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