Ken Lingad

Calm. Cool. Connected.



"A transformational leader..."

Referenced in international press as a “visionary impresario,” Ken Lingad is a distinctively authentic Native American icon of the American Southwest. In demand as an Intellectual Resource and Transformational Leader for Multi-national companies; Native American Tribes and Enterprises; Casino Gaming and Hospitality; State Tourism; Startup Ventures; Feature Film, TV, and Music Entertainment; and more, Lingad is often tapped to flex his unique mix of strategic vision and modern business acumen.

An enrolled member of the Indian Pueblo of Isleta, Ken Lingad is the subject of noted author Suzanne Deats’ bestselling book, Contemporary Native American Artists.

…Ken Lingad is a stealth force working for the benefit of major personalities in almost every avenue of the media and entertainment realm…
— Leigh Durst - Legendary Marketing Consultant and Bestselling Author, "Walk, Climb, or Fly: Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace Wilderness"
Ken Lingad has forever changed New Mexico’s tourism dynamic. His ability to generate positive publicity on the large-scale, along with the depth of his business acumen, makes him our ‘go-to’ person. Ken’s advisement and presence provide a culturally authentic component to state Governor Bill Richardson’s publicity campaigns regionally and overseas.
— Jennifer Hobson - Deputy Secretary, New Mexico Tourism Department; Director, International Tourism working with Ken because there is no ego involved, it is all about getting the job done in a manner that is beneficial to our film industry clients…you feel confidence in his advisement and direction.
— Albuquerque Studios


A transformational leader, Lingad’s maverick strategies literally propel every project under his guidance to unprecedented heights of positive visibility and success.  As Senior Communications Strategist of 1680PR (a division of The 1680 Group) his expertise has been sought by scores of the nation’s brightest scholars, Top-25 Social Media and Forbes-listed personalities, Mobile Technology ventures,  world-famous Visual Artists, and Music Talents—in addition to Feature Film, Network Television, Record Labels, and Digital Media Distribution companies, including:

  • New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's Cabinet and Department Secretaries

  • Albuquerque Studios / Breaking Bad, The Avengers, Book of Eli, Due Date, Fright Night, Let Me In

  • Scores of Native American Tribes, Governments, and Enterprises

  • GRAMMY® Award-winning artists: Bill Miller, Jon Vezner, Don Henry, and Black Eagle

  • Visionary Entertainment Industry Icon Charlie Lico and CL Entertainment

  • American Music Legend and “Father of Modern Bluegrass,” Rodney Dillard and The Dillards brand – Worldwide

  • The Levo League – New York

  • Dynamic Air Shelters – Worldwide

  • NCC Business Services – Nationwide

  • Leigh Durst – “Blue chip” Marketing Consultant / Bestselling Author, Walk, Climb, or Fly: Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace Wilderness

  • Michele Price – Top-ranked Social Media Personality and Marketing Strategist

  • Warner Music Group/Word – Nashville

  • Kelly Hoey – Top Speaking Talent / Forbes Magazine-listed Business Strategist

  • Women Innovate Mobile – New York

  • Superstar Pop/Hip-hop Music Artist Flo Rida’s “R U On the List” Stadium Tour

  • peermusic – world’s largest independent music publisher

  • Lion’esque Style – New York

  • Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce – Oklahoma / Dallas

  • NewsCertified Exchange – Atlanta / New York / Asia

  • Heritage Hotels and Resorts – Luxury Lifestyle-branded Boutique Resort Chain

  • illume productions – New York

  • Summer Sun Winter Moon film for PBS / ITVS Independent Lens and NPR

  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian – New York

  • Presidential Candidate / U.S. Senator Mike Gravel

  • Jason Johnson – Social Media Celebrity and Breakout Star of HISTORY Channel’s FORGED IN FIRE: Knife or Death

Ken has a remarkable capacity to strategically grasp the ‘big picture’ while attending to crucial details essential to results…In a situation of ‘moving parts’ and divergent constituencies spread coast-to-coast, Ken made things happen efficiently, effectively.
— Cynthia Newport - Executive Director, illume Productions; Executive Producer, SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON


Ken Lingad was tapped by none other than Kelly Hoey—Forbes Magazine’s “Most Powerful Woman in the World”—for advisement on the development of Women Innovate Mobile, the first startup accelerator and mentorship-driven program designed for women-founded companies in mobile technology.  He also served as a Senior Mentor for the program’s inaugural class of entrepreneurs and CEOs.

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...
— Kelly Hoey - Speaking Talent, Investor, "Forbes" Magazine-listed Personality
…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 knowledgeable about the business of public relations, social media, and global trends…
— Pam Jung - Senior Strategic Advisor, Heritage Hotels, Inc.


A recognized luminary in the music industry for over two decades, Ken Lingad's broad scope of experience in both the entertainment industry and fine arts arena keep him in demand as a venerable resource to clients seeking his insight and advisement.

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, Lingad’s professional relationships included some of the biggest names in the music business.
— Daniel Gibson - Editor, Native Peoples Magazine

A serial entrepreneur with an impressive streak of successful take-to-market launch strategies for several high-profile startups, Ken Lingad is known as the "Godfather" of boutique public relations agency, 1680PR. Building on the brand's global recognition and business reputation, he expanded the 1680 brand footprint to the music industry's third coast - Nashville - launching a full-service entertainment group: 1680 Entertainment (1680E).

Serving as 1680 Entertainment's Division Chief (pun intended), Ken Lingad's responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level growth strategies, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and supervising the 360-degree management of the careers and creative assets of a select roster of both emerging and high-profile entertainers: GRAMMY® Award-winning Artists and Songwriters, and Performing Talents.


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