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Josh drinks a lot of good coffee. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys being on the water, in the woods, and spending time with family. He is also a collector of mid-century modern furniture and craft gins.

Josh Allen

Owner | Director of Outside Sales

With more than 25 years in the lighting industry, Josh’s passion and experience is in entertainment and architectural lighting and systems design. For a decade, he was a principal consultant with Theatre Consultants Collaborative (TCC), where he assisted owners and architects in the design of dynamic projects ranging from performing arts centers and concert venues, to museums, and exterior facades. He is a founding partner of 3LR Design, a global design firm providing project vision for themed environment, cruise, and large-scale projects. Josh has designed the lighting for more than 200 productions, is a member of USA829, and has received numerous awards from the IES. At WHOCO, Josh oversees all aspects of daily operations.  

Todd is a brilliant billiards player, and is a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Todd Bradsby

Director of Inside Sales

A Colorado native, Todd has served in Outside Sales at WHOCO for the past ten years. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he was a quotations manager for Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) in Middleton, Wisconsin for ten years, providing accurate quotations to rep agencies around the country for the company. Todd’s ability to perform project takeoffs and filter specifications is unmatched, and he makes sure specifier’s projects are quoted as designed.  When he’s not in the office, Todd enjoys working on the design and production of period properties, armor, and weaponry.

Always smiling! When not in a theatre, Kaitlin enjoys baking yummy things and being outdoors! She is addicted to hiking and loves to ski during the winter months!

Kaitlin Gill Rider

Specifier Relationship Specialist | Outside Sales

At WHOCO, Kaitlin loves working with Specifiers to help them create design solutions and support their project needs. She holds a BFA in Technical Design and Production, with a concentration in Lighting Design from UNC, Greensboro. While at UNCG, Kaitlin interned as the Lead Lighting Technician for the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. After graduation, Kaitlin worked as a Production Technician at The State U. of New York at Buffalo for three years. Returning to North Carolina, she served as Production Coordinator for lighting manufacturer ENTTEC Americas, LLC, and was part of the Specification Sales team at a large lighting representative agency. As a freelance designer, Kaitlin has also worked for various local theatre companies.

When not in the office, Amy enjoys reading a great book, seeing and discussing films, catching up with friends over a glass of wine, and traveling to new places with her family.

Amy Allen

Owner | Accounts | Human Resources

Amy is the co-owner of WHOCO, and manages all accounts and HR for the company. With an extensive background in the performing arts, Amy received her BFA in Theatre from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. Moving to NYC in the mid-1990’s, she was a casting director for television and film, working on more than 100 projects for the likes of Paramount, Killer Films, and Dreamworks. After relocating to Raleigh, she cast herself in the role of Mom for her son, Sam.

World Traveler. When not working at WHOCO, Noah can be found playing volleyball around the NC triangle, or jet-setting to exotic locations. Noah is always on the lookout for a new gin to craft some remarkable Gin & Tonics!

Noah Trimner

Lighting & Controls Specialist | Education

A lighting design graduate of the UNC School of the Arts, Noah brings to the team a strong background in lighting systems, controls integration, and project management. He has helped design and implement large ‘park-wide’ control systems, globally, for some of the world’s largest theme parks. Providing project support and product information to specifiers, systems integrators, and consultants, Noah heads up product education for WHOCO. He provides product assistance and training to contractors and end-users throughout the construction process, and his level-three EOS programming status and Paradigm knowledge allows him to help lighting designers implement the final looks of their designs. 

Aaron loves tiki bars, the outdoors, all things Disney, and football. When not at work, Aaron enjoys hanging out with his kids, and running the occasional marathon.

Aaron Allen

Outside Sales Manager | TN & KY

With a passion for light and life, Aaron brings a strong, grounded, and fun background to WHOCO. With a BS tech theatre degree from Radford University and an MBA from Indiana University Southeast, he began his professional career as a production manager and systems installer. Aaron has worked extensively in various lighting positions, including many television and Off-Broadway productions in New York, leading crews of all skill-levels. In 2013 he co-founded Glass Hand Films, LLC., creating media content for companies including GE Aviation, Carrier, Maker’s Mark, and ETC, to name a few. He is excited to be lending his talents to the WHOCO team, and he looks forward to providing customer assistance and excellence wherever he goes!

Kari loves baking, reading, going to movies and theatre, singing in her church choir, and spending time with her family.

Kari Bates

Marketing Coordinator

With more than 25 years in the print and advertising industry, Kari brings a skillset to the WHOCO team that helps keep everyone on track. Previously, she spent a decade coordinating print production of advertising mailers at Belk Department Stores HQ. Prior to that, Kari worked with arts groups, managing their marketing efforts and advertising at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC. A SC native, she earned her BA degrees in English and Theatre from Presbyterian College. Kari and her husband have two kids and live in Charlotte.