Z Systems Staff

John Zdechlik, President

John Zdechlik, President, Z SystemsJohn received his degree in electrical engineering, and promptly went into the audiovisual industry right out of college. Job roles have included consultant, design engineer, sales engineer, and now president of Z Systems.

John founded Z Systems in 1998 based on a need in the marketplace for a small, elite group of highly technical people to tackle the tough jobs in a very hands-on manner.

Steve “Wolfie” Browender, Account Manager

Steve BrowenderSteve (Wolfie) has been at Z Systems since 2005. Prior to that, he was the manager, senior editor, shooter and producer at a local production shop, so he understands the varied needs of video professionals. Steve (Wolfie) is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Communication Arts. When he is not at work he enjoys grilling, playing softball, and in the fall, football in the ‘Flabby Guys Football League’. Wolfie also rides his bike and writes the blog “Saint Paul By Bike” www.SaintPaulByBike.wordpress.com about his many adventures pedaling the streets of Saint Paul. He is married to Sue and has two adult daughters, Carolyn, Washington D.C., and Amy, Minneapolis. Ask him how he got his nickname. You know you want to.

Keith Mullin, Rental Manager

Keith Mullin- Rental Manager- Z Systems, Inc.Keith graduated from Metropolitan State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Screenwriting. He has been involved with over twenty short film productions in the last six years and has worn just about every hat there is in film production. His work been selected to screen at film festivals all over the country and has won awards for directing, editing, cinematography and lighting. He is always eager to get his hands dirty learning a new technique or piece of equipment.

Keith was happy to accept the opportunity to work at Z Systems based on his experiences competing in the Z-Fest Film Festival several years in a row. He clearly saw how committed Z Systems is to showcasing the talent in the community and is proud to now be a part of that by providing the tools filmmakers need.

Jay Gallentine, Integration Manager

Jay Gallentine, Integration ManagerJay has been with Z Systems since 2000 and has been an Apple-Certified MacOS and Xsan Technician since 2005. He’s run the integration department since 2007. His primary duties are facility design & engineering, estimating jobs, and managing projects. Jay holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Broadcasting and Film Production from the University of Iowa. Before Z Systems, he spent twelve years ‘in the chair’ as a professional film and video editor.

Jay also researches and writes in the field of space history. His book Ambassadors from Earth was published in 2009 and won the Infinity BeckonedEugene M. Emme Award for astronautical literature. His most recent book, Infinity Beckoned, came out in late 2015.

Before (and while transitioning to) the boreal world of film and television, Jay competed for ten years as a sponsored endurance athlete. He recorded one triathlon win, numerous top-ten placings, and finished the Ironman Triathlon. He has qualified for the Boston Marathon.

In 2016 he placed fourth overall at the Swim4Freedom, an eight-mile open-water swimming race in Wisconsin.


Jeremy Hauer, SAN Specialist / Technician

Jeremy Hauer- Technician- Z Systems, Inc.Jeremy has a background in audio as a musician and engineer as well as in the construction industry. He worked at a studio as a sound editor for a TV show for two years. After working in construction for 20 years, he went back to school for networking and has become Microsoft, Cisco, and Mac-Certified, as well as Pro Tools-Certified for Post and Music in 2008. Jeremy also is a drummer (don’t hold it against him) and is involved in several projects ranging from jazz, rock, alt-country, noise and occasionally a Gordon Lightfoot Tribute band. He currently is in a jazz group called The Willie August Project and an indie alt-country band named Buckrodney.

He can be heard here: willieaugust.tripod.com or http://buckrodney.com/

Conrad Flemming, Adobe Specialist / Technician

We met Conrad when he almost won Z-Fest VI with his short Western film Three Card Draw. He was a little miffed that he didn’t even get considered for ‘Best Visual Effects’ – the mountains in his film (shot in rural Minnesota) were so real, no one ever thought about them as an effect. Although he wasn’t considered for that award, his film did get 15 nominations and took home certified_expert_adobe_premiere_pro_cc_badgefive awards.Conrad lives and works at Truhaven Ranch, a rescue ranch for horses. He’s also a photographer, visual effects artist, graphic designer, filmmaker, carpenter, and amateur astronomer.At work, Conrad is our Adobe specialist, as well as a great Apple and Windows technician.

Frederick Gotfredson, Director of Digital Marketing

Frederick Gotfredson- Director of Digital Marketing- Z Systems, Inc

"Nine" by The Jones Dickens
“Nine” by The Jones Dickens

Freddie, a jack of all trades in the digital media department, has been doing marketing and multimedia creation since he co-founded multimedia company Smokesignyl Productions in 1998. At first a vehicle for promotion of the band he played keyboards in, Leroy Smokes, it soon blossomed into a full service outfit as the band gained more visibility.

Leroy Smokes went on to perform on national television and win a Los Angeles Music Award for Best Rap Album, and Freddie continued designing websites, editing videos, and spearheading promotional campaigns for local and national clients. Freddie has found a home at Z Systems where manages all aspects of marketing including social media, web development, email marketing, graphic design and marketing strategy. He still plays music around the Twin Cities with his band, The Jones Dickens.

Margie Zdechlik, Controller

Margie[1]Margie manages all things financial for Z Systems. Accounting, taxes, payroll, and HR. If you have any questions about billing, she is the go-to source. Her many skills include making a killer pot roast and lots of very funny faces – both to the delight of her family.



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