Host Bios

Jim-BlytheJim Blythe

Veteran US Navy / Certified Senior Advisor & Author

Host: Planning for Change – Mondays & Tuesdays  6-7PM CT

620AM / Live Online: 620KAMKEXB.com / Call-in: 214-787-1160

jambly163@yahoo.com
www.jimblythe.net
214-502-4600

Awarded CSA of the Year 2015, Jim Blythe is a Dallas area native and third generation Navy Veteran. He served three tours in Viet Nam on aircraft carriers from 1967 to the end of 1970.

He served with Senator John McCain in Attack Squadron 163, which had the highest casualty rate in the Navy during Vietnam. He served on the Oriskany and the Hancock. While on board the ships, Jim volunteered as a disc jockey on Armed Forces radio. He was in maintenance administration and helped out whenever he could on the flight deck, primarily loading ordinance.

Jim’s professional career started when he was in college at the University of Texas working in real estate. His career took him from consulting to brokering to commercial development and property management. In 1994 Jim left the development business to work in residential and commercial lending and co-­host radio talk shows on four major stations in Dallas and Houston. Jim loved helping Vets with VA home loans. In 2004 he further specialized in elder care lending with reverse mortgage loans and financial counseling and is a certified real estate teacher. Jim has been a real estate broker, licensed
mortgage banker, and developer/builder and property manager (NMLS ID: 311548).

Currently Jim serves on the board of Heroes House, a non-­profit providing housing for homeless and low-­income veterans. He has also authored a book, Planning To Change, which is a guide for goal setting and planning. Jim has served on numerous boards of directors in both the arts and education. He is also a Certified Senior Advisor and organizer of the first local CSA chapter in the Nation. He is dedicated to helping seniors of his “Baby Boomer” generation and Veterans.

Ron-AbramsRon Abrams

Veteran US Army -­ (RET), Texas Veterans Commission, Regional Outreach Coordinator

Host: Employment Readiness & Entrepreneurship – Wednesdays  6-7PM CT

620AM / Live Online: 620KAMKEXB.com / Call-in: 214-787-1160

ron.abrams@tvc.texas.gov
www.TVC.TEXAS.GOV

Ron lived and attended schools in Akron, Ohio. His desire to serve in the military stemmed from admiring the success of his uncle: Bernie Hudson (deceased), a Vietnam Veteran. In honor of his uncle, Ron took on the challenge and is now; US Army retired, after 21 years of honorable service with; over 9 years in Air Defense Artillery and over 11 years as a US Army Recruiting, Office Manager. He holds a Master’s Degree in Procurement & Acquisitions Management from Webster University and a BS Degree in Management from Park University.

Ron Abrams now serves as the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC). He represents TVC throughout the North Texas Region and manages its social media, conducts workshops for Veterans with significant barriers to employment; providing information on labor market information, navigating the USAJOBS.GOV and Workintexas.com websites, interview techniques, business dress and proper networking techniques. He continues to counsel and encourage Veterans throughout their transition/reemployment process and provides key benefit information on entrepreneurship, education and fund for veteran’s assistance.

Ron is also the Show Host for the Alliance for the Brave Radio Show for over a year now; “alliance4thebrave.com”, Radio 620am; each Wednesday night at 6pm (CST). The hour long, Alliance for the Brave Radio Program allows a speaking platform for his role as Regional Outreach Coordinator and to represent the Texas Veterans Commission(TVC). Ron interviews community partners, service providers and local government entities such as: The Recovery Resource Council, Heroes on the Water Heroes Heal Heroes(H3) The City of Dallas, Service King, State Farm, Goodwill Industries-FT Worth; Family Endeavors, The VA Vet Center and many more. He welcomes all who would like to be of help to veterans, throughout the Dallas/FT Worth Motorplex.

Pat-HarringtonPat Harrington

Entrepreneur / Veterans Advocate / Bad Boy Gunz, President

Host: Locked & Loaded Honor Night – Thursdays  6-7PM CT

620AM / Live Online: 620KAMKEXB.com / Call-in: 214-787-1160

BadBoyGunz@badboygunz.com
www.BadBoyGunz.com

Bad Boy Gunz reflects Pat Harrington’s long time passion for building Custom Crafted Tactical Firearms for Home Defense, Sport Shooting, Hunting, Law Enforcement, Military, and Private Security.

