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Bay Lighting Employee Spotlight – Donnie Lowman

Recently, we caught up with long time employee Donnie Lowman for a Q & A, in celebration of his 15 year anniversary with Bay Lighting. Follow along to learn more about a day in the life of Donnie.

What is your role at Bay Lighting? I deliver materials in MD, DC, and northern VA.

What do you like best about your job? I like getting to know all of our customers. A lot of the engineers I meet move from building to building. I always encourage them to keep in touch with me and Bay Lighting, after their move.

What is the most challenging part of your job? The biggest challenge is getting into the loading docks or back alleys to deliver materials.

How many stops do you make in a typical day? Usually we make 15 to 20 stops per day. I usually start in D.C. and work my way out to Virginia and then Maryland.

Do you remember the first customer that you delivered to? Wow! The first customer had to be someone in DC. I can remember that we delivered to a lot of apartment complexes with an assortment of fixtures for bathrooms and kitchens.

Staff image on Bay Lighting's website
Image on Bay Lighting's website

What has changed the most over the time you have worked in DC? Before Bay Lighting, I worked for the U.S. Capitol Police for 27 years. When I began working with the Capitol Police in 1971, traffic was so light compared to today’s traffic!

What is one fact that many people might not know about you? I have an identical twin, named David. Can you tell which one is Donnie based on the picture?

If you see Donnie, be sure to congratulate him on 15 wonderful years of service. From all of us at Bay Lighting, thank you Donnie!


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