As Founder of 1000Bulbs.com, Kim Pedersen oversees an award-winning business of more than 100 employees. An Internet-based enterprise, the company offers everything from simple, household light bulbs to cutting-edge specialty lighting systems.
Nationally recognized for growth, innovation, and customer satisfaction, 1000Bulbs.com is an influential force in the Lighting Industry forged from humble beginnings.
In 1979, Kim responded to an ad for a lighting sales position. From his Elkhorn, NE base Kim sold lighting door-to-door throughout the Midwest until 1982, when he relocated to Dallas TX to work for a National Lighting Distributor.
In 1994 Kim believed that the time had come to start his own business. With a small amount of personal savings, Kim began his operation from a spare room in his home. His desk was an old door positioned over two saw horses. Selling by day, evenings were consumed by the requisite paperwork; invoices were produced on an old typewriter. Resolve and determination were strengthened by the daily demands, and one day often transitioned to the next without a break.
In 1995 Kim began investigating the then-new Internet as a portal to the marketplace. The next year 1000Bulbs.com was launched. It soon became evident the market was ready for this new buying experience. The company grew rapidly, creating jobs and growing customers along the way.
Today 1000Bulbs.com enjoys annual sales of eight figures along with double digit sales growth. An image of the founder, it is a company that does not rest on success. Previously recognized among Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Private Companies, SMU Cox School of Business Top 100, and a host of other awards, Kim Pedersen was recognized in June 2010 as Entrepreneur of the Year – Consumer Goods – by Ernst and Young within the market region including Dallas-Ft. Worth TX. On the same day, 1000Bulbs.com launched a new and improved website.
The quest for the ultimate customer experience goes on every day at the Company’s Garland, TX Headquarters.