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3/31/14 Ken Kragen TV & Film Producer

March 31, 201481 min
A graduate of Harvard Business School Ken Kragen‘s illustrious career far transcends the music and entertainment industries where he has spent many incredibly successful years. He has managed some of the world’s most important entertainers, including Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Trisha Yearwood, Olivia Newton John, The Bee Gees, Burt Reynolds, The Smothers Brothers and many others. He was the creator and organizer of ”We Are the World”, “Hands Across America”, and Cisco System’s ”NetAid”. Amazingly over 95% of the acts he managed have become stars, and 90% of the projects he created and spearheaded have achieved success. Jason Zdenek completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA while on full scholarship as a defensive back for the Bruins football team. After several years in the lighting industry Jason, recognizing a need for professional expertise, quality and service, founded Mobile Illumination in 2001. Early on Jason filled every role and wore many hats while relying heavily on his siblings and parents to get the company off the ground. His passion and integrity have fueled the growth of the business and today the company employs more than 40 people. Jason focuses on new product development, staying ahead of industry trends, while also continuing to supervise day-to-day operations. Jason is extremely grateful for the many years that Mobile Illumination has been able to flawlessly serve its clientele and looks forward to exciting growth that is in the works. Chad Zdenek earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, an MS in Structural Engineering from USC and an MBA from UCLA. Chad gained significant experience working as a structural engineer for Boeing on the Space Shuttle Main Engine. He is also state licensed in civil and mechanical engineering and holds a general contractors license. In 2004, as Mobile Illumination was expanding, Chad was heavily recruited and now utilizes his engineering expertise to create unimaginable holiday décor, while also providing critical guidance in the safe design and installation of complex and extremely unique projects. Additionally,Chad’s MBA has enabled the company to grow methodically as he continually optimizes a variety of functions including operations, human resources, finance, and sales.

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