R. Brown & Associates, Inc. was founded in November 2001 by Richard Brown. Beginning with only one manufacturer, Richard has grown the agency to include many prominent lighting manufacturers over the past fifteen years. Richard started in the lighting business as a certified installer of landscape lighting and was a Division Manager for Artistic Lawn Care in Jacksonville, Florida. As his reputation and experience in landscape lighting became prominent in the Jacksonville area he was sought out by Steve Longino.
Steve Longino, who was the owner of Stewart Lighting in Jacksonville, Florida, approached Richard about getting more involved in lighting as an employee of Stewart Lighting. Richard worked for Stewart Lighting beginning in 1987 and served as the Operations Manager and Outside Sales for ten years. After leaving Stewart Lighting, Richard was hired by Light Styles in Cornelius, North Carolina. He was employed at Light Styles for five years, under owner Chris Northy, as the Operations Manager and Outside Sales before returning to Florida.
Richard’s background in lighting showrooms at Stewart Lighting and Light Styles paved the way to a greater understanding of what being a manufacturer’s representative is all about. When Richard moved the agency to Atlanta, Georgia in January of 2008 he brought with him an exciting new perspective to the territory. Moving to Atlanta insures that the agency can adequately service not only Atlanta, but the other regions of the territory from a central location.