The Paintball X3 Team
John Amodea, Founder/Editor: John Amodea played his first game of paintball in 1985 in the wooded fields of Skirmish USA in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Three years later he was playing not only recreational paintball games, but traveling the northeast and competing in regional paintball events. In 1989 he opened a paintball field in Virginia called Virginia Badlands and shortly thereafter won a national title in the NPPL as a high level amateur player on the team Phantom Force. In 1991 John joined professional competition paintball team Bad Company, traveling around the U.S. and to places like Australia, England and mainland Europe on the pro circuit.
In 1991 John founded a magazine called Paintball Consumer Reports International (PCRI) which was instrumental in the development of safety in the paintball market and he has worked in paintball publishing ever since. In 1993 he cofounded Pev’s Paintball Supply, a retail store chain that now has more than ten locations around the United States. In 1996 John was voted one of the top 50 players in the world by Paintball Games International magazine. He is also the author of the Survival Guide series of paintball gun tech manuals and he has served as the paintball guide at About.com, one of the world’s largest information websites. In 2004, as editor of Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine, John was the main script writer for the magazine’s television show, Paintball 2Xtremes TV, which aired originally on Spike TV and later on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Myspace Page
Brenda Seefeldt, Publisher: Brenda Seefeldt is a nationally published feature writer for several magazines and has served as a consultant to Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine for seven years. Brenda earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from North Central Bible College (now called north Central University) and or the past 15 years she has studied the youth culture in America, publishing hundreds of resources on that subject.
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Jeff Deubert, Senior Designer: Jeff has been in the paintball industry for nearly three years, all of which were spent as the sole graphic designer for Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine. Prior to joining the PB2X team he spent five years with three companies, one of which was Mattel Toys (Tyco R/C Division), with the other two companies being small design studios in Central NJ & South Florida. His passion is traditional print design and Jeff is also a sports junkie, so paintball is a natural fit for him. Jeff currently resides in South Jersey with his wife Beth, three dogs, and baby son Justin.
Tim Larson, Photo Director: Tim Larson has been practicing the fine art of professional sports photography for more than 20 years. He currently owns Tampa Sports Photography and is Director of Riverbank Syndications, a television production and syndication company in Tampa, Florida. In addition to shooting paintball Tim has shot numerous sports including NCAA Football, NASCAR, NHL and MLB and Tim's photos frequent the pages and websites of magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, ESPN and other media outlets like CNN and various newspapers.
Meagan Foster, Senior Photographer: Meagan Foster (or Meggie, Meg, Scooter) grew up in a small town in Florida and was raised on a horse farm. She attended college in Daytona Beach and earned her degree in photography in 2007. After years of resisting her brother's requests to photograph paintball Meagan finally gave it a shot and fell in love with the game. Meagan loves to travel, take pics and meet new people, so say "hi" if you see her on the field.
Kat Thompson, Feature Writer/Photographer: Kat is a mom of six, with five boys and one girl. She's been a photographer for many years and has developed a passion for action photography. Her work has been featured in Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine for several years and her website, Katspix, is one of the most frequented sites in paintball. You'll see Kat out at the local So Cal fields almost every weekend and at most major paintball tournaments.
Gary Baum, Feature Photographer: Gary Baum has shot all forms of paintball all over the world for more paintball publications and companies than any other active photographer in his industry. He is one of the most familiar faces in tournament and scenario paintball in North America. He is one of the few paintball photographers that photographs every aspect of the sport from airsoft to paintball scenarios to major international tournaments
Gary is based in Southern California and has been involved in Paintball for over 20 years he has been photographing all types of paintball events all over North America, Latin America and Europe. He was one of the pioneers of paintball photography and is the owner of the largest paintball photography web site www.paintballphotography.com. His photos have appeared in all the major paintball publications and media.
Tommy Marshall, Web Development: Like his brother Joey, Tommy Marshall has been involved in the game of paintball for many years, He's been on the shooting end of a camera at several major national events and he's been designing, developing and hosting websites for several years. Tommy currently attends George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Chris Alessio Feature Writer: Chris is addicted to paintball and he's not ashamed to admit it. Chris started playing paintball in 1999 at a friend’s bachelor party and was instantly hooked. A few years ago he graduated from paintball, to scenario paintball. It’s a little more hardcore and sometimes I don’t come home for days on end. I am also a former alternate for the SPPL team, California Gridlock, and founding member and Captain of the West Coast scenario team B.F.T. Chris was a regular contributor in Paintball 2Xtremes Magazine, covering the West Coast field and store scene as well as scenario paintball events.