Brent Angle, Cinesys.IO, CTO
Current CTO, Brent Angle helped form Cinesys.IO with the goal of focusing on strong engineering services and consulting to support broadcast, post-production, VFX, animation, and film customers.
Angle currently manages a team that includes engineering support staff and data system integrators, as well as custom engineering design and software development. He realized early on that the ever-changing standards and formats of manufacturers would create a demand for a higher level of expertise in the implementation of infrastructure to support the networking, workflow, storage, and archiving of massive digital files. He knew it would be an important part of the industry’s future, and thus began a focused effort to build relationships and partnerships with the key partners and vendors that influence this business sector.
Paul Bonar, Game Creek Video, VP, Engineering Solutions
Paul Bonar has been in the television industry for over 40 years. He started working at Game Creek Video in 1997 after stints at Challenger Productions, Winner Communications, and VTE Mobile.
Since 1997, Bonar, joined by Jason Taubman, oversaw the design, construction, and launch of over sixty television production units and support trailers. His special focus was the ergonomic design and layout for some of the most successful production units ever. Under his watch, Game Creek launched the first completely router centric truck, Southern Cross in 2002; the first successful truck-to-truck fiber connection in Game Creek’s FX trucks in 2007; the first IP routing system in a mobile unit in Encore in 2015; and the first all IP routing system in Yogi in 2017.
Bonar has won four technical Emmy awards, including the George Wensil Technical Achievement Award in 2017. Trucks that have been designed and built by Bonar have produced events that have won dozens of Emmy awards.
Roy Burns, IMT, VP, Media Solutions
Roy Burns has over 18 years of experience advising clients in the media and entertainment sector. After graduating from Musicians Institute in 2002, he stayed on as a professor of Recording Theory, and Pro Tools 101 until 2008 when he joined Crown Media Family Networks as director of media operations.
At Crown, Burns owned the development and implementation of media asset management leveraging both on-premise and cloud-based architectures. During his tenure, Crown Media’s original content creation grew by more than 400% and saw the launch of two additional 24-hour networks, as well as their OTT and SVOD initiatives.
Today, Burns is on the forefront of emerging media workflows and technologies. He is an active member of both SMPTE and HPA. At IMT, Burns is a member of the Advanced Consulting Team with a primary focus on MAM and workflow orchestration. He partners with clients to map their current and future media workflows and define best practices, as well as recommend and implement scalable, forward looking solutions.
Dave Caulwell, Riedel Communications, Channel Manager, North America
Dave Caulwell has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of event technology and production, with a heavy background in video production. Prior to joining Riedel in 2016 as business development manager, he held both technical and management roles, planning and supporting live events for many high-end corporate clients. Caulwell was also responsible for strategic direction and guidance, as well as securing new business for several live event companies. Before that, as an operations manager at NEP’s New Century Productions, Caulwell not only oversaw mobile production units serving major sports and entertainment broadcasters, but also negotiated key contract extensions, and finally, served on the integration team responsible for bringing new mobile production companies into the NEP family. Now, as channel manager at Riedel North America, Caulwell strives to grow their valuable channel partners through a strategy of relationships, education, and support. He also strives to further expand Riedel’s presence in the markets they serve.
Brandon Costa, SVG, Director of Digital
Brandon Costa covers the sports video production industry with a focus on live streaming, over-the-top (OTT), social media, and other digital distribution technologies and platforms. He also directs SVG’s internal digital strategies launching the company’s video outfit, ‘SVG On Demand,’ designing and overseeing its mobile application, ‘SVG Mobile,’ and serving as executive producer and host of The SVG Podcast. Costa serves as program director of networking events serving the SVG College and SVG Digital communities. Prior to his time at SVG, Costa spent five years producing digital content for MLB Advanced Media.
Anthony Cuellar, Diversified, SVP of Global Marketing
Anthony Cuellar has a passion for people, technology, and the innovation the two can create. As a business leader, he has spent his entire career in sales, sales management, and marketing working for large manufacturers and system integrators specializing in IT, AV, and broadcast technologies. In his leadership roles, Cuellar has been responsible for developing and executing sales and marketing business initiatives to drive revenue at every level.
