Barry F. Kern
Barry F. Kern is President & CEO of Kern Studios, Blaine Kern Artists, Mardi Gras World, and River City Venues. Over the course of 30 years, he has taken the family business from a local Mardi Gras float building company to an internationally recognized leader in the design and production of parades for festivals and events across the country and worldwide. Under Barry's direction, the company has become the premier specialty fabrication company for outdoor advertising, unique objects of art, and themed environments for sports stadiums, museums, and amusement parks. Major projects include works for Disney Parks worldwide, Universal Studios Parks worldwide, Paramount Parks, Six Flags North America Parks, and casinos including Harrah's, MGM Grand, and Luxor. Barry also oversaw and directed the opening of the Kern Studios production facility on the East Bank of the Mississippi River into Mardi Gras World and River City Venues. Attracting over a half of million visitors per year, Mardi Gras World and River City Venues are New Orleans' most visited privately owned tourist attraction and venues.
As a native New Orleanian, Barry is committed to the future of our city and is dedicated to finding solutions to some of the most pressing challenges. Barry serves on the Mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee, the New Orleans Tricentennial Committee, the St. Katharine Drexel Board of Directors, and the Metairie Park Country Day School Board of Directors. He is a member of World Presidents' Organization and is the past chairman of the Young Presidents' Organization of Louisiana. In 2013, he was the Hospitality Chairman of the Super Bowl Committee. Barry is married to Christina Calhoun Kern and has three sons, Fitz, Andrew, and Patrick Kern.
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