The mission of O’Blaney Rinker Associates is to provide a unique lighting manufacturers rep agency experience to the New York City Lighting community that specializes in architectural lighting and service. We are a boutique design alternative lighting agency that provides service from schematic development through the project completion and after market service for our clients and manufacturers.
James O’Blaney started in the lighting industry in 1987 working at an electrical wholesale distributor in Southern California. Since then he has worked in lighting distribution and as manufacturer representatives in California and New York City. James is very dedicated to his clients and works very hard to avoid and solve any problems that arise. In his leisure time, James trains and competes in triathlons and loves to travel and cook. (He makes a mean pulled pork!)
Caroline has 30 plus years experience in the New York City Lighting Community in Manufacturing, Distribution and Independent Sales Agency. She started her career in Distribution and developed relationships with both General and Electrical Contractors. At Enterprise Lighting Sales, an independent Sales Agency, she held the executive VP position and had hands on experience in all facets of the business and also developed relationships with the NYC specification community. She was National Sales Manager at Mark Architectural Lighting where she developed Sales with national sales representatives and specifiers thru out the country. She currently is a member of the IES, a board member of the Designers Lighting Forum of NY and is Co-Chair person on the LEDucation committee.
Hila Harel gained her Bachelors of interior design in Israel, in 2006. After completing her degree, she moved to New York to work as a lighting designer at Fisher Marantz Stone Partners, where she gained experience on a wide variety of projects. In 2009 Hila founded H2D studio, providing freelance services to lighting and interior design companies as well as full architectural lighting design services for architects and developers. She works on high end hospitality and residential projects as well as institutional, office spaces and landscape. Hila is a current member of IALD and IES
Diana earned a BS in Accounting from VA Commonwealth University in Richmond VA in 1994 and got CPA certification in both VA and NY. She spent sixteen years counting beans before taking time off to count piggies (20, repeatedly). With her children now able to account for themselves, Diana triumphantly returns to the professional world, where she will draw on her prior experience as controller of a lighting distributor as well as her six years spent as Audit Manager for Berard & Donahue, CPA’s in Suffern NY, to make sure our books are as clean as her kid's toes (well, ok, maybe cleaner).
David started his career in the lighting industry as a Lighting Technician at Relle Electric. He is handy with a tool belt and supervised the install and maintenance on various commerical projects throughout New York. He then moved on to Flextronics providing technical support and mainenance on wireless devices. He comes to O'Blaney Rinker Associates from USAI, where he held the position of inside sales/quotations for the Western US Sales Market. He enjoys baseball and fishing.
Scott has over 25 years in the lighting business having worked mostly at Schott North America, Inc. During his tenure at Schott Scott, as the National Sales Manager, focused on architectural, digital projection, museum, medical and retail lighting, interfacing with a myriad of small, medium and large Fortune 500 clients for special glass reflectors, band pass filters, anti-reflective and patterned glass lenses. His most recent work centered on LED lighting and fiber optic systems for the museum and high end retail markets where he also managed rep and distribution channels. He earned his BA at SUNY Stony Brook and MBA at The George Washington University.