About Us

Peter Zenner: Project Manager and Multimedia Designer/Programmer

Peter Zenner founded ZenMation in October 1997 to maximize his fifteen years of experience as a marketing technologist in the financial services industry. Much of Peter’s success lies in his ability to understand client needs, his passion for using technology creatively, and insider’s view of how companies work. Prior to starting ZenMation, Peter managed Database Marketing for Wells Fargo.

Peter brings an impressive array of technical skills to the business challenges of ZenMation clients. His skills include extensive knowledge of programming languages, database design, photo editing, panoramic photo production, vector-based illustration, simulation tools and Flash animation.

Peter is also a certified trainer in 4th Generation Report Writing Languages and an expert in making websites accessible to people with disabilities and understanding how assistive technologies operate.

Peter holds a master’s degree in Business Management and an undergraduate degree in Investments, Banking and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, Peter was enrolled as a coursework graduate student at the Carlson School of Management. Coursework included: Management of Information Technology in Organizations; Information Systems Analysis, Design and Development. He is also a lifelong design student at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design.

Margaret Endres: Instructional Designer, Writer and Editor

Margaret Endres has nearly 30 years of experience in writing, editing and communications consulting, including 18 years as a freelance writer and editor. During her career, Margaret has helped a variety of corporate and nonprofit clients identify their communications challenges and develop creative solutions, including dozens of e-learning applications focused on such areas as sales development, use of technology, business ethics and email etiquette; writing and editing intranet and internet websites; and conceptualizing, writing and editing newsletters and magazines, brochures, presentations and annual reports.

As a key ZenMation partner, she helped to conceptualize, write and edit all content for the award-winning Partners in Policymaking series of courses for parents of children with developmental disabilities and self-advocates.

Margaret began her career in 1980 at a Twin Cities public relations agency before joining the Norwest organization in 1983 where she eventually was named manager of employee communications for Norwest Corporation. She left Norwest in 1991 to form her own writing and communications consulting firm. In addition to ZenMation, Margaret’s clients include the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, multiple divisions of Wells Fargo and OptumHealth Financial Services and the Highland Friendship Club, a social club created to foster inclusion of young adults with developmental disabilities.

Margaret has an undergraduate degree in English-Communications from the College of St. Catherine.

Kurt Rotter: Video Director

Kurt Rotter has spent the past 30 years directing vocational training, human interest, marketing and other special purpose video productions for industrial, non-profit broadcast and web-based communications. Kurt is proficient at all pre-production, production and post-production elements required to produce a professional video, as well as keeping track of essential details such as obtaining and managing permissions, site location, etc. His guiding principle when creating an effective video is that it should be as long as it takes to get important information across…but no longer.

Kurt spent the first fifteen years of his career with Cargill as a staff video producer in the company’s adult learning department. In 1994, he formed his own video production company, Rotter Communications.

During his extensive career, Kurt has created hundreds of video productions with a specialty on wildlife and outdoor topics. He has produced videos for: In-Fisherman TV, Tony Dean Outdoors, Illusion Outdoors, Fox Sports Net (FSN), The Winter Olympics, North American Outdoors TV, PGA Tour, BoatTest Inc, and Final Approach TV.

One recent accomplishment included documenting the journey of two young men with Down Syndrome as they traveled to Africa to experience a safari. The piece was subsequently broadcast on “On the Road with Jason Davis.”

Kurt’s clients include Medtronic, Cargill, General Mills, St. Jude Medical, Wells Fargo, the Langenfeld Foundation, Sight Creative, Fox Sports, SterileMed and ev3.

Kurt holds a degree in video communication and has completed a variety of professional development courses, including intensive filmmaking courses focused on directing, camera work and the effective use of lighting.

Josh Zenner

Josh Zenner: Videographer

Josh Zenner brings nearly a decade of experience as a videographer to the ZenMation team.

Josh began his career as a news reporter for WDIO in Duluth before being promoted to Sports Director. During his career at WDIO, Josh was able to experience all aspects of video news production, including acting as cameraman, writing scripts, editing news stories, and appearing as on-air talent.

In 2012, Josh embarked on a career as a freelance videographer where he uses his television news experience to tell engaging stories through video technology. One of his most recent successful projects was a video spotlighting the Mill District area of Minneapolis including interviews with the people who play, live and work in the area. Based on its popularity, the Guthrie Theater has spotlighted the video on its website.

Josh graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

John Goodrich, Graphic Artist

John Goodrich, founder of Goodrich Graphics, LLC, has been offering an array of graphic design services for ten years with a specialty of creating custom cartoon illustration. Original characters designed to client’s specifications, “cartoon portrait” images of actual individuals, and imaginative color illustrations of any theme are provided in graphic file formats for print or electronic use.

Graphic design services include Flash animation and video artwork, document and publication layout, special event materials (invitations, signs, name-tags, labels, etc.), logos, brochures, CD covers and more.

Major clients include Wells Fargo, Bremer, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center and, of course, ZenMation.