His custom firearms are like no others. Each one designed and built to a specific order. Built with care, precision and pride using state of the art tools, equipment and experience. Pat has been building unique tactical firearms since 1997.

As the former founder and owner of Shotgun Blasters, Pat has a proven track record of success over the past 19 years, with local recognition and a loyal following in the DFW area. His customers are also the best advertisement with word of mouth, stretching his reputation from coast to coast. His reputation has been built on principals that reflect integrity, quality, service and uniqueness of design.

Pat and now Bad Boy Gunz, has literally built a wealth of experience and skill into a company that has earned a remarkable reputation as a leading tactical weapons company. His selective clientele expects only the best and that is what they deliver!

Pat and his companies have made their presence known by being a powerful force at DFW area gun shows. Pat and his team have earned a local reputation for long lines and busy tables at the shows, drawing big crowds of eager fans waiting to see the latest creations. As a result, event promoters have helped increase their exposure with prime locations in the events and special mentions during marketing campaigns. For event promoters, they are a fresh, friendly unique attraction standing high above the average dealers.

Pat’s focus lately has also been in helping to educate beginners and those that are simply considering their first firearm. He even makes house calls to be sure his clients are comfortable in making that very important decision. He is a Personal Firearms Trainer helping people to protect themselves, their loved ones and their home. Check out a complete list of Bad Boy Gunz products and services at www.BadBoyGunz.com

Kim-FrancisKim Francis

Co-author, Shift Happens

Hour of Empowerment & Entertainment presented by Young Ideas Dish Retailer

Host: Fridays  6-7PM CT

620AM / Live Online: 620KAMKEXB.com / Call-in: 214-787-1160

https://www.facebook.com/kim.francis.5876

Kim Francis a resident of Dallas, TX was born in Amarillo, Texas on the Air Force base where her dad was stationed. She lived in Akron, Ohio from the age of 2 to 7 and relocated back to Texas with her Mom and brother Joey in 1978. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BBA in marketing and fulfilled her passion of working within the television and film industry in marketing by joining Cablevision in 1998 for Bravo & The Independent Film Channel managing a territory of over twenty states in the U.S, Puerto Rico & The Caribbean.

Kim has over 18 years experience in television and media marketing, sponsorships, advertising sales and has produced numerous events within the telecommunications, sports and non-profit industries. Most recently, she was the Director Affiliate Marketing for HDNet now AXS TV, HDNet Movies & Magnolia Pictures owned by Mark Cuban before taking a sabbatical in 2014 to be with her beautiful mother Sue Giles who was battling esophageal cancer and sadly passed away in 2015 at the young age of 62.

Since then, Kim started 1911 Media Marketing Group and hosts “The Empower Hour” a weekly radio show for Alliance 4 The Brave on 620AM KEXB in Dallas Texas. She has served since 1999 as a board member and Vice President of Fundraising for the USA Film Festival in Dallas. An avid reader, Kim is obsessed with books and film, enjoys yoga, spending time with her dogs, advocating for the prevention of esophageal cancer, living every day to make her Mom proud and honoring her legacy of serving those in need. Connect with Kim at klfrancis2000@yahoo.com.

Robin-ValetuttoRobin Valetutto

KVCE Station Manager, KEXB Sports Director, and
Alliance 4 the Brave Co-founder & Executive Director/Producer
Tarrant County College NW Campus, CIE Coordinator of Special Projects

Monday-Friday 6-7PM CT

620AM / Live Online: 620KAMKEXB.com / Call-in: 214-787-1160

Robin.Valetutto@SalemCommunications.com
www.facebook.com/RobinValetutto

Twitter: DFWSportsAngel

Ms. Valetutto’s professional career in sports and entertainment began in Kansas City as a Professional Cheerleader for the Chiefs while still in college, then moving to Florida becoming the Manager of The Roar of the Jaguars. Her passion and ambition for the industry began in Texas. Robin grew up in Dallas in a highly competitive, athletic environment…she was a soccer player and a top ranked gymnast in the state of Texas and graduated with honors from Richardson High School;; she attended Southern Methodist University studying Business in her Freshman year and later transferred and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Political Science / concentration in Communications & Dance.

Robin worked in professional sports for just over thirteen consecutive years with the NFL in entertainment, special events & marketing, with great emphasis on building community & multi-­media relations nationally and internationally for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL brand through partnerships with NFL Europe, USO and Armed Forces Entertainment. Ms. Valetutto joined the ranks of special entertainers choreographing and directing variety entertainment shows bringing moral to our US armed forces overseas – Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean for five years.

While with the NFL, Robin spent nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise building THE ROAR cheerleading program from the department’s inception in 1995, with great focus on sponsorship partnerships, coordinating game day entertainment and creating unique, youth leadership & development initiatives and events working with thousands of children and teens nationally. She transitioned from the NFL to building a career in broadcasting as a sports talk radio personality with
Sporting News Radio, then Sports Director & Radio Stations Manager for Chesapeake-­Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp. and River Educational Media (WBOB & WAYL) managing a multi-­million dollar budget, working closely with clients developing their multi-­media advertising campaigns from start to finish;; and managing successful special events, sales & marketing departments. Robin has become a well-­known name brand in sports hosting “Inside The Game” Sports Talk Radio Show since 2004.

Ms. Valetutto enjoys serving as a national speaker on topics of motivation, teamwork, women in sports, and marketing for success. She has also been working with professional athletes since 1995 coordinating youth sports camps, fundraising events and creating publicity for their ventures and causes through multi-­media marketing and social networking. Robin is dedicated to various community and charitable organizations;; she teamed up with the NFL Retired Players Association, Jacksonville Chapter and pioneered an annual event – “Chalk Talk with the Pros for Women-­Football 101″ raising thousands of dollars each year for its Student Athlete Scholarship Fund. In Dallas 2010 Robin coordinated and hosted the first “Bowl for Literacy” charity bowl for the Black Stallion Literacy Foundation. She also coordinated and co-­hosted “XLV Party with the Pros” during Super Bowl week benefiting former Cowboys Pro Bowl Center, Andre Gurode’s Foundation -­ Center of Attention. Robin spent six years on the Board of Directors for N. FL Children’s Home Society and continues to lend her support. She also lends her support and time to advocating for Veterans needs and support organizations;; involvement with various domestic violence shelters, the NFL Alumni, Salvation Army-­Dallas, Margarita Society-­Children’s Charities, Children’s & Women’s Cancer Awareness, The Big Texas Toy Run, and The Guns and Hoses Foundation of North Texas.

Robin, daughter of an Air Force Veteran, relocated from Florida to Dallas back in May, 2010 to continue developing her career in a top media market with Dallas Broadcasting as the General Manager & Sports Director overseeing it’s LMA with Salem Communications. Robin has been instrumental in developing a quality programming lineup and bringing sports affiliate partnerships to KVCE / KEXB including Plano ISD, Notre Dame Football, and NBA Development League -­ Texas Legends. Ms. Valetutto also plays an integral part in launching new & local expert programs, client and talent development, community
partnerships & outreach, public relations throughout North Texas, and addressing community issues.

Jason-BrownJason Brown

Health Matters – Content Contributor

I have a life long passion and great respect for fitness and health. I understand the priority, importance and commitment that affects and molds a life of wellness. I believe that our bodies can only operate as efficiently as we fuel them. Moreover, dispelling myths and educating individuals to be physically independent and well, is a motivating drive.

Along my path, I graduated from Texas A&M with a Kinesiology degree in education. Directly after, I began teaching public school with certifications in Health and Physical Education, as well as History and Math. While teaching for three years in the Texas Education System, I decided to go back to college to pursue my goal of obtaining my Masters. For that, I attended the University of North Texas and graduated with an M.S. in Kinesiology for Health and Fitness Management.

During my graduate education, I worked part time for a YMCA as a fitness specialist getting certified through their personal trainer program to work on the fitness floor and walk clients through orientations and exercise prescription. This opportunity only increased my desire to be health and fitness educator.

Currently, I personal train with ACSM’s cPT and EP-C certifications. Additionally, I am adding another certification as a Health and Wellness Coach through the American Council on Exercise. Additionally, I instruct weekend classes for ACSM to help future trainers prepare to sit for their certification exams. While in contract with them, I was asked to prepare and voice seven – 90 minute webinars. I have also been on staff at three North Texas institutes of higher learning; North Central Texas College, Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University.

