Amy Armenta, YBLTV Video Producer
Amy is currently a college student at the Art Institute of Las Vegas and studies Digital Film And Video Production. She has a passion for editing and dabbles in camera operating as well. As a young artist, Amy has filmed and edited mostly projects for school. She has completed one camera operating internship prior. Over the course of this short internship, she met some former guitarists from famous bands and watched U.S. Military veterans share their story and their passion for music.
In her spare time, Amy likes to edit videos for her YouTube channel or watch other other YouTubers to give her inspiration on what to make next. She also enjoys playing video games and writing poems. She is excited to participate in YBLTV’s Video Production Internship.
Jack Barnes, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Jack Barnes lives in Las Vegas, NV. He has been using consumer electronics ever since he figured out the whole round plug, square socket business.
He really appreciates the programming that goes into creative endeavors, products and gadgets.
Some of his favorite areas of technology include the Internet of Things, cyber security and some of the latest advancements in digital ecommerce including Apple Pay. Though he doesn’t go outside much, he still enjoys sunny, Las Vegas!
Erika Blackwell, YBLTV Anchor / Multimedia Producer
Grounded with a Midwestern work ethic, Erika has earned solid on-camera film, video and live performance experience: TV commercials, independent & feature films, theatre productions and trade show ear-prompter presentations in Los Angeles, Chicago and international venues. A strong communications background prompted a career writing and producing interviews as Press for YBLTV.
Erika’s software experience includes Dreamweaver, InDesign, FCP, Photoshop, WordPress, After Effects & Premier Pro. She continues distance learning at Harvard’s Extension School expanding her knowledge of PHP, MySQL and C++. With a degree in Communications from Loyola University, she also majored in French Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, France.
Erika embraces the opportunities of uniting LIVE broadcasting and on-demand video, recognizing a new generation of business TV – with the convention & trade show industry capital, Las Vegas, NV at the forefront. Erika thrives to help others tell their story. Well-read, highly organized & results-driven, she is as much a leader as team player. Follow Erika Blackwell on Twitter.
Arthur Bloberger, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
With more than three decades of publishing experience, Arthur Bloberger has worked nearly every conceivable end of the business, from his early beginnings at a New York City Madison Avenue advertising agency to his lengthy tenures as editor of Today in Las Vegas magazine and LasVegaZine.com. Along the way, he’s also been at the creative helm of many other successful publications, from the nationally-circulated SuperShopper and Sweepstakes magazines to other community publications such as Nevada Hospitality magazine and Las Vegas’ first, original city magazines, Las Vegan and LV.
“Las Vegas has been my home for more than 40 years and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else,” he says. “There’ll always be ink in my blood and words in my brain. Times have changed, but as long as I’m writing about the things I’ve loved since I began my career as a wordsmith, in reviews, interviews, sports and entertainment, plus the occasional hard-hitting journalistic venture, I’ll be happy. And hopefully that sense of joy will be transmitted to my readers.”
Derek Buck, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Derek Buck is a professional writer and online media personality from Pittsburgh, PA. He has written about video games professionally for the last decade, helping millions of people waste time on the Internet. And he sleeps just fine.
He was the host of Classic Game Room’s popular CGR Undertow show, and he has also covered video games for sites like GameZone, Kombo and more. Derek listens to death metal, and he has the hair of a goddess.
Kurt Cadet, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Raised in New York and South Florida respectively, Kurt Cadet found his talent for writing at a very early age.
Excelling at writing the daily journals assigned to him in grade school, he quickly learned he had a gift that very few of his peers possessed.
Now studying communications at UNLV, he also writes his own blog.
Kurt Cadet is putting his writing ability to use for the world to see.
Justin Casey, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Justin is a native of the peaceful countryside of central Appalachia and resides in the small town of Pikeville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Morehead State University and a passionately aspiring digital news journalist with several years of experience as a college reporter and work-study at his local newspaper. His professional skills include writing and editing articles, editing video, research, photography, conducting interviews, social media, and blogging.
Devoted to writing from a young age, Justin was inspired to pursue a career in Journalism by his friends in high school who dared to reach for their own pursuits in art and film. He is a proud believer of the idea that curiosity, self-expression, and empathy can connect people together and that sharing our ideas and stories can help bring about better change for the world.
In his free time he can often be found enjoying many interests such as gaming, reading and writing creative fiction, studying cultural history and folklore, and exploring the vast mountains around his home. Follow Justin on Twitter and Friend him on Facebook.
Dawn Church, YBLTV Anchor / Reporter
Dawn is an Actress, and experienced TV Host. Currently, she is a TV Host for Fashion Network doing interviews backstage at Fashion week, interviewing all the designers, models, and celeb’s front row — covering over 60 shows in 10 days! She is also a TV Host for RadXSports- Extreme Sports show, and Reporter covering winter sports, snowboarding, skiing, the luge, etc.
