Excellence Marketing

14500 Martin Dr
Suite 4000
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 949-9011
Toll-free: (800) 913-9203

    Fun Fact About our Team

    We all have the same middle name: “Excellence.”

    Ken Simons

    Owner & President

    University of Iowa 1980, BBA, Marketing/Management
    1980-1982: Regional Sales Manager, Shure Incorporated
    1982-1988: Manager/Account Representative, Mel Foster Company
    1988-Present: Owner, Excellence Marketing

    Mark Mitchell

    Vice President & Account Representative

    University of Wisconsin-Stout 1982, BS: Business Administration
    1980-1988: Operations/Sales Manager, EME Audio Systems (Eau Claire, WI)
    1988-1996: Account Representative, Mel Foster Technical Sales (Edina, MN)
    1996-2007: Co-owner/VP, NetWork Sales & Marketing (Eden Prairie, MN)
    2007-Present: Outside Sales, Excellence Marketing

    Patrick Gilligan

    Account Representative & Chief Technical Officer

    Mankato State University 1988
    South Central Technical College 1998
    Graduated NICET Audio Technician Training, Level 1 Certification
    1989-1998: Sales/Audio Technician, Scheitel’s Music
    1998-Present: Outside Sales, Excellence Marketing

    Certifications: CTS, NICET, CSP, CTS, Q-SYS L2

    Ann Wickstrom

    Office Manager

    St. Cloud State University 1985, BS: Mass Communications
    1985-1990: Radio Announcer/Program Director (multiple locations in MN & IA)
    1990-2010: Communications Specialist, Open Systems, Inc. (Shakopee, MN)
    2010-Present: Office Manager, Excellence Marketing

    Janaye Sjoberg

    Office Administration

    Minnesota State University, Mankato 2015
    Bachelor in Science in Sport Administration/Management
    2015-2017: Management Assistant, Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Sioux Falls, SD)
    2017-Present: Office Administration, Excellence Marketing

    Joe Kokal

    Product Specialist

    Rochester Community & Technical College (AFA Music Industry/Music Technology) 2011
    Graduated McNally Smith College of Music (Diploma: Live Sound Reinforcement) 2012

    2012-2013: Recording Engineer, North Coast Productions (Rochester, MN)
    2013-2014: AV Technician, Audio Video Electronics (Minneapolis, MN)
    2013-Present: Lead AV Operator, Westminster Presbyterian (Minneapolis, MN)
    2014-2017: Instructor/Live Sound, McNally Smith College of Music (St. Paul MN)
    2017-Present: AV Operator On-call, Eagle Brook Church (Spring Lake Park, MN)
    2018-2019: AV Technician, Excel AV Group (Minneapolis, MN)
    2012-Present: Freelance Engineer/Technician
    2019-Present: Product Specialist, Excellence Marketing, Inc.

    Dante Level 1 2018
    L’Acoustics Certificate of Training 2018
    DiGiCo Masters Class Certificate 2017
    Rational Acoustics Smaart V8 2016
    ProTools 11 2015
    Midas Digital User/System Engineer 2015
    Symetrix SymNet Composer 2014

    Paul Cassady

    PT Administration & Marketing

    University Of Minnesota 1980
    Certified Sales Professional Designation, October 2007
    1973-1986: Full-time touring musician with national & regional acts
    1986-1987: Data Coordinator, Control Data Corporation (Bloomington, MN)
    1987-1992: General Manager, Knut-Koupee Music Stores (Mpls, MN)
    1992-Present: Vice-President, Excellence Marketing

    Certifications: CSP, Q-SYS L1

    Kelly Perkins

    Marketing Director

    2005: BA in Journalism and Graphic Design, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    2008-2014: Marketing Manager, Vaddio
    2014-2017: Marketing Director, AVI Systems
    2018-2019: NSCA Education Foundation Program Director
    2018-Present: Marketing Director, Excellence Marketing
    2019-Present: Audiovisual Marketing Consultant