John Cervenka (born September 30, 1959) is an American businessman who is also known for his successes in the entertainment field. A Financial Advisor with The Aegis Group, an Institutional Investment Consulting team at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Cervenka and his colleagues provide Institutional Wealth Management services to a number of nationally known philanthropic institutions, foundations and endowments. The Aegis Group is regarded as one of the premier institutional consulting teams in North America.
Immediately after college, Cervenka began his business career when he accepted a position with Coldwell Banker Commercial, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms. In his spare time, he was writing for, and performing with, The Groundlings comedy troupe in Hollywood, California. While so performing with the likes of Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, and other well-known Groundlings alumni, Cervenka was approached by Eric Lieber, the executive producer and creator of the long-running dating show Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery; it was Lieber who asked Cervenka to take over for the iconic Johnny Gilbert as the permanent announcer of "Love Connection," which he did for a number of seasons. Subsequently, comedy producers Peter Kaikko and Paul Abeyta chose Cervenka to produce and host a hybridization of the situation comedy with the game show that they had created, which they called Burt Luddin’s Love Buffet, for Game Show Network (GSN). (Cervenka acted out the character of "Burt Luddin," the host of the game show situated within the situation comedy.) Cervenka went on to co-create and executive-produce Random Acts of Comedy starring David Allen Grier, for FOX Family Channel. Cervenka later reunited with Kaikko and Abeyta to help produce, write and perform on their comedy series, MXC, which went on to be one of Spike TV's biggest comedy hits and, indeed, has been unofficially credited as having inspired the ABC Network mega-hit Wipeout.
Cervenka is the Co-founder of GivCause.tv, a global on-line network which broadcasts "The GivLive Show", a web series that interviews individuals involved with cause driven organizations. The other Co-founder, Derek Williams, is a successful television producer, director and writer. Cervenka & Williams are the hosts of The GivLive Show.
Cervenka is the youngest of six and grew up in San Marino, California. He attended San Marino High School and then the University of Southern California. Cervenka was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity at USC. His father, John William Cervenka, a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School, was a successful real estate financier and philanthropist. His mother, Katherine G Cervenka, was a Registered Nurse.
Cervenka is married to his wife Kerry Kostlan Cervenka. They have four children, John William Cervenka II (born November 24, 1987) a marketing representative for Gucci, Franklyn Kestutis Cervenka (born February 5, 1993), Georgia Jane Cervenka (born June 27, 2000) and Lilah Katherine Cervenka (born October 6, 2004). The family resides in Southern California.
Johnny Gilbert on Love Connection
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