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President and Founder of Atlanta Light Bulbs Passes Away

Gary Root, Atlanta Light BulbsGary Root, President and Founder of Atlanta Light Bulbs, aged 64, passed away on October 4, 2017 after a hard battle with a long-term illness.

Root founded ALB in 1981 to serve the Atlanta metro area. By the early 1990s, the company relocated to a larger facility, featuring a lighting showroom and warehouse space. This new warehouse space stocked the ever-expanding and diversifying lighting inventory demanded by the growing customer base: Specialty lamps, projector lamps, medical lamps, European bulbs, miniature lamps, light fixtures, and lighting installations.

In 1998, the company launched AtlantaLightBulbs.com, one of the first companies in Atlanta to offer its inventory and services online.

In 2015, ALB Energy Solutions was formed as a response to shifting market dynamics toward energy-efficient lighting and a request from the company’s commercial and industrial customers for more “consultative solutions.”

Aside from serving as ALB’s President, Root served on various boards and committees over the years. He spent a lot of time with NAILD (The National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors), where he served on the board from 2000-2006 and served as president in 2004-2005.

Root is survived by his wife, Mary, three sons, and several grandchildren.

His obituary can be found here.

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