Gilbert Valdesuso, President drives the business with creative direction and out of the box marketing ideas at Purposeful Films & Digital Media. A seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years experience working with sales and marketing teams from bay area start ups to fortune 100 companies in the telecom, wireless carriers, and Smartphone space. Gil has had the privilege to live and work in Latin America; speaks Spanish and Portuguese. He is an avid motorcyclist, drummer, runner, dad, and earned an MBA at FIU Chapman School of business.
Tony Vernon, Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Editor began his career in video production in 2001. He has produced and directed TV shows, TV commercials, and literally thousands of online web videos for a wide variety of clients including: Led Zeppelin, Investor’s Business Daily, NutritionFacts and Jacuzzi to name just a few. Tony is also adept at building learning management systems for clients with video and designed educational content, with projects educating people in 36 countries. Tony enjoys tennis, motorcycle riding and supporting animal causes that create real change with issues related to animal rights, animal abuse, and the protection of endangered species.
Jennifer Helene Popken, has world class expertise in branding, extensive experience as an art director, and implementation of winning strategies, and has high-level critical thinking. She has extensively traveled the world for international business. After living a decade in Switzerland, she is fluent in French and German. She was the former marketing director and co–owner of an international men’s apparel line headquartered in Switzerland. Jennifer is a sought after advisor for business, conceptualization, directing and presenting. Jennifer Helene is a Yoga practitioner of the highest level and committed to raising awareness around optimal health.
John Fonseca Babl, Director, Director of Photography and Editor, delivers craft and creativity to both production and post production on our larger projects. John has shot for MTV, Discovery Channel, and major networks. In the consumer product space he has done work for Canon Latin America, Porsche, and many other great companies. John has shot music videos for Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Birdman, Masta Killa, and Lil Wayne. He has produced, directed, and edited feature films, shorts, commercials, promos and music videos for a wide variety of entertainment and corporate clients. He is a fan of Arriflex, Aaton, Moviecam, Mitchell movie cameras, and video cameras from Sony, Panasonic, and emerging digital cinema systems (RED, Alexa, F55). John loves music and has toured the world playing bass. He is an avid motorcycle and antique automobile fan. John holds a B.S. from University of Miami.
Zak H. Laikin, is a co-founder of L3 Investments, LLC and managing member since January 2013. L3 Investments, a privately-held real estate and investment company. L3 has extensive holdings around the United States in a multitude of industries, and participated in over 100 real estate and private equity transactions totaling over 1 Billion Dollars since inception. Prior to forming L3, Zak was the founder and CEO of Monument Enterprises USA. Monument quickly became one of the largest personal technology distributor and industry leaders in the Midwest. Zak leverages his relationships and experience to connect key decision makers in any industry; providing unrivaled business development experiences. Zak is an advocate and supporter of animal related causes.
Ryan George, video animator and video editor with over 6 years of video editing experience. 2D video animation expert using after effects and other motion graphic software. Ryan has a polished style of video animation and a particular skill in creating stylish, original, engaging motion graphic-based videos that are brand appropriate for more sophisticated client needs.
Taj Al, Video editor, animator, and graphic designer has over 5 years of digital media experience. He as a wide variety of video editing experience from documentaries to TV Ad spots, to complex animated videos, but also corporate and promotional videos with Purposeful Films & Digital Media. He has a Diploma in Audiovisual & Multimedia and always works hard with a great mood to fulfill on our clients needs.
Ganang Oviant, Graphic Designer, is creative, vibrant and committed to visual design so Purposeful Films & Media can help businesses to get noticed and remembered. He is skilled in concept design for animated videos, but also all aspects of branding, marketing, print and keynote/powerpoint design.