Z Systems Staff
John Zdechlik, President
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 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 (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
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.|
Frederick Gotfredson, Director of Digital Marketing
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