Jason Arend Featured Professional. In February I was honored to be the Business Journals featured professional. The article highlights many of my professional accomplishments over the last 10 years, what I’m currently working on and some big things I have planned for the future. Below is a copy of the article.
Professional Spotlight: Jason Arend
Jason Arend is the youngest professional we have ever featured and at only 25 years of age he has accomplished more than most will in a lifetime. Starting college at 16, Jason has degrees in both Electronic Media Production and Electronics Technologies & Computer Science. At 17 Jason Started working at ABC KSPR 33 as the Graphic Designer, 3D animator and editor for commercial production as well as the director of daily news promotions. At 19 Jason was asked to teach “Producing and Directing Television” and “Post Production in After Effects”, the cap-stone courses of the Electronic Media Production Program at Ozarks Technical College. All of the students he was teaching were older than himself. In 2004, after several years of freelancing, Jason left teaching to start Creative Deviance Studios, an award winning production company, where he worked on everything from comprehensive multi-channel marketing campaigns, design and development to art-house film productions. In 2006 Jason was chosen to be one of the headlining artists for the MOTUV international Art Exhibition showcasing nearly 20 pieces of his original art and photography with simultaneous openings in Kansas City, San Francisco and Beijing.
Not only is Jason extremely talented in art, media and marketing but he is one of the rare few that can that can bridge artistic creativity with cutting edge technical and business prowess. In 2007 Jason joined PFI and has helped grow their web division from a small 4 man operation to a global brand that now ships to over 40 countries. He has accomplished a lot in 3 years creating a consistent image and brand for the company, helping build the television show “Shopping Western Style” on satellite and cable channels with 40 million subscribers, designing packaging for PFI’s Napa Valley Wines and other products, developing an enterprise level online video shopping experience and recently finishing a global syndication deal that will take PFI’s show to another 52 million viewers worldwide.
The amazing success he has helped bring to these companies has only increased his responsibilities. He is now the director of E-Commerce, Online Marketing and Creative Services for all PFI Companies including Diamond Ridge Market, Saddle City, PFI Western Store, PFI Family Wines, PFI Family Farms, PFI Magazine and pfiwestern.com. He is also Director of Production for PFI’s Internationally Syndicated television show and now oversees media and global marketing for the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Jason has recently become more involved to take the theatre to new levels as they present an all star lineup for this season including The World Famous Platters, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, The Texas Tenors from America’s Got Talent and the new Vegas Cirque show “Montage”.
Jason is now considered to be one of the leading pioneers in the global video commerce industry. In November of 2009 he was invited to give a speech in Silicon Valley on the successful multichannel video marketing strategy he created at PFI and the cutting edge technology he developed to achieve it. Attending were 3,000 media executives from the largest media & technology companies in the world. Other speakers included executives from NBC Universal, CNN, HBO, Microsoft, Google, Youtube, HSN, majorleaguebaseball.com and XBox Live. Jason has already been invited to give several more speeches around the country this year including the VIP guest speaker for a global webinar on Successfully Monetizing Online Video in March, a featured speaker for Streaming Media East in New York City May 11 and one of the main speakers at Seattle’s Video Commerce Summit in July where he will be the first to publicly lay down a vision for the future of video commerce in mobile technologies and television.
Despite the economic recession the innovative business model and cutting edge work Jason has done in video commerce and online video marketing has helped take PFI to new levels as they enter their 35th year in business. The technology he is currently working on will allow a consumer to simply touch an object within a video and instantly be shown more information on the product including the ability to buy it immediately. The technology can be used on computers, tablets and other form factors such as multitouch mobile devices.
Improving the quality of arts and education continues to be an important part of Jason’s life. Jason has often teamed up with other local artists and filmmakers to produce some of the most successful community theatre at the Vandivort Center in Springfield, MO including Dracula in both 2005 and 2008. Where he worked on audio and visual design, SFX, all artwork, marketing and Technical engineering. In 2009 he created the campaign and artwork for the successful production of Evil Dead the Musical. Since 2002 Jason has sat on the Electronic Media Production Advisory Board at OTC, a committee made up of media professionals to consult in industry trends, community needs, cirriculumn development and better preparation of students for the workforce. In October of 2009 at the age of 25 Jason Arend was unanimously voted chairman of the board the youngest person to ever hold this position. Jason has also received numerous awards in design, media marketing and development including several Addys, the Missouri Broadcasters Award while at ABC KSPR 33 and was just nominated for the Business Journals top 40 businessmen under 40.
In 2010 Jason will be officially launching “Evolve” a high-end media, web, design, development and consulting venture with partner and developer Myke Bates. He assured us that his previous accomplishments are nothing compared to what he planned for the future and at 25 this is one rising star everyone in the industry is keeping an eye on.