About Us

About Ward & Burton, Inc.

Ward & Burton, Inc. was founded in 1965 by Sam Charlesworth as Charlesworth Sales Company. Sam Charlesworth started his agency with four lighting manufacturers, one of which is still represented by the firm - Paramount Lighting. Steve Ward joined the company full-time as a partner in May 1975. Scott Burton joined the firm in April 2007 and became a principal in October 2012. Billy Onder joined the firm in 2013 becoming a principal in April of 2015. Shaun McClintock joined the company in January 2014 and became a principal in April of 2015.

As lighting fixture manufacturers' representatives, we are responsible for marketing and selling the products our manufacturers produce in our territory of eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. If your project goes beyond these areas, we are still happy to help you.

We represent primarily lighting fixture manufacturers for virtually any kind of lighting application. We have numerous samples from each manufacturer that we would love to show you. If a mock-up of a lighting application is desired, we can assist you by getting more samples and/or do a photometry layout with a rendering of how your project would look. We assist owners, specifiers, distributors and contractors. We are always willing to help you develop a realistic budget. We serve eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

 

Officers

  • Steve Ward
    Steve Ward
    CEO
    steve.ward@wardandburton.com
  • Steve joined the firm full-time in 1975. Steve calls on specifiers and is involved with the firm's long-range planning.
  • Scott Burton
    Scott Burton

    President
    scott.burton@wardandburton.com
  • Scott Burton joined us in 2007 after having served as sales manager for a local lighting manufacturer for ten years. Scott became a principal and president in October 2012. Scott calls on local accounts in St. Louis and travels to mid-Missouri once a week.
  • Billy Onder
    Billy Onder
    Vice-President
    billy.onder@wardandburton.com
  • Billy began with us in 2013, coming to us after eleven years on the local Lightolier team. He brings over twenty years of lighting experience. He became a principal in 2015.
  • Shaun McClintock
    Shaun McClintock
    Vice-President
    shaun.mcclintock@wardandburton.com
  • Shaun joined our team in January 2014. He lives in Cape Girardeau in the southeastern part of Missouri. He has been in the electrical industry nine years. He became a principal in April 2015.

 

Outside Sales


  • Billy Onder
    billy.onder@wardandburton.com
  • Billy began with us in 2013, coming to us after eleven years on the local Lightolier team. He has almost twenty-five years of lighting experience. He calls on distributors and contractors.
  • Jason Heisler
    Jason Heisler
    jason.heisler@wardandburton.com
  • Jason joined us in 2012. He has extensive knowledge in lighting controls and photometry. He calls on specifiers in St. Louis and southern Illinois.
  • Ron Barry
    Ron Barry
    ron.barry@wardandburton.com
  • Ron Barry came to Ward & Burton in 1986 after having held positions as a product designer and regional sales manager for a lighting manufacturer. He covers the northeastern part of Missouri and Quincy, Illinois, monthly, as well as multiple accounts in the St. Louis area.
  • Sandy Frederich
    Sandy Frederich
    sandy.frederich@wardandburton.com
  • Sandy Frederich began with us in 1989. For the last three years she has headed up our quotations team. We are really pleased to have her returning to the outside sales team calling on specifiers full-time.

 

Quotations

  • Billy Onder
    Billy Onder
    billy.onder@wardandburton.com
  • Besides calling on distributors and contractors, Billy oversees our quotations team. He joined us in 2013 after eleven years with the local Lightolier group. He has almost twenty-five years of lighting experience.

  • Bill Thomas
    bill@wardandburton.com
  • Bill joined us in 2013. He has over thirty years of quotation and customer service experience.
  • Cathy Leykam
    Cathy Leykam
    cathy@wardandburton.com
  • Cathy joined us in 2014.  She has been in the lighting industry twenty-one years.
  • Billy Onder
    Juan Christlieb
    juan.christlieb@wardandburton.com
  • Juan joined our team this year. He is a recent graduate of Rankin Technical College, earning a degree in electrical systems design technology.  Juan has worked with one of St Louis' larger electrical contractors in project management. He also worked in a supervisory role for the Geek Squad at Best Buy.

 


 

Customer Service

  • Roger Stream
    Roger Stream
    roger@wardandburton.com
  • Roger Stream started with us in 1999. Besides managing the office and customer service, he does order entry as well.

 

Photometry/Controls

  • Scott Anderson
    Scott Anderson
    scott@wardandburton.com
  • Scott Anderson is our photometry guru. He is an expert in the use of the AGI 32 applications program. He can confirm your design or assist in the layout. He does submittals, cross-overs,  and an occasional quotation. Scott also has outside sales responsiblities and is well- trained in controls. He began with us in 2005.
  • Jason Heisler
    Jason Heisler
    jason.heisler@wardandburton.com
  • Jason joined us in 2012. He is a graduate of Ranken Technical College specializing in electrical design. Jason has extensive knowledge in lighting controls and photometry. He calls on engineers and architects in St. Louis and the southern Illinois territory.