Jon’s been creative since his short film – That’s Not All – aired on ABC, introduced by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon as the best in home video on TV’s Bloopers And Practical Jokes. His first documentary, Wild Winds, aired on KGMB (CBS) and was distributed by Booklines. His first TV Special was hosted by Chris Berman and aired on ESPN. His first dramatic film Tis The Season – A Hawaiian Christmas Story aired on KITV (ABC), and won the Children’s Jury Award at the Chicago International Children Film Festival. A second feature film, A Boy, A Girl, And A Dead Cat, was accepted and screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) in 1999. His management experience was honed as Director of Creative Services for Time Warner Cable from 2002 to 2011, where he turned it into a 24-hour network; built a state of the art green screen studio and post-production facility that produced hundreds of programming hours in sports and entertainment (including six University of Hawaii NCAA regional playoff events and three statewide telethons for the Red Cross including Kokua For Japan which raised 1.6 Million for Tsunami victims and was nominated for the VH1 Do Something Award), and launched five interactive TV channels including the Green Channel and OIWI TV. In 2011, he joined the Island Film Group Studios and Hawaii Media Inc., where he produced his feature film, A Breath To Survive, a drama about a woman who unplugs from corporate life to discover an artist within herself. All told, Jon counts over 1,000 productions, ranging from television (programs, commercials), to film (both features and shorts), to video (training and educational), to stage plays (including dinner shows) to his director’s credits. His extensive experience in the business assures that all of his productions will be in the best of directorial and administrative hands. As the founder of SSUSA, Jon assumes final managerial responsibilities of the business, as well as directs all SSUSA production shoots.
John has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of technologies including information technology and hardware software development. He has been involved with more than eight startup environments involving cutting edge technology, entertainment production, and information technology management consulting. He also has more than 40 years of experience as a semi-professional musician and 25 years as a semi-professional in the field of audio mixing in the roles of engineer, arranger, songwriter, and producer. He spent four years as a regional services manager, senior project manager, and strategic technology sales representative for Siemens Medical. He successfully bootstrapped and created a full suite IT services company, with a peak of 1.2 million dollars in gross receipts and 15 employees. For SSUSA, John handles an abundance of areas and tasks including audio mix engineering, business strategy, operational and technical support, business development, serving as field liaison with prospective artists, writing business and programming content, assisting with social media marketing, and providing graphics support. John will supervise the production and marketing end of the business, including overseeing all aspects of video post-production and social media advertising, as well as continue to assist on all video shoots.
Eric dispels the myth that everyone is either left or right brain dominant. As a higher education administrator he has served as the go-to person for analytical reasoning; whether this was understanding federal regulations as a financial aid administrator (UH-Manoa & private consultant, 1985-1994), devising recruitment strategies as an Associate Dean of Enrollment Management (Chaminade University, 1994-2010), or as an Executive Director of a vocational school (Med-Assist School of Hawaii, 2010-2013). In effect, his career has been about facts and figures – understanding them in order to establish operational plans. At the same time he amassed an impressive creative resume. He is the founder of TAG – The Actors’ Group, one of Honolulu’s finest community theatres, acquired numerous film and stage credits, and has received Po`okela awards (Hawaii’s Tonys) for excellence in stage acting. He has written over 120 feature length scripts (including his own produced independent movie, Parts Of The Same Circle which was screened at both the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and the Big Island Film Festival (BIFF)) and eight of Yellow Brick Studio’s LegacyVision Films. He has also written 12 produced plays as well as directed seven plays, and also teaches acting. Eric provides statistical analysis, writes business plans and proposals, and assists with marketing and sales.
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