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Ken is recognized by both clients and employers as an innovative problem-solver who is highly effective in launching new businesses, developing and implementing marketing or business strategies, and creating and managing financials.
Ken is a seasoned veteran of the technology, entertainment, and media industries. He has successfully built businesses with creative intellectual properties his entire career, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – movie studios, software developers, record labels, even a dance company.
Ken has a proven track record creating internal and external partnerships that drive bottom line results, from the successful introduction of a new software line at ErgoTech (an early internet start-up) to a major financial systems design-and-integration project at New Line Cinema (producer⁄distributor of the “Lord of the Rings” movies).
He is a sound assessor of risk and opportunity with well-tested business judgment. Competitive analyses, strategic planning, and financial modeling all played significant roles in his business-development work, encouraging smart decisions and enhanced business operations worth millions.
Ken is fluent in many types of English-to-English translation. For example, he has the ability to explain financial arcana to lawyers and marketers, explain business needs to technologists, and translate technology jargon into understandable everyday language. He often manages multiple such simultaneous translations during meetings, and he has put this skill to use in large formal presentations as well.
His areas of expertise include: business development, strategic planning, revenue-enhancement & cost-cutting, financial planning, negotiations, systems design and integration, program development and acquisition, digital distribution, marketing, and licensing.
Ken earned his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University and his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Rose-Anne believes that most business and marketing plans are worthless, but that the planning process is essential.
A strategist-turned-ethicist, Rose-Anne is still passionate about people’s beliefs, attitudes, and underlying values; and about understanding how each informs the others, thereby influencing people’s decisions and actions. She is an experienced executive in both corporate and not-for-profit arenas, with particular expertise in interfaith dialogue, ethics, marketing research (qualitative and quantitative), website usability testing, and editorial.
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