Richard T. Hart, longtime lighting veteran who was a founder of Xenotech Lighting, has joined KATIE Group as vice president. His duties will be varied but primarily focused on product development, creation of manufacturing support services, and development of customer service systems.

In addition to founding Xenotech, Hart helped develop xenon high-tech lighting fixtures, Nocturn UV lighting fixtures, and various other specialized lighting products still widely in use throughout the industry. He began his career in the lighting business as a gaffer on such projects as Blade Runner and other film, television, and special event credits. Hart was president of Xenotech Lighting, Inc., 1988-1997, until the company was sold to Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc. in 1997. He remained president of Xenotech/Strong, Inc., the lighting division of Ballantyne, 1997-2000.