PEMBA, INC was started by Patricia and P. Michael Smith in July of 1997
Our journey started reviewing and stamping electrical plans and because of our automation and engineering education, we were asked to help to plan and design the lighting and a lighting control system. We quickly learned that the contractors needed help with selecting lighting.
Our business grew when others began requesting our services and work expanded to include audio-video and complete automation solutions.
We sought others to join our team, and after Katrina we took over a lighting showroom and electrical distribution business.
At PEMBA, we regularly evaluate new electrical, lighting, sound & automation products. We provide lighting design and engineering services, and go to market twice a year to bring new lighting & automation products to our customers.
PEMBA is a member of various organizations including CEDIA where we are a Registered Outreach instructor to provide training on various automation solutions to the trades.
Our team has a mix of skills and talents to help you with your project.
At PEMBA we specialize in lighting, sound and automation and provide attention to architectural and design details to enhance and add value to your surroundings.
We specialize in design, but, since PEMBA is a distributor for many lighting and automation lines, we provide very competitive materials prices to electrical and general contractors. Take advantage of our knowledge and good prices.
At PEMBA we think it is rare to find good service, good prices, and competent, experienced personnel, but these things are very important to us. You do not need to compromise.
PEMBA provides design services in engineering, lighting, and automation and regularly works with design and construction professionals to incorporate lighting and technology.
Lighting design is both technical and art. It is the application of quantity and type of light to a space. Lighting design should be used to illuminate and enhance. Light itself is important but the effects of light are of greater importance in our daily lives.
Patricia develops and presents human-centric lighting training courses for design and construction professionals.
Engineering & Design
PEMBA is a licensed professional engineering firm in the state of Louisiana and Texas. We have a background in Power Engineering.
Our company organization is unique and has great opportunities as we are both in the design field and also have a "hands on" knowledge of products.
Chad is experienced as an electrical installer and handles lighting, electrical and automation sales. He provides automation installation support, and commercial lighting sales quotations and support. Chad has set up a dimming lab and now PEMBA tests dimming compatibility for the products we sell.
- Thanks Chad!
P. Michael Smith
Michael has 30+ years of Electrical Engineering experience, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is a degreed and registered Professional Engineer and has an MBA.
Kathy "Kat" McBride
Kat provides sales support in all areas of the company and keeps the PEMBA team up to date with the latest in LED lamp and lighting products so that our customers benefit with options to light each space appropriately. Kat’s strength is that she is tenacious so that our customers are pleased with all aspects of doing business with PEMBA. If you call early or late Kat will probably be available to help you.
THE PEMBA TEAM
Patricia has over 25 years of automation experience, 10 years of electrical engineering, has been involved in the Lighting Industry since 1994,is a member of the American Lighting Society, on the IAEI board, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Patricia holds a bachelor of science in computer science and an MBA. Patricia’s strengths include Lighting Design, architectural lighting, electrical plans take off and design and lighting control solutions.
Dallas is skilled in programming a variety of lighting control and automation systems. He has been trained and is experienced with Savant, URC and several commercial lighting controls systems. Dallas both designs and installs audio-video equipment.
Lights - Camera - ACTION!
As a Lighting Sales Associate, Khristian knows a wide variety of lighitng designs and styles that allows our clients to bring (new) life to their homes. Meet with Khristian today, and he can provide you with lighting options to adorne your home, light your business and help you to stay in budget!
Electrial / Materials
Renata works alongside Chad in our electrical department and is in responsible for receiving and sending materials for our various projects and jobs. Renata and Charles have worked tirelessly putting our warehouse and our various storerooms in top notch shape, and she has been an amazing asset to the PEMBA family.
- Great work, Renata!
Charles has taken over deliveries and receives and manages materials in our warehouse.
More members of the PEMBA Team will be added soon!
Louisiana State License # EF.0003923
P. Michael Smith Licensed Professional Engineer, LA state license# 14467