Growing up a Navy brat in California, I've basically been in love with visual storytelling since I was 9 years old, due to my dad taking me to car races that he loved to photograph. This led me from the typical school newspaper/yearbook photographer to having my own photography business shooting daycares, weddings, and sports. I still maintain my photographic skills, but not for work.
I stepped into the world of tv with a ground floor position helping to build the physical station KJTL in Wichita Falls, Texas and then transitioned to Master Control. From there I worked my way up to Creative Services which interacted with store owners to formulate ideas in developing a commerical for their business. This coupled with my photographic skills led me to becoming the Chief Videographer.
My wife took a job in San Antonio with the FOX station and landed at the PBS station KLRN as a videographer/editor. We were only there for 1 year when she landed a job at WFAA which allowed me to start freelancing in DFW.
I worked with different clients off and on here but my mainstay was for Pat Summerall productions where I was required to travel on my own as a videographer/producer/lighting/audio all over the US and Canada. I freelanced for about 4.5 years until the aftermath of 9/11 finally took its toll on the industry.
This is when I took at job as a video producer for AAFES headquarters in Dallas. I did get to travel internationally to produce but I was not able to edit as I wanted.
So I jumped at the producer/videographer position for LIFE Outreach Int'l since this would allow me more international travel, editing and producing videos as well as continuing to shoot video. This August will be 15 years here doing what I love to do.
Video editing on Adobe Premiere Pro - 10+ years
Still photography - 10+ years
Videography - 10+ years
Photoshop - 10+ years
On-camera video host
2005 – Present
At LIFE I travel overseas to shoot and produce video of needs for water, food and combating human trafficking. Getting that video back to the studio we edit on Adobe Premiere Pro where we are required to write VO, select on-camera talent sound bites, music, graphics and the overall ‘feel' of the what we call roll-ins for LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison.
2004 – 2005
I was one of two video producers for AAFES headquarters in Dallas, Texas. This entailed conceptualizing video pieces for the AAFES Armed Forces Network. We would work with the freelance editors to then get the final video done.
1999 – 2004
Freelance Videographer in the DFW metroplex. Worked for various individual producers and production houses. This included working for Pat Summerall Productions where I traveled to 47 US States and Canada shooting, producing, and lighting corporate videos as a 1 man operation. I shot interviews and b-roll within an 8 hour day having to make decisions on the fly because none of these were visited before my arrival.
1985 – 1999
KJTL FOX 18 TV station. I worked in Master Control, Creative Services, and commercial production as the Chief Videographer.
This is a YouTube show that I developed with a friend and co-worker which highlights all aspects of the cigar culture. We go to B&M shops to have a conversation with the owner or manager which gives insight to the unique qualities of their establishment.
This is a cigar society that I started that allows fellow cigar smokers (BOTL/SOTL) to hang out together at various shops to HERF. I set up meetings with area brand reps to give our members special deals for that month. October of last year I organized our year-end celebration with a raffle that raised $2580 for Canines for Veterans organization. I maintain our presence on Facebook and Instagram.
As a cigar enthusiast, one of the traditional beverages to drink of course is, coffee. I do love a good... robust...oily cup of coffee with a cigar. I even had a friend that owns Volunteer Coffee in Lake Worth, Texas make a coffee blend for my Texas Cigar Roadshow called 'Oil Slick'. When it's not coffee, it's a good craft beer or whiskey. At my current job, my office is where several co-workers come to get coffee other than what is offered in the break room.
I have been married 26 years to my bride. We have 4 children together. Our oldest son is a father of 3 and works for Spectrum on the business side as well as being in the Army National Guard as 88M. Our middle son is a cancer survivor and is now a father of 2 girls while working for Atmos Energy. Our youngest son is an Army Ranger but is now a contract worker overseas. Our daughter was married last year and she is working as a physical therapy tech as well as continuing to help me run and teach at my karate school House of Courage Karate.
I have owned and operated a Christian karate school in Cedar Hill, Texas since 2008. My daughter and I developed a system we call Shinja Yuuki Ryu. (Christian Courage) We teach kids 4-6 years, 7-15 years and adults. This is a blended system of Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu, Judo and Kenpo. So if you need someone to break a brick for you... I'm your man!
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