Though Dave Dawson is passionate about design and craft, he certainly did not start The Urban Electric Company with a typical background for this work.

After earning a law degree from The College of William and Mary, Dave practiced environmental litigation in North Carolina for several years. And after that, he worked in San Francisco as an executive with an internet start-up.

In 2002, Dave brought this varied background to bear on an unusual concept at the time – establishing an American manufacturer to deliver hand-made, high-quality distinctive lighting to architects and designers. American manufacturing was suffering a steep decline during those years, but Dave believed firmly that the marketplace would reward a company that focused on original design, uncompromising craftsmanship and impeccable service – and he believed specifically that American craftsmen were better equipped than any in the world to deliver such a product. Today, The Urban Electric Company services an international clientele of interior designers and architects with a full collection of both interior and exterior fixtures as well as one of the most extensive custom offerings in the industry.

Having accumulated a wealth of industry-specific knowledge, Dave is regarded as a leader in the lighting industry nationally. Now with more than 15 years of small business management and business development, Dave’s vision and guidance have helped to create a company that is constantly pushing the boundaries of a once-antiquated view of manufacturing, by bringing the company forward with an approach that allows for sustainability into the future. That constant focus on progress has catapulted the company into a leadership position within the industry.

Dave lives in Charleston, SC with his wife Jennifer and their sons Jack and James.

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