Team


Chad Rothe

Owner

Chad has had a true passion and clever eye for design and unique aesthetics ever since he was young. While studying Interior Design at Scottsdale Community College, Chad apprenticed at a Modern and Avant- Garde lighting showroom. During his internship, Chad developed a true understanding of how the importance of proper lighting can either make or break a space. He became self-taught in the field of lighting design, with a vision to one day operate his very own lighting design showroom. With nearly 20 years of experience, Chad has been involved in illuminating high-end residential architecture, bar and club establishments, as well as restaurants and retail spaces. Chad believes that good lighting is one of the most effective single forces in interior design and architecture, but arguably the most neglected. At Lightform Lighting, Chad and his team will explain illuminating technology and make the art of lighting accessible to everyone.

Stephanie Fargher

Lighting Designer

Stephanie is one of Lightform’s most knowledgeable and contemporary designers. With an Interior Design degree from Washington State University, Stephanie brings a passion for design in to the lighting world. Her ability to examine space, form and function allow her to visualize the impact of dynamic lighting methods to illuminate all types of environments. As a result, Stephanie constantly seeks to add new technology to her knowledge base and broadens her craft through field experience and electrical courses. She is able to detail light in to architecture and interiors with an emphasis on sustainable design solutions. Having a love for design coupled with proficient technical abilities in lighting software, AutoCAD and 3D modeling, Stephanie possesses a thoughtful talent that will provide innovation to lighting any space.

Elaine Cogbill

Accountant

Elaine comes as a highly qualified accountant to the Lightform team with an extensive background in finance. Throughout her career at major institutions that include Valley National Bank and J.P. Morgan Chase, Elaine controlled and monitored expenditures of multi-million dollar budgets. She has also managed government and private grant dollars through her time with non-profit organizations such as HomeBase Youth Services. In diversifying her career, Elaine followed a path that led her to work for Elizabeth A. Rosensteel Design Studio. While handling accounts payable and accounts receivable for the company, Elaine became familiar with all aspects of the design industry. Through her exposure to creative seeking minds, this led Elaine to meet Chad Rothe, allowing her the opportunity to join Lightform’s creative team of professionals. Elaine has been a crucial member to the Lightform family since joining nearly four years ago.

Gottlieb Jicha III

Lighting Design Assistant

Gottlieb manages product operations and is a Lighting Design Assistant who brings his knowledge of business and architecture from both the educational and practical experience gained throughout his professional endeavors. Gottlieb has a true eye for what a space can offer and how to meet a client’s needs by providing technical education to enhance the client experience. Gottlieb comes to Lightform with extensive education having received Master’s Degrees in both Educational Administration (MSEd) and Business (MBA). Gottlieb has worked on a multitude of architectural projects that include home building and renovation, lighting installation, and landscape management. Gottlieb’s continued education in the lighting industry makes him an invaluable resource to both Lightform and our clientele. As Gottlieb has gained experience and product knowledge he has become an asset to all the stakeholders that work with Lightform from the client to the manufacturer. This has allowed Gottlieb to take Lightform’s clients from concept to completion.

Lynn Brown

Lighting Design Assistant

Lynn joined the Lighform design team after being introduced to Chad by her previous employer, Elizabeth Rosensteel. After meeting Chad and appreciating his enthusiasm, energy and passion he brings to his business, Lynn was excited to be a part of his design team. With an Interior Design degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lynn continues to learn the more specialized lighting aspect of design. In addition to assisting in the showroom, she enjoys completing submittal packages for large lighting projects and continues to help manage our website and social media pages. Lynn feels very fortunate for the opportunity to work part-time so she can also spend time with her daughter on the days she is not in the showroom.

Khan

Team Morale Officer

Khan was rescued by Chad back in 2010 when Khan was seen darting through traffic on 44th street in Phoenix before running into a nearby neighborhood. Seeing him, Chad followed to help a very upset and scared Khan. After weeks of posting flyers in hopes of reuniting Khan with his owner, no one came forward to claim him and Chad decided to adopt him. Now Khan, a miniature pinscher / chihuahua mix, happily takes on the greeter and mascot role. He spends his days lying about the Lightform showroom, keeping the staff entertained and greeting all the clients who walk through the door.