Principal & Founder, Matt Cooper’s passion was obvious from a young age when administrators handed him the figurative keys to the neglected high school auditorium. Matt organized and rehabbed gear, enlisted the help of fellow students and squeezed every ounce of potential from that Little Theater That Could.
While he still enjoys hands-on work, his natural talent for entertainment lighting led him to open his own shop in 2018. Matt was energized by the challenges of themed attraction projects, the mix of artistic disciplines and the thrill of collaboration with other artists. His passion lies in the story-telling. “Lighting is such an easy way to steer the emotions of guests and transport them to a different place. It’s the biggest bang for your buck.” Says Cooper. His scrappy budgeting and out-of-the-box problem solving has come to the rescue of many theme parks and family entertainment centers.
Vice President Operations/GM
Kent is a top connector not just locally, but across the world with residency in Australia and England. He is also very active in the entrepreneurial community and has founded and produced TEDxLex, Pecha Kucha Lex, Idea Festival for Kids, Idea Festival Lexington and other community events too numerous to count. His passion for speaking is seen through many keynotes at corporate events including TEDActive. Kent’s love of developing connections is reflected in his interests: he is a scholarship golfer, accomplished keyboard player, and as a sponsored fisherman, he owns The Cain Pole, a local retail fishing store.
Unique among operations leaders, Kent is an empathetic communicator and an unparalleled client advocate. Count on his team to deliver inspirational experiences that exceed the needs of corporate clients with down-to-Earth clarity and communication.
Bram leads design documentation efforts for SPRK and oversees project execution on premise. Bram is a diverse creative and visual artist. Bram is an accomplished glass blowing artist and is pursuing studies at the University of Louisville within the Fine Arts college.
With over eight years of experience in entertainment production, Conrad oversees all aspects of projects, from preparation to installation and support. He excels in dynamic, fast-paced environments and has a natural ability to bring out the best in his team.
Outside of work, Conrad is a devoted family man and drummer for a band called Driftwood Gypsy. He has a passion for music and business management, which led him to pursue both in college.
With his expertise and enthusiasm, Conrad is excited to bring innovative lighting solutions to clients at SPRK Lighting and help bring their visions to life.