As AV industry veteran, Cuellar has consulted and implemented many changes in the broadcast, AV, and IT markets. The diversity of his clients such as Disney, DreamWorks, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, Google, and Cisco, both domestically and internationally, has prepared him for the unique challenges of navigating the market dynamics for integration and collaboration on a global scale.
Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor
Jason Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations, including the thrice-weekly SVG Insider newsletter and SVG’s annual print publications. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as program director for SVG’s RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT event. Prior to joining SVG, he spent three years covering local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and two years on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information Department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also earned a B.A. in media communications and cinema studies.
Liz Davis, Diversified, VP, Media Workflow Group
With 12 years of industry experience, Liz Davis has a background that incorporates film, TV production, and digital media development utilizing emerging technologies. Using her experience in business development, while combining her vast knowledge of the media industry, Davis encapsulates both technology and programmatic strategy to achieve key business goals. Specializing in creative technology workflows, storage and infrastructure for media and content creation, her key achievements include: helping Thomson Reuters monetize a 30-year content archive, utilizing ML technology, and creating co-branding partnerships with IBM; executive producing and developing a digital strategy for complex media during its merger with Verizon 360 and Heart Media; and for Time Warner, developing a digital strategy and content for a global rebrand and experiential content surrounding Spectrum Reach (B2B).
Rich Eilers, Canon U.S.A., National Accounts Sales Director
Rich Eilers is the national accounts sales director for Canon U.S.A.’s Professional Products Sales and Engineering Group. A veteran of the broadcast business and Canon, he has been leading the company’s strategic approach to the sports production market. Serving in a number of field and sales management positions over his tenure, Eilers has been coordinating and managing the support efforts by Canon for over 25 years at the largest sports events the industry handles.
Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, COO
Nick Garvin is the chief operating officer for Mobile TV Group (MTVG). This includes all strategic partnerships, management of all day-to-day operations for its mobile unit fleet covering over 4,000 live events annually, and its audio/video manufacturing facility called Colorado Studios. MTVG has led live 4K HDR productions in the U.S. covering the PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, UFC, college football, entertainment, and corporate events for many of the top Fortune 500 companies.
Garvin is also the founder of Stackup, an education technology company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver metrics on students reading and learning on the web to K-12 school districts around the United States. Stackup is among few certified Google partners, and his work on this technology put him into the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018.
Garvin holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the Eller College of Management, along with an executive education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristian Hernandez, SVG, Associate Editor and Social Media Manager
Kristian Hernandez handles day-to-day construction of the SVG Insider newsletter, oversees all social media content distribution, and covers various sports technology topics for Sports Video Group. In addition, he is the program director for the annual SVG Venue Summit and the Teams Summit.
Before joining SVG, Hernandez served as co-founder of CHC-TV, the first student-run television studio at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. While at CHC, Hernandez produced a daily sports show named “On the Hill with Hernandez” — covering all men’s and women’s athletics for the college. Also, Hernandez spearheaded the college’s newspaper, “The Griffin”, as its sports editor. Hernandez graduated with a B.A. in communications. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he currently lives in Queens, NY.
Barry Katz, NEP Studios, SVP and GM
As senior vice president and general manager, Barry Katz has played a key role in leading the business development, client management, staff development, and studio design and build for NEP Studios since joining in 2006. Today, he focuses on identifying innovative, end-to-end solutions from across NEP’s Broadcast Services and Live Events businesses to meet their clients’ unique production needs.
Prior to joining NEP, Katz held senior sales positions at All Mobile Video, the National Video Center, and Unitel New York, in addition to serving as general manager of Bexel-New York. At Bexel, he opened the company’s first-ever rental office outside of its headquarters office; the office he started soon became one of the most successful rental operations in the country, exceeded only by the rental office within headquarters itself.
