Our Team

Mark Shirin

President / General Manager

The visionary and head of VBC’s operations, Mark “The General” Shirin launched the first ever retailer-owned broadcast television station when he decided to form a broadcasting sub-division of his family’s retail electronics and appliance store, Ventura TV Video Appliance Center, Inc., that was started in 1951.

Mark is the driving force behind VBC’s explosive expansion, going from a single channel operator, to a small network of nearly 30 channels representing some of the country’s best rated television networks.


Ara Catchatoorian

Creative Services Director

The creative drive behind Ventura Broadcasting Company’s branding and marketing, Ara Catchatoorian has over 15 years of knowledge and experience in the on-air, online, and print media industry.

Ara is also the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Connect With Me, Fresno’s only live, call-in TV talk-show airing weekdays from 10am-11am on MeTV Fresno.

Ara played a key role in helping launch MeTV Fresno, Ventura Broadcasting Company’s first and highest rated television network.


Leon Eskijian

Chief Engineer

Leon is the technical mastermind behind Ventura Broadcasting Company’s broadcast operations.

A member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Leon offers a wealth of experience and expertise in helping keep our channels on-air.


John Malos

Host / Producer

Host & producer of Connect With Me, Fresno’s only live, call-in TV talk-show airing weekdays from 10am-11am on MeTV Fresno, John is a veteran broadcaster with an impressive career spanning over 40 years in television broadcasting.

John’s show offers viewers local, national, and world news and politics, entertainment, celebrity interviews, business features, and a whole lot more, making his shows one of the most unique programming choices in the Central Valley.


Keri Franklin

Director / Producer / On-Air Talent

Ventura Broadcasting Company’s newest team member and Fresno State Mas Communication & Journalism – Multi-Media alumni, Keri has quickly become a valuable asset to our team and viewers at the helm of Connect With Me.

While she’s a wiz behind the scenes, Keri is no stranger to the camera as spokesperson and television personality for our parent company, Ventura TV’s Weekly Special commercials.