Michael Deo, CLVLT
Already a seasoned entrepreneur with 20 years in recycling and re-manufacturing, Michael decided his second act should be a bit more creative. As he worked toward an education in landscape design, an introduction to lighting changed his course. The rest as they say is history.
Michael founded NatureScape Lighting in 2004 and jumped in with two feet. He joined the AOLP (then LVLIA) in 2007. In 2011, after completing his commitment to a local landscape organization’s board as treasurer, he became more involved in committee work. He currently serves on the Awards and the Conference Planning Committees.
Forever the student, Michael is always on the hunt for new information, solid educational opportunities and sharing that knowledge with colleagues and clients. In addition to his memberships in many organizations, Mike’s pet philanthropic endeavor is the biennial Mansion in May designer show house hosted by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center. A “repeat offender,” NatureScape Lighting has consistently illuminated the grounds of these magnificent properties to serve the committee’s after-dark activities. “It is by far the most rewarding charity I’ve been involved with,” says Michael.
Mike and his bride of 21 years, Lisa, have two junior lighting designers, Alexa and Michael, who often accompany Dad on after-dark critiques. They live in the green foothills of north-central New Jersey where they all preach the gospel of good lighting.