FOR OVER 50 YEARS WE HAVE PROVIDED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
Meet Our Team
VERNON DANIEL - FOUNDER
Vernon Daniel graduated at the top of his high school class before going on to study electrical engineering in college prior to graduating with a degree in landscape design in 1963. After working in Dallas and Houston, Texas for a lighting design firm, Vernon moved to the Washington DC metropolitan area and founded his firm, “Vernon Daniel Associates – America’s Landscape illuminator” in 1971 with the help of his wife, Jo Ann. Over the following 50 years his designs and quality installations of illumination became highly regarded throughout the east coast where offices were established from New York and Florida.
The company’s thousands of clients include presidential families, rock stars, notable designers in other fields, commercial properties, and many prominent country clubs throughout the United States including Congressional Country Club in the DC area, Bethpage Country Club in New York and many more.
Vernon approaches lighting design as an artist, painting a beautiful landscape scene, using light as his paint and brush to create enchanting after dark visions for gardens and architecture to be enjoyed by homeowners and commercial owners. His work has been featured in several regional and national publications over the past 50 years including house and garden magazine, Washington Post, and others. For many years Vernon presented garden lighting design talks to major garden clubs including the annual meeting of Garden Club of America.
JAY BAIG - PRESIDENT
Jay has a masters from Cornell University. He worked in corporate for 25+ years and decided to go back to school at New York School of Interior design to learn about outdoor and indoor lighting. He is an entrepreneur and enjoys designing and running Vernon Daniel Associates.
LIGHTING DESIGNER NY METRO
Dan is our New York Lighting Designer. As a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Theater Design and Production program my roots and training are deeply seated in the world of theatre and live performances. He joined Vernon Daniel Associates a couple of years back and has designed some amazing properties from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut to Rhode Island. Outside of work Dan is an avid hiker, runner and occasional ultimate frisbee player, and most importantly father to his daughter.
LIGHTING DESIGNER WASHINGTON DC METRO
Chris has a background in sales, corporate account management, sales management, and have been an entrepreneur. Chris has been with Vernon Daniel Associates for 11 years designing landscape and architectural illumination for the Washington, DC Metro area.
LIGHTING DESIGNER MIAMI METRO
Michael joined Design Light Now owned by Vernon Daniel Associates at our Miami, Florida office from a career in design and construction management, specializing in superyacht and luxury residential projects. He brings years of design and management experience to the team. He has successfully designed and installed commercial and residential projects. When he is not designing lighting projects, he enjoys the outdoors and South Florida lifestyle with his son.
Rio Bayani is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor, a Certified Bookkeeper and an active member of National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB). She finished her Accounting Degree in 2018 in California Trinity University in Los Angeles and started working as a full cycle bookkeeper for two years.