Having 7+ years in the trade show industry, Dawn is a professional Presenter, Emcee and Spokesmodel. She is extremely tech savvy, great with demonstrations, presentations, and hosting. Her Trade Industry Resume includes: CES, CISCOLive (US & Europe), VMWorld (US & Europe), Oracle Open World, Dell World, NAB & IBC (Amsterdam), Mobile World Conference (Barcelona), Interop, ISC, CTIA, E3, Comic con, PAX, Auto Shows and more.
Kayla Costanzo, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Kayla Costanzo lives near Akron, Ohio, but is originally from the Jersey coast. As a recent college graduate from Marietta College with a BA in English, Kayla is beginning to carve her way into the challenging content writing industry.
Besides writing, Kayla’s biggest passion lies in reading, researching, and educating people about the immense benefits of living a healthy, organic, and non-GMO lifestyle. Her main goal is to combine her passion for organic living and talent for writing into a valuable career.
Kayla currently does freelance writing for ArmaHosts, a gamer server hosting startup, and is excited to start using her creativity and passion in writing as a writer/reviewer at YBLTV.
Murray Covill, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Murray Covill. was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1982. Raised in Toronto till age 12, Murray moved to Edgewater FL where he spent his developmental years. After graduating high school, Murray spent several years in both countries till he attended Seminole Community College from 02 – 05 when he graduated. He worked professionally as a photographer and on several indy projects until going back to school for Special Makeup Effects in 2008. From 08 – 10 Murray attended the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects program, which he graduated from with honors. Since graduation Murray ran a small special effects business, working on several small productions, and doing the Las Vegas Fright Dome annually. He is also a freelance photographer, and has since begun a career working as a Budtender in the newly developed marijuana industry in Las Vegas
Murray is an avid collector of Blu Ray, DVD and Laserdiscs. He is interested in all formats of media, and is always following the entertainment industry, and its technological advancements. As a photographer, and camera operator, Murray is very interested in camera and filming technologies solutions. Murray is also a major auto enthusiast, and has worked as a prototype car tester for Roush industries 2 years. Murray developed a deep passion, and understanding of the industry, and is always keeping up on new trends in transportation. He is deeply interested in the personal mobility solution movement started by the Hoverboard trend.
Murray’s goal is to become a professional film reviewer one day, to the likes of Roger Ebert. He would also like to see a career in reviewing the auto industry. Murray is a skilled artist in special effects, and a solid photographer who is always working, looking for new ways to express his creativity. Murray loves to talk about film, and cars I could spend every day of his life talking about it. Visit Murray on Instagram and on Tumblr.
Drew Daro, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
A multi-modal creative dabbler with a love for writing, art, and travel. Originally from Missouri, but now located in Florida.
Drew takes a special interest in consumer electronics, especially photography and videography products, and places great importance on delivering helpful, interesting information while maintaining integrity.
He loves to cook, but really loves to eat.
Buford Davis, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Buford is a journalist, photographer and fiction Writer based in Las Vegas. He is the former editor of the arts, culture and news magazine Inside Henderson and The Henderson Press newspaper.
Mr. Davis has worked on more than 100 documentary and short film projects and his work is included in multiple publications from Ghigo Press and Norrebro Books.
Andrew Duhaime, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
When I was 13 years old, I moved from Michigan to Henderson, Nevada, where I have been ever since. Upon graduating High School in 2011, I began studying Psychology, and as I progressed through the degree program and completed numerous research papers and assignments in my classes, the more I began to enjoy writing, realizing it was my favorite part of college. Majoring in psychology has allowed me surpass my previous limitations of writing, and given me a better sense of articulation and communication that helps me convey my thoughts effectively. My goals are to be a writer, because I enjoy the idea of doing something I love that I also become better at the more I do. While attending school I also worked multiple food service jobs, sometimes two, depending on the semester workload. This has taught me the value of teamwork, time management, and outgoingness. This has also allowed me to become far better at verbal skills and sociability, which I believe to be valuable skill sets.
The topics I would like to focus on with YBLTV are consumer electronics and entertainment such as books and movies. I have spent a large amount of time learning and becoming proficient at using computers, which has helped me develop a good sense of understanding and love of technologies and innovations. I firmly believe that Virtual Reality technology is going to boom in the near future, which is where I would love to focus my reviewing on due to my intense fascination with it. I believe that I have many skills that aid in reviewing, such as being able to express exceptional verbal and written communication, my fast typing speed that ranges from 140-155 words per minute, and my passion for the consumer electronics industry. With my writing capability, I believe that I could contribute to the consumer electronics industry by providing readers with reviews that are enjoyable to read at the same time as informative about the product. Follow Andrew Duhaime on Facebook.
Aaron Dunn, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Aaron Dunn is a freelance blogger and journalist with a wide set of passions that range from the tech industry to the world of politics. After graduating with his BS in Political Science in Texas, he’s dedicated himself to furthering his writing career in the Western United States.
Aaron can be safely described as obsessed with all things culture – from studying ancient history to discussing current social trends to envisioning the future of human society, he stays fully immersed at all times. He seeks to learn what makes all of us tick, while at the same time dreaming of contributing to the world with his writing by eventually publishing fiction. Follow Aaron on Facebook.
