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REGIONALS
Our regional power players, presented in no particular order. Whether they are running local systems,
entire divisions or overseeing regional sports networks, these are the movers and shakers who are making
it happen on a local level.
BUCKEYE'S BULLSEYE
Allan Block
Chairman of the Board
Buckeye Broadband
Years in Cable: 32
Education: University of
Pennsylvania
Jeff Abbas
President & GM
Buckeye Broadband
Years in Cable: 25
Education: JD, Iowa; AB,
Government, Harvard
Among the accomplishments Abbas has achieