Jeff Lee is the driving force behind LiveAirShowTV. Jeff has been in the television and production business for over 30 years. He started out directing the 6:00 & 10:00 news, and then moved into commercial and corporate production. He has actually returned to his roots by directing live events such as air shows, music festivals and corporate meetings.
When Jeff was a young boy, his father got his pilot's license and the family traveled around Texas and the southwest in their Piper Comanche. Once Jeff got a taste for the air, it never left him. In 2000 at the Reno Air Races, Jeff shot and edited People, Passion, Pistons & Power for World of Wings. This experience allowed him to bring together his love of aviation with his passion for telling stories with video. The show aired on what is now the Speed Channel. That event led to Jeff becoming the Director of Media Productions for Aviation Nation, the Nellis Air Force Base-Las Vegas Air Show. At Nellis, Jeff has directed the big screen video operations since 2002, and he assumed full directorial duties in 2007 for the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force show. Jeff has also worked closely with Rolls-Royce and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational held each year at the Reno Air Races. He has produced introductory videos for the Friday and Saturday night dinner events and has produced an informational video explaining the Heritage Trophy program which runs on a screen next to the trophy at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport.
Jeff's air show promos have earned him three 1st Place Marketing Awards from ICAS, the International Council of Air Shows, and many other Telly, Communicator, Aurora, and Axiem Awards. He has worked with the Little Rock AFB 50th Anniversary Air Show, the 2009 Barksdale AFB air show, the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, and the Cavanaugh Flight Museum as a live director, and he has done promotional work with the Slidell Air Show. In 2009 he directed the first ever live video broadcast from the Reno Air Races. His video, Vietnam: A Nation Remembers, is in circulation through the VFW and their community outreach program. It has been estimated that the video has been seen by almost one million students and educators. Jeff also serves the ICAS as director for the President's Banquet, the final event of each year's convention.
Jeff and his wife, Anne, live in the central Texas area. Their son, Bryan, a helicopter pilot, is a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in the US Army. Bryan and his wife both serve in the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, TX, and have served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their daughter, Michelle, is a graduate of Texas State University and is Kindergarten teacher in the Pflugerville ISD.
Jeff says, "I've always told my kids and anyone else who'd listen, that you should follow your passions in life. Do what you enjoy doing. Life is too short to just have a job. I count my blessings daily that I'm able to combine two of my favorite passions in life into a career that is exciting and has the potential to help shape the lives of future generations."
Barbara has been involved in the air show industry for more than thirty years in various volunteer and contractor capacities. For the past fifteen years she has been concentrating her talents in the Crew Hosting and Hospitality areas, supporting a number of air shows.
By trade Barbara is a Corporate Event Planner working with corporations throughout North America. She assists her clients with their meetings, conventions, and incentive programs, and facilitates their arrangements. Hotels, travel, food, audio/visual are all part of the services Barbara provides.
In 2005 & 2006 at Nellis Air Force/Aviation Nation Barbara was the Hospitality Director. In 2007 she worked for Jeff Lee as the Production Coordinator for the entire video and sound crew. She has also contracted with the Cleveland National Air Show, the Dayton Air Show, and Peterson Air Force Show. Barbara has also volunteered at many of these shows with various responsibilities.
In 2002, Barbara was recognized by the International Council of Air Shows as the Air Show Fan of the Year. She currently resides in Denver, CO.
The seeds of Mark's passion for aviation were sown early. He comes from a family of pilots and grew up in Cleveland hearing stories about the National Air Races. In his journey in broadcasting Mark has hosted/written and/or produced nearly 2000 episodes of television programming , most of these in either aviation or motorsports.
Mark wrote and produced the acclaimed Discovery Wings Channel air racing documentary series "Speeders in the Sky" and "Extreme Air," to name a few. Mark co-produced and anchored LiveAirShowTV's groundbreaking live Internet coverage of the 2009 Reno Air Races, and is a key member in LiveAirShowTV's continuing reporting on airshows and aviation personalities. Mark has also been an anchor or reporter for events televised on ESPN, TNN, SPEED, Discovery Velocity and Fox Sports Regionals.
He is the past Secretary/Treasurer of the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC, and produced and hosted a weekly aviation/museum television show in the Queen City.
His heroes in aviation are Neil Armstrong, test pilots, air racers and those who daily safely stretch the boundaries of what is possible in flight.
Among his favorite aviation moments include having flown with Bob Hoover in the Shrike Commander, his first Reno race, working with Pete Conrad, every warbird ride and any airshow.
Mark's consuming passion is to continue bringing aviation stories to life and perpetuating the healthy growth of the aviation industry.
Bryan Lee is the son of LiveAirShowTV President Jeff Lee. He is a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in the U. S. Army's 1st Air Cavalry at Fort Hood, Texas. When he is not flying the UH-60 Blackhawk for the Army, he is handling a multitude of jobs for LiveAirShowTV. Depending on the air show, you might find him as a field producer helping with interviews. On a live show, he will be handling logistics and video playback in the control room. Between shows, he is working on sales and marketing efforts and preparing for the next event.
Bryan was introduced to the air show world at the San Marcos Air Show in the 90's. He ran one of the cameras at several of the Aviation Nation – Nellis AFB shows during the 2000's. In 2007 he stepped away from the production side of things and ran the Command Post for the operations side of the show at Nellis. Since then he has stepped in on the coverage and production when Uncle Sam didn't have other plans for him.
As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, he served in Iraq as airborne infantryman, and then in Kandahar, Afghanistan as a Blackhawk pilot. After transitioning to Fort Hood, he served another tour in western Afghanistan and has over 1000 Combat Hours logged. He recently completed the Instructor Pilot course and is back at Fort Hood.
He is married to Tracy, who just "retired" from the Army and is pursuing a teaching certificate. They have one son.
One could say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and it certainly shows in this instance.