Eric Ellis, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Eric is just a Blogger/Web Designer who truly loves videos games.
You can follow him on Instagram at @_reseda
Visit his website at www.krookedera.com.
And be sure to check out his first YBLTV gaming review – Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.
Mary Beth Ellis, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Mary Beth Ellis, MFA, is a freelance writer and college educator. She blogs at BlondeChampagne.com and Redleg Nation. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, is available on Amazon, and her second is underway.
When not trying to herd words around like some kind of literary cowgirl, she’s at a yoga class, sleeping, reading, or procrastinating on any of these things.
Please welcome her to YBLTV.
Patrick Fallin, YBLTV Graphics & Marketing Intern
A student at the Art Institute, Patrick is busy learning the skills for becoming a game designer. He spends his time studying video games for their code, art and value.
He seeks to find a better understanding of the industry and his career.
Please welcome Patrick aboard the YBLTV Graphics & Marketing team!
Shawn Flanagan, Multimedia Producer / Writer / Reviewer
Shawn is a passionate Multimedia Producer specializing in film editing and photography. Working as an assistant to YBLTV Camera / Multimedia Producer, Scott Pesqueira, Shawn is excited to join the YBLTV team.
A Las Vegas resident, Shawn is an accomplished Guitar player and Sound Engineer. Please welcome Shawn to the YBLTV Writer / Reviewer Team – he is one of its newest members!
An all-around good guy, Shawn looks forward to bringing your company or service to life with photos, editing and more!
Justin Jett, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer / Photographer
Justin hails from sunny, hot Las Vegas. He enjoys hiking in Northern California.
He enjoys playing video games anytime of the day or night. But his real passion he has discovered is writing and photography.
One of the newest members to the YBLTV Team, please welcome him aboard.
Melissa Blythe Johnson / Marketing Consultant
Melissa’s career has been fueled by her fascination of global communications, the Internet, and the evolution of business in today’s ever-changing economy. Melissa has her BA in Communications and her MBA in Marketing. She also studied abroad at the Universite d’Aix-en-Provence in France. She chose UCLA for her undergraduate work because of its highly-regarded Communications program and began her career in communications working for ABC National Network News.
To pursue her interest in international business, Melissa went to London to work for NOP, an international market research company. After earning her MBA in Marketing, Melissa accepted a position starting the Internet division of an advertising agency in Silicon Valley. Later, she founded her own company, MC2, which specialized in Internet advertising, online media plans and web site development projects.
As the Worldwide Advertising Manager for Veritas Software, Melissa managed the company’s first global branding campaign and successfully launched its first global advertising campaign which won the Harvey Communication Measurement Award for achieving outstanding readership response. At Veritas, she also initiated the company’s first Internet advertising campaigns and negotiated advertising contracts with CNN, IDG and other Internet portals. Melissa has a broad marketing background that includes both B2C and B2B experience.
Brendan Boots, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Brendan Boots currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and attends school At UNLV. Computers and other tech are his passion and he loves writing about them. He enjoys doing reviews over tech and pop culture items.
In his free time, he also loves reading comics, playing games, working on his truck and driving around to explore new places. Brendan looks forward to attending CES and interviewing some of the big names in tech and learn about where they get their ideas.To learn more about Brendan, please visit http://bootsgavel.blogspot.com/ Feel free to Skype Brendan at Brendan.Boots.
Ken Burden, Camera
Originally from Grants Pass, Oregon, Ken enjoys working behind the camera, framing a shot and telling a story with every edit. Currently living in Sherman Oaks, CA, Ken attends various trade shows and industry events such as Digital Hollywood in Marina Del Ray, CA as Cameraman for YBLTV. He works on numerous independent film projects as well as broadcast and feature films.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys hiking, cycling and staying current with the most up-to-date trends in video editing. His love for cinematography started at a young age with a camera in his hand and snapping photos of the beautiful scenery in Oregon. Ken looks forward to creating your company story in the most compelling and thought-provoking way.
Garrett J. Coleman, YBLTV Writer/Reviewer
Garrett Coleman is a native from Orem, Utah, and class of 2014 at Utah Valley University. During his time as a journalism student, Garrett focused his time and writing talents as a sports writer.
When not sitting behind a laptop, Garrett is a devoted husband and father. His loving wife Jodi has supported his dreams and aspirations, even when he wanted to be a bodybuilder. Garrett hopes to be an inspiration to his young son Porter and others he may influence with hard work and determination of accomplishing one’s dreams.
M.B. Dallucchio, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
M.B. Dallocchio is a Las Vegas-based writer, blogger, and multimedia artist.
You can follow her dispatches, cultural critiques, and random musings on Twitter @MBDallocchio.
The Desert Warrior is a site that is owned by M.B. Dallocchio (previously known as M.B. Wilmot). M.B. Dallocchio served as a medic, mental health sergeant, and retention NCO in the US Army for eight years… Please view her extended bio: http://www.thedesertwarrior.com/about.html.
Crystal Duarte, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Crystal was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Having worked with the NBC and CNN Las Vegas affiliates she has gained experience in Broadcast Journalism.
