Meet Our Lighting Team in Ohio
Our Cleveland, Ohio office houses our headquarters and our administrative team. They take care of accounting, marketing, operations and a plethora of other daily tasks that keep the product, production and rental, service and project teams moving.
VLS Ohio has an experienced team of professional lighting technicians who can serve you in a variety of lighting needs, whether your need is commercial, theatre based, a special event, or held in a school or church. The VLS Ohio team is familiar with area venues, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Severance Hall, Playhouse Square, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Quicken Loans Arena and the LEED silver-certified Convention Center, to name a few. Our teams are always investing in new lighting technologies and strategies to make the most of your event and venue.
Groener’s distinguished career spans almost 40 years in the entertainment, themed and architectural technology sectors. Before joining VLS in November 2018, Groener was the principal of the systems integration firm, GRO(2)B, as well as VP of National Business Development and General Manager of Systems & Design for 4Wall Entertainment.
Groener’s industry experience also includes senior management roles with Color Kinetics, PRG, Tim Hunter Design, elliptipar, Barbizon and Strand Lighting. He served as a Designer, Consultant or Technical Director on numerous theatrical projects for organizations including Walt Disney Imagineering, Boston Shakespeare Co., South Coast Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Ensemble Theater Project, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Groener received a B.A. and an M.A. in Design and Theatre Technology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
During his career, Groener has also been actively involved in the IESNA, USITT, SILV, the Behind the Scenes Foundation, PLASA, ESTA, and AFSP.
Theatre runs in the Vincent bloodline; Paul’s parents were heavily involved in the Cleveland theatre scene during the 20th century. Despite this, Paul’s deep love for ocean life originally had him pursuing a career in marine biology at the University of Cincinnati. One trip through the theatre department, though, changed Paul’s plans.
Paul graduated from UC with a bachelor’s degree, then a Master of Arts in Technical Theatre. He was hired as inside sales, quotations and convention manager for Kleigl in New York City. In 1978, he opened his own business in Cleveland, a manufacturer’s rep for Strand Lighting, known as Paul Vincent Associates.
More than three decades later, Paul’s business is now a successful dealer for more than 100 manufacturers, a rental house, production services provider and systems integrator, with offices in four cities. Part of his success is his dedication to the industry. Paul was a founding member of the Theatrical Dealers Association (now known as ESTA - Entertainment Services and Technology Association), a group of members who abide by a set of ethical and moral codes to provide the customer with a respectable method for doing business. Paul has also served as president for ESTA, and currently is on the Board of Directors for USITT, as well as the membership chairman for USITT – Ohio Valley Section. His work in the industry has earned him recognition such as receiving the Eva Swan award in 1999 and the designation as USITT Fellow of the Institute.
Tom Siko joined the VLS Team in Jauary of 2018 as General Manager to our Cleveland and Detroit locations. Tom brings his previous experience and skills in Strategic Sales and Marketing Leadership to VLS. Tom will oversee the Ohio projects, product, production and rental and service and repair departments. In addition, Tom oversees the project department in our Detroit location.
Tom is a native of Northeast Ohio growing up in Chagrin Falls, attending college at Wright State University (BFA Design & Technology) and then moving on to the east coast where he worked for Mainlight, Fourth Phase (PRG) and Lex Products. Most recently Tom was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Intelligent Lighting Creations in Chicago.
Tom is married, his wife’s name is Karen. They have two daughters - Mackenzie and Katelyn. Currently they live in Chardon with their boxer, Miesha. Tom enjoys hiking, skiing and kayaking as well as pretty much anything outdoors. He is an avid photographer. Tom is also a licensed commercial pilot for remote aircraft (drones).
- Favorite Food - Sushi
- Favorite Hiking Area - Allegheny National Forest
- Favorite Area to Photograph - Basically anywhere in Scotland
- Favorite Quote: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with a team.” -Peter Drucker
Interesting VLS Fact: Tom discovered Vincent Lighting when he was in middle school, looking up lighting in the phone book, seeking to buy some gel. He didn’t realize that Paul Vincent picked up the phone that day, and helped Tom out. He received excellent service!
Contact us with questions or booking needs at:
6161 Cochran Rd Ste D
Solon, OH 44139