Bruce Lehnus has joined A.C.T Lighting in a newly created role encompassing sales and development. Based in Florida, Lehnus will handle sales for the Southeast and, as a member of the company’s technical services department, offer software training and programming support. He will also help enhance A.C.T Lighting’s technical marketing services.
“As A.C.T Lighting continues to grow, we need to expand our national team,” notes Ben Saltzman, executive vice president of A.C.T Lighting. “Bruce’s background and technical expertise make him a great addition to an already excellent group. I’ve known Bruce for many years, and am enthusiastic about his coming on board. ”
"I've been a long time admirer of A.C.T and especially Bob Gordon's eye for finding and promoting innovative products for our industry. That, coupled with A.C.T's commitment to customer service, certainly make it one of the finest organizations in the business,” says Lehnus. “I'm excited to be joining the team and hope to increase the level of support and product awareness to the A.C.T dealer network in the Southeastern US."
A native of Wichita, Kansas, Lehnus earned a degree in Theatre from Wichita State University and continued his studies in lighting design at the University of Texas/Austin. He quickly gained extensive production experience as master electrician at the Virginia Opera and at the State University of New York at Purchase where he primarily worked on dance, opera, and theatre performances.
Lehnus subsequently transitioned to the installation and sales side of the industry where he became a certified field service technician for dimming installations. “I believe all good salespeople must be good techs,” he says. “When I gained my certification I could not only sell the job but install it as well.”
Most recently, Lehnus has held product development and technical writing roles for several major lighting manufacturers, where he was key in the development of network protocols and the launching of new consoles.
Lehnus is a member of IATSE Local 500 (Southeastern Florida).