Prior to joining Freeman, Ken served as Vice President of the Hotel Division for Audio Visual Headquarters (AVHQ). He then went on to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for AVSC (now Encore). Ken is credited with developing Encore’s successful hotel services business model, which grew to include more than 500 properties during his career there. He also served as Executive Vice President of Video Equipment Rentals (VER), a global leader in the audio visual equipment rental field headquartered in Southern California. While there, he oversaw their 18 domestic branches, expanded their business internationally, and lead VER’s global sales strategy.
Due to his extensive experience in the audio visual industry, Ken is well-respected and active within several professional organizations. For more than 35 years, he has been active in volunteer leadership in the industry. Ken was active within InfoComm International for more than 15 years, served 11 years as a trustee and chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation’s global Board of Trustees executive committee. While serving, Ken helped lead a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign for the foundation that supported education and research projects to benefit the events industry. He currently serves on the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation board. Over the years, Ken has been a member of MPI’s International Board of Directors as well as the U.S. Travel Board and Meetings Mean Business Coalition.