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INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES
OF THE YEAR
Jorge Hernandez
OneLink Communications
Jorge Hernandez's title is CFO of OneLink Communications,
but his responsibilities go way beyond the fi nancial. " That
is not something that can be taught and certainly not
something that everyone has the talent to do, " says Ron
Dorchester, CEO of OneLink, which provides services
throughout Puerto Rico. An 18-year-telecom veteran,
Hernandez joined OneLink, Puerto Rico's largest cable
company, in 2005, growing revenue by 43 percent and
increasing EBITDA by approximately 55 percent since then.
You've worked all over the world. How does that global
perspective affect how you do your job?
JH: These experiences are with you for the rest
of your life... I've seen hyperinfl ationary markets,
signifi cant currency devaluations, political turmoil,
etc. and how successful businesses have
reacted and have continued on a successful
path. In today's economic environment,
it's very helpful.
Tom Marturano
Harron/MetroCast
Upon learning he was named an
Indie Financial Exec of the Year, Tom
Marturano knew that his cover was
blown. " I'd like to get my hands on
whoever nominated me for this because
I generally like to fl y under the
radar, " laughs the pres/COO of Harron
Communications, which provides TV,
high-speed Internet, digital phone and
business services under the name
MetroCast Communications.
Marturano started his career in the
early 1990s as a cable television investment
banker at Communications
Equity Associates, where he brokered
several deals for Frazer, Pennsylvania-based
Harron before joining the
company in 2005. " It's certainly a lot
different from being on the broker
side, " Marturano says. " When you're
a broker, you close the acquisition,
and then the deal's over. Here, once
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What challenges do you face in Puerto Rico?
JH: In Puerto Rico, we have operated in a recessionary
environment since 2006. Despite our recessionary
environment, we have managed to grow the business
consistently every year and improve the customer experience
significantly.
Where will OneLink's future growth come from?
JH: Internet will continue to spearhead growth and a
business/commercial sector focus. -Christine Champagne
FAST FACTS
■ Active in his community, Hernandez donates his time to many
worthy causes, including the Puerto Rico Down Syndrome
Foundation, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce " Quality
of Life " committee and Caguas Swim Club.
■ Hernandez oversees $200 million in revenues at OneLink.
the acquisition closes, that's when the
job begins. "
Marturano has been instrumental
in rebuilding MetroCast's subscriber
base, which had dwindled to 30,000 in
the wake of a 1999 asset sell off. Now,
MetroCast boasts 220,000 subscribers
in nine states, ranging from Mississippi
to Maine.
" It is in large part because of Tom's
FAST FACTS
■ In addition to an MBA from Drexel University, Marturano earned a B.S.E. degree in
electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. " I can change light bulbs
around here, " he cracks, adding, " When I walk into a headend, I sort of know what
I'm looking at, although I don't have the level of expertise that our engineers do. "
■ Since 2005, Marturano has led Harron through a financial restructuring,
numerous bank financings and equity raises, and he has managed nine
acquisitions in both new and existing regions.
■ Marturano is a die-hard Phillies fan.
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extensive fi nancial knowledge and understanding
of the cable industry that we
have been able to successfully establish
MetroCast as a leading service
provider in our markets, "
praises Harron
CEO and chairman
Jim Bruder. ■
-Christine
Champagne
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