Founded in 1982, Golden Lighting was established as an importer of manufactured products from overseas. In the mid-1980s, the company uncovered significant distribution opportunities in the niche ceiling fan market and focused its product line on selling ceiling fans to electrical and builder supply houses in the Southeast. During the 1990s, focus shifted toward residential lighting fixtures and as the product line developed, more decorative lighting products were added. Today, Golden Lighting sells primarily to lighting showrooms and electrical supply houses throughout the United States.
Golden Lighting has an outstanding reputation for understanding customer needs and incorporating those needs into its product designs. Strong industry awareness, a high level of customer service and a dedicated team of highly trained sales professionals are hallmarks that have solidified Golden’s position as a leader in the residential lighting industry.
We deliver an exceptional experience by providing top-notch service and fashionable, quality lighting designs through a passionate team that cares.
- Provide superior customer service and quality products
- Honor our commitments and be consistent and fair
- Promote true teamwork based on cooperation, trust, and a positive attitude
- Invest in our people and products
- Maintain a strong community presence
- Continually seek improvement and innovation in every aspect of our business
- Data-driven decision making
President – Yuh-Mei Hutt
Started over 35 years ago, Golden Lighting is a family business. 17 years ago, Yuh-Mei Hutt, the current President of Golden Lighting, took over for her father. Since then, Yuh-Mei has expanded the company, making it an industry leader.
A compassionate businesswoman, dedicated to the industry, her company, and her hometown of Tallahassee, Yuh-Mei puts her heart into the projects and people she holds near and dear. Her enthusiasm can be seen through her life, work, goals, and expectations. Under her leadership, Golden Lighting has won Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and the Jim Moran Institute’s Entrepreneurial Excellence awards.
As president of Golden Lighting, she focuses her positive energy on her business and employees alike, finding ways to improve things for both. The community of Tallahassee is not forgotten in Yuh-Mei's plans and efforts. She is significantly involved in the business community and pours time and energy into working with local leaders and organizations to create a better future.
Yuh-Mei is active in promoting startups, angel investment, and exponential mindset in Tallahassee. She supports local charities and acts as a strong role model and catalyst for change in the Tallahassee area. Through her work as Chair of Domi Station, a business incubator that aids entrepreneurs and innovators, Yuh-Mei has invested in creating workspaces where bright creators can collaborate and grow.
In the interest of improving Tallahassee, Yuh-Mei invests in bringing powerful voices and ideas to Tallahassee in the hopes of inspiring the next generation. She has sponsored contests to identify and uplift future leaders. When asked about the motivation behind her service to the community, she simply stated, “I believe the future is positive and that we can have a meaningful impact on our community.”
Sales Director - Ivan Parada
Sales Director Ivan Parada is a valued leader of our eCommerce and Sales division. Ivan manages a growing team of skilled salespeople, and acts as a point of contact between reps, retailers, and Golden.
Through persistence and excellence, Ivan has worked his way up the departmental ladder to sit as Director among upper management. When asked why he gravitated toward a sales-centric career he stated, “Everyone in the world is in sales no matter what position or life stage they are at…”
Several years since joining Golden, Ivan’s love for the company, its success, and employees comes as no surprise. When asked about his key motivators as a leader, Ivan thoughtfully commented on the satisfaction he feels from making customers, partners, and colleagues happy, as well as his passion for personally implementing new strategies and challenging himself.
When probed further, Ivan admitted that he also loves the fact that Golden has not been stagnant in any way for the almost 5 years, “There is always something going on and I thoroughly enjoy being able to make an impact and appreciate the opportunities that have presented themselves."
Operations Director - Jinjin Wells
Operations Director Jinjin Wells oversees some of the most vital component of our organization – Customer Service, the Warehouse, Quality Control and the Supply Chain. Jinjin and her teams manage the day-to-day operating procedures, maintain stock, process orders, and tracking products throughout the business process.
Born in China, Jinjin came to Tallahassee in 2005 to attend FSU for her master’s degree. She then forged her career path as a part-time college Economics instructor.
Jinjin began working for Golden Lighting in 2009 as an inventory analyst. With her strong background in Economics and eager nature she was able to quickly expand her knowledge to demand forecasting and inventory planning. She later engaged with all aspects of the operation improving efficiency and enriching product processes.
Jinjin states the key to her team’s success is setting and reaching continuous matrix goals. She communicates these goals to all team members and then measures how well these goals are met to ascertain what improvements can be made to surpass the latest goals. She also regularly reviews recent performance with the teams. Under Jinjin’s leadership her departments have fine-tuned Golden Lighting’s operations to withstand extreme scenarios.
In her spare time, Jinjin spends time with her husband and son, crafts, cooks, and is a wonderful baker. When asked, Jinjin shared that her favorite lighting style leans Transitional to Modern-Rustic. Loyal to the Golden Lighting brand, Jinjin recently dedicated her home's grand foyer to our large Madera Chandelier and the rest of her home to several fan-favorite collections like Bartlett, Duncan, and Orwell.