Curriculum Vitae

Garry E. Kitchen

http://www.garrykitchen.com

EDUCATION 

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 1980
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey
Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, 1979-1980
Engineering Merit Scholarship - Matsushita Corp, 1978-1979


AFFILIATIONS

AIAS - Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
IGDA - International Game Developers Association
IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
BOSSLEVEL - The Worlds' Top 100 Game Developers (by invitation only)
Elite Expert
for IMS Expert Services, Pensacola, Florida
Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society
Gerson Lehrman Group Councils
Guidepoint Global (FNA Vista Research - Society of Industrial Leaders)
Coleman Research Group


RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2008 - In response to a dramatic shift in the investment environment, as a senior member of management (COO), I participated in the repositioning a $0 revenue investment-backed venture into a successful digital publishing business in the span of 7 months. My contributions to this effort included participation in the rethinking of the business strategy, initial technical R&D, proof-of-concept product development, and product line strategy.

EXPERIENCE

  • 30 years of technical management experience running game development companies, with an unmatched 14 years of management experience in Internet gaming.
  • Strategic business planning - a history of anticipating and influencing industry trends with pioneering initiatives:

1980 Back-engineered the Atari 2600 in anticipation of the video game revolution
1986 Established the 1st North American-based Nintendo development studio
1996 Pioneered Advergaming with development of LifeSavers' Candystand.com
2005 Applied dynamic in-game advertising technology to casual games - CGN
2008 Partnered in the launch of a leading iPhone publisher with 11M downloads

  • Hands-on technical and creative experience in all genres of game development, including console, PC retail and download, online, mobile and dedicated electronic.
  • Expertise in developing comprehensive business plans, with application toward raising investment capital, either through IPO or private equity investment.
  • Recognized as an industry expert in online gaming by numerous trade conferences, including Digital Hollywood, iMedia Breakthrough, GDC, CES, Gamer Technology Conference, Casual Game Conference, Advertising in Games conference, DMEXPO, VNU Digital Marketing conference, National Cable Show.
  • Experience in dealing with broadcast and print media, including CNBC, ABC Eyewitness News, CNN, Good Morning Atlanta, The Today Show and various consumer and trade publications.
  • Personally developed video game software products generating career retail sales in excess of $350 million.
  • Co-founded Skyworks Technologies, Inc., an industry pioneer in Advergames - sponsorship-supported video games used as advertising vehicles.  Skyworks was named a Top 50 Interactive Agency by Advertising Age for the years 2003 and 2004.  Skyworks' client list included Nabisco/Kraft Foods, BMW, Toyota, Ford, PepsiCo, Campbell's, Fox Sports, CBS, Mattel, Weather Channel, Microsoft Network, Yahoo!, Miller Brewing Company, GlaxoSmithKline and MTV.
  • Developed strategy and business plan for the Casual Games Network (CGN), Skyworks' initiative applying dynamic in-game advertising to online casual games, partnering with Massive Incorporated.
  • Co-founded Absolute Entertainment, Inc., console game publisher licensed by Nintendo, Sega, Sony, 3DO and Atari and video game developer of over 100 marketed titles from 1986 to 1995, generating product retail sales of over $300 million. Successfully lead Absolute through oversold IPO, raising $12 million.
  • Consulted for RCA David Sarnoff Research Labs (1986-1987) on entertainment applications of Digital Video Interactive (DVI), the first technology to store digital full-motion video on a CDROM.
  • Designed & programmed Atari 2600 adaptation of hit arcade game Donkey Kong, 1982 wholesale revenues in excess of $100 million on 4 million units.
  • Conceived, designed and developed Bank Shot, an innovative electronic pool game marketed by Parker Brothers, named '10 Best Games of 1980', Omni Magazine
  • Back-engineered Atari 2600 game system in 1980, creating one of the first third party 2600-compatible game cartridges - Space Jockey.
  • Performed as Legal Expert Witness in numerous cases involving patents, intellectual property, video games and software development for clients including Konami Entertainment, Nintendo of America, NCR, Taito and Activision.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Vice President, Game Publishing

Viacom MTV Networks, San Francisco, California

December 2010 - Present


President/CEO

AppStar Games Inc., Paramus, New Jersey 

February 2010 - November 2010


President/CEO
SGK Service Inc., Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
March 2007 - November 2010


Chief Operating Officer
Skyworks Interactive, Inc., Hackensack, New Jersey
December 2007 - September 2009


Chairman, President & CEO
Skyworks Technologies, Inc., Hackensack, New Jersey
November 1995 - December 2007


Chairman, President & CEO
Absolute Entertainment, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
March 1986 - November 1995


Senior Designer
Activision, Inc., Mountainview, California

June 1982 - March 1986


President

Imaginative Systems Software, New Milford, New Jersey
November 1981 - May 1982


Engineer/Designer

James Wickstead Design Associates, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey

April 1976 - October 1981



HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Nomination as an Elite Expert
    IMS Expert Services - 2009
  • Nomination to the Advisory Committee: 'Reinventing Advertising: VOD, PVR,Broadband, Games, PODs & Mobile Consortium'
    Digital Hollywood - 2005, 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Video Games
    Classic Gaming Expo - 2003
  • New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year - Finalist
    Inc. Magazine, Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young - 1993
  • Best Simulation Game
    Super Battletank
    Game Informer Magazine - 1992

  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Video Games
    The Doctor Fad Show
    Syndicated educational television program - 1990
  • Video Game Designer of the Year
    Computer Entertainer Magazine - 1985
  • Best Creativity Product - Nominee
    Garry Kitchen's GameMaker
    SPA Excellence in Software - 1985
  • Video Game of the Year - Certificate of Merit 
    Keystone Kapers
    Electronic Games Magazine - 1983
  • U.S. Patent #4,346,892
    Bank Shot
    Electronic Pool Game marketed by Parker Brothers - 1981
  • Ten Best Games of 1980 
    Bank Shot
    OMNI Magazine - 1980
  • The Games 100 - The Top 100 Games of 1980
    Bank Shot 
    Games Magazine - 1980
  • Engineering Merit Scholarship
    Panasonic / Matsushita Corporation of Japan
    Fairleigh Dickinson University - 1978, 1979
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