Bandit Lites Sales and Installation Team Grows

by Naomi Crews

Rudi AldridgeBandit Lites hired Rudi Aldridge (sales and design associate) and Brandon Gauthier (installation and service specialist).


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – Bandit Lites premier international sales and installation team is thrilled to share it is expanding with the hiring of Rudi Aldridge and Brandon Gauthier.

Rudi Aldridge joins Bandit as a Sales and Design Associate with more than twenty years of experience in venue operations and management, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center as an event Master Electrician and Technical Director at a multi-venue facility at Vanderbilt University. Rudi’s vast lighting design background also featured productions for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Opera, Acme Moving Company, and Chinese Arts Alliance Nashville in addition to working as a systems integrator and project manager.

In his new position, Rudi will be working with Bandit clients through the entire process, from concept, to design, installation and training.

“In this field, growth as a professional requires hard work, but it is neither real nor permanent if you are not associated with the people doing the big things, the good work, and making clients happy,” Aldridge said. “This is why I am thrilled to be starting my third decade in lighting and rigging working beside Chris Barbee and the other industry leaders at Bandit Lites.”

In addition to Aldridge, Bandit’s sales team also is growing with Brandon Gauthier as an Installation and Service Specialist. Due to his previous experience as the Lighting and Sound Director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Lighting Supervisor for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and as a programmer and designer for DKL Productions, Gautheir brings great insight to Bandit clients with his ability to relate as an end user. At Bandit, he’ll be poised to provide support to the Sales and Service Department and act as a go-to contact for clients for system support, troubleshooting and sales information.

“I am very excited to be joining such a wonderful company that has had such an impact on a revolutionary industry that I am overly passionate about,” shared Gauthier. “I am looking forward to sharing the art form of lighting with the world and to be a part of the Bandit Family.”

“With our list of projects growing, we were in the fortunate position to grow our sales and installation team,” explained Bandit Director of Sales and Installation, Chris Barbee. “Both Rudi and Brandon bring unique elements to our staff: Rudi’s vast experience in the industry, exceptional skill on the rigging side and a great knowledge base, and Brandon’s background as the end user for installations brings perspective and knowledge to our team which in turn allows us to better serve our clients.”