About Us

About Ward & Burton, Inc.

LEC and Ward & Burton, Inc. have been a constant source of lighting information in the St Louis market for well over 50 years. Founding principals Max Luikart and Sam Charlesworth established two separate lighting agencies that have now become one. LEC along with Ward & Burton, Inc merged over the summer of 2018, forming LEC-Ward Burton & Co.  

Bruce Eason, Don Calcaterra, Tom Mispagel, Scott Burton and Billy Onder have brought their individual teams together creating a dynamic sales team to service the St Louis market. LEC-Ward Burton & Co is a lighting and controls manufacturer representative responsible for marketing and selling our manufacturers' products throughout our territory, Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. Even if your project goes beyond these areas, we are still happy to help you.

LEC-Ward Burton & Co represents manufacturers for virtually every lighting application. Samples are our passion. Our sample inventory is overflowing and we welcome the opportunity to show you our products.  Please call us to assist with your next mock-up.  We can order additional samples for the mock up, provide photometric layouts and renderings generated for your project.  You are all our customers: owners, specifiers, distributors and contractors. LEC-Ward Burton & Co will help develop realistic budgets and quality bill of materials for your project.

 

Officers

  • Steve Ward
    Bruce Eason
    Principal / Sales
    Bruce@lecltg.com
  • Bruce is President of LEC - Ward Burton & Co. He earned his BSBA in marketing from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Since 1977, his agency, in partnership with Max Luikart, (now retired) grew to be one of the top agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Bruce has been an educational leader with the Electrical Board, teaching industrial lighting and IESNA courses. Distributors, Engineers, and Contractors have come to rely on his integrity and technical expertise.

  • Don Calcaterra 
    Principal / Sales
    don@lecltg.com
  • Don and Bruce built LEC into a top agency in St. Louis. Don has a BSBA in marketing from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and joined the agency in 1981. During the 1980's, his contractor and distributor relationships anchored Hubbell Lighting in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois as a solid, and respected product line. It helped build the foundation of the modern LEC. Don is a great guy and when he makes a deal, it's "A DEAL". Contact Don for Distributor and Contractor issues
  • Billy Onder
    Tom Mispagel 
    Principal / Sales 
    tom@lecltg.com
  • Tom has been with LEC since 1989 and worked in all aspect of the agency. He is a versatile team member, working with distributors and specifiers throughout the territory. Many of his customers are involved with National Accounts.  
  • Shaun McClintock
    Scott Burton
    Pincipal / Sales 
    scott.burton@wardandburton.com
  • Scott joined Ward & Burton after a long history with a local lighting manufacturer. His account responsiblities include distributors, contractors and specifiers in the St Louis market as well as mid-Missouri.  Scott became principal of Ward & Burton, Inc in October, 2012.

 

  • Steve Ward
    Billy Onder
    Principal / Sales 
    billy.onder@wardandburton.com
  • Billy joined Ward & Burton in 2013, coming to us after eleven years on the local Lightolier team. He brings over twenty years of lighting experience. He became a principal in 2015.

 

  • Steve Ward
    Steve Ward
    steve.ward@wardandburton.com
  • Steve joined the founding principal, Sam Charlesworth full-time in 1975. The company then became Charlesworth Ward. Over the years the company has serviced the lighting community, providing an unsurpassed knowledge base for numerous lighting manufacturers and grown to be one of the top lighting agencies in the St Louis market.  Steve continues to call on key specifiers and is involved with the firm's long-range planning.

 


 

Outside Sales


  • Ron Barry
    ron.barry@wardandburton.com
  • Ron joined the Ward & Burton team in 1986 after extensive experience as a product designer and regional sales manager for a lighting manufacturer. He covers the northeastern part of Missouri and Quincy, Illinois, monthly, as well as multiple accounts in the St. Louis area.
  • Jason Heisler
    Juan Christlieb
    juan.christlieb@wardandburton.com
  • Juan joined the Ward & Burton team in 2017.  He specializes in lighting controls and fixtures. Juan is a recent graduate of Rankin Technical College, earning a degree in electrical systems design technology.  His customers include distributors, contractors and the southern Missouri territory.  He has worked with one of St Louis' larger electrical contractors in project management and also worked in a supervisory role for the Geek Squad at Best Buy.  
  • Ron Barry
    Tyler Kisro
    tyler@lecltg.com
  • Tyler has been a member of the LEC team for over 20 years. His account responsiblities are focused on the architectural and engineering community. Tyler worked for a local electrical distributor and Osram Sylvania prior to joining LEC.  Tyler has a great perspective on our business and is a key team player.
  • Sandy Frederich
    Sandy Frederich
    sandy.frederich@wardandburton.com
  • Sandy joined  Ward & Burton in 1989. Her experience includes working in retail and for an architectural office. For several years she headed up our quotations team. We are very pleased to have her returning to the outside sales team focusing on architects and interiors. She enjoys seeing designs develope and working to enhance architecture with light.  

 

Quotations

  • Billy Onder
    Theresa Layne
    theresa@lecltg.com
  • Theresa is our lead quotations person. She has been in the lighting industry for 22 years. Her experience inlcudes working for an electrical distributor and in the healthcare industry early in her career. She provides complete ontime quotes and outstanding customer service.

 

 

  • Billy Onder
    Scott Anderson
    scott@wardandburton.com
  • Scott works full time in applications and sales providing back up to quotations and customer service when needed.

 


 

Customer Service

  • Roger Stream
    Marilynn Eason 
    marilynn@lecltg.com
  • Since joining LEC in 1981 Marilynn has continued to provide excellent customer service and order entry.  As secretary and treasurer, Marilynn manages the agency bookeeping and daily finances. Marilynn is our Hubbell go to person for order follow up. 
  • Roger Stream
    Roger Stream
    roger@wardandburton.com
  • Roger Stream started with Ward & Burton in 1999 after many years in healthcare management. He provides our team excellent customer service and order entry skills. 

 

Photometry/Controls

  • Scott Anderson
    Scott Anderson
    scott@wardandburton.com
  • Scott joined Ward & Burton in 2005. He is our photometry guru. Scott is an expert in the use of the AGI 32 applications program. He is available to confirm your design or assist in the layout.  Scott also creates submittal packages, works on cross-overs and provides back up for cutomer service and quotations. He has a few outside sales responsiblities and is well-trained in controls. 
  • Jason Heisler
    Ellen Bell
    ellen@lecltg.com
  • Ellen is our full-time application engineer and has been with LEC for over 20 years.  Using the powerful AGI lighting software, Ellen can generate a lighting layout from your CAD drawing or paper plan. Ellen is here to assist with the very best lighting  solutions for your project.