About Gross Electric

Gross Electric is the leading innovative lighting and electrical distributor in the markets we serve.

Laurie

President

Laurie has over 40 years of experience in the lighting industry and is the only American Lighting Association Certified Lighting Consultant in Northwest Ohio. She has a BA in Marketing and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Laurie has a passion for lighting design and for learning about the latest lighting technology, which she incorporates into her customers’ projects. In her free time, Laurie enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Allen

Showroom Manager

Allen is our Toledo showroom manager. He attended St. John’s Jesuit high school and the University of Toledo, and has over 13 years of restaurant management and sales experience. Allen enjoys getting to know our customers and helping them find solutions to their lighting needs. When not at work, he loves watching movies and going out to eat with his wife, Alison, and daughter, Eleanore. His other hobbies include cooking and playing guitar.

Samantha

Builder Sales Representative

Samantha has over five years of experience in lighting design and is currently working as a Builder Sales Representative in Toledo. Her introduction to the lighting field started with an internship at Gross Electric while studying for her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and minor in Sustainability at Bowling Green State University. While studying, she became a LEED Green Associate in 2012, which provides her with up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. With her degree, she learned basic design techniques, space planning, color matching, and how to create an overall stimulating environment. Upon graduation in 2013, she became an American Lighting Association Lighting Specialist with Gross Electric, providing her with extensive knowledge in light sources, lighting fixtures, and residential lighting design.

Mike

Sales Associate

Mike has 50 years of experience in the lighting industry. His career with Gross Electric started in 1965 at the electrical supply counter at our downtown Toledo store. Through the years, Mike has worked in almost every department of the company — electrical supplies, electric heat, commercial lighting, showroom sales, and builder sales — and has helped to open several branch locations. He currently works part time in showroom sales, and enjoys spending as much time as possible out on the golf course!

Natalie

Sales Associate

Natalie has been part of our Toledo showroom sales team since 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a minor in Marketing from Bowling Green State University. She is happy to be putting her degree to work as a Sales Associate in our Toledo showroom. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys binge watching Netflix, running, and doing crafts.

Anna

Sales Associate

Anna is the newest member of our Toledo showroom sales team. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University. She is also LEED Green Associate Certified. When not at work, Anna volunteers much of her free time at her church. She also enjoys spending time by the water or hiking and walking outdoors with family and friends.

Pete

Decorative Hardware Manager

Pete is the Decorative Hardware Manager at our Toledo showroom. He’s been part of the Gross Electric team since April of 2012, but he’s been selling hardware for over three decades. Pete joined his father in the family’s hardware business, Otto C. Buehler & Son, in 1980. He worked with his father and brother for many years, before partnering with Gross Electric. Pete is a born and raised Toledoan, and earned a BA in Education from the University of Toledo. In his free time, Pete enjoys exercising and running, and volunteers with the Toledo Roadrunners Association and the Glass City Marathon.

Armond

Decorative Hardware Sales Associate

Armond has worked at Gross Electric since 2014 and has worn many hats during his time here.  He started working in the warehouse and moved on to sales in the electrical remodeling center and at the electrical supply counter.  Armond is now working in Showroom Sales, working with customers in decorative hardware and lighting in our Toledo showroom. He is also a member of the company’s health & wellness committee.  Armond has an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Owens Community College.  In addition to cooking, Armond enjoys working out, reading, music, meditation, and travel. He’s always up for a challenging game of chess, as well!