Crystal is interested in film, science, and technology. Currently attending UNLV she aspires to become a Director or a Programmer. Crystal is also working as a Production Assistant at KSNV where some of her responsibilities include being a Camera Operator, CG Operator, Floor Director,Technical Director and Receptionist.
Brandy Falconer, YBLTV Anchor / Writer
From growing up in an engineering family to earning a degree in Cultural Anthropology, “why” and “how” are the two most frequent questions you’ll hear her ask.
With an engine builder for a father, her love of motorsports began at an early age at nearby Laguna Seca Raceway, and traveling with the family to races around the country. Brandy has come to fondly recall each race track by the food vendors and their local specialties. Brandy brings her knowledge and experience in the racing and automotive industry to report on the latest trends and technology.
Brandy recently returned from Italy where she worked as a wine industry correspondent for Grapelive.com interviewing industry leaders at the world’s largest wine expo, Vinitaly in Verona. She also traveled throughout Italy to write about wine and motorsport whenever possible, visiting the Ferrari factory, and taking part in Maserati and Ferrari new release events.
William Fraser, YBLTV Writer/Reviewer
Bill Fraser is a freelance writer living in the small town of Bullhead City, Arizona, about 100 miles from Las Vegas. An alumnus of the University of Arizona, Bill boasts degrees in both creative writing and business, which creates a unique mix of art and professionalism.
Bill has a passion for all things tech, gaming, art, literature, and lifestyle.
Between hiking the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains and watching non-stop football, Bill hopes to pave his way and make a true career of his love for writing. Follow Bill on Twitter.
Nathan Gwatney, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Nathan Gwatney is an audio engineer and digital content editor based out of Las Vegas, NV. Currently focused on enhancing quality with podcasters and delivering news through various media outlets.
He has a background in music and journalism.
Nathan enjoys writing reviews for audio equipment, music gear, tech, and more. Feel free to contact him with any review or audio related needs. Follow Nathan on Twitter.
Douglas S. Hart, Legal Counsel
Douglas Hart is an Army Veteran and a graduate of Yale (B.A.) For many years he was a Senior Vice-President and Managing Director at Bank of America.
As an attorney, he currently practices probate law and estate planning in Chicago and the western suburbs. A technology buff, he also introduces mobile applications to Chicago businesses. In his spare time, Doug enjoys playing golf and watching his favorite football team, the Chicago Bears. Mr. Hart advises our Chicago operations.
Justin A. Henning, Videographer / Editor
Justin Henning has spent 21 years in Las Vegas and is a recent graduate of the International Academy of Film and Television. He aspires to enter the film industry work as a cinematographer or an editor in a thriving production company in LA, despite all the competition he may face. He loves good music and watching films.
Short term, Justin wants to break into the industry through participating in various forms of broadcast and hopes to be a cameraman covering different newsworthy events.
Katie Hernandez, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Katie Hernandez is a Las Vegas resident and recent graduate with a degree in political science, but her true loves are reading, writing, and personal tech. With over ten years of research experience, Katie hopes to provide an in-depth, quality review of the products used in daily life to better inform readers about up and coming home tech items.
When she isn’t writing or reviewing, Katie enjoys classic movies, Japanese manga and anime, and enjoying a cup of coffee with the latest issue of the Los Angeles Times. If there is an item you would like to see reviewed, please contact her via Twitter (she also likes making friends through Twitter, just saying).
Cathy Jarrell, YBL LLC. Media Sales
Cathy Jarrell is originally from beautiful downtown Burbank, Calif. where she graduated from John Burroughs Senior High School and attended Pierce Junior College. Her major was english and music and she has put both of them to great use. Cathy moved to Las Vegas, Nevada over 15 years ago, which is where she currently resides. Cathy has enormous talent and knowledge in the advertising business as she worked for Metro Media Television (now called Fox) for over 10 years. She represented all of the National Fox stations and sold airtime for TV commercials to various types of advertisers. Some of her clients included Tomy Toys, Mattel Toys, many movie accounts, all paid programming, Carnation, Ronco, and many many more. Cathy also has experience in the buying end as she worked for Don Lewis Advertising for over two years running there paid programming division.
Prior to her advertising years she was an entertainer and travelled all over the United States with her band. All the jobs she has ever done involve people and the public in some form or another. Cathy is the type of person that if she doesn’t know the answer she will find out and let you know instead of telling you what you might want to hear. We are very pleased to have her aboard.
Jessee Josephson, Multimedia Producer
Jessee’s humble beginnings as a radio DJ and band manager set the stage for her intro to showbiz. Her reputation for live show productions and band demo’s opened doors to produce studio recordings from NY to Nashville.
As a publisher/songwriter her studio productions caught the attention of BMI President Roger Sovine. He recommended her to NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). There, she gained voting member status for the “Grammy Awards” and membership in their prestigious “Producers Wing.” Her collaborators include award-winning producers and engineers of Michael Jackson, Reba McEntire, Ken Edmunds (Babyface), Gary Paxton & U2…
Later, staying true to her entrepreneurial spirit, Jessee began directing marketing and promotions for independent jazz artists overseas. Her services included creation of their advertising materials, promo packages, as well as producing videos and EPK’s.
