Always enterprising, native to Santa Barbara Ethan David Shenkman started his career as a newspaper carrier, where he managed to write a comic strip that appeared with the Santa Barbara News-Press, the Santa Barbara Independent, and the Santa Maria Times totalling a weekly circulation audience of 100,000 twenty years ago. Inspired by his older brother Alex Shenkman, local influential artist, Ethan also painted a mural for Dunn School where he attended before entering college, while working with Robert Turner III as Advisor on the school newspaper serving as Illustrator, Writer, and Editor in Chief. Ethan's parentage includes having two industrial class professionals: his father was Art Director for corp-oration General Motors Lockheed Martin Division, and his mother was field journalist with Newsweek, and a copywriter at J Walter
Thompson Ad Agency, as well as an English teacher with Santa Barbara Highschool.
While in college, Ethan interned with the City of Santa Barbara Community Development Administration under Designer Lencho Auchstetter and apprenticed with UCSB Publications Director George Delmarico and worked for San Luis Obispo NewTimes Editor Steve Moss. Ethan was the first Design major at Cal Poly to have established minor emphasis under Industrial Technology coursework study in assembly, extrusion and emulsion processes audited by Stanford Laureate John Mendenhal as Cal Poly professor. Upon graduation, Shenkman was recruited to serve as a packaging project manager for a Fortune 500 subdivision of Heinz Corporation with discretionary multimillion
dollar budget for product development within job description specializing flexographic production. Ethan also assisted in the high tech arena in the Bay Area with companies such as EA Sports, Lucas Arts, and Activision. In 1999, Ethan acquired the existing PowerHouse Media™ trademark from Cal Poly State University to offer competitive agency talent for design and product development. Since that time, Ethan was inaugurated to serve on a Civil Grand Jury in California and pursued post graduate training in technical applications for civil engineering and land survey. Having been mentored in Santa Cruz by Larry August Palm, who operated a faith based religious non profit franchise, Ethan launched a portal platform to encourage exploration of spiritual values, and critical thinking, within an academic context. Based on a life changing epiphany Ethan had in 2009, shift in spiritual focus has led him in a new era for transformation.