manufacturers in lighting technology and controls, providing unparalleled customer service to all facets of the design and construction industry in the state of Georgia. With over 100 years of lighting experience among our team, Next Generation Lighting provides the highest level of expertise for any type of lighting application. Our company was founded in 2013 with the simple premise of providing the best and most professional service to our customers and the manufacturers we represent.
We maintain a focused line card comprised of independent lighting and controls manufacturers dedicated to the advancement of energy efficient technology. By maintaining a focused line card we strive to eliminate overlap among the companies we represent which ensures more opportunities for all. We are continuing to build our line card around the largest LED Lighting manufacturer in the world – CREE. Our product offering focuses on energy efficient lighting for both new construction and retrofit applications.
Meet the Team
Tim Duff Principal
With over 25 years of lighting experience, Tim grew up in the lighting business and comes from a true lighting family. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1987, Tim spent 13 years with Acuity Brands Lighting and 11 years in specification sales in Atlanta with LAI. Tim’s strengths are in lighting training and application design. With more than 20 years of lighting training experience and as an AIA continuing education provider, Tim considers himself more of a lighting resource than a salesman. As a proud father of two, Tim enjoys coaching his children’s soccer teams and traveling with family.
Jay Andrews Principal
A graduate of Georgia Tech and father of two, Jay has been in the lighting industry since 1997 working for manufacturers including Lithonia Lighting, Con-Tech Lighting and Cree LED Lighting. Well versed in national accounts and project management, Jay focuses his time in support of distributors, contractors and large end users. In his spare time he enjoys golf, travel, and spending time with his family.
Andy Smith Outside Sales
A graduate of the University of Georgia and proud father of two, Andy has been in the manufacturers rep business in the Atlanta market since 2006. With a specific focus on distributors and contractors, Andy has built mature relationships throughout the GA market. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, golf, and being outdoors.
Lennette O’Hern Specification Sales
A graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, Lennette has been a member of the Atlanta design community since 2000. In 2007, Lennette left the design industry to focus on her passion for lighting. Her experience in the industry allows her to relate to specifiers—client demands, deadlines, and design intent. Lennette is the mother of three sons who keep her busy. In her spare time she enjoys crossfit, traveling, Tennessee football (win or lose), and spending time with her family.
Ryan Fern Inside Sales / Quotations
A graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate. Ryan played four years of Division I baseball for the Upstate Spartans. Serving primarily in their closing pitcher role, helping him develop into a team leader and project manager. Ryan focuses his time on supporting distributors and handling projects and quotes. In his free time he enjoys fishing, golf and cooking. He recently welcomed a baby brother (Jack) to his family.
Mary Andrews Office Manager
Mary is a graduate of Mercer University, a Certified Public Accountant, and mother of two. She spent 15 years in the Financial Reporting and Assurance Division of Bennett Thrasher PC where she was responsible for supervising and reviewing audits and consulting engagements. She is responsible for our financial and office management. She enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Mickey Brokas Outside Sales
A graduate of the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga where he was quarterback for the Moccasins, Mickey has been in the electrical industry for over 36 years, 29 of those in Atlanta. Lighting experience includes electrical distribution with Summers Electric, agency experience with EPI, manufacturing with Howard Lighting, and lighting retrofit with Lighting Solutions, Inc.. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, wake surfer and water skier.
Troy Dockery Outside Sales – Controls
With over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, Troy joins Next Generation Lighting to focus on our controls product lines. Having received his Lighting Controls Professional certification in 2014, Troy is well suited to assist in design and product selection for lighting controls. He has been focused on LED lighting and controls for the latter part of his career and his solution based approach to lighting systems is an asset to electrical contractors, distributors and specifiers trying to make the correct choices for their projects. Troy is a proud father of one and in his spare time enjoys disc golf, water skiing and spending time with his family.
Gail Tankersley Customer Service
With over 20 years lighting industry experience which includes specification sales, training and management, Gail is excited to be back in the industry she has passion for after a break to raise her two boys. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, art, traveling and time with her family.