After the success of her international work, Josephson became attracted to video & TV in the U.S. Credits range from industrials to music videos, commercials and television shows. As a dedicated TV Producer, occasionally she found herself as a “fill-in” chef on cooking segments. She also happens to be a Gourmet “Foodie!” Client list includes Scripps Broadcasting/Food Network/ION-TV.
Josephson’s influence impacts the marketplace outside of the entertainment world. Her contracts include serving as a marketing consultant for P&G. She also donates her time and talents to charitable organizations. Most recently, Jessee has written a movie screenplay. Based on true events, much discretion was necessary for its successful completion.
Sarah Kepins, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sarah graduated from Salem College with a BA in creative writing. She has had work published in her school’s literary magazine as well as online blogs. During her time as an undergrad, Sarah visited Florence, Italy where she performed with her choir in an international music festival. Recently, Sarah has started working on her first novel and hopes to finish it within the year.
Now a resident of Kernersville, North Carolina, Sarah works as a reporter and blogger for The Turning Point News. Beside writing, Sarah loves theater and traveling. She hopes to travel the world and write about her experiences. Sarah is grateful to and her family and friends who love and support her. Follow Sarah on Twitter.
Gabrielle Latch, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Gabrielle is an innovative, results-oriented Data Entry, Content Writer and Office and Customer Service PROFESSIONAL.
Ms. Latch has over 5 years of experience and accomplishment as a customer focused leader.
She is excited to join the YBLTV Team!
Check out her first Product Review – Cat Ear Headphones by Axent Wear!
Gar-Ye Lee, YBLTV Contributing Guest Reporter
Gar-Ye was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area with an insatiable curiosity for life. She has traveled and lived throughout the states and the world, learning about different cultures and taking in what every city had to offer. What did she do most while in these countries? EAT! Accompanying Gar-Ye’s curiosity for life is her undeniable hunger for food. In fact, one of her nicknames is “The Gar that Ate the World.”
But her greatest love? Performing. Growing up as the middle child in her family, Gar-Ye has always found the performing arts to be a place to express herself and, of course, get some attention. Little did she know that she would be led back to this love after a career of designing jewelry and running the styling department for a large e-commerce company. Deciding to take her happiness in her hands, she enrolled in, and recently graduated from, the International Academy of Film and Televison with a Diploma in Acting. In her time there, Gar became heavily involved with collaborating in the filmmaking process, learning the ins and outs of production; including casting, camera work, writing, and editing. She plans on winning an Academy Award in the future. Follow Gar-Ye Lee on Twitter
Kyle Love, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer / Photographer
Kyle Love started his career as a model scout for car shows and car magazines like Modified Mag and Fast Stangs. Owner of Loveshack Customs, he created an aftermarket industry for General Motors’ forgotten step-child, Saturn.
The last few years have been spent scuba diving in Japan and filming the plethora of marine life that inhabit the breathtaking coral reefs of Okinawa. Having returned to the United States, he has returned to his passion of cars and photography and now enjoys writing for several tattoo and car magazines. Please welcome Kyle to the YBLTV Team.
Patrick Mackey, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Living in the Midwest, Patrick find enjoyment in a wide variety of things.
Whether photographing a serene image in nature, or composing a beautiful image in your mind. Anything is possible with the right mindset.
Check out Patrick’s first Product Review on YBLTV.
Patrick is looking forward to reviewing your next hot tech gear or gadget on YBLTV. Follow Patrick Mackey on Twitter.
Gregory Marinacci, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Greg is a Bay Area native who recently graduated with a B.A in Sociology from Notre Dame de Namur University. He enjoys researching technological trends and writing about the ways they shape our experiences in society. On his time off he enjoys volunteering for non-profit organizations, while assisting disadvantaged communities within San Francisco. He enjoys listening to and recording music, following his favorite sports teams (SF Giants, SJ Sharks, and GS Warriors), and playing Destiny. His goal is to lead a simple peaceful lifestyle that translates into positive relationships with those around him.
James F. Mattil, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer / Photographer
James Mattil is a freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, NV. Previously, James has been a technology entrepreneur, environmentalist and U.S. State Department official based at Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. His eclectic background reflects his insatiable curiosity and ability to tackle new challenges.
He has received feature coverage on CBS News 20/20 and 60 Minutes and testified at congressional hearings on ozone depletion and Iraq corruption. James is also a lifelong ice hockey player and sports fan who hopes to see a National Hockey League team in Las Vegas.
William R. McClure, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
William is a comptetent, skilled and focus-driven professional. He is an effective decision-maker, able to quickly evaluate available alternatives in a logical manner. Excellent interpersonal communication skills, coupled with the ability to establish and maintain rapport with all levels of executives, VIP’s, clients and management.
Proven background at high levels of leadership, team building, planning, organizing and problem-solving all of which realized significant contributions to bottom-line results. One of the newest members to the Team and is excited to come on board as a YBLTV Writer/Reviewer with a focus on Consumer Goods.
