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Graaskamp Patron Advisory Board

Michael A. Toolis

Michael Toolis

Chief Executive Officer

Chelsea Lighting

Michael A. Toolis serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Chelsea Lighting, overseeing its overall growth, profitability, and operations.

Established in 1994, Chelsea is a premier lighting and lighting technologies distributor serving clients throughout the USA. Chelsea’s mission is to provide technical, procurement, and logistical services focusing on innovative lighting solutions and proactive project management and customer service.

Former Chairman and CEO of VOA Associates Incorporated until the firm’s acquisition by Stantec Architecture, Mr. Toolis led the growth strategy, market diversification ad reputation of the multi-disciplinary design services firm. Under his leadership, VOA amassed an impressive portfolio of award-wining national and international projects. His vision to expand the scope of design opportunities for VOA professionals led to the successful integration with Stantec Architecture.

Mr. Toolis is an active civic and industry leader who has been devoted to community philanthropy and professional mentorship throughout his career. He is an active board member on not-for-profit community organizations and foundations and supports the University of Illinois Architecture Program and University of Wisconsin School of Real Estate.

As an architect, Mr. Toolis has over 40 years of experience leading significant architecture and design products. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a LEED Accredited Professional.