Faces of City Ave- David Nathanson, Maxwell Lighting and Energy

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Meet David Nathanson, President and Founder of Maxwell Lighting and Energy. Located in Bala Cynwyd, the company works with both local and national Real Estate Development and offers Lighting Distribution, Lighting Design, Value Engineering and Sustainability Services. Fun fact – the company was named after David’s father, Maxwell, aka Mickey.


What is your role at Maxwell? I’ve been President since inception in 2007.

How would you describe Maxwell Lighting? We’re a good source of information. Navigating the lighting industry can be unruly. There’s no true distribution and it’s like the Wild West. We can help with that and shepherd clients through the process. The old world models are inefficient and create more costs to the owner.

What has been your favorite project at Maxwell? There have been a few – doing lighting for the Liberty Bell; solar canopies at Kaiser Permanente in California, working with JL Freed Honda in Montgomeryville, US Vison Retail nationwide, The Counter Restaurants national and international, working on the GSB Building in Bala for Keystone Property Group and LED upgrades to the Parking Garage for Symphony House in Center City.


What is the favorite part about working for Maxwell? I love dealing with creative people such as developers, retailers, architects and lighting designers and helping them meet their vision.


What is your proudest moment at Maxwell? It happens every day. We find that by putting our customer’s needs before ours, their projects run more successfully.


Before working at Maxwell, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? Parking cars at the New Jersey casinos.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”


People would be surprised if they knew: That I’m spiritual.

You’re happiest when? When with my kids.

What’s your philosophy of life? Every day I get up and think, what I can do to help someone else today and how can I make some else’s day better?

Is there anything special about City Ave that you can share? What’s happening now on City Ave is a best kept secret – it is about to explode. We have progressive businesses, progressive structures, and it is becoming a destination point for people other than a pass through to work. I see people living here and retail going up a notch.



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