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Meet Our Founders

Founded by childhood friends,

Kevin Fialko and Chris Skilnik

Vet Fest 141 Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to honoring the United States military community through the power of music.

Kevin Fialko

Kevin was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he currently serves as the President of Mattoon Investments LLC , Director of North Rock Associates Ltd and owns F&B outlets in the Chicago land area. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management. Kevin is a Veteran of Desert Storm serving in the United States Air Force, 384th Combat Support Group. Kevin’s family has a deep history serving in the Military, to include his Uncle who is a Vietnam Veteran and was one of the original broadcasters of “The Dawn Buster” radio show put on by the Armed Forces Radio Station in Saigon, later to be popularized by Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam “ Listening to his Uncle tell stories of how Armed Force Radio helped boost troops moral with music, Kevin decided to carry on the family mission, he has put on summer concerts at his F&B locations and is the Vice President and co-founder of Vet Fest 141 Foundation. Kevin has worked with Ronald McDonald Charities, Caring for Cambodia, George Washington Ball, and Special Olympics. Kevin is married and has one son. His interests are Mixed Martial Arts, Kick Boxing, holds a 3rd Deg Black Belt and Instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wake boarding and Mountain biking. Kevin believes in bringing community, business, Veterans and Veteran support groups together in a music enhanced atmosphere, where music heals, excites and evokes emotions, lifting moral with all genres of music. Vet Fest 141 Foundation supports Veterans and ensures that sacrifices are not forgotten in the constant protection and preservation of our Countries freedoms. Honoring our Veterans Through the Power of Music™

Chris Skilnik

Christopher Fitzgerald Skilnik is a licensed mortgage loan originator at MBLO Funding, a licensed realtor at Lincoln-Way Realty both located in Mokena IL. Mr. Skilnik, also works as a professional bodyguard, serving clients such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Kayne West, Allen Iverson and many, more. In the past, Mr. Skilnik was the manager of world-renowned Chicago music venues The Park West Theatre, and Riviera Theatre for 8 years for national independent concert promoter Jam Productions. Mr. Skilnik and his family have worked tirelessly with The Greater Chicago Food Depository to feed people in need in their hometown of Chicago for 2 generations. He has served as an election judge for over 2 decades in service of our great nation’s free election process and is currently the President and co-founder of the Vet Fest 141 Foundation. “Honoring our Veterans thru the power of Music”

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