our story

Port Lighting owes its start to a love of music. While playing in bands as a teen, founder Todd Gerrish noticed the stage lighting was always a mess, and took it upon himself to improve it. Tinkering became voracious self-education—he had found his passion—and soon, his ability to strike the ideal mood through design and installation led to a steady stream of band lighting gigs.

While Todd earned his electrician’s license, increasing demand quietly ballooned his lighting inventory beyond the limits of his parents’ garage—supplemented by a traveling school bus—and in 1985, Port Lighting was born (with a proper warehouse). He hired his first employee—who is still with Port today—and has never looked back.

Today, Port’s team comprises over 30 members—across an array of meticulous services—all of whom share Todd’s founding career passion. That passion formed the bedrock of Port Lighting, having led not only every hiring decision, but our unwavering commitment to excellence across every job and the development of our core values—our guiding light in everything we do.

Welcome to Port Lighting. We light your world.

Our Core Values

INTEGRITY

We hold ourselves to consistent moral and ethical standards. Reliably and respectfully, we do the right thing.

COMMUNITY

We work collaboratively towards the realization of shared goals—immediate and long term.

QUALITY

Led by our commitment to excellence, we safely produce work we know to be our personal and corporate best.

INNOVATION

We exhibit adaptability and creativity which expands our capabilities and exceeds our clients' expectations.

 Circa 1985. One man. One van. One passion: lighting. 

Circa 1985. One man. One van. One passion: lighting. 

ASSOCIATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS

At Port, we are dedicated to safety. Our team features Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) electrical and rigging certifications and we are proud members of the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA) and the Event Safety Alliance (ESA).

We regularly donate to Behind The Scenes—ESTA's charity providing financial support to seriously ill or injured entertainment technology industry professionals or their surviving family members.