LaMetra Miller, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Currently obtaining a Bachelor degree in Journalism Media from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, LaMetra has enjoyed working as a reporter/writer. Some of her responsibilities have included conducting phone interviews for online articles and attending beat meetings for future stories to be developed. LaMetra is also a Producer/Social Media Coordinator KUNV FM HD1 and Radio Host Rebel HD2.
As an online web content writer for Virtual-Rebel.com, LaMetra gathered sources for completion of web articles. In Chicago, she worked as a Camera Operator for Chicago Cable Access.
Glenn Nelson, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Although I am an adult with quite a bit on my plate, I still enjoy the downtime of playing a video game versus hitting the nightclub. Anything electronic interests me and I am a political nerd who has an infatuation with presidential history.
Living and growing up in Los Angeles, and having been afforded the opportunity to travel to many different parts of the US, I feel that I can relate to the many different perspectives of people in varying regions.
Wolfgang Nava, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Wolfgang is passionate about video games and all things entertainment.
His dream is to one day run a video game company.
But first he would like to start off running social media for a small company. Then, after all that he would like to segway that into teaching and develop a class that is all about media.
Randy Nelson, YBLTV Contributing Guest Reporter
Hailing from Chicago’s Windy City, Mr. Nelson joined YBLTV at this year’s Nightclub & Bar Show 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. He enjoyed interviewing Barbo’s, VP Sales & Marketing, Theodore Dannerth and munching on some delicious Sin City Cupcakes with Co-Owners Lisa and Dannielle at NCB.
Randy’s favorite TV Shows include The Game on BET, 106 & Park and Frist 48. He also enjoys watching Criminal Minds. Mr. Nelson is a member of The Chicago Fury, a Chicago Based ABA Semi-Pro basketball team.
Cary Nickerson, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer / Photographer
Cary Nickerson is a UNLV student and aspiring, professional photographer.
As a member of the YBLTV Team, she is excited to contribute her thoughts on a wide range of products to help shape the way companies target consumers. Cary enjoys traveling and documenting her trips through photographs and personal blogs.
She is also a huge sports fan and an avid reader.
Francis Owusu, Camera
Director of Photography, Francis Owusu is a passionate, independent filmmaker. With a B.A. in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, Owusu graduated from the class of 2011.
His studies included screenwriting, video editing, audio production, motion graphics, lighting, audio visual, media, cinema effects, directing, visual audio, audio, video production, film aesthetics, character development, cinema studies, Photoshop for editors and script analysis.
Scott Pesqueira, Multimedia Producer / Director of Photography
Mr. Pesqueira is a local Las Vegas freelance videographer/ editor. He specializes in all aspects of video production. From pre-production to post-production and everything in between. Scott shoots and edits on broadcast quality equipment with a variety of lenses.
One of his most recent projects was working at Las Vegas’ wonderful SEMA show. In his spare time, Scott enjoys cars and traveling. He likes attending the city’s most diverse trade shows.
Ted Peterson, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
I’ve been in the game business for almost 25 years, designing games of practically every genre on practically every platform. I distinctly remember a conversation with co-workers about whether CD-ROM disks were really necessary, when you could just install a game with a dozen or so floppy disks. Oh, and if there were an error on installation, you just started over! What fun!
DIY Pipeline, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
DIY Pipeline is a Real Estate Broker who is often asked to recommend products, systems and local vendors for buyers and sellers. As a result, she’s added a new aspect to her real estate blog, and YBLTV reviews.
DIY reviews–dedicated to investigating, evaluating and reviewing products and systems that are practical, effective and reasonably priced for homeowners and sellers.
Kevin Rome, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Kevin is a 20 years old, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently attending The Art Institute of Las Vegas in which he is obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 3D Animation. He has been working with Autodesk Maya for about 6 years.
Kevin’s dream job for the future would be to land a job at Pixar or Disney Animation; however, as long as he is working with 3D he is content. Kevin also has a background in working with several Adobe products such a Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.
Kim Wojciechowski, YBLTV Photographer / Writer / Reviewer
Currently residing near Las Vegas, where she has lived her entire life, Kim enjoys spending time at home either with her pets or taking care of some gardening.
She is a Photographer and an Assistant for YBLTV’s Jack X with running his business as a freelance recording technician and with his job as a YBLTV Writer / Reviewer.
Kim can be found in person during conventions when both her and Jack X are in attendance together. Kim’s pen name is Kim Rose.
Angela Rosetti, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Angela is a 23 year old broadcasting professional with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. She has been working in and around Las Vegas for most of her life and is familiar with the unique nature of the city.
She returned to Las Vegas and began working in the casino industry soon after graduating early from college. She is now looking for a career that incorporates her passion for both writing and electronics. Angela has several years of writing experience and has written articles, press releases, and has also created posters/brochures.
Dan Ryder, Multimedia Producer
Dan Ryder hails from chilly Canada… but has hung his hat for the last ten or so years in sunny Sherman Oaks, CA. Dan is a creative individual – plain and simple. He love to bring his highly-creative strategic skills to any project on any medium.
