Ken Lingad is a distinctively authentic Native American icon of the Southwest. An Intellectual Resource and Transformational Leader for a diverse scope of industries and interests: Multi-national corporations; Native American Tribes / Enterprises; State Governments; Casino Gaming, Hospitality; Tourism; Industrial / Commercial Construction; Oil and Gas; Pharmaceutical; Nanomaterials; Mobile Tech; Fine Art; Private Equity Ventures; Feature Film, TV, and Music; and more, Lingad is often tapped to flex his unique mix of strategic vision and modern business acumen.
The "Godfather" of national public relations agency 1680PR, Ken Lingad expanded the 1680 brand footprint to the music industry's third coast—Nashville—launching 1680 Entertainment: an A-list brain trust managing GRAMMY® Artists and assets, Songwriters, Film Directors, Producers, and other Creatives. He is also the subject and inspiration for the bestselling book, "Contemporary Native American Artists."
"Ken Lingad is a respected and notable presence with regards to my cabinet's initiatives to further develop our rising film industry, in addition to our communications with Indian Country...a trusted colleague and friend." -New Mexico Governor / US Presidential Candidate Bill Richardson
"...there was no question as to who I would turn to for social and communications strategy. Ken conducted several master-class social media campaign strategy workshops and debrief sessions for Women Innovate Mobile and Levo League..."
-Kelly Hoey, "Forbes"-listed Business Personality
"...you feel the confidence of his advice and direction." -Albuquerque Studios
"By the age of twenty he was jetting off to work as a drummer…His reputation led to his inking several major endorsement deals with the top names in the music industry, including Yamaha Drums. At twenty-one, Ken Lingad’s professional relationships included some of the biggest names in the music business." - Daniel Gibson, Editor, "Native Peoples" Magazine
Industry Expertise (11)
Public Relations and Communications
Motion Pictures and Film
Gambling and Casinos
Travel and Tourism
Hotels and Resorts
Areas of Expertise (7)
Native American Tribal Enterprises and Gaming
Private Business Development
Small Business Issues
Brand & Communications Strategy
Bestselling Book: Contemporary Native American Artists (professional)
Ken Lingad is the inspiration and subject of the bestselling book "Contemporary Native American Artists"—now available at bookstores and online retailers.
- NMedia - New Mexico Entertainment and Digital Industry Association - Board Member
- Social Media Club Houston - Board Member
- Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
- Women Innovate Mobile - Startup Accelerator
- The Levo League
- National Graphene Association - Advisory Board Member
- The Arc Tennessee - Committee Chairman, Light up a Life Annual Fundraising Event
- Harvard Business Review - Advisory Council Member
Bill Richardson, Governor | State of New Mexico
Ken Lingad is a respected and notable presence with regards to my cabinet's initiatives to further develop our rising film industry, in addition to our communications with Indian Country...a trusted colleague and friend.
Pam Jung, Senior Strategic Advisor | Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
Ken and his company, 1680PR has been a very integral part of our process of repositioning one of our hotels. He is extremely committed to his clients and goes above and beyond to make sure a project is successful. He becomes a part of your team and not just an external consultant. An extremely committed, creative thinker who is extraordinarily knowledgable about the business of public relations, social media, and global trends. 1680 PR is a Team you can certainly depend on to do whatever it takes to get the job done!
Michele Price, Social Media Personality and Internet Communications Strategist | Business Breakthrough Strategies
Building a personality brand requires a willingness to seek advice from an agency that has the caliber of skills to deliver you a lasting value. Ken and 1680PR does that very well. They take the time to listen deeply and then bring out the big guns to protect and support you moving up your ideal ladder of success. Ken has helped me continue to establish clarity around the long term growth of my brand. He has connected me to people who can make decisions and follow through with commitment.
Kelly Hoey, "Forbes" magazine listed Business Personality, Author, and Speaking Talent | J. Kelly Hoey
...there was no question as to who I would turn to for social and communications strategy. This past summer, Ken conducted several master-class social media campaign strategy workshops and debrief sessions for Women Innovate Mobile and Levo League staff and interns. Eye-opening sessions on the nuances and enormous complexities of the social business world - growing up on Facebook and being social media savvy is not sufficient when the focus is brand growth or new product launch. Women Innovate Mobile directly benefited from Ken's deep knowledge and expertise when he personally undertook the planning and execution of WIM's demo day social strategy.
Sample Talks (1)
Cultural Sensitivity Training
An enrolled member of the Indian Pueblo of Isleta, Ken Lingad is a recognized authority on Native American arts, culture, politics, and enterprises. Sales Teams, Executives, Marketing Professionals, and others may benefit from Lingad's proprietary training courses designed to cultivate understanding and awareness of the unique dynamics of the American Indian peoples.
- Author Appearance
- Corporate Training