MEET OUR TEAM

THE PEOPLE BEHIND ALVA’S TECHNOLOGICAL AND DESIGN INNOVATION

 
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Sean McMurray | President

Sean founded ALVA in 2009 with the goal of accelerating the adoption of solid state lighting by developing high quality LED-based decorative light fixtures. Prior to ALVA, Sean spent 20 years working in the electronics industry in various sales and marketing roles. From 2003 to 2009, Sean led Nu Horizons’ LED lighting organization and worked closely with leading manufactures to offer customers LED solutions. Sean is combining his passion for lighting with his experience in LEDs and electronics. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Sean studied at the Universita’ Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy.

 
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Eric Horvath | Operations Manager

Eric’s interest in lighting started growing up as the son of an electrical contractor and working as an electrician’s assistant early in his career. He brings to ALVA over 10 years of experience in the lighting industry, having worked in a variety of roles in product development and operations. Eric is responsible for all of ALVA’s growing operations and utilizes his expertise and education in CAD and design as part of ALVA’s product development team. Outside of lighting Eric has an interest in music production and plays a variety of instruments. He is most passionate about drumming.

 
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Daniel M. Mahoney Jr. | Executive | Board Member

Dan Mahoney is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and solid state storage industries. Early in his career he held a series of increasingly responsible marketing and sales management positions at Fairchild, National, Cypress and Hitachi Semiconductor. Between 2002 and 2012, he served as the CEO of Renesas Electronics America (comprised of the semiconductor businesses of Hitachi, Mitsubishi and NEC). In 2012 Dan became CEO of Fastor Systems, an innovative Solid State Drive (SSD) start-up. He led fund raising, the development of the company’s NVMe SSD and the sale of the company to SMART High Reliability Solutions, LLC in 2015, where he remained through 2016. Dan is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Gonzaga University’s School of Professional Studies in Spokane, WA. He is also an adjunct professor at Whitworth University’s Graduate School of Business in Spokane, WA. Dan is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and served as an Army Officer for five years.

 
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David Sturtz | Advisory Board Member

David is currently the VP of Marketing and Business Development at XTime, a cloud-based CRM applications provider for the automotive industry. He has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, strategic and analytical experience. Prior to XTime David founded and served as the CEO of RepairPal. For more than 4 years he built RepairPal around the “Kelley Blue Book for auto repair” concept, establishing it as the industry standard for automotive repair and service pricing, and winning several industry and consumer awards for both the website and mobile app. Prior to founding RepairPal, David ran a global-macro hedge fund and worked on Wall Street as a technology stock analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, Prudential Securities and Volpe Brown Whelan. He’s also served as a strategic advisor to several technology, media, automotive and industrial companies. He holds a BA in Economic Geography from UC Berkeley and graduate degrees in Engineering and Political Economics from Stanford University.

 
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Scott Johnson | IALD, IIDA, LEED-AP|                   Principal, Brilliant Lighting Studio

With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of architectural design, lighting design, and design leadership, Scott directs and oversees fixture design at ALVA Lighting. Combining his background in theatre and production design, which have garnered Tony and Emmy nominations for his work on Broadway and television, he brings a uniquely creative sensibility to his designs. Scott has played a pivotal role in most every architectural project type including corporate, judicial, retail, theatre, hospitality, and entertainment. Brilliant Lighting Studio has won multiple Illuminating Engineering Society awards for architectural lighting.

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Ryan Nolan | Art Director, Brilliant Lighting Studio

Ryan brings a blend of expertise to Brilliant that ranges from architectural and environmental graphics to product and fixture design. Collaborating with the ALVA team, Ryan contributes a dynamic voice to the process by incorporating a wide range of experience with backgrounds in high-rise residential, corporate campuses, mixed-use retail and theme-park design. These creative talents strengthen the team and helps to lead the design direction of the studio.