About Us

Artistic Holiday Designs began as a design firm seeking to change holiday decor. Our experience in holiday lighting as an installation company, led our team to seek out innovative and unique decor options for our clients. Whether a commercial client looking for non-denominational illuminations or a city art district looking for abstract illuminations, we were typically stuck with ordinary, traditional decor.

In March 2015 we partnered with Leblanc Illuminations as their sole distributor for the US market. Our creativity combined with their mastery of products allows us to be a force in the world of holiday decor. Changing the typical landscape of Christmas lights to dynamic, captivating displays.

Our goal on every illumination project is to develop a destination that creates and captures an audience. We are able to meet this goal by providing innovative decor, reliable technical products, exceptional service, and a revolutionary team of individuals focused on shifting the magic of holiday decor.

 

EXCLUSIVE DECOR

Our manufacturer, Leblanc Illuminations has partners around the world with presence in over 40 countries. Each year, our global team decorates in over 10,000 cities! Leblanc runs three factories with over 160 employees. 11 of these employees are product developers and graphic designers. Leblanc is celebrated its 60th year in business with over 1,400 catalog products and the ability to create custom decor.

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WORLD-WIDE TEAM

Each year we gather as a global team to review new products and brainstorm ideas. At each conference we enjoy free time learning about markets in other countries and visiting our factory in Le Mans, France. Our diverse team draws influence from each other creating innovative solutions to any project.

 

USA TEAM

Derek Norwood, DerekN@artisticholidaydesigns.com
CEO
Derek started in the holiday lighting business in 1999 and has built several firms specific to the lighting industry: Holiday Creations Pro. Inc/Artistic Services, Artistic Holiday Designs, and Amaze Light Festivals. As the lead for any project, Derek ensures all aspects of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, maintenance, removal, and storage are fulfilled to the expectations of our clients.

Samantha Barkus, SamanthaB@artisticholidaydesigns.com
COO, Director of Events
With over 15 years experience in business and operations, Samantha is responsible for daily operations of Artistic Holiday Designs, Holiday Creations/Artistic Services and Amaze Light Festivals.

Sara Basch, SaraB@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Creative Director
Responsible for maintaining a complete and effective design process including client meetings, concepts, design, production, fabrication, follow-up and product satisfaction. Sara has 20 years of experience in visual communications, marketing, and holiday lighting.

Sonya Bakrou, SonyaB@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Purchasing Director
Sonya is based in Le Mans, France and oversees all aspects of our production with Leblanc Illuminations. She is the key to our seamless process of design, production, logistics, and export. Sonya has 22 years experience in project management, implementation, and import/export. She also speaks French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. 

Renee Hebert, ReneeH@artisticholidaydesigns.com 
National Sales Director
With more than 10 years of experience in the commercial holiday decor industry as well as a strong background in client relationships and OEM work, Renee also brings experience with theatrical and production lighting to our team. She loves working with clients to help their wishes come true and is extremely focused on maintaining strong relationships.

Jordan Murray, JordanM@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Director of Operations
Jordan has 8 years of experience in holiday lighting, 6 of those include all Artistic Holiday Designs project. He installed our first city project! Jordan is most knowledgeable in all products and handles all custom installations or fabrications. He does what it takes to get the project done right.

Oscar PetersonOscar@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Regional Operations Manager Midwest
Fully trained by our manufacturer, Leblanc Illuminations, Oscar oversees product development and installation of all decor. Oscar has 14 years of experience in turnkey decor, holiday lighting, and installation.

Connor Graham, ConnorG@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Regional Operations Manager Southeast
Connor started with Artistic in 2019 to handle the expanding Southeast market. He has 8 years of experience in the Christmas lighting and decor industry. Connor and his team are involved with Project Management, Installation and Client Success. Being fully trained with Leblanc decor, along with his dedication to ensuring successful long term relationships with our clients, Connor fits right in with the AHD family. 

Jinny Healy, JinnyH@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Pricing Specialist / Office Manager
Since 2019, Jinny has been taking care of anything and everything.

Amanda Branning, AmandaB@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Operations Manager South Whitley
Manages the shipping, product, staff, and everything in between.

Courtney Kotloski, CourtneyK@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Communications Director 

Michelle Shively, MichelleS@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Digital Designer
Over 20 years of experience in product development, sales promotion and marketing with a wide range of design skills from retail signage and packaging, photo manipulation/digital work and promotional print. 

Jay Bohnen, JayB@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Lead Project Manager 

Vince Colubmia, VinceC@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Project Manager

Steve Smith, SteveS@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Project Manager / Warehouse Manager
Steve has the ability to take on a wide variety of new and challenging tasks. He values the incredible displays we offer and the way what we do truly brings joy into people's lives.

Mary Zaller, MaryZ@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Business Development

Laura McFadden, LauraM@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Business Development
Laura has 15 years of product design experience and 13 years sales experience with various holiday decor companies. She s
erves as board member for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Cleveland Chapter.

Jim Doron, JimD@artisticholidaydesigns.com
Logistics Manager