BlackBerry Empire is driven to deliver BlackBerry anywhere and everywhere. BBE offers a friendly BlackBerry oriented community. Check us out for the latest breaking news, merch, and active forum. Our team splits up the mobile coverage to keep you up-to- date on the latest and upcoming BlackBerry smartphone as well as pay attention to the enterprise of mobile technology as a whole. Founded in late 2009, BlackBerry Empire.com is becoming the home to many, reaching into readers all around the globe. Everyday BlackBerry is recognized for its prominence in communication and scalability. To keep up, we are here to offer complete coverage. Tune in for constant publications as well as join our Empire and take part in the day to day BlackBerry discussions over at our Extra-Friendly Mobile forum system.
BlackBerry Empire Team
Founder & Creator
Here is the man who not only founded BlackBerry Empire but singlehandedly built it. Growing up, Michael has always had a passion for computers and electronics. While in High school he picked up his first BlackBerry which at the time – the track ball wasn’t even in existence yet. Despite its bulkiness Michael found the device to be very useful and productive. Since then, Michael has found a way to upgrade to the latest BlackBerry before it even hits shelves. With a Major in Computer Science, Michael figured out how to mix his love for BlackBerry and skill with the creation of BlackBerryEmpire.com. While not working on BBE Mike enjoys working out, shooting hoops, and spending time with his family. Michael can be found at @MichaelHeredia on Twitter and at [email protected] BB PIN 26702A91.
The one next in charge is our Executive Editor Kris. His BlackBerry love started since day 1 of having picked up his first BlackBerry, the (88XX). Fast forward to some years and a few Berries later, into the launch of BlackBerry Empire, Kris was asked to help join mike in running BBE where he was put in charge to man the blog. Kris is currently a graduate with a Bachelor in Political Science from A&M-CC with a passion for Punk Rock and going to shows, sports, computers and of course BlackBerry smartphones. Coming from the same family as Mike, we’re food loving cousins from South Texas who love watching the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) and San Antonio Spurs (NBA) play. You can find him at @Kris0521 on Twitter and reach him at [email protected] BB PIN 280ACD7B
My name is Isaak Ruiz, I am an editor for BlackBerry Empire. I am the father of two beautiful girls Zaida and Khloe Alexandra. I am very lucky to have met my wonderful wife Zaida unexpectedly but we share a bond and a love that is timeless. We are a close family, most importantly a BlackBerry family. I just recently started writing for BlackBerry Empire, but it feels like I have been doing it for a while already. I am a hard working, obsessive learner which has made my transition to BlackBerry Empire smooth yet I am still have long way to catch up to some of the other editors who have been doing this for a while. In my “offline” life I am a Project Coordinator for The City of Eagle Pass in Texas. Between my job, family, and BlackBerry Empire I stay busy but I would not change that for the world. I had the privilege of meeting the creator and the editor in chief of BlackBerry Empire not online as a lot of readers may met them but in person being that we are from the same city and share a relationship outside of BlackBerry Empire. They both have taught me a passion for BlackBerrys that I may have never had if it weren’t for BlackBerry Empire. I hope you continue to visit our site and keep up to date on the latest BlackBerry News, provided by BlackBerry Empire. “Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.” -Isaak Ruiz
BlackBerry Theme Specialist
JayDee is one of our theme review editors here at BBE. JoMarie DiTata is a relative newcomer, having joined the staff at BlackBerry Empire about a year ago. In that time, no theme has escaped her review…or her Bold 9650! JoMarie is an educator in her home town; in New York’s Capital District. She received a BS in Education from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and also a Masters in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. JoMarie is NYS permanently certified in English grades 6-12 and taught English in local schools for a number of years. As she finishes up what will be her 32nd year in education this year, JoMarie is currently working as a high school librarian/media specialist. She also is a CCNA and teaches Cisco Networking Academy at the same high school. Having been a geek her whole life, JoMarie wired her own home network (complete with a Cisco 24 port switch and miles of Ethernet cabling). She also has interests in: computers; gadgets; reading; cooking; BBE; sports, especially football; and of course, her Bold! JoMarie is a Fantasy Football Commissioner and a diehard fan of the Washington Redskins (sorry Michael and Kris!) She lives with her husband, Joe; their son, Joel, and their 4 cats.
Associate Editor & Public Relations BlackBerry Empire Canada
I live in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada in the sunny Okanagan Valley. I am a Police Dispatcher and Telecommunications Operator Civilian Member with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and beyond my operational duties, I facilitate and train.
I had the opportunity to be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in an operational capacity, where I picked up my first BlackBerry, a Storm 9500, which I discovered was a powerful tool in keeping up with events, as well as being in contact with my family while being seconded for 3 months.
I have previous experience writing, editing and producing material for websites, as well as experience in communications strategy and social media. I currently have a personal blog, Living Like A Boss at http://llaboss.com
I now consider myself a “power-user” of BlackBerry products, using them not just for business, but also pleasure. I have found that personally, BlackBerry enables me to be more productive, yet still are fun to use. I personally believe when it comes to these devices, I want tools, not toys.
I am a BlackBerry lover and addict who is always exploring and finding new ways to use these marvelous devices.
BlackBerry Theme Specialist
Zaibun is a relative new comer to the BlackBerry world, but you wouldn’t have guessed it. After picking up her first BB Bold 9650 last year, she’s hooked and hasn’t looked back since. A self-proclaimed theme junkie, Zaibun started writing Theme Reviews for BBE in the spring of last year. There isn’t a theme out there that she hasn’t looked at or tried. In addition, Zaibun also beta tests themes and creates BW sets for the popular weather app BerryWeather. Zaibun is a graduate of the University of Toronto with BA in Political Science. She’s worked at Dell, IBM, and Nortel. Currently she works part time and the rest of the time is either with her husband and son, or working on all things BlackBerry. She’s become the resident expert and most come to her for help. Zaibun is an avid hockey fan –having grown up in Toronto, and loves the Maple Leafs. One day they will win the cup again… She enjoys working out, writing for BBE, reading, cooking, and of course BlackBerry. In addition to a new 9810, she now has a Playbook. Best of both worlds, don’t you think?
I am Oscar, editor and part of the family here at BlackBerryEmpire.com and a BlackBerry evangelist. I’m a true BlackBerry fanboy since my Curve 8520 in 2011, the experience led me to my Torch 9800 a few months later and now I’m a proud owner of a Bold 9900 and a PlayBook. When I’m not on BBE I’m developing BlackBerry themes, learning BlackBerry WebWorks or immersed in my web development projects. I just recently finished a four year Hons Degree in Business Information Systems at the International University of Management here in Namibia where I live and I’m currently working on setting up a consultancy.
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Ever since Allan got his first BlackBerry phone, the Curve 8520, he’s been hooked on BlackBerry. He quickly learned more and more about the BlackBerry platform and has since focused on sharing what he has learned with people around him. Among his huge network of contacts and friends, he is known as a certified BlackBerry Fanatic, helping them with their BlackBerry (smartphone and PlayBook) concerns.
At BlackBerry Empire, Allan continues to share his passion for BlackBerry with our growing number of global readers and followers. In the course of writing excellent features and reviews for the site, Allan has built his BlackBerry network in Asia Pacific, ranging from Developers to Accessory Manufacturers.
Although Allan maintains a busy schedule as an Organization Development Consultant and an Entrepreneur in the Philippines, he always finds time to promote BlackBerry and help people with their BlackBerry concerns, globally.
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