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Meet the Team!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Tom Harhay

It’s time to introduce you to the mastermind behind the scenes at Candlelight Systems, CEO, Tom Harhay.
Tom grew up in California as a military brat and currently resides in Laguna Niguel. Tom met the love of his life, Tari, in 1983 and they have been married for 31 years. Tom has 2 amazing daughters and his pride and joy, a 1year old grand-daughter! Tom has earned degrees in Occupational Management, Fire Science and Emergency Medical Paramedic Science, which he put to good use for 28 years with the Orange County Fire Authority. He was assigned as Captain Medic for 14 years in Buena Park and the other half right here in San Clemente. Tom is also a graduate of Chapman’s Leadership Institute. He started Candlelight Systems in 1984 with his wife Tari, and worked both professions until he retired from Fire Service in 2008 as a Fire Captain Paramedic with Chief Officer Certification. Since then he has dedicated all his energy to Candlelight Systems where he loves the challenge of engineering customer’s visions! Tom holds certifications as a master installer, Lutron shading and lighting control and Somfy expert. In his down time, Tom enjoys family get-togethers, traveling, snow-boarding and cooking (and is quite the gourmet chef)! He is equally well-known for his incessant pranking! Last but not least, Tom is an advocate for Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry, a subject close to his heart!

Meet The Team!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Bob Cusey

Meet the newest addition to the Candlelight Family, Bob Cusey.

Bob has spent 15 years in the industry in systems integration specializing in controlled lighting solutions and automated window coverings. Bob holds a C10 Electrical Contractor license and is a designated Lutron Specialist with certifications in Homeworks, Radio Ra2, Quantum and Sivoia systems. Among many other career accomplishments, Bob is most proud of the month he spent in Santiago, Chile doing an implementation of a Lutron Quantum Ecosystem for HSBC Financial Corporation.

Bob is a southern California native and resides in San Clemente. He is the proud father of 2 kids who both attend San Clemente High School. His daughter is a cheerleader and his son plays football and baseball there. In addition to watching his children compete in sports, Bob also enjoys fishing, running, cycling and swimming. He recently completed the LA Marathon in great time and is currently training for an Iron Man.

We are thrilled to have Bob on board and hope you will have the opportunity to work with him as well!

Meet the Team!

Friday, 12 June 2015


We hope you have enjoyed getting to know LaVerne as much as we enjoy working with her. We thought it was due time to introduce you to our field Sales Rep, Michelle Caruso. Michelle has been with Candlelight Systems for 2 years and is one of the best! Michelle brings more than 10 years of sales experience to Candlelight Systems and previously ran her own successful wholesale business, Bloomers Baby. Michelle is a South Orange County native and 4th generation Californian who enjoys her familiar sales territory and loves design and meeting new people. In her off time, Michelle is the proud and busy mom of 2 daughters, Isabella age 9 and Ava age 12. Michelle is newly engaged and she enjoys, cooking, traveling and reading.

Meet the Team!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Now that you’ve met Bob, we thought you should get to know the great lady that makes up his “other-half”, Laverne Harhay. LaVerne is our Drapery Expert specializing in the design and creation of custom draperies as well as other custom window coverings. She has a real eye for design as she spent 28 years operating our family drapery manufacturing business.

LaVerne was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio until she met the love of her life, Marine Tech Sargent, Bob Harhay. She was content with being a military wife and enjoyed the various duty stations from North Carolina, Hawaii, Yuma and California. Her favorite stop was Hawaii (just a territory then) where she had her son, Tom. Laverne also has 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, whom she regards as the sunshine of her life!

Now, semi-retired, Laverne works part-time at Candlelight Systems. In her down time, she volunteers at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library where she has dedicated 20 years of her time. There she is able to apply her perfected speaking skills that she has acquired from her time she has committed to Toastmasters. Last but not least, Laverne enjoys many social gatherings with her large family!

Meet the Team!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year! What a perfect time to introduce you to another one of Candlelight’s family members (literally)! Meet Bob Harhay, our 87 year old Logistics and Warehouse Manager. Bob has been providing his expertise here since 1984 when he helped with the actual set-up of the rack systems and display walls in the warehouse.

Prior to working at Candlelight Systems, Bob spent 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corp retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant. He served in WWII and the Korean War and spent a total of 12 years overseas stationed in various countries including China. After Bob retired from the Marines he went on to a career in shipping and receiving with The Fender Guitar Company and the Tandy Corp where he retired after another 30 years.

Bob currently resides in San Clemente with his wife of 61 years, La Verne. They have 3 children, 6 grand-children and 5 great grand-children (the most recent addition born December 28, 2014). Bob is very involved in the Marine Corp League, VFW and Armed Force Retirees Association. In his downtime he enjoys being with his family, reading and playing slots at the local casinos.

Meet the Team

Thursday, 30 October 2014

tori-harhay-Since you’ve had a chance to meet Lyndsey Harhay, we thought you should now meet Tari Harhay, the great woman responsible for her.

Tari is not only the Chief Financial Officer of Candlelight Systems, but she is also the in-house Designer Extraodinaire! Tari has been providing expertise in style and design, assisting both wholesale and retail clients of Candlelight for 30+ years. Feel free to make an appointment to stop by our San Clemente showroom to get an idea of Tari’s eye for beautiful décor and design.
In her off time, Tari loves to spend time with her large family, which has recently grown with the addition of her first grand-child. JamesElle, a baby girl born this month to her eldest daughter, Jamie. She also loves animals particularly her dog and cat!

Tari is also an advocate for 3 of her favorite charities: Fifth Marine Support Division, Be The Match and the American Cancer Society. Dining out, entertaining and shopping are favorite past times for Tari too. You can be assured her fabulous eye for style isn’t just in home furnishings as she has great fashion sense as well!

Meet the Team!

Thursday, 21 August 2014


Now that you know the face behind the voice at Candlelight Systems, Jackie Heddlesten, it’s time you get to know another one of our great team members!  Meet Lyndsey Harhay, or as we like to call her “Lutron Lyndsey”.  As one of our resident experts for Lutron shading, she also manages our largest Lutron window covering projects through to completion. Lyndsey specializes in Lutron home automation for window coverings and lighting control systems and is extremely knowledgeable for this product line along with many other product lines.

Lyndsey has been with Candlelight Systems since 2010.  In her prior life, she attended college in Barcelona for 4 years and continues to pursue her love of traveling on her off time.  Lyndsey also enjoys cooking and entertaining friends, family and hopefully a “suitor” in the near future!  Lyndsey is also an Advocate for Be the Match charity and raises awareness for Bone Marrow Registry.


Meet our Team!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

We thought it was time to introduce you to the Candlelight Systems Team!

If you have had any personal communications with our company, you have already met Jackie Heddlesten, our Office Manager.  Jackie has been with Candlelight Systems since February 2008.  As our Account Manager, she is responsible for THE ENTIRE OFFICE OPERATIONS.  In addition, Jackie is responsible for customer service and customer relations.

Jackie grew up in San Clemente so coming to work in our San Clemente Show Room is a daily drive down memory lane!  In her time away from the office, Jackie holds positions with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  She also enjoys crocheting and spending time with her 3 children, 6 grandchildren and new great granddaughter.


Control your Lutron Sivoia QS Shades via Pico!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Installing a QS Sensor Module (QSM) in conjunction with  Sivoia QS wired shades allows for control via a Pico wireless remote control.  Remotes come in several colors and can be obrtained in handheld, tabletop or wallmount options.  Get in touch with us to learn more about this application!

Introducing the New Lutron Roller 300 Shading System

Monday, 17 September 2012

The new roller 300 with Lutron Intelligent Facade Technology (LIFT) is a low-voltage shading system capable of operating  six 5’x10′ panels of Lutron Classico or Gallery roller shade fabrics.  The high torque of the roller 300 allows the shades to operate at the same speed as the roller 100 with the same quiet drive operation.  Contact us for more information.