President & Executive Director
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Tribble has resided in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley since 1981. In 1980, he received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Chico in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in television and graphic arts. Initially freelancing for the Denver network affiliates, he soon developed his own company, Versatile Productions, Inc. (VPI). Tribble’s expertise in video camerawork soon evolved into editing, motion graphics, animation and producing/directing. The production studio was built in Carbondale, CO, an advantageous location, due to its proximity to Aspen, a mecca for sports and business.
Over the years, VPI’s clients have encompassed local businesses and prominent national corporations (including several Fortune 500 companies), as well as major television networks. In 1998, Tribble was contracted by CBS to produce feature segments for the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Staying technologically current for the past thirty-two years, Tribble has focused on integrating video production into “New Media” applications. The broad scope of work VPI has produced has enabled VPI to keep a creative, fresh perspective on all projects.
In 2000, Tribble produced BE HEARD! America’s Youth Forum, a series offering young people a respectful and supportive program in which to voice their opinions on a broad range of topics. The six-part series was broadcast on thirty PBS stations nation-wide. Efforts to seek grants and raise funds for the continuation of BE HEARD! led Tribble to the realization that there was truly a need for a non-profit foundation that would support and develop “Media with Social Value.”
True Media Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) designation in January, 2005. The True Media philosophy includes providing direction to enhance the missions of other non-profits and to provide authentic learning experiences for students. True Media educates and mentors youth while leading them through the process of video integration into new media and social networking. True Media Foundation’s curriculum is accredited in the Roaring Fork Valley’s RE-1 school district, offering 20 credits per year in business and technology.
In recognition of his contributions to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Tribble was honored as their “2004 Volunteer of the Year.” Mr. Tribble has also received over twenty Telly Awards over the years, including Silver Tellys (top honors) in 2007 for VPI’s community awareness piece for Encana Oil and Gas (USA) and in 2009 for a fundraising video for True Media Foundation’s youth program, BE HEARD