Our organization is a non-profit entity organized to educate media professionals and the public at large about one of the most important industries affecting all citizens: Media. News, information, business, entertainment, education, communications and much, much more are delivered through an ever expanding plethora of media. Through lectures, meetings, mentorship and events about the Media Industry we help everyone understand and stay at the top of an ever-changing, highly competitive industry. Our regular monthly meetings feature industry experts sharing cutting edge information in technology, creativity, business marketing, etc. As a non-profit CA corporation and an IRS approved 501c3 charity, we serve the general public and professionals working in every area of the media. Our mission is to be a resource for anyone interested in professional media, the regional media community and society at large by providing information via various events, the internet and other initiatives.
We are a brand-new organization, created by respected industry leaders with, among other credits, being the first to produce the famous interactive gathering known as MediaProCamp. Our website, www.SoCalMediaPros.org offers media news, information and opinion and is designed to be a central point of reference. Our newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 people across Southern California with an average of 15 to 24 issues a year. We also run a Meetup Group of the same name which we use as outreach to promote events and educational gatherings. Our non-profit volunteer organization takes a leadership role working with professional media organizations,businesses and civic groups in Southern California, often bringing the public and Media Professionals in the area together for events, roundtables and/or good works.
Our service to the community depends on the number of good people who join us to help. Please join us as a Supporting Member. Go to: http://www.socalmediapros.org/join or click on the Join Today icon in the right column of our front page.
Officers and Board Members serve 2 year terms and may be re-elected. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact the president.
Officers and Board of Directors of SoCal Media Pros
President: Larry Stimson
Larry Stimson is the General Manager of ShowMe, a Multimedia Company. ShowMe is involved in all forms of media including application design, web design and streaming media. Larry also has experience on both sides of the camera, not only as operator and editor but actor and voice-over talent as well. He crafted the LA/OC MediaProCamp 2015 video as well as a number of online video tutorials. Larry served as the last president of the LA/OC Chapter of MCAI and is currently the first president of the new SoCal Media Pros.
Vice President/President Elect: Joe Nagle
The proprietor of Joe's Speak Easy Voice Overs has successfully combined his two passions into one business: Voice-overs and BEER! Actually, the beer is just a hobby but it sure works as a memorable marketing device. And everyone who's taken a sip raves about it! Clients are equally enthusiastic about Joe Nagle's talent. While very versitile, Joe speializes in narration of animated explainer videos; e-learning courses; audio books; and corporate and industrial training films. He's also an inveterate volunteer and can be seen at the registration table of most of our events.
Treasurer: Art Kirsch
Filmmaker Art Kirsch is the founder and publisher of SoCalShowbiz.com. As well as being a respected producer, he is a business manager and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County and currently serves as our organization's Treasurer. Art has served on various other industry Boards of Directors including OC Screenwriters Association and OC MultiMedia Association. Art is a past Chapter President of the old MCAI-OC.
Secretary: John W. Coleman
John is the Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications. A producer, director, writer and media consultant for over 25 years, he works in all media. Twin Oaks serves needs of businesses large and small with everything from newsletters and video press releases to web-based marketing and sales support communications. The company also serves as developer of television programming for syndication, cable and the internet. He is a long-time member of te Directors Guild of America (DGA,) past chapter president of the old MCAI-OC and also served on the National Board of Directors for that organization
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza
Voice Artist and coach, Anne Ganguzza, has recorded for a long list of clients including ad agencies, production companies, corporations and government entities. She is the founder and doyenne of the networking and talent support group, VO Peeps. In that capacity Anne also administrates the VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created and which has awarded scholarships totaling over $30,000. Currently, in between recording sessions Anne is vo2gogo.com’s Instructor in Orange County CA and teaches the vo2gogo curriculum and day long intensives in the Irvine, CA location. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in corporate and educational training, and has been successfully mentoring and coaching voiceover students for over three years.
Member at Large: Brian Page
While serving as a member at large on our board, Brian has in the past also served as President of the MediaCommunicaitions Association-international (MCA-i.) Brian is a successful VO talent, an actor, stage director and sound designer. He works thorugh his company Vocal Images and Brian Page Voiceovers. Brian is in demand as an MC and on-camera host for events and shows of every kind.
Member at Large: Tom Smith
A California native, Tom is an in-demand producer, director and Director of Photography (DP). His company, Thomas Smith Productions has won numerous awards and Tom has written, produced and directed numerous projects in and around So Cal with credits from as far away as Arizona, Colorado and Texas.