Who is WHOco?

The WHOCO Team

What’s a name without a face?

As much as we love all the phone calls, texts, and emails, we’d really love to see you face-to-face! We’re always happy to come by your office with new gear, coffee, or tacos.


Josh Co-owns WHOCO with his wife, Amy, and drinks a lot of great coffee! He enjoys travel, being on the water, in the woods, and spending time with family. He is a CrossFit junkie, a collector of craft gins, and the number one fan of Doc Martin.</p> <p>``Nothing is better than picking up something heavy and putting it down again.``
Co-Owner, Big-Picture Guy
Josh Allen

Josh Allen

With more than 25 years in the lighting industry, Josh’s passion and experience are 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. Each summer, he returns to Roanoke Island to design the lighting for The Lost Colony – America’s longest-running production. At WHOCO, Josh oversees all aspects of daily operations.


WHOCO Co-Owner by day, mighty screenwriter by night. When not in the office, Amy can be found writing features and episodic TV shows. She 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.
Co-Owner, Director of Accounts
Amy Allen

Amy Allen

Amy is the co-owner of WHOCO. As she puts it, she manages all the things no one else wants to do for the company (i.e. Accounts and HR). Amy earned her BFA in Theatre Performance at Otterbein University, which is also where she met Josh. Moving to NYC in the mid-1990s, she was a casting director for television and film, working on 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. In recent years, Amy has turned her focus to screenwriting, and is writing a juicy, tell-all feature about life in a rep agency!


Todd is a brilliant billiards player and is a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He enjoys traveling the world with his friends and family, and he loves a good beer and a well-curated playlist for the office.
Director, Inside Sales
Todd Bradsby

Todd Bradsby

A Colorado native, Todd has served in Inside Sales at WHOCO for more than a decade. Todd holds not one, but two Masters degrees in Scenic and Lighting Design from West Virginia University. 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. 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 for Film.


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! Her dog, Tulip, is also awesome! She and her husband, Nick, are expecting the newest member of the WHOCO family in 2021.
Director, Outside Sales
Kaitlin Rider

Kaitlin Rider

At WHOCO, Kaitlin directs our growing sales team, and she 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 lighting designer, Kaitlin designs for various local theatre companies.


Scott loves (not necessarily in this order) Charleston, coffee, the water, his family, and a good Tiki bar! Give him something to take apart and he will put it back together with most of the parts and only a few leftovers!
Sr. Lighting & Controls Specialist - SC
Scott Galatolie

Scott Galatolie

Scott Galatolie (Gal-uh-toll-ee) was born and raised in NYC, but moved to Charleston, SC in 2007 to start a family.  For more than a decade, Scott managed installations and systems commissioning for a major theatrical systems integrator in the Northeast and Southeast markets. Scott is a proud dad and will tell you that his greatest achievement to date is his daughter, Carsten. While not a big sports fan, Scott does enjoy playing cornhole with neighbors and they are fiercely competitive!  (Cornhole Nation Unite!) Scott enjoys spending time with his family riding bicycles, being out on the boat exploring the waterways, playing with electronics, and truly enjoying a good cup of coffee.


When not working at WHOCO, Noah can be found playing ping-pong around the NC triangle wearing a track suit, restoring 1970's era Argosy trailers, crafting Kombucha and Nitro-coffee beverages, and teaching yoga.
Lighting & Controls Specialist
Noah Trimner

Noah Trimner

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. Globally, he has helped design and implement large ‘park-wide’ control systems 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 allow him to help lighting designers implement the final looks of their designs. Recently, Noah completed his training to teach Yoga and co-founded Argosy Yoga and Shop, an innovative (and adorable) mobile Yoga studio!


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 makes a mean mai tai and enjoys taking the family camping in his Airstream.
Regional Manager - KY, TN
Aaron Allen

Aaron Allen

With a BS Technical Theatre degree from Radford University and an MBA from Indiana University Southeast, Aaron 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 is the office wordsmith. She loves painting, baking, going to movies and theatre, singing in her church choir, and spending time with her family. She knows the lyrics to every song ever written and loves everything relating to genealogy.
Marketing & Accounts
Kari Bates

Kari Bates

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. An 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.


When he's not in school or the office, Sam can be found hanging out or shooting short films with his friends. He's a musician and his dog wrangling skills are impressive. None of these activities take place in a tuxedo.
Production Assistant
Sam Allen

Sam Allen

Sam is a High School Senior who began as an intern for WHOCO in his Freshman Year. As Production Assistant, Sam assists with warehouse and demo gear organization and general office tasks. He has also provided support with onsite demonstrations for lighting and controls equipment. Sam is looking forward to college where he plans to study Global Media and Film Studies and History, with a focus on musical storytelling through cinematic themes.


I bark! I chew! Nothing but Love & Trouble!
Sr. VP of Trouble & Sweetness
Stellllaaaaa!

Stellllaaaaa!

Stella Allen – Senior VP of Trouble & Sweetness. Stella joined the team in 2012 as a little, furry meatball of a rescue. Stella loves to bark at people, but she is definitely all bark and no bite. She loves lots of cuddles, nuzzling, and licking. Oh, the licking… Stella’s ears are quite possibly the softest thing on Earth, but getting her to let you pet her is another story entirely. Stella enjoys walks and being lazy in a sunbeam.


Needs another Chew Toy like the world needs more...
Sr. Vice President of Morale
Tulip

Tulip

Tulip Page Rider – Senior VP of Morale. Tulip joined the WHOCO team in 2018 with much experience in making people happy. She loves belly rubs, treats, running up and down the hallway, and looking out Amy’s window at the birds. Tulip is the only team member who spends much of her workday sleeping on the job. She has more toys than any animal should, and they often litter the WHOCO lobby.

OUR FOUNDER

Our Philosophy…

WHOCO Lighting & Controls, Inc. (formerly the W.H. Onley Company, Inc.) is an independent agency representing a full line card of manufacturers of entertainment, studio, and architectural power devices, controls,  lighting fixtures,  mechanized rigging, accessories, and wire & cable manufacturers in our territory of North Carolina, South Carolina, & the Island of Bermuda. We also represent select manufacturers in Virginia, Tennesee, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Founded nearly 30 years ago by William “Bill” Onley, and purchased by Josh and Amy Allen in 2017, the company has always strived to provide honest and valuable assistance to consultants, specifiers, dealers, designers, end-users, and other customers in our territory. “Close your eyes and see it wired.” Bill would say. “If you can’t do that, it’s probably not going to work.”

Though we lost Bill way too soon, he is always with us in spirit. We promise to uphold his values of honesty and integrity, to make everyone feel welcome, to find no challenge too large and no task too small, and to maintain an exceptional knowledge of the lighting and controls industry, applicable codes, and the products we represent.

We miss Bill’s laugh and his smile, and his unique way of looking at projects from just about every angle imaginable – but we know that he is smiling down upon us every time we light something well. Bill’s light will always shine at WHOCO.