Katz believes that NEP’s dual commitment to outstanding client service and outstanding employee satisfaction is what sets it apart in the marketplace — and it is NEP’s culture of respect and excellence, across all divisions, from top to bottom, that fuels its continued success. He is proud to be part of NEP not only because of his top-notch studio staff, but because of the integrity and spirit of his colleagues across the entire company.
Katz received his B.A. from Queens College and his M.A. from Brooklyn College, and was an adjunct faculty member at Long Island’s CW Post College for many years. He is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Queens College Business Advisory Board, as well as the board of Soldier On At Home, a non-profit that supports wounded combat veterans with job assistance and daily needs, as well as returning service dogs and working dogs who accompany veterans with special needs.
Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial
Ken Kerschbaumer is co-executive director of editorial services for the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He was a co-founder of SVG along with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter in 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991. Kerschbaumer began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was founding editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he joined Broadcasting & Cable magazine as senior editor of technology where he covered all aspects of broadcasting, cable, and internet content creation and distribution.
Megan Kirst, Broadcast Management Group, SVP of Engineering
Throughout the years Megan Kirst has spent time working for Sony Electronics. At Sony, she managed the equipment, installation, and enormous wire-listing database for the Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Her duties at Sony also encompassed system design and engineering and led to roles as senior project manager and engineer of broadcast facilities all over the country. Some of the systems Kirst oversaw include MTV, QVC, CBS NEWS, FOX TV, DirecTV and more.
Kirst started her own integration company following her Sony tenure and brought her years of expertise to Varian Semiconductor, for whom she designed a remote video conferencing system that could be used in semiconductor clean rooms all over the world. The Remote Assist allowed engineers in Gloucester, MA to instantly troubleshoot problems with semiconductor manufacturing equipment without having to travel around the world to the customer’s facility. This remote video conferencing system was featured in Forbes magazine as an innovative way to support customers. Other projects for global video have included San Francisco Community Television Center, Berkeley Community Television, Oracle, a 53-ft mobile exhibit trailer for the National Park Service, a 30-ft Production trailer for Atomic TV, Bally’s marquis sign in Las Vegas, video conference rooms at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and many more.
In 2018, Kirst managed the build-out and switchover to HD for ZIZ, the National Broadcasting Corporation of St. Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean; as well as the complete design, construction, and placement of an on-board video and radio system on the US NAVY’s CVN-79 aircraft carrier, the John F. Kennedy.
Kirst is proficient in all areas of project management, engineering, master control automation, production trucks, camera shading, EIC, and troubleshooting down to component level. She brings her extensive skills in all aspects of engineering development, planning, installation, and support to Broadcast Management Group’s worldwide clientele.
Andrew Lahey, Ross Video, Manager, Solutions Specialists, Global Sports and Live Events
Andrew Lahey, a graduate of California Lutheran University with a degree in multimedia, has been working in the sports broadcast industry since 2009. Splitting his time between producing and engineering live events, Lahey has worked a gamut of shows, from high school and collegiate level sports broadcasts, to on-location studio shows for the UFC and Strikeforce. Beginning his career at Ross as a trainer and demo artist in 2014, he became a specialist in production switchers and the XPression Graphics system. In 2017, Lahey moved to the Sports & Live Events team as a global solutions specialist.
Now as a team manager, Lahey uses his experience to lead the Solutions team to develop successful workflows, and project manage both large venue deployments and specialized events around the world.
Jonathan Lyth, ES Broadcast, Group Chief Technical Officer, ES Media Group
Jonathan Lyth joined ES Broadcast as technical director in 2017, heading up the company’s system integration division alongside projects director Chris Williams, before taking up the role of group chief technical officer in 2020.
His 20-plus years of experience delivering innovative systems integration projects in multiple broadcast disciplines across the globe has given Jonathan Lyth insight into almost every type of broadcast install.
Lyth’s systems career began on the shop floor as a wiring apprentice before working his way up to lead project engineer and systems manager roles with two UK-based systems integrators. For the last decade or more he has led large-scale systems teams working on a broad range of integration projects. Lyth’s technical knowledge is encyclopedic, having undertaken a vast range of manufacturer courses. He is APM Level D-qualified in project management and has completed CPD courses in leadership, management, and presentation skills.
