Ira Geller was introduced to the lighting world early in his high school years working at a variety of retail lighting stores throughout the Baltimore area. He continued on the lighting path working part time throughout college. Upon graduating from Towson University in 1981, Ira was hired by VL Service Lighting to sell light bulbs & ballasts to commercial end users. His experience and knowledge in lighting sales gave him the confidence to go into business on his own.
At 24 years old, Ira stocked light bulbs & ballasts in the basement of his Pikesville, MD home, bought an answering machine and a typewriter, and hired his first employee to make deliveries. And – just like that – Geller Lighting was born. Fast forward a few years later, and Ira met Yasmin Kronenberger, a customer of his from Loyola Federal Savings & Loan. Ira, in dire need of an organized bookkeeper (and, perhaps, someone to make him lunch!) hired Yasmin in 1987.
Ira & Yasmin married in 1988 and, with the help of many long-standing employees, have grown their business into Maryland’s largest independently owned bulb & ballast distributorship. Today, Geller Lighting has significantly grown from Ira’s basement space, occupying several warehouses and offices in Arbutus. Their workforce has also grown to include their daughter, Carly, and their son, Edison.