Mr. Ryder’s love for film and media covers a wide range – from fast-paced action to thrillers, comedies and more. Dan is also an accomplished screenwriter. In his spare time, you might catch a glimpse of Dan on an ice rink. He enjoyed many years as a professional hockey player.
Chris Anaid Salas Martos, YBLTV Contributing Guest Reporter
Chris Salas was born in Los Angeles California, but has lived most of her life in Mexico. Some of her high school years and college were also spent in Texas where she discovered a passion for photography. Ms. Salas’ purpose is to become a great, dedicated filmmaker. The artists she has met so far have taught her many valuable lessons.
With an interest in modeling, Ms. Salas wishes to expand her opportunities working with different companies. She is excited to have the opportunity to interview guests on YBLTV and learn more about the many innovating products she encounters.
Ellen Saravis, YBLTV Contributing Guest Writer
Originally from Boston, Ellen Saravis has a multi-faceted portfolio of work in the technical and creative industry. With a background in Communications from Emerson College, Ellen is an Entrepreneur whose career has included blogging, speaking and coaching. Ellen is a Woman in Technology, owning a Technology Solutions firm called Cybertek Networks based in Henderson, NV, that supports small to medium-sized companies utilize technology to be more profitable.
Ellen is very involved in local and National groups that support Women in Technology, and Girls in Tech. She is a frequent contributor, guest reporter, writer and blogger on many local & national online publications.
Jessika S. Saunders, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Jessika S. Saunders was born and raised near Durham, North Carolina. She loves books, art, and new technology. Jessika got her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Creative Writing – Fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Jessika’s love of technology flourished during her 2.5 year stay in Japan, where she saw her first washer/dryer combo machine in 2009 and a microwave oven that was used more as an oven than a microwave.
Although these items may not have been unique to Japan, they caused Jessika to pay attention to what was out there for the first time. Jessika has a love for electronics and new technology. Her goal as a product reviewer is to discover and explore what the new age has to offer and share it with the world. Follow Jessika on Twitter and Like Jessika on Facebook.
Eric Sheffield, YBLTV Anchor / Writer
My name is Eric Sheffield and I was born in 1983 in Lakewood, New Jersey. Before the Garden State could have any profound effect on my development, my family moved to North Carolina. Thus, I spent my formative years in a small town on the coast named Morehead City that to this day remains one of the few remaining places on the East Coast virtually untouched by gentrification. Small town life almost forces one to be creative or else go mad with boredom. But by the end of high school, having reached the limits of creativity’s ability to save me from going insane, I hit the road and went directly to the other side of the country, landing in Santa Barbara, CA – literally drove coast to coast – there I went to school at the City College and wrote a prizewinning essay that was awarded and published in the College’s annual publication. It was then I cemented my desire to write for a living.
I transferred to the University of California, at Davis, obtained my Bachelor’s in English and moved right back down to Southern CA. I worked for Verizon and Bank of America but more importantly hiked over 31 major peaks and trails from LA to Gaviota north of Santa Barbara. I kept writing. Then, I was laid off by Bank of America and found that it was a blessing masquerading as a curse. I followed the fundamental spirit that drives me to the road once again and found myself in Las Vegas, NV which I believe is one of the last true American frontiers. I think I’ve found home, again.
Tyler Stefanelli, Multimedia Producer
Currently, just a small time filmmaker in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tyler hopes to be a Director or DP someday. Tyler’s inspiration derives from his grandfather who owned his own production company years ago and sparked his interest in the film & TV industry.
Tyler loves creating film projects. An avid editor and cameraman, he’s got a terrific eye for composition and a knack for storytelling.
When not attending school at College of Southern Nevada, he enjoys playing the guitar.
Parker Szelag, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
My name is Parker I love to write about useful things I can use in gaming and or high-end products that can improve me experience on my computer. I have been building computers at the age of 16 and I am critical when reviewing Video games as well as software. I have a lot of experience in film so I would enjoy filming products that I review.
I believe presentation is very important for a company. I love to research and understand a lot about products before I buy them, I would focus my attention to not only the obvious things but the simple unique things that make products special and stand out. I hope to give insight and constructive criticism on products to help consumers find the best product for them.
Washington Thompson III, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Hailing from Las Vegas, Washington fell in love with technology around the same time he entered school.
Determined to be the first to try something new, Washington is the go to guy when questions about something new hits the market.
A lover of video games, books, everything apple and so much in between, Washington finds interest in the world we live in.
One of the newest members to the YBLTV Team, please welcome him aboard!
Lori Blackwell, Creative Consultant
Lori is a former ad executive and creative director. She has worked extensively in radio/TV and print advertising for consumer products. Agency affiliations have included: Leo Burnett; Foote, Cone and Belding; Grey Advertising; Campbell-Mithun.
Other experience includes: writer/producer for radio/tv programming & pilots. Lori is also a Real Estate Broker and investor. She provides creative consulting and business development for YBLTV.