Lyth provides technical leadership, project delivery, and proposals expertise across the ES Media Group. From establishing the scope of a project to final delivery, he ensures that the equipment choice and systems design delivers the precise functionality required. He has a proven track record in designing systems architecture that meets the precise needs of clients, having delivered more than 200 vehicle-based projects, and a similar number of fixed installations, including MCR/TX and play-out facilities, studios, and post production suites.
More recent projects have put Lyth in the realms of UHD, IP contribution, and remote production. He is eager to help more clients embrace the challenges of these new technologies in a manner that brings realistic and tangible benefits.
More than that, Lyth’s role is extremely commercially focused and is essential to ensuring ES Media Group remains not just at the forefront of innovation, but also understands how that is then monetized. To that end, he heads up the future technology task-force within the group.
Keith Martin, Game Creek Video, Engineering Project Manager
Scott Nardelli, NEP Integrated Solutions, SVP and GM
Scott Nardelli has been a pioneer in the development, use, and implementation of optical technology in broadcasting, which has transformed the industry into what it is today. In September 2002, Nardelli formed an alliance with Bexel in response to the growing need for fiber optic solutions in the broadcast market. He later joined Bexel in 2008 as chief business development officer to capitalize on the increasing need for alliances and partnerships while overseeing the Bexel Fiber Optic Solutions group.
Following the growth of Bexel’s infrastructure business, Bexel formed Bexel ESS under Nardelli’s direction to serve the media, broadcast, sports, and entertainment markets with traditional and bespoke integrated solutions including the design and integration of sports facilities, game day technology, and other unique systems utilized in sports production and league operations.
Today as a part of NEP, Nardelli leads the NEP Integrated Solutions division, which provides the full breath of NEP products and services to enterprises, institutions, media companies, sports leagues, and facilities worldwide. In addition to infrastructure and systems integration, NEP Integrated Solutions has grown to include managed services and design/build capability.
Nardelli is a graduate of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mason Pierce, Key Code Media, Senior Solutions Architect
Mason Pierce has over 10 years of experience working in all aspects of media and broadcast production. He began his career working for Tribune Media Group/Publishing with various technical roles.
Pierce eventually went on to manage a massive operation for Tribune which included a 4K post/editorial environment comprised of over 35 editors and three HD production studios. This operation managed numerous Chicago publications (Hoy, Chicago Magazine, Hartford Courant) with an in‐house video team including all pre‐production, production, and post‐production processes. Pierce was also in charge of making all technology decisions and oversaw all aspects of the facility, including systems administration and troubleshooting of any facility equipment (servers, studio/field production equipment, and workstations).
Recently, Pierce successfully designed and managed the integration of the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business as well as the Sysmex Center for learning. Both projects were multi‐million dollar new construction contracts with extremely complex workflows and tight deadlines. In additional to his skills on the broadcast and production side, Pierce also supports some of Key Code Media’s largest post production clients in the U.S.
Doug Price, CHESA, Senior Account Manager
Doug Price is the senior account manager for CHESA in the Central U.S., covering 17 states from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. CHESA offers consulting, design, system integration, and cloud services with white-glove service level offerings. Price, who has over 25 years of experience working in the media entertainment and sports production space, brings a wealth of thought leadership and experience to the CHESA team.
Brock Raum, BeckTV, Project Engineer
Brock Raum is a project engineer at BeckTV specializing sports venue and sports broadcast integration. He was previously the director of live production and broadcast technology for Notre Dame Athletics, where he oversaw live broadcast productions, as well as the university’s launch of the ACC Network. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Brock served as lead producer for the Kansas City Chiefs, where he created and maintained broadcast workflows and technical systems for the team’s live productions. He has experience with both IP and traditional baseband broadcast systems, and his producing and directing experience gives him a unique perspective on the systems integration market.
