Ken Freirich is an entrepreneur/business executive with a passion for music and philanthropy. He has been playing drums and writing songs since he was eight years old and has had the pleasure and privilege of playing drums with The Who in L.A. as part of a charity event for Teen Cancer America and UCLA’s Breast Cancer Center. Pink, The Foo Fighters, and Kenny Loggins were all part of the event.
A silver lining and unintended consequence of the COVID-19 quarantine for Ken was the inspiration to start the record label Better World Records LLC and the band Random Acts of Kindness to share his mission, lyrics, messages, and songs with the world. “Healthcare Workers Rock!” is the first track released by Better World Records, with more songs in the works. Both the label and band names reflect values that Ken embraces daily.
With an unwavering dedication to making the world a better place, he is active in many domestic and international charities and causes. Ken is also dedicated to doing some type of random act of kindness on a weekly basis, whether it’s toward individuals or organizations. Philanthropy is part of his DNA.
Grateful for the financial aid that funded his education at Skidmore College, Ken established a business plan competition at his alma mater in 2010. The Freirich Business Plan Competition encourages Skidmore students to follow their passions and experience an entrepreneurial transformation, similar to his own experience of starting a business when he was a sophomore (a magazine for college students distributed in 35 colleges in 3 states). To date, 350 students and 225 businesses have participated in the competition.
Ken is a songwriter and drummer in a band that he helped start in 2015 called MedROCK, a 501c3 organization that “brings the world together through music and makes it a better place through philanthropy.” The band put on a benefit concert in Turks and Caicos for a school to help buy instruments for their music education program and has partnered with and raised money for Teen Cancer America, founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. MedROCK has also sponsored the St. Martin Women’s beach volleyball team on their quest to the Olympics and has contributed and played for many other charitable organizations.
As an entrepreneur, Ken has also successfully started, built, operated, and grown a variety of world-class organizations. He is currently the CEO of Health Monitor Network, a private equity-backed company that is the largest patient education/engagement company in the United States. Their print and digital products (condition-specific magazines and digital exam room posters, i.e. diabetes, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine) are distributed through 200,000 physician offices and more than 400,000 healthcare professionals, reaching tens of millions of patients.