Lori, who lives in the Midwest actually loves Chicago’s cold weather. An avid reader, a race walker in all seasons, a tech lover, a writer of children’s books, are just some of the things that define Lori’s active lifestyle. Reviewing is her newest interest but she is particular about the products she reviews, choosing to select products that promise a great deal. Her thrust is determining if the product actually can deliver the main selling directives and if they are capable of seeing expanded usage.
Mohammed Waheed, IT Consultant
Mohammed Waheed is pleased to provide IT consulting for YBLTV.com. Mr. Waheed attended Arkay College of Engineering and Technology in Bodhan, India.
His professional skills include: Database Administrator, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Reporting Services. Mr. Waheed currently resides in Rolling Meadows, IL.
K.K. Watts, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
K.K. Watts hails from Kentucky, and covers tech and music industry gear for YBLTV.
He has worked as a journalist at news publications and in media relations.
He owned a digital media business, and spent more than seven years managing communications for a large IT enterprise. You can follow him on Twitter at @Wattsupingear.
Daniel Murillo, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Daniel Murillo is a freelance photographer located in fabulous, Las Vegas, Nevada. He was exposed to different forms of art through the friends and acquaintances in his environment at a young age.
After doing fun shoots with friends at the age of 18, he took it upon himself to buy his first camera and begin taking lifestyle & portraiture photos. He continues daily to expand his presence within the city to ultimately start his own business.
Erik Valainis, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Erik’s expansive background is in biomedical engineering. He is a native to Las Vegas. Erik’s area of focus on YBLTV is in medical / health and consumer electronics.
He was a former scientific programmer at Stanford University Medical Center and also a former rehab engineer at Desert Rehabilitation Center.
At Valley Medical Supply, he worked as a rehabilitation engineer.
Erik’s fascination and interest in the biomedical field leads him to attend various industry trade shows in Las Vegas, NV
C. Imani Williams, YBLTV Wrter / Reviewer
C. Imani Williams is a freelance writer and social/human justice activist. She holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University.
A Queer Black Womanist, Imani uses her voice to raise awareness in efforts to help empower others. Her work has been published in Pride Source Between the Lines, Tucson Weekly, The Michigan Citizen, Harlem Times and with various popular culture, health, news blogs and magazines including Dope Magazine, For Harriet, and KollideTV.com.
Imani is published in Poets & Allies For Resistance 2015 Anthology, She provided the foreword for “Intimacy” Shannon Ford-Jefferson (2016), and shared insight in “Unconditional” A comprehensive guide for parents of LGBTQ youth (2017) – Telaina Eriksen.
The Detroit, Michigan native is a co-founder of Marijuana Melanites, an admin for Writers-Black Art Connected, and a Speakers Bureau member with Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N). She lives for good ice cream, grits with salt and cheese, humanistic and feeling essays, and lovely gifts of poetry. She resides on the west coast. Follow C. Imani Williams on Twitter.
Josh Woodward, Camera / Editor
A recent graduate of Ivy Tech State college located in Indiana, Josh went to school with a strong interest in the video production process. While his classes revolved around a basic understanding of web, graphics, and fine art photography, Josh soon developed a keen interest in editing and production work.
Coming from a small town, Josh is just excited to be apart anyway he can here in the entertainment capital of the world so he can further develop his skills and contribute to creative projects with YBLTV.COM.
Joseph Wozniak, YBLTV Multimedia Producer / A/V Tech Specialist
Woz grew up with a gadget-loving grandmother and a rocket-scientist dad in the deserts of Southern California. In High School, an Advanced Broadcast Journalism course blended his tech lust with a love of Music and Television to focus his life on configuration and repair of entertainment tech, as well as content creation.
His experience with retail electronics and A/V Tech took him to Las Vegas where he ran the repair department at a small music store before getting involved with programming large-scale LED video walls for live events.
With the help of smart and creative friends teaming up on fun opportunities, the home recording studio he always maintained inevitably evolved into a hub of video production.
For several years now Woz has found Las Vegas to be an incredible place to organize crews, shoot and edit some truly legendary events, such as the official footage of the annual Las Vegas Car Starts Parade, the Sin City Halloween Parade, various events at LV Abbey Road Crossing, America’s Toy Scout, Media and Design trade shows, and countless flavors of live music performance.
Jack X, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Jack X grew up for most of his childhood as the son of a member of the military and never staying in one place for long. This early life has given him focus and clarity in whatever he does. He has visited many parts of the world with the experience instilling a love and respect for other cultures. Jack X currently resides near Las Vegas, Nevada.
A professional within the audio industry, Jack X will uses this expertise in reviewing equipment for audio experts and the hardcore audio files. When not working with or writing about audio technology, Jack X also dabbles in his love for gaming. As he continues to pass that pesky level or boss that has plagued him for so long. This experience he puts to good use as he reviews games and the technology that coincides with the gaming industry from a gamers perspective.
Follow Jack X on Twitter at twitter.com/jackx_13 Game developers are asked to provide both a Playstation (PS 3/4) console version and PC/Mac version of developing games for review if available. As both versions will be reviewed for any changes due to different platforms.