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Meet the Team
Howell is the T of T&T Lighting. He has been in the lighting business for more than 20 years and he has over 25 years of experience working in the building industry. Howell obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Clayton State University, majoring in Marketing. He has worked in sales and marketing for Georgia Power Company, 4-H Home Construction, Progress Lighting, and now T&T Lighting Group. Howell has won numerous top salesman awards, working with many of the nation’s top builders and showrooms in providing lighting for both commercial and residential building projects. His top priority is customer service, where he strives to meet customers’ needs quickly, efficiently, and successfully. T&T Lighting specializes in selling Maxim Lighting products across the Southeastern United States, including Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Howell is totally committed to customer service as his number one goal in the lighting industry.
Jimmy Royals has been working in the lighting industry in Georgia for over 45 years. He managed and worked in several lighting showrooms, as well as, working as a factory representative for Progress Lighting for 10 of those years. He has been through ALA training and won numerous awards for excellence in sales.
Jimmy is an expert at helping lighting showrooms grow their business. His practical experience working in showrooms as warehouse manager, purchaser, showroom manager, inside and outside sales helps him understand their needs regardless of their size. Jimmy has a vast knowledge of product and its application. He has worked with numerous national builder accounts coordinating their purchases through distributors.
In 2017, Jimmy joined T&T Lighting as a Southeastern Regional Account Manager and is focused on maintaining and growing business with National accounts and Showrooms in Atlanta as well as Central and South Georgia.
Kyra Gregory is an award-winning certified Lighting Specialist, including and currently holding multiple National Top Sales awards and Lighting Industry Dedication Award. Kyra is an expert in lighting with a strong focus on builder and showroom sales, including showroom layout and design. She has an incredible work ethic, an engaging personality, has a commitment to excellence and is very competitive, in all she does.
During college, Kyra began her career in sales and marketing, customer relations, planning, and office management. In 2004, she began her lighting journey by joining Progress Lighting’s corporate team, working with the Builder National Accounts Team serving the top national builders in the United States. Following, she held roles within the National Sales Team of Sales Administrator and Strategic Sales and Marketing Programs Specialist working directly with builders, electrical distributors, lighting showrooms both nationally and internationally, and managing national cooperative programs. In 2018, Kyra joined T and T Lighting Group, where she is still active as a Southeastern Regional Accounts Manager and Team Lead, covering the Southeast with a focus on South Carolina and North Carolina.
In addition to her role with T and T Lighting Group, Kyra is also a business owner of Palmetto State Lighting and Designs, LLC. & Founder of Carolina Administrative and Consulting Services. She is also serving as a Notary Public in the State of South Carolina with a strong focus on assisting the aging community. Kyra loves spending time with her family, including her husband Todd of 25 years, 2 loving children and their spouses and her 2 granddaughters. When she is not focusing on lighting, which is her passion, she enjoys spending time at the lake-boating, college football, fishing, traveling, camping, and hiking, and playing with her fur babies.
Cheryl Turner represents the second T of T&T Lighting. She is the wife of business owner, Howell Turner, and serves as his support in business and in life. She helps with financials and paperwork for T&T Lighting. Cheryl and Howell were high school sweethearts and have been married for over 30 years.
Cheryl has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Adult Fitness. Both degrees are from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, Cheryl served as the strength and condition coach for the women athletes. She is a certified personal trainer and teaches group fitness classes at her local gym. Indoor cycling is her favorite, although she knows the importance of strength training and flexibility (in life and in business). Cheryl also teaches high school science at a local private school.
She is quick to acknowledge that her greatest blessing is her family. She and Howell have four children, three girls and a boy, all of whom have been homeschooled from pre-school through high school graduation. Heidi is a veterinarian, Holly is a nurse, Hope is studying law, and Howie wants to work with computers. What else could a family want or need? Lots of fun and love, and they certainly do have all that as well.
Tiffany attended Ventura/Moorpark College in Ventura, CA where she earned her Associate in Arts for Interior Design. She excelled in the program and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. Tiffany previously worked as a Lead Customer Service and Technical Support Specialist. She acquired extensive product knowledge and qualified as an expert in providing technical support to trade professionals during installation and repair, product identification, and troubleshooting with Cifial USA. From there she expanded her industry knowledge to include lighting as a Showroom Sales Consultant for Plumbing Distributors Inc. in Lawrenceville, GA. Tiffany won the Highest Gross Profit Achievement Award out of all sales consultants in GA and TN. She exceeded monthly sales goals and successfully promoted preferred vendors and featured products. In 2016 Tiffany began working as a Showroom Training Manager for Plumbing Distributors Inc. for the Metro Atlanta and Nashville, TN areas. Tiffany initiated a company-wide showroom training strategy to develop employees, maximize profit potential, and identify future company leaders. Tiffany created and managed a Showroom Sales Trainee Program designed for new hires without industry experience; Trainees gained perspective of all departments related to showroom sales, established a solid foundation of system operations, learned product knowledge, and adopted sales methodologies to become successful sales consultants. Tiffany joined T and T Lighting Group in March 2020 as the Southeast Regional Account Manager. She is focused on growing and maintaining business with our National accounts and showrooms for our Tennessee division.
Danielle White is our dedicated Inside Sales Expert. She focuses on all of our territories, partners with all of our clients to give them chart-topping customer service and supports our entire team to ensure we give our best assistance to each and every client.
