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John (Jack) R. Wilson

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Jack has had many careers from teacher to Army officer, and from TV producer to Lavender farmer which is his most recent venture.

Jack began his broadcasting career (following a stint in the US Army) in the early 70’s working as the host of an all night radio program on WIOQ-FM, a radio station in Philadelphia.

He moved to Chicago in 1973 and in 1974 went to work for WTTW/Chicago Public Television as an associate producer.  During his eleven years with the station he moved up the ranks to Vice President of Marketing and Development, which was the position he held until he left in 1985 to form his own company.

From 1985 to 1987 Wilson’s company produced special interest videos for various clients.  In 1988 he began doing business as JWA/Video, publishing videos for the how-to, self-help, business-to-business market.  JWA/Video had more than 110 distributors in the U.S. and around the world and had more than 60 proprietary videos in the market place.  He produced more than a dozen national television specials plus videos with noted sports figures to include Andre Dawson (GO CUBs) and Walter Payton.

In 2005 he and his wife, noted food photographer Kathy Sanders founded Washington Creek Lavender, LLC which is currently the largest lavender farm in Kansas.

He has served on many boards, to include Easterseals, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Wilson developed the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation Annual Radiothon which raised more than one million dollars to feed the hungry in Chicago.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Emmy.

Wilson holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Glassboro State College(Rowan University), Glassboro, New Jersey.

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