Brad Hylton has been immersed in the world of lighting for years
USA - Bandit Lites' family continues to grow with the recent hire of Brad Hylton as warehouse manager and the promotion of longtime Bandit employee Giff Swart to general manager.

Brad Hylton has been immersed in the world of lighting for years, having studied lighting at school before working at Dollywood. He then joined Bandit Lites and toured with LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire and Brian Wilson before working as a lighting tech for Carnival Cruise Lines, Dollywood and as an LD in Las Vegas. His new position as the warehouse manager will include daily operations, orders, assisting with sales and show prep in addition to inventory and shipments.

"Ever since I learned of Bandit Lites in the late '90s, I've wanted to work here," said Hylton. "I had the opportunity to work for Bandit early in my career and I learned so much, so I am excited to have this opportunity to return and continue to grow my career with the Bandit team."

In addition the hiring of Brad, Bandit also promoted Giff Swart to general manager. Swart's 12- year tenure with Bandit started with repairing road cases, painting truss and custom fabrication. After stints as a project manager and warehouse manager, Swart's responsibilities as the general manager will include overseeing all productions in Knoxville. The move feels like a natural progression to Swart, who knows he has the experience to handle the operations smoothly and efficiently. "I am very honoured that Michael Strickland has the confidence in me to take this position on," said Swart.

(Jim Evans)

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