Ken Walker Jr. is currently the Operations Director for Kleege Industries. He oversees the day-to-day operations of a multimillion dollar business with over 15 specialized mobile stages, a 25,000sqft warehouse full of truss, decking and specialty items 20 full time employees and over 50 part time employees. In 1994, with about $300 in his pocket and 2 duffle bags full of clothes, he headed to California from Pennsylvania to find a job and to be warm. After sleeping a few weeks under bridges and applying everywhere, he was accepted at a local rental business where he serviced small engines. After completing a local driving school he drove over the road trucks delivering goods across the country. Then in 1996 a friend offered him a job on the new tour called the Warped Tour. So Ken packed his bags again and headed out for the Warped tour with Kleege, dragging a new state of the art Mobile stage behind him. Setting up the stage daily, and driving around the country with the friends he had made on the Warped Tour, Ken decided this was the life for him so made a play for a full time job at Kleege Industries. After a few years at Kleege driving for the Warped Tour, Ken had made a place for himself in the world. Setting up festivals like Coachella, Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson tours, the Cure tour and many others was a dream come true. He was happy, warm and employed. After meeting so many people and exploring the country, he moved into sales and still continues doing what he loves while also being around fun people.
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