Meet Our Team Members

  • Dana Caputo - Managing Partner
    Dana Caputo-Varkel was born in Trumbull, Connecticut and at the age of 18 ventured west to attend California State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing, then worked in sales for more than 15 years before joining forces with Ernest Varkel to create The Lighting Gallery in Laguna Hills, California. Due to her passion for real estate, she also has a Real Estate License. For 13 years she volunteered at the famous Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California. She is passionate about the health and welfare of animals and enjoys her two cats Jezebel and Missy. In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles and gardening with her life partner and husband Ernest.
  • Ernest Varkel - Managing Partner
    Ernest Varkel came to the United States from Cape Town South Africa in 1976. While settled in Chicago, he learned how to repair lamps at his uncle's Highland Park Electrical showroom. While he completed his training at a trade school, he became a very successful electrical contractor. He raised his family of two girls and one boy in Laguna Beach, California. In 2008, his love of lighting resulted in his venture to open The Lighting Gallery in Laguna Hills, California. He creates lighting designs for residential and commercial projects. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycle riding with dirt bikes and his Harley Davidson.
  • Kirsten Sinmaz - CEO
    Kirsten Sinmaz oversees vendor data implementations, data integrity, as well as overall web design and user experience interactions on the website. Prior to working at Newwbuy, Kirsten took a two year hiatus after a very successful 32 year career as a teacher for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. She earned her Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Special Education while attending Florida State University. Her personal interests include traveling, reading, sailing/kayaking, and various hobbies.