Our Team

Yaacov Golan


Born and raised in Israel, Yaacov Golan served in the Israeli Navy for seven years as an electrical engineer. After his service, he went on to design lighting for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where he discovered his passion for lighting and developed his talent for design.

In 1994 Yaacov moved to the U.S. with his wife and young son, and opened 2 stores in the San Francisco-Bay area. After a few years, he discovered an exciting opportunity in Atlanta and relocated here in 1999. Yaacov founded Lighting Loft and opened his first Atlanta store in 2000. Since then, his business has expanded significantly, and now offers one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary lighting in the country.

A skilled lighting designer, Yaacov is a frequent lecturer at local design schools and colleges. He also serves as an advisor to many major lighting manufacturers around the world.

Yaacov sees lighting as something spiritual; affecting people’s moods and a sense of well-being. Through beautiful lighting, he enhances home and work environments, creates positive ambience, and give new perspective to life.

Shuly Zion

Showroom Manager

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Steven Buchwald

Director, Trade Sales

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Steven comes to Lighting Loft with an extensive background in sales, marketing and customer service. Prior to Lighting Loft, Steven was employed by global consulting giant Gartner, Inc. where he received accolades and recognition for outstanding customer service, sales and marketing initiatives. He also spearheaded special marketing projects for several years in the entertainment industry.

Steven nurtures close client relationships with trade professionals and applies his creative passion to lighting design, with our team since 2006.

Ricardo Gartner

Manager, Business Development & Marketing

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Ricardo held the position of Sales Manager at Metromedia in Toronto from 1997 until 2006. In 2008 he joined Firefly Creative in Atlanta, and was responsible for outreach and account management. In 2008 Ricardo went into private practice as Marketing & Sales Consultant, and worked with a roster of corporate clients in Healthcare, Logistics and Home Improvements.

Ricardo joined Lighting Loft in late 2013 and quickly established his credentials as part of the management team. He and his family live in the Toco Hills area of Atlanta.

Victor Herec

Purchasing Manager

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Victor is an Atlanta native and a 29 year veteran with AT&T, where he was a telecommunications technician. Victor is a certified Home Inspector, and has 3 decades of electrical installation experience with low and line voltage in the field.

Victor has designed many landscape and whole house lighting plans, and has supervised installation in some of the finest homes in the South East. He has also participated in many residential and commercial custom lighting projects.

Victor is a graduate of the Southern Poly Technical Institute in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and joined our team in 2010.

Sara "Sally" Burger

Lighting Sales Consultant

Sally is a Georgia native and holds a BFA in Interior Design from The University of Georgia.

She is respected in the field, and joined the Lighting Loft bringing over 20 years of residential, commercial and hospitality design experience.

Sally and her husband have 3 children and live in Dunwoody.

Natoya “Toya” Bowen

Assistant Lighting Designer

Natoya grew up on the beautiful island of Jamaica. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Interior Design, and joined the Lighting Loft in the fall of 2014. Natoya has always been fluent in the art of design that calms the mind and soothes the soul.