Brock is part of the board of directors for the Sports Creative Community and co-hosts Creativ (on iTunes and Spotify), a podcast focusing on the sports production industry.
Stuart Reynolds, Diversified, Director, Sports and Live Events
As a strategic member of Diversified’s Sports and Live Events specialty, Stuart Reynolds plays a balanced business development role for the team, helping deliver vital technology solutions to stadiums and arenas both at the professional and collegiate level. He brings 30 years of focused live video production engineering and facility design experience to the Diversified team, helping clients meet evolving fan experience demands. His personal resume includes project management and design engineering work for Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Hard Rock Stadium, Coors Field, Kauffman Stadium, Honda Center, Dickies Arena, Rio Tinto Stadium, Avaya Stadium, Peoria Sports Complex, and Colorado State University RAM Productions.
Kim Rometo, Miami Dolphins, VP and CIO
Kimberly Rometo enters her third season with the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium as vice president and chief information officer, responsible for managing and directing the technology initiatives and strategic direction of information technology. During her first year with the Miami Dolphins, she led data center modernization and cyber security hardening efforts in preparation for hosting Super Bowl LIV.
Rometo previously served as chief information officer at AmericasMart after holding several roles throughout the organization. She was responsible for developing and activating tools that enabled AmericasMart’s digital transformation. For this work, she was recognized as a 2018 “Women in Technology (WIT) Women of the Year” Awards Honoree. Rometo started her career with AT&T in the reputable management training solution sales program.
In July 2020, Rometo was named by the South Florida Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” honoree, which recognizes outstanding professionals for their leadership, success in business, and contributions to their communities.
Rometo earned her master’s degree in information and telecommunication systems and Bachelor of Science in communication at Ohio University. She serves on the CIO Council of South Florida and the Ohio University J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems Advisory Board.
Alex Rybalko, Gravity Media – USA, Director, Technology
Alex Rybalko works closely with technology and production partners to deliver the best possible service to their clients. An expert in at-home production models, Rybalko has played a key role in the development and delivery of such workflows in the North American market.
Since joining Gravity Media in 2018, Rybalko has held a technical leadership role at the US office in managing several key contracts. He worked with his team to design and integrate unique outside broadcast solutions and industry-leading studio facilities.
Prior to joining Gravity Media, Rybalko worked at Proshow Broadcast USA as chief engineer and EIC where he oversaw delivery of technical services for the Pac-12 Networks and ESPN.
Rybalkograduated with honors from the British Columbia Institute of Technology Broadcast and Communications program.
Bill Schlough, San Francisco Giants, SVP and CIO
Bill Schlough serves as SVP and chief information officer of the San Francisco Giants and chairman of the San Jose Giants.
Since Schlough’s arrival in 1999, the Giants have been recognized among the most innovative teams in sports. They were the first team to provide free Wi-Fi to all fans beginning in 2004, and Oracle Park is currently the home of the third largest and first 4K-capable video board in MLB. Schlough’s IT team has also supported the baseball operation in implementing an array of proprietary analytic tools that helped the team secure three World Series titles in recent years.
An Olympic enthusiast, Schlough served on the committees for San Francisco’s bids to host the 2012, 2016, and 2024 Olympic Games. His event experience includes assignments at the 1994 World Cup along with Olympics in Atlanta, Salt Lake, Torino, and PyeongChang.
Schlough was inducted into CIO.com’s “CIO Hall of Fame” in 2017, was named Trace3’s “2016 CIO Outlier of the Year”, InformationWeek’s “2012 IT Chief of the Year”, and is a Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” alumnus.
A San Francisco native and Ironman triathlete, Schlough holds a mechanical engineering degree from Duke and an M.B.A. from Wharton.
Joe Signorino, NEP Broadcast Services, VP, Systems Integration, U.S. Mobile Units
Joe Signornio has been an engineer with NEP for more than 30 years, beginning at NEP in 1988 as an engineer-in-charge. Since joining the company, he has worked as a technical manager, engineering manager, senior project engineer, and now is the vice president of systems integration. Awarded several Emmys throughout his career for his technical expertise, Signornio has also been instrumental in technical project management for top networks such as Turner, ESPN, CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as some of the largest televised events, including NASCAR racing, the NBA Playoffs, and the Super Bowl.
Signornio has developed creative engineering solutions, efficiencies, and communication guidelines that have benefited many NEP partners. While serving as an NEP engineering manager, he directed the transition from analog to digital 16:9 and to HD for Fox, NASCAR coverage on ESPN and NBC, SPEED, DirectTV, and Turner. Most recently, Signornio has been heading up NEP’s in-house integration, ensuring that each project is completed with the company’s exacting standards from start to finish. In this role, during the company’s latest mobile unit integrations, he has directed his team through the transition to IP audio, video, and communications systems.
Dave Van Hoy, Advanced Systems Group, President
Dave Van Hoy is president of Advanced Systems Group. A former facility chief engineer, he has more than 30 years of experience in the design, implementation, and support of technical systems in professional video, audio, and film facilities.
Van Hoy opened ASG in 1997 and under his leadership, it has become one of the largest designers and installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast.
Jeff Volk, Alpha Video, VP
Jeff Volk is VP of Alpha Video and the founding officer/director of the Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group. With 29 years of industry experience, 27 at Alpha Video, Volk has overseen the negotiation and installation of over 100 major sports venue technology integrations including control rooms, sound systems, broadcast infrastructures, A/V systems, and IPTV/digital signage solutions. Projects include the AAC Network production facilities for Temple and UCF, the production facility at the Las Vegas Raiders’ team headquarters, and the IP control room at Allegiant Stadium, amongst others. Volk uses his knowledge of technology, fan engagement, and team ROI to create technology environments that help better engage fans and drive revenue.
Peter Wehner, Mobile TV Group, Director of Engineering
Peter Wehner is the director of engineering for Mobile Television Group. His primary responsibilities are overseeing engineering for over 4,000 live events a year with a fleet of 25 mobile units and advancing new technologies.
Wehner is also an integral part in new mobile unit construction such as 39 FLEX, which was the first purpose-built 4K and high-dynamic-range mobile (HDR) unit built in the U.S. Mobile Television Group’s 39 FLEX has been used on many 4K and HDR productions such as Fox college football, the Masters, and several NBA games.
Prior to taking on the director of engineering role, Wehner was an engineer in charge for nine years and responsible for the early implementation of dual-feed production at Mobile Television Group.
Wehner is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with bachelor’s degrees in both radio-television and technical theater.
Will Wright, Gravity Media – USA, Director, Production and Content
As head of production and content and executive producer for Gravity Media in the USA, Will Wright is responsible for leading turnkey production packaging services and business development.
Wright is also responsible for producing and directing live events for Gravity Media and managing key relationships with broadcast network partners in his role as executive producer over Gravity Media’s productions.
Prior to joining Gravity Media, he served as vice president of business development for Rush Media Company, leading new business initiatives and partnerships while producing and directing productions across the USA.
Prior to Rush Media, Wright was head of production and coordinating producer for Golden Boy Promotions where he oversaw productions on multiple major networks. He was also on the executive team that oversaw the launch of many industry changing initiatives.
Bruce "Zip" Zieper, SOUTHWORKS, Business Development Director
An experienced technologist who has been involved in every element of product lifecycle from concept through to invention, development, launch and beyond, Bruce “Zip” Zieper has more than 20 years of product management and customer success experience in video content management, streaming and video conferencing, and unified communications.
Zieper works with SOUTHWORKS sports, media, and entertainment clients to craft software solutions that create great experiences for viewers, fans, and users, and increase engagement and revenue for broadcasters and sports organizations.
Prior to joining SOUTHWORKS, Zieper held a number of strategic media and technology product roles which saw him take responsibility for Haivision’s strategic enterprise product management, and lead product management for Polycom’s video content management portfolio. His career has also included senior positions in product management at Cisco Systems and Tandberg.
Zieper received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and his Bachelor of Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.