Bryan Matthews Named Public Relations Manager

New Hire to Strengthen the Marketing Department

DALLAS - May 23, 2005 - Vari -Lite, a Genlyte company, is pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Matthews as Public Relations Manager for Vari -Lite, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls. Matthews will take over the position as the primary contact for the media and general public encompassing all three brands from their Dallas headquarters.


"We are fortunate to acquire a real talent such as Bryan", states Heinz Roy, Director of Marketing for Vari -Lite and Entertainment Technology. "He brings a wealth of experience in the public relations and entertainment industries. We look forward to having Bryan strengthen the image of the Vari -Lite, Entertainment Technology, and Lightolier Controls brands, as well as their respective products."

Matthews was most recently the Theatre Manager for the William E. Scott Theatre and the Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, responsible for the theatres daily business and artistic operations. Matthews has also worked for Barlow•Hartman Public Relations in New York City where he managed the public relations activities for several Broadway theatrical productions.

"I am excited about the opportunity to join these three premiere brands," Matthews said. "Vari -Lite and Entertainment Technology products offer the complete package of tools that allow our customers to be limited only by their imaginations; and Lightolier Controls is on the cutting edge of commercial and residential lighting control systems. It is going to be a great experience."

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