Since its founding in 1992 by Joel and Keersten Nichols, Apollo Design Technology, Inc. has gained a worldwide position in the
production and distribution of special effects products to the entertainment lighting industry. Establishing itself early as a
leading producer of custom gobos, the company has expanded into other related products used by lighting designers to create stimulating
visual effects for theater, corporate events, concerts, houses of worship, and architectural applications. No matter the product, the
Apollo brand is recognized as one of innovation, quality, and value always backed with the highest level of service.
As a strong supporter of the dealer business model for product distribution, Apollo's philosophy is to simply exceed its customer's
expectations in every facet of the business relationship. The owners maintain a culture and invest in the people and the processes necessary
to support their core belief that mutual success depends on building strong dealer relationships and end user satisfaction.
Dealer Support Staff
Apollo Design Technology has been fortunate to attract an outstanding group of professionals. It is the
combined talents of the Apollo employees that produce the synergy that is the core of Apollo's success.
Listed below are the Apollo representatives that interact on a daily basis with the Apollo dealer network.
Alissa Knepple is the first contact for anyone calling into the Apollo facility. Alissa is knowledgeable
about the responsibilities and whereabouts of everyone on the Apollo staff. She will direct your call to
the person best suited to assist you.
Business Development and Customer Service:
Jeff Mateer (email@example.com) is the Sales Director over the Business Development and Customer Service team. Jeff will continue to grow Apollo's long-term
relationships and cultivate new opportunities.
The Business Development Team is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and supporting new sales.
Keith Kankovsky (KKankovsky@apollodesign.net) Business Development - Midwest.
Rita LeFavour (RLeFavour@apollodesign.net) Business Development - West Coast.
Brett Zellers (BZellers@apollodesign.net) Business Development - East Coast.
Milad Khouli (MKhouli@apollodesign.net) is the Senior Executive - International Sales. He travels the globe
identifying and pursuing international business opportunities.
Brandi Hite (BHite@apollodesign.net) is the Customer Service Manager. She plans, coordinates and controls the activities of the customer service
team to maintain and enhance customer relationships.
The Customer Service Team is here from 8 am to 7pm to accept and schedule your orders into production.
Keersten Nichols (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Human Resources Manager. Keersten is the person to contact if you are interested in coming to work for Apollo.
Melissa Irk (MIrk@apollodesign.net) is Apollo's Marketing Specialist. Melissa is
involved in recommending, developing and implementing marketing tools and programs to Apollo's
targeted markets as well as supporting our dealer network.
Christen Batt (email@example.com) is the Marketing Coordinator for Apollo. Christen is responsible for coordinating
tradeshow and marketing functions as well as supporting the marketing staff on implementing marketing tools and programs.
Gary Kuntz and David Stauss are part of Apollo's Technical Development Department, focusing on product engineering.
They take care of troubleshooting, maintenance, product development and technical support on a day to day basis.
Brenda Walters, the friendliest bill collector in the industry, manages Apollo's accounts receivable.
Apollo Design Technology is proudly owned by Joel & Keersten Nichols. Their ambition to realize the American
dream has not only enriched their lives but has offered the knock of opportunity to Apollo's dedicated
staff and provided a much-needed alternative for those in the lighting industry.
Apollo Design Technology was named after Joel & Keersten's beloved horse, Apollo. After providing love,
companionship and much enjoyment for the past 23 years, Apollo passed away April 22, 2009.