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About Ken

Cathy and Ken Ude moved to San Marino in 1986 so that their three daughters - Carolyn, Kristen and Allison - could attend San Marino schools.  As the girls were growing up, the Ude’s were active in youth sports programs and activities including AYSO, Little League and the San Marino Schools Foundation.  In 1999, Ken served as Chairman of the SMSF Annual Campaign and invented the now-famous yard signs, that resulted in the highest participation at the time.  He also served as President of the Foundation of San Marino Community Church where he led a record setting annual campaign drive.

  • Family:
    • Married to Cathy for 42 years
    • Three daughters: Carolyn, Kristen and Allison
    • Five grand kids and three in San Marino schools
  • Education:  
    • University of Southern California, USC
      • Masters in Business Administration, MBA, emphasis in international finance
      • Masters in Public Relations, MPR
      • Bachelors of Arts, BA
  • Professional Experience:
    • Currently:
      • Director, USC Marshall Family Business Program.  Re-launched the program to help family-owned businesses: create and preserve wealth by increasing the professionalism of their businesses and the effectiveness of their families.  
      • Managing Director, The Board Group, an entity that creates and serves on boards for mid-sized companies.
    • Formerly President/CEO of:
      • Storage Mobility; nation's largest franchise of PODS portable storage containers.
      • Stila Cosmetics; a prestige make-up brand. 
      • Bell Racing Company, carved the racing helmet division out of Bell Sports and created a stand-alone company.
      • Jim Russell Racing Drivers School; an open wheel racing school at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma.
      • Nailite International; a manufacturer of premiere plastic siding.
      • The Reliable Company, a laundry services company serving apartments and multi-family housing units.
    • Before that:
      • Petoseed; Vice President of Marketing for the leading producer of hybrid vegetable seeds.
      • Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corp, General Manager, Agri-Products Division.
      • Hill & Knowlton public relations; as an Account Executive.
  • Community Involvement:
    • Foundation of the San Marino Community Church
    • San Marino Schools Foundation
    • Committee for Propositions U, S & A
    • San Marino National Little League
    • AYSO
    • Neighborhood Watch Captain
  • No Conflicts of Interest:
    • Ken has no outside investment interests that would influence any decision as it relates to the City.

Ude’s business career began with Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corp in the ‘70’s.  He then had the opportunity to run six different private equity backed mid-sized companies ranging from a race car driving school, to woman's cosmetics to the nations largest franchise of PODS.  Most of the companies were turn-around situations where he had to quickly understand the issues and look hard at increasing revenues, cutting operating expenses and improving efficiencies.  All skills that would be useful to solving San Marino's un-funded pension liabilities, aging infrastructure, improving how services are delivered and reducing the overall cost of government.

He earned his MBA and a Masters in Public Relations from the University of Southern California where he currently runs the USC Marshall Family Business Program.  He is also Managing Director of The Board Group.

Ken is serving as his own campaign manager and is targeting to spend half of the amount that a traditional candidate spends in a campaign.  Any excess funds will go to support the Barth Athletic Center.

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Committee to Elect Ken Ude for San Marino City Council 2017
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