Danielle attended Spartanburg Community College, where she earned her Arrhythmia Monitoring Technician Degree. However, her heart desired to explore more avenues.
In 2003 Danielle became a Pharmacy Technician. She soon realized that she possessed a profound desire to help others. During her 13 year Pharmacy Technician career, Danielle exceeded every goal that was set for her. Her outstanding work ethic and dedication to customer service has allowed her to excel and earn several certificates. She also held the Lead Pharmacy Technician role in each pharmacy that she was employed with. In early 2017, after finding out that her current employer was soon to be closing, Danielle was eager to continue to fulfill her dreams. Soon after, she landed a leadership role in car sales. During her career in car sales she was presented with several awards, such as highest sales ever, for that company. Danielle still holds the title for most sales ever sold, to this day.
Danielle joined T and T Lighting Group in 2019 as Inside Sales Support for the team. She assists our clients in all territories and is the cornerstone of support for our reps as they are out in the field building relationships . In addition to Inside Sales, Danielle is the Brand Ambassador with a focus on marketing and business development.
In her off time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband, Donnie and their 4 children. She also enjoys family game nights, camping, singing, a good laugh and being the clown of the show with her close friends. She and her husband also love being part of a Christian car club, traveling to shows and spreading the Gospel. Danielle’s charismatic personality shines through in all that she does.
Melissa Ellenburg is a Lighting Expert, with a strong focus in building lasting and reputable relationships with builders and in showroom sales in the Eastern North Carolina territory. Throughout Melissa’s work career, she has earned many certifications, such as The Dale Carnegie Relationship Selling Award. Melissa has also excelled in several trainings throughout her career that has helped her become the Lighting Expert that she is.
Melissa was born in Easley, SC and attended Southern Wesleyan University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.99 GPA.
Melissa’s lighting career began in 2007 when she joined the team at Hubbell Lighting, where she served as the Rebate Coordinator, an Inside Sales Associate and a Demand Planner. During her 12 year journey with Hubbell Lighting, Melissa not only completed but excelled in The Tom Black Sales Training course, The Joseph Rey-Barreau Sales Training course, The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Internship Program, The Dale Carnegie Sales Training Course, The Fundamentals of Lighting (Hubbell Lighting – The Lighting Solutions Center), The Language of Lighting (Hubbell Lighting – The Lighting Solutions Center) and The Lighting Trends and New Technology (Hubbell Lighting – The Lighting Solutions Center). She also became a member of, and still serves in The American Lighting Association (ALA) Lighting Associate.
Melissa joined the T and T Lighting Group in 2021 as the Regional Accounts Manager for the Eastern North Carolina territory. When she is not growing business and building relationships in the lighting world, Melissa enjoys traveling the US, adventurous trips with her close friends and visiting her daughter, Kaitlin, in Colorado.
Brandi Gilliard is an award winning Lighting Expert in Southern Georgia. She was born in Douglas, GA and has a true passion for lighting. Brandi focuses on building professional relationships with builders and in showroom sales with new and existing clients in Georgia.
Brandi graduated from Citizens Christian Academy. After graduating she attended South Georgia and Waycross Technical College for Early Childhood Education. Brandi was a dedicated teacher for 5 years before realizing that she had another passion-lighting.
In 2006 Brandi followed her heart and began her lighting career as a Lighting Showroom Specialist with Coley Electric. She had no experience with lighting but soon found her inner salesperson. She also found that her love for lighting was deeper than she imagined. With the guidance of a great mentor, Brandi soared past anyone’s expectations. Brandi spread her wings and worked showrooms in Georgia, as well as Panama City, FL but she had an itch to get out and explore more. So in 2018 Brandi accepted an opportunity with Richard Brown & Associates to become an Outside Rep for Kichler, The Coppersmith, WAC, and Modern Forms. While there, Brandi and her team won Rep Of The Year for Kichler and The Coppersmith.
Brandi joined the T and t Lighting Group in 2021 as the Southern Georgia Account Manager where she focuses on applying her interpersonal skills to maintain and develop relationships with builders and in showroom sales.
In her downtime, Brandi enjoys going on trips with her close friends and spending time with her two sons, Bryce and Gannon.
Holly Patton is Howell Turner’s daughter. She is our Inside Account Specialist and is dedicated to bringing amazing customer service to our clients throughout our South East territory.
Holly graduated from Clayton State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She continues her career in nursing by working occasional weekend shifts at the local hospital. She strives to grow her knowledge in the world of sales and business. She has a radiating personality and an overwhelming passion for helping people. She has achieved great success due to her very strong work ethic and desire to serve others. She is very organized and has abundant technology skills. She continues her education and growth in this company daily.
Holly started working for T and T Lighting Group in the beginning of 2021. She works under Howell Turner helping customers with any support they may need. One of her great strengths is in organization and presentation, therefore she creates outstanding documentations and keeps the business organized. She is inside sales support for all of the south east account managers in GA, TN, SC, and NC. She helps our outside reps with entering jobs, checking order status, tracking, pricing and availability for customers in need. She looks forward to growing with this company.
Holly enjoys taking trips and spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their 2 new puppies. She spends lots of time with her family and they enjoy all kinds of games, sports and adventures together. Holly loves all things Disney and even has her own side company that entertains with Disney Princess Characters at birthday parties and events. She works hard and strives for success in everything she does. She’s happy to help anyone at any point in time and she does so with a smile because she loves to serve.
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