Ed Tomme selected to lead regional operations



HUTCHINSON, KS – After an extensive search and screen process, Ed Tomme has been named director of operations for the western Kansas division of Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems.

Tomme, whose most recent role included engineering management at DISH Network, will partner with the Luminous Neon, Inc. team to collaboratively lead operations in Hutchinson, Salina and Dodge City.

Tomme’s other experience includes chief technology roles at General Dynamics and Cyberspace Operations Consulting. Additionally, he operates a technology and business development consulting firm serving corporate and government customers. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he is an experienced fighter pilot, instructor and program director.

“Ed has a track record of engaging individual employees to achieve enhanced team results,” said Tom Sellers, CEO. “With a strong team already in place, we think we’re poised to explore some really exciting possibilities.”

Tomme expressed similar thoughts about a team approach to this opportunity.

“Over the past 30 years, team building has been a consistent focus of my career,” Tomme said. “I’m especially excited to work with this group because they’re already very accomplished. It will be a privilege to collaborate with the existing team at all levels.”

Tomme’s wife, Tracey, is vice president of education at the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum. The couple has one adult son, Trace, who will commission as a second lieutenant in the Marines next month. The Tommes currently host a Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team member from Ireland. Tomme said he and his wife have enjoyed their move to Hutchinson and they appreciate the people they’ve had the opportunity to meet.

As director of operations, Tomme will assume many of the duties of Marla Eriksen, who will leave the company Aug. 31 after nearly 20 years of exceptional service to Luminous Neon, Inc. Some of Eriksen’s responsibilities will be reassigned to members of the western Kansas operations and executive management teams. Tomme will work closely with Eriksen the week of Aug. 22 to assist with the transition. Tomme brings a wealth of collaborative experience to complement what will be a working partnership with an experienced internal team of sign industry professionals.


Employing nearly 80 people in locations across Kansas, the company’s workforce boasts an average tenure of more than 12 years with Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems and a collective 1,216 years of industry experience. Founded in 1928, the company celebrates its 88th anniversary in 2016.

As the largest on-premise sign provider in Kansas, Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems offers full project management capabilities including permitting, design, fabrication, installation, service and repair.

For more, visit luminousneon.com or contact Joe Ontjes at jontjes@luminousneon.com or 620-662-2363.

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