The reason our customers love us is simply because of the quality of the people that work here. DVD Your Memories is a collection of people with a love of the arts of film, photo, and audio…especially as applied to telling personal stories. Most of our employees have at least some background as filmmakers, photographers, musicians, or editors. They couple those passions with a commitment and determination to provide the highest levels of quality and service to our customers (they really do…our customers experience it every day and tell us that in feedback). It is all about our people. Here are short bios of our management team:
An executive with unique global tech industry leadership experience, Sean is privileged to help families, businesses, and organizations preserve their media, tell their stories & celebrate their legacies.
Sean grew up in Southern California. After learning to think & write in the crucible of the English program at UC Santa Barbara, he was fortunate to stumble into a small local startup called Belkin Components. Belkin blasted from its start-up roots as a printer cable company to a worldwide leader in computer connectivity, networking, home automation & accessories. Sean initiated & led some of the key strategic initiatives that drove growth to over $1 billion in sales. Some highlights were leading product development & marketing for the perennial Inc. 500 company, opening up the first European offices & running Europe, Middle East, & Africa region as well as the North & South American operations.
The need to focus on family arose in 2011 & he made the decision to reduce international travel & the insane schedule to leave Belkin. An extensive search for an acquisition opportunity led to a meeting with the founder of DVD Your Memories, a small company making big waves in the media transfer industry. Sean knew that he had found a new purpose and acquired DVD Your Memories in Dec. 2012. Since then he has been focused on the honor and responsibility of being trusted with the most-prized media possessions of families, businesses, organizations, & celebrities. Sean says, “I am fortunate to be working with a team that’s the best in the world at what they do and am grateful to them & to our loyal customers that recognize it. We love what we do.”
As General Manager, Brian is responsible for the operations of all of our labs. He combines impeccable technical credentials with a commitment to customer service and care that is hard to find anywhere (just see our Yelp reviews!!). Growing up in San Jose Brian played the saxophone throughout childhood and developed a deep love and attachment to jazz and funk. After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Political Science, Brian spent time abroad in Ethiopia using his computer skills to help scale a new university network there. Returning back to the States, he was originally the videotape technician, but quickly rose to become manager of the DVD Your Memories office in Culver City from it’s opening in 2011 through 2014. A bit of a renaissance man, Brian continues to develop his technical skills through studying coding (Java and Python), and relaxes through his practices of aqua-scaping, cooking, and horticulture (especially Bonsai).
Brandi Mitchell was a customer of DVD Your Memories before we hired her as our bookkeeper in 2008. She is committed to documenting her life and family history through her camera lens. Her family and friends love following her social media accounts, with posts of both throwback memories and new experiences. Her role at DVD Your Memories has grown to include corporate administration and marketing. She also brings the perspective of an advocate for active aging as the founder of a soccer organization for older women.
Stephanie Barberi graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BFA in photography. She has been invested in both analog and digital photography formats for the last seventeen years. Before coming to DVD your memories, Stephanie worked for numerous artists, gaining hands-on experience in the fine art and photographic world. She is heavily interested in fine art, portrait photography, and street photography. She is constantly shooting and can always be found with a (vintage) film camera on her shoulder. “I believe in grain, golden hour, the romanticism of the Polaroid legacy, and color harmony.” One of Stephanie’s favorite things to do is visit and advise large photographic collections.
As the Manager of the Culver City store, Paul is committed to ensuring you have the best possible experience when you bring your priceless media to the store. Paul has extensive knowledge of both video and audio formats. He enjoys writing, playing and producing music. In his spare time, Paul enjoys riding Bird scooters on sidewalks and writing anime fanfiction. Hakuna Matata.
After graduating from UC Riverside with a Bachelor’s degree in film, Blake worked his way through the ranks here at DVD Your Memories to become the manager in our Orange County store. Several years later, Blake, his Wife, and their three cats relocated to Colorado where Blake took over managing duties in our Denver store. Blake has been with the company since 2010.
“When a challenging project comes in, I want to be able to showcase our know-how and the quality of our work. I have to credit those I’ve worked with over the years for helping me hone the craft of modernizing memories. I strive to pass on those same skills to my technicians. The most rewarding part of my job is when I see how moved a customer is by the quality of their final product, especially when the original media was in questionable condition. Technology moves quickly. There’s a misconception about what’s going on behind the curtain, so to speak, where the tapes turn into DVDs, the pictures become digital files and so forth. Some people imagine we put their media into a machine, press a Big Red Button and the work is done. That would be amazing but the job of contemporising antiquated, analog media is obviously more technical than that. That’s why customer recognition of the care and effort we all put into the work we do is so satisfying. I love that about this business”.
Blake is a husband, father, cinephile, comedian, ukulele enthusiast, FAA registered amateur drone pilot, student of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Blake is a dog person living in a home with a 3/1 cat to dog ratio. He enjoys growing fresh fruits and vegetables in the family garden. He spends much of his time after work making home cooked meals for his family.
Anthony is the store manager at DVD Your Memories San Diego location and is the longest serving manager in our entire business! He is a graduate of San Diego Platt College where he studied graphic design. After graduation Anthony paired his love of design with his love of games and found himself designing shirts based around the video game industry. He then started collecting retro video game consoles and handhelds. A connoisseur of the old school, his favorite console to collect for is NEC’s Turbo Grafx16. When not applying his encyclopedic knowledge of media preservation to serve our customers in San Diego, he enjoys DJing drum n bass music, promoting electronic music culture, and studying the Japanese language and culture. Ever since he visited Osaka and Kyoto, he dreams about living in Japan while running his own clothing company.
Ryan Noonan is originally from the East Coast and is an experienced Editor with an extensive history of working in the broadcast media industry. His broad mix of skills includes Special Effects Makeup, Puppetry, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Sony Vegas just to name a few. Ryan pairs his technical skillset with a strong entrepreneurial background acquired during his degree from Keene State College. When Ryan is not in front of a computer providing creative and professional editing services he can be found anywhere between working out at the beach to volunteering at our local OC Animal Care Shelter.