Creative team with a passion for technology


StarTek Lighting America designs, engineers, and manufactures top quality LED lighting solutions in Gurnee, IL for commercial, industrial, institutional and recreational applications. Entering the market in 2012 as a custom design, USA based lighting company, StarTek focused on the increasing demand for solid-state electronic lighting. This new era of LED systems presented StarTek with the opportunity to engineer smart, higher performance fixtures with sleek, fashionable designs.

As a major manufacturer of LED fixtures in 2020, StarTek produces a full line of top products ready for immediate delivery. Additionally, StarTek offers custom options on large quantity orders.

StarTek’s aesthetically designed luminaires are optimized to deliver maximum light to the targeted area. They are engineered for easy installation and long, maintenance-free life. All luminaires are compatible with intelligent energy reduction system controls to provide superior lighting options.

Tony Scolaro

Tony, the President of STARTEK Lighting America, has extensive experience in leading positions at Fortune 500 branded product companies. His vision is to make StarTek a premier brand in the commercial/industrial/architectural lighting space. Tony enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife and taking his high energy Black Lab to dog parks.

Mike Scolaro
General Manager

Mike is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations at StarTek. He also serves as a primary contact for customer design, engineering, technical information and fulfillment. He has worked with STARTEK Lighting America since 2012. Mike played varsity lacrosse at Lafayette College and enjoys coaching youth lacrosse.

Stew Hamel
VP Sales - East

Stew presides over the rep sales network in the East. His engineering expertise and extensive experience as a National Sales manager bring both technical know-how and the ability to support channel partners and end users. He has strong relationships with reps, architects, engineers, lighting designers, distributors, showrooms and national accounts nationwide. In his leisure time, Stew is an avid sailor and holds a 100-ton captain’s license. On land he enjoys cruising around New England on his Harley.

Anthony Neckopulos
VP Sales - West & Canada

Anthony manages sales for the Western half of the US and all of Canada. He specializes in Sales Management along with LED lighting and optical design backed up by 30+ years experience. Anthony enjoys hunting, fishing, and watching sports in his free time.

Vanessa Lambert
RVP- Northwest US & Northeast Canada and Marketing Manager

Vanessa is an accomplished marketer and creative director in social media marketing. Her visionary perspective has earned her opportunities on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the Publicity Club of Chicago stage, a press coverage on the New York Times and People Magazine. Proud to call herself a polyglot, Vanessa comes to StarTek with over 9 + years of experience in Marketing. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys kayaking, reading and traveling together with her family.

Colleen Carlson
Office Administrator & Customer Service

Colleen comes to StarTek after graduating with honors from Carthage College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She worked extensively in Social Sciences assisting in research and data entry and is thrilled to be learning the ins and outs of the lighting industry. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and performing piano for friends and family, reading, and spending quality time outdoors.

Kevin Osowski
Engineering Manager

StarTek’s Engineering Manager, Kevin Osowski is responsible for product development utilizing his strong technical background in manufacturing, and production design. His close relationship with suppliers and production ensure all products meet StarTek’s high standard of quality.  In his free time Kevin enjoys the outdoors, hiking, hunting and fishing.

Pedro Carrera
Accounting/HR Manager

Pedro comes to StarTek with over 25 years and an extensive background in accounting working in the private and public sector.  He recently served as an accountant for the Lake County Treasurer’s Office.  He also has a background managing the accounting process for other manufacturers in the area.  He is extremely tech-savvy with a fundamental background in information technology and has also managed the upgrade and implementation of QuickBooks, other inventory programs, servers, workstations, and networking solutions for several companies.  In his free time, he is a musician who loves to lead worship at various churches in the area, spend quality time with his family, a little golf, and hang out with his close friends for laughs. 

Jim O’Shea

Jim O’Shea is responsible for assisting in New Product Development and Product Enhancements. Previous experience in developing new Lighting components, co-authoring several US patents and Electrical Engineering background will help bolster new products in the growing list of new StarTek Lighting America Systems. In his free time Jim enjoys boating, fishing and spending time with his family, Jim’s motto…..Make Lumens not Heat!