Ardd + Winter, Inc. was founded in 1968 by Bobby Ardd Sr. and Clint Winter. These two independent business men found themselves competing on a daily basis with a very small staff of people and limited line cards. They merged their resources together to form one of the most stable and sustainable manufacturers’ representative firms in the lighting industry today. Based on the American dream of business ownership, a lot of hard work, and a competitive entrepreneurial spirit Ardd + Winter has grown through the years to be one of the most respected rep firms in the lighting industry.
Following the death of Bobby Ardd, Sr. in 1997, the company has been guided by Bobby Ardd, Jr. In 2006, Marty Hall joined Bobby as an officer and principal of the company. In 2007, Matt Bobo was also made an officer and principal. Both Matt and Marty have many years of service in the agency and will use their knowledge and experience to help lead the company into the future. We are pleased that all three members of the management team are CPMR certified. Our owner, Bobby Ardd, graduated from Auburn University in May 2012, with Honors, earning an MBA in Business and is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In May 2014, Matt also graduated with an MBA in Business from Auburn University with Honors.
During the years of rapid expansion and growth of the metro Atlanta area, Ardd + Winter has grown into one of the most respected names in the industry. Our team has built the Ardd + Winter brand into a nationally recognized name synonymous with the highest levels of service and quality of manufacturers. Our goal is to be your agency of choice. We are committed to service excellence to all our customers.
Just north of Atlanta, our corporate office is located at 5000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 100 in Norcross, Georgia. We also have an office in Jacksonville, FL serving Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Daytona Beach. On June 1, 2018, we completed a merger with CK Lighting to form the Ardd+Winter Savannah office. On March 1, 2022 we completed a merger with Palmetto Lighting Solutions to form Ardd+Winter South Carolina with offices in Greenville and Charleston.
We pride ourselves on our loyalty to and investment in our employees. They are the essential part of our company because they take care of the most important part of our business: The Customer. Our staff’s cumulative 463 years of experience and knowledge as employees at Ardd + Winter combined with 697 previous years of experience for a total of 1,160 years in the industry ensures that our clients will receive unprecedented service and solutions from the simplest to the most difficult applications with current state of the industry products.
Consider the broad range of experience of our employees, which includes previous employment at: Architecture, Assistant Master Electrician, Electrical Contractors, Electrical Distributors, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Lighting Manufacturer, other Manufacturers’ Representatives, and Theatrical Lighting. Therefore, whether your needs are in lighting, dimming or energy-saving controls, or theatrical systems, our commitment is to offer you the appropriate choices to fit your needs and budget.
Throughout Ardd + Winters history, its mission has been: “To provide state of the art Lighting Fixtures, Dimming & Lighting Controls to Architects, Electrical Engineers, Interior Designers, Lighting Designers, Landscape Designers, Electrical Wholesalers, Contractors, and Lighting Showrooms in the state of Georgia and our markets in Florida.” We have achieved our reputation in the industry by conducting business with honesty, integrity, and fairness, while respecting and satisfying the interests and needs of our customers, manufacturers and employees.