We are the LA/Orange County chapter of Media Communications Association-international (MCA-i.) Our members gather to help each other in business by networking and offering monthly programs that help us 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 association (registered 501(c)3 corporation) of professionals working in every area of the media, our mission is to serve members, the regional media community and society at large through various events, the internet and other initiatives.
The LA/OC Chapter, one of the oldest in the organization, has been a leader with, among other examples, being the first to produce MCA-i’s signature event, MediaProCamp. Our respected website, www.mcai-oc.org offers industry news, information and opinion which results in an average of 10,000 unique hits per month. Our Chapter’s monthly newsletter, the BLAST reaches almost 1,000 professionals across Southern California with a minimum of 20 issues a year. We also run a Meetup Group labeled the Orange County New Media Meetup Group which we use to promote events and take RSVPs and pre-payments for meetings. Our chapter takes a leadership role among professional media organizations in Orange County, often bringing all Media Professionals in the area together for events, roundtables and/or good works.
Chapter website: www.mcai-oc.org
To join MCA-I go to our international website: www.mca-i.org
Chapter Officers and Board Members serve 1 year terms and may be re-elected as members see fit. Elections are usually in May and installation in June of each year.
MCA-I LA/OC Chapter Officers and Board of Directors
President: Larry Stimson
Larry is a freelance web designer and video producer as well as VO artist. Lrrry crafted the LA/OC Chapters video on MediaProCamp 2015 and has been serving on the local board as an adjunct member since January 2016
Vice President: 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 of SoCalShowbiz.com. As well as a producer, he is a business manager and ardent supporter of the entertainment arts in Orange County. Art is a past Chapter President and currently serves on the Chapter's Programming Committee as well as being Treasurer. He has served on various other Boards of Directors including OC Screenwriters Association and OC MultiMedia Association.
Secretary: John W. Coleman
John is a past chapter president and 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 businesses’ needs with everything from newsletters and video press releases to web-based marketing and sales support communications, for companies large and small. The company also serves as developer of television programming for syndication, cable and the internet.
Member at Large: Anne Ganguzza
Voice Artist, 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 MCAI-OC/VO Peeps Education Scholarship Fund, which she created. Currently, in between recording sessions Anne is vo2gogo.com’s Instructor in Orange County, 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 for the Chapter, Brian is also serving as President of our International Organization. A past chapter president, Brian hs remained active on the board in his Emeritus status as well as serving on numerous committees. 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 has also served on the international board of directors.
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 Orange County with credits as far away as Arizona, Colorado and Texas.