Z Systems Staff
Margie Zdechlik, President & Controller
John Zdechlik, Sales Manager
John 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 sales manager 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.
Frederick Gotfredson, Account Manager
Freddie came to Z Systems in 2015 as our director of digital marketing. He brings with him a lifetime of experience in the world of multimedia production and design, having worked as a freelance audio and video producer, as well as a graphic, web and print designer.
When Z Systems needed to fill an account manager position in June 2017, he was the perfect fit to hit the ground running, already being familiar with Z Systems’ mission, culture, products and customers.
Freddie is also a musician, playing in the band The Jones Dickens. You can hear his music online and at venues around the Twin Cities.
Keith Mullin, Rental Manager & Camera Specialist
Jay Gallentine, Integration Manager
|Jay 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 Eugene 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
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 five 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.|