Advisory Board

Rebel Media Group is privileged to have a variety of the finest media and communications professionals from throughout the Las Vegas area serving on our advisory board. These distinguished individuals offer guidance and insight as we move forward with the growth of this endeavor, mentoring and steering our students into the professional world.

Nehme E. Abouzeid

Founder and President, LaunchVegas LLC

Nehme E. Abouzeid
Nehme E. Abouzeid is the founder and president of LaunchVegas LLC, a business consultancy that draws upon his two decades' worth of experience in media and hospitality to help brands launch and scale in tourism-centered destination markets. Most recently, he was the first-ever chief marketing officer for the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights, 2017-18's breakout sports brand. From 2004-2016, Abouzeid...

Clark Dumont

Principal and Founder, Dumont Communications LLC

Clark Dumont
Clark Dumont is the principal and founder of Dumont Communications LLC, a communications management consultancy. Clark has an array of communications and management experience starting from a career in journalism, and followed by a career in senior corporate communications in sectors including health; aerospace and defense; and travel, tourism and hospitality. He earned a bachelor’s degree in...

Randy Faehnrich

Social Media Marketing, Ultimate Fighting Championship

Randy Faehnrich has led the social media marketing efforts at Ultimate Fighting Championship since 2017. Not only focused on social efforts domestically, Faehnrich and his team work to market UFC on a global scale, with offices in Sydney, Sao Paulo, Toronto, London, and Singapore. The UFC vision is simple: create and distribute meaningful content that provides a connection point between the brand...

Dennis Gwiazdon

Vice President/Market Manager, Beasley Media Group’s KCYE-FM

Dennis Gwiazdon
Dennis Gwiazdon currently serves as vice president/market manager for Beasley Media Group’s KCYE-FM (102.7 The Coyote), KDWN AM/FM (720AM/101.5FM The Talk of Las Vegas), Classic Hits 96.3 KKLZ, KOAS-FM (Old School 105.7) and KVGS-FM (Star 107.9). His responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the six-station cluster including programming, sales, digital, marketing/promotions, and...

Tracilee Hoffman

Social Media Marketing Team, Penn National Gaming Post-merger

Tracilee Hoffman
Tracilee Hoffman led the social media marketing team at Pinnacle Entertainment from 2014 to 2018, recently transitioning into a similar leadership role with Penn National Gaming post-merger. In this new, expanded role, Tracilee oversees the social advertising, online customer care, and community management for North America’s largest regional gaming operator including more than 39 properties in...

Shaundell Newsome

Founder and Visionary, Sumnu Marketing

Shaundell Newsome
Shaundell Newsome is the founder and visionary for Sumnu Marketing and two-time SBA Award Winner. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in the military for a decade, including Operation Desert Storm. Newsome started his marketing and communication career while attending the High School of Graphic Communications Arts in Manhattan, NY, graduating in 1986. Prior to starting his own...

Kurt Ouchida

Advisor and Consultant
Kurt Ouchida
For the past 25 years, Kurt Ouchida has been a trusted advisor and consultant to countless CEOs and business owners for Fortune 500 companies. A top communications strategist, Ouchida is co-founder of BRAINTRUST, an integrated, full-service marketing agency with offices in Las Vegas and New York City. Through the years, he has overseen award‐winning campaigns, many receiving Telly’s, Addy’s and...

Matt Perrault

Sports Talk Radio Host

Matt Perrault
Matt Perrault is the sports gambling voice of SB Nation Radio and a long time sports talk radio host who is based in Las Vegas. He is currently the host of Pushing The Odds with Matt Perrault, which airs on the SB Nation Radio network and locally in Las Vegas on 920 The Game from the CG Technology Sportsbook Studios inside the Palms Casino Resort every weekday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PT. Originally...

Brad Phinney

Vice President of Production and Programming for the Raiders

Brad Phinney
As vice president of production and programming for the Raiders, Brad Phinney’s scope includes leading teams around the creation of video content, live entertainment, and programming strategies. His current focus is on the broadcast infrastructures for Las Vegas stadium, and Raiders team headquarters in Henderson. Both facilities will support the insatiable appetite for storytelling the audiences...

Melinda Scheckells

Editor, Writer, and Reporter
Melinda Scheckells
Melinda Sheckells has been an editor, writer, and reporter in Las Vegas for more than a decade. Her work appears regularly in The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, American Airlines, Celebrated Living, People, and Forbes Travel Guide. She has helmed the city’s top publications including serving as editor-in-chief for Vegas, Vegas Rated, Vegas Seven, 944, and Las Vegas Home + Design magazines. She is...

Elizabeth Thompson

Managing Editor, The Nevada Independent

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson is the managing editor of The Nevada Independent and the founder of E Thompson Media, a digital media consulting firm and public relations agency. She’s been published in numerous national publications including the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online and has often provided political analysis and commentary for MSNBC, Fox News, and numerous Nevada television and...

Eric Tosi

Vice President of Communications and Content for the Vegas Golden Knights

Eric Tosi
Since December 2016, Eric Tosi has served as the vice president of communications and content for the Vegas Golden Knights and was part of the executive team that helped launch the franchise. He oversees the club’s digital/social media, public relations, media relations, external communications, and broadcasting. He spent the previous ten seasons with the NHL’s Boston Bruins in a similar capacity...

James Vega

Senior Program Manager, Raiders Silver & Black Productions

James Vega
James Vega is a senior program manager with the Raiders Silver & Black Productions, the in-house broadcast department for the football team. He is the coordinating producer for a new historical documentary series called A Raiders Life, which is set to premiere in spring 2019. The show will highlight the people and the moments that built the Raiders organization, beginning with the...