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About Us

About Us

Long time Seattle residents, Brett Farrington and Sharla Dodd, having lived and worked in the community, recognized a niche in Seattle where they could invest their time and energy – enter Holiday Spirit Lighting. Created in 2009, Holiday Spirit Lighting began as a seasonal, family endeavor where Brett & Sharla explored the intricacies of lighting up Seattle homes during the dark holiday season. Organically, the business grew thanks to a dedicated, close group of friends and family that returned to work for their inspired leaders every holiday season to light up Seattle homes, neighborhoods and businesses. This allowed them to fulfill their traveling ambitions during the off season, employ a tight knit crew of family and friends and eventually start a family.

With a growing business and family in tow, Brett and Sharla decided to expand their roles and create a new brand – Renova Exterior Detailing; a year round home detailing enterprise that seemed a natural marriage to the holiday lighting business. Holiday Spirit Lighting is proud to now serve over ____ Seattle residences and provides big-scale, commercial installations for local communities such as Ballard Alliance, Chihuly Glass Garden, Google campus, Kirkland downtown, Madison Park and Fremont Ave. The company plans to continually grow the business with an emphasis on taking care of their employees, dedication to hard work and maintaining sustainable values within the business.

Mission Statement

A sustainable small business that focuses on cultivating home and community values, both within its employees and customers we serve. Locally based and operated, Holiday Spirit Lighting began as a family/friend endeavor and has now served the greater Seattle area for over ten years. With employee values at its core, the company prioritized benefits & opportunities, living wages and a strong team culture. We value the art of lighting and brightening Seattle homes and in turn we hope to spread a collective sentiment of joy and community.

Show up. Take care. Get better

Charitable Donations

The seasonal nature of holiday light installations allows for ample time during the off-season to organize and fund various philanthropic endeavors. During its first couple of years Holiday Spirit Lighting made charitable donations to Northwest Harvest, Toys For Tots and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year Brett and Sharla have taken a more hands-on approach and have traveled to Kenya to volunteer with Global Vision International for a wildlife conservation project. Holiday Spirit Lighting is proud to continually support local charities and organizations by  spreading the joy of holiday cheer for Seattle’s local community.

$500 Referral Program

Would you like to make $500??
Have a friend who is right for this position?
Refer us an applicant and you could make $500 once they are placed in a role.


Once they complete an in-person interview.


If they accept a seasonal position with us.


Once they have been working with us for two weeks.

Our Path To Sustainability

Owner Brett Farrington has made it his mission to move Holiday Spirit Lighting & Renova Exterior Detailing towards a sustainable direction and plans to gain BCorp certification by 2023. “Our values to continually evolve and grow as a company align with our commitment to become a sustainable small business that gives back to the community we serve.” – Brett Farrington

4 Things We Do To Reduce Impact

  • Low energy consumption lights
  • Custom installations stored and recycled for use the following year
  • Brett Farrington coach for Sustainability Ambassadors
  • Goal to transition to electric fleet by 2025

Our Team

Brett Farrington


Brett is the Managing Partner for Renova Exterior Detailing and Holiday Spirit Lighting since 2009. He started his career as HSL’s field technician. He has since come to take over the general management of HSL & Renova in 2018. His involvement with SBA Score mentoring, SBA Emerging Leaders 2017 & Goldman Sachs 10KSB 2020 programs have helped him build his skills, business & develop a community of like-minded and supportive people. He enjoys spending time outside grilling food with the family, riding bikes with the kids, yoga, fly fishing & practicing bonsai.

Sam McNearney

General Manager and Director of Sales

Sam, Renova’s General Manager, is originally from Atlanta where he played football at The Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and gained a Certificate in Finance. After moving here five years ago he has settled into NE Seattle and remains active in football as an Assistant Coach for the varsity football team at Roosevelt High School. In his free time he thoroughly takes advantage of the Northwest lifestyle by fly fishing, skiing, golfing, hiking and camping. He hopes to one day become a representative for Fishing the Good Fight, a non profit for men with mental illness that uses fly fishing and fly tying as an outlet for health and information.

Laura Milan

Office Manager

Laura, our office manager, was born and raised in Seattle and grew up exploring the beautiful pacific northwest. After studying geology at Humboldt state university she took a hiatus to travel. She spent time in Central America, Colombia, Southeast Asia, and Australia (where she met her now husband). They eventually came back to the US and are settled in Seattle, for now. She enjoys hiking & camping, cooking & gardening, and going on adventures with their dog, Indiana Texastoast.

Jamie Reed

Office Administrator

Jamie, our most recent addition to the team, is the office administrator. She is responsible for communicating with customers, organizing the schedule and developing marketing initiatives. Having moved from Spokane to attend Seattle University she is a Washington state enthusiast and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with friends and family. She has work experience in real estate staging, editing design magazines and serving at various local restaurants.


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