Along with those jobs, I have created a Habit Management class that uses ideals from nutrition, exercise physiology, and behavior management. All of this is done in the pursuit of service. I work to open eyes and minds to what we as a community have forgotten the body is able to do. We have learned well and believe that we are limited, but the body was designed for much more.

If you have any questions or concerns about your personal health and fitness, I would love to see if I can help answer any issue or get you to another professional that can. Contact me through my website http://www.truecrosstraining.com.

TKTimothy Klund “TK”

Veteran USAF/Managing Partner at PX3 Brain Science

Director of the PX3 Patriots All Veteran Softball Team

Content Contributor

www.px3.com | www.px3patriots.org

Timothy Klund is Managing Partner with PX3 Brain Science. PX3’s mission is to truly give every individual the best opportunity to help increase their overall performance and well being by “Activating their Brain” through oxygen uptake by using the PX3 Bite Regulator. PX3 Brain Science is here to help ensure that everyone obtains the most of their potential and to ensure the best possibility of success from their bodies. Whether it is performance, protection or sleep enhancement, PX3 is the only company that provides a solution for each individual need.

Mr. Klund is also regarded as one of the top industry leaders as a “Relationship Specialist” in the world of Corporate and Sports Marketing. With over fifteen years of executive level leadership at the corporate level, he is a leading expert in help with corporate strategy. He is also a leading authority when working with professional athletes and celebrities on their personal name branding campaign and potential endorsement opportunities with corporate partners. He does professional speaking with corporate groups as a guest speaker regarding; leadership, team motivation, corporate strategy.More recently, TK became the Director for the PX3 Patriots All Veteran Softball Team. The PX3 Patriots are an all-veteran; male and co-ed softball teams that represents each branch of the military, and includes male and female; Amputee Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and Military Veterans.The PX3 Patriots will be playing softball against celebrity teams that will represent other military foundations across the country to raise awareness and funds for the PX3 Foundation.

The PX3 Patriots are dedicated to creating educational and inspiration experiences to support solution-based research in the areas of mental health and brain safety, including concussions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) both on and off the softball field for our veterans. They do so with their players through kid’s clinics, hosting private receptions and motivational speaking engagements, and visiting children, military service members and amputees in hospitals throughout the country.TK served honorably in the United States Air Force and works with several military charities to help in raising monies for their foundations to help veterans.

Atoya-MasonAtoya Mason

Veteran US Army – Retired, Career Advisor

Content Contributor

atoya.mason@tvc.texas.gov
www.TVC.TEXAS.GOV
Atoya Mason is an honorably Retired Sergeant First Class of the United States Army who completed more than 22 years of service. Atoya lived and attended schools in Akron, Ohio. Her desire to serve in the military stemmed from hearing her grandfather: Selester J. Worthy (deceased), a World War II Veteran, speak of his many war stories as well as with going with him to the Brecksville and Cleveland VA Hospitals. Growing up at her grandfather’s side, she took notice of his many medical challenges and military experiences, and she was very proud of his service.Upon graduating from John R. Buchtel High School in June of 1990, she spent her summer in the delayed entry program preparing for basic training, entering officially into the Army on September 10th, 1990. Her military duties and assignments over the years have included drill sergeant, recruiting, career counselor, and human resources.Atoya studied Criminal Justice at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and taken general studies through the military education center while stationed in Korea. She has also received several veteran specific credentials through the NVTI (National Veteran Training Institute) Denver, Colorado. Atoya is most proud of completing the Army Airborne School and obtaining her parachutist badge by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane several times.Atoya has been with the Texas Veterans Commission for more than two years. She first served as a Veterans Career Advisor, was one of five veterans statewide selected to serve in a newly created position as the Regional Outreach Coordinator for Dallas/Ft. Worth (North Texas Region), prior to being placed into her new role as a Veterans Employer Liaison.

She is a proud mother of four young adults and grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren. Atoya Mason is married to Sergeant First Class London J. Mason, Army (Retired). Atoya and London have been married for seven years and have relocated to Rockwall, Texas.On June 12th, 2015 in Austin, Texas, Atoya Maso received the DVOP (Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist) of the Year-­-­Employment Service Award from the State of Texas Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans organization for exemplary Employment Services that she has provided to veterans since being a part of the Texas Veterans Commission Dallas Region. Her passion is for all veterans to have the tools, knowledge and understanding to be able to engage in employment with empowerment and confidence!