Bandit Expands HQ

by Jacob Coakley
Kathy Tanner (left) and Shay Simpson
Kathy Tanner (left) and Shay Simpson

Bandit Lites has promoted Shay Simpson to controller, in charge of Bandit’s accounting. They also hired Kathy Tanner as senior payroll administrator.


KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE – Bandit Lites, the world’s foremost concert lighting company, has added to its corporate headquarters with the hiring of Kathy Tanner and promotion of Shay Simpson.

Kathy Tanner joins Bandit as the Senior Payroll Administrator, handling every aspect of payroll and payroll reporting for all of Bandit’s offices. With over a decade of experience, she most recently worked as the Office Manager for Oak Ridge Housing Authority and additionally had managed the payroll for multiple companies at Eddy & Eddy CPA’s and Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain.

“I am extremely excited to become a member of the Bandit team and work with such a talented and accomplished group of people,” Tanner said.

In addition to the hiring of Kathy, Shay Simpson has been promoted to Controller, placing her in charge of Bandit’s entire accounting operations.


“The promotion to Controller for Bandit Lites is an incredible opportunity, and for that I am humbly grateful,” said Simpson. “I understand with this position comes great responsibility, but I am excited for the challenges to come!”

“Shay has been amazing here at Bandit, and her promotion to Controller was an obvious choice,” said Bandit Chair, Michael T. Strickland. “Her knowledge, ability and dedication will help Bandit as we move rapidly forward. Kathy comes to us at the perfect time and she has hit the ground running. Kathy’s vast experience and focus was just what we needed in the payroll department. We are excited to have both of these ladies in the accounting team and look forward to a long, bright future with them on board!”

About Bandit Lites, Inc.

Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace.  From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you. More information at