Staff Bios



Dan Raderschadt – President / Owner

Dan started working with his father, Lew in the early 1970’s. He enjoys working in the pyrotechnic
industry because it provides opportunity to bring smiles and create memories for all spectators. New
product design and development are one of his favorite parts of the business. Married to his wife Shelly
and being the father of 2 daughters and a son are a highlight of his life. Dan enjoys wildlife, habitat
development, bowhunting, working out at the gym and his 3 dogs.


Derek Miller – General Manager

Derek works in all parts of the industry from pulling orders in the warehouse, selling consumer fireworks
in the retail showroom to designing and shooting professional displays. Derek got his passion for
fireworks from his Grandfather, Lew Raderschadt, who was the founder of Lew’s Fireworks, Inc. He was
given the opportunity at a very young age to help in the family business. He loves every minute of it,
especially shooting shows big or small, and hopes to someday pass the tradition on to his kids. Derek
enjoys spending time with his family and in the fall you can usually find him bow hunting out in a deer


Christina Timmer – Office Manager

Christina fell into the fireworks business by accident, answering a generic ad in 1999 not knowing it was
Lew’s Fireworks, Inc. When you call Lew’s Fireworks, Inc, you more than likely will hear Christina on the
other end. Her job encompasses many areas of the office and showroom, including ordering and
importing products, but the most enjoyable and satisfying for her though is designing the labels for the
Hot Shot products. With 3 grown children, in Christina’s spare time she loves riding her Harley Davidson
motorcycle with her husband Randy and spending time with her kids and grandson.


Lucas Nogelmeier – Sales Manager

While looking for a summer job. Lucas decided to check out a place where his wife had worked when
she was in college. He found work at Lew’s Fireworks, Inc. to be enjoyable and that summer job turned
into full time when he learned Lew’s was looking for a sales assistant. A couple years later, Lucas
became the Sales Manager and spends his time working with customers and designing new products for
the Hot Shot brand. His passion for fireworks allows him to help each customer to sell more fireworks
and help the public celebrate our nation’s independence.  In his spare time, Lucas enjoys spending time
with family, chasing the Chinese Ringneck Pheasant, reading and flintknapping.  Keeping him busy are
his wife – Amber, two kids – Sophia and Miles, a grumpy old lap dog named Kady and his hunting
companion, Sage.