Super Vision International, Inc. announced that it has appointed Mike Bauer as president and CEO effective January 1, 2006.
Bauer has served as the company's vice president of sales and marketing for the past year and was recommended by Super Vision’s current president/CEO, Brett Kingstone, to succeed him. Kingstone will remain as President and CEO until Bauer takes office and will continue as Chairman of the Board.
"It has been a spectacular opportunity and thrill to lead this company out of a small garage to $12 million in sales," says Kingstone, Super Vision’s founder and CEO. “However, the time has come for new management to lead us to the next level of growth. Mike Bauer is a proven leader in the lighting industry. His success in leading the lighting sales and marketing efforts for several Fortune 500 companies, including his previous positions as VP of sales for Cooper Lighting, VP of sales for Lighting Corporation of America, director of marketing and product development for Lumark/McGraw-Edison, and his cross functional experience with GE Lighting Systems, makes him uniquely qualified for the job. Personally, I have known Mike for over ten years and I have not found anyone who is more dedicated and tireless in our industry. Mike will lead our team in supporting all of our employees, customers and distributors with a passion unmatched by any other company.”
“In the 18 years I have worked in lighting, I have never been more excited about a company, its products, and its prospects for dramatic growth in an emerging technology," Bauer says. "Even more important, I have never worked with a group of people more committed to seeing a company breakout and succeed. A strong, diversified foundation has been laid to build upon and I am grateful to Brett and the board of directors for their support in allowing me to execute an exciting plan that we expect will lead Super Vision to profitable growth."