Title: Cofounder, President
Company: Universal Business Computing Company
Location: South Pasadena, California, United States
Kenneth Garen, cofounder and president at University Business Computing Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computing.
With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Mr. Garen has utilized his background to cofound Universal Business Computing Company in 1981 and has served as the president since then. He started this company due to his prior experience at a CPA company where the mainframe computer and the data entry division were not effective, resulting in long delays in processing. Mr. Garen wanted to create a company that gave bookkeepers direct entry into the system for improved productivity, resulting in the creation of the Universal Business Computing Company. In addition to his primary roles, he has been founder and president at iQ Merchant Services, Inc., since 2008 and president of Ken Garen Inc., from 1982 to 1987. Earlier in his career, he was a supervisor at Garen and Associates from 1970 to 1982. In these ventures, Mr. Garen has focused on software for high-volume payroll and accounting needs.
Mr. Garen began his career as a student at Oxford University, completing coursework with the summer program at Queens and St. Anne’s Colleges in 1967. He continued his studies with Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and business education in 1970. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Illinois.
A respected voice in his areas of interest, Mr. Garen has been an active leader in his community. He is a member of the American Payroll Processor Association and the American Payroll Association. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his contributions. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World. Inspired by a friend, Mr. Garen recently joined the board of Mulmangcho, a Korean organization that stands for “Forget Me Not.” The nonprofit provides services for North Korean refugees, raises awareness for their plight, and grows funding and resources for programs to help them succeed. Among the numerous programs provided is a summer program in which refugees enter the United States on visas to partake in English as a second language classes and to assimilate into modern culture, and college and trade programs to help them find employment and support themselves in society. The organization also offer a choir program to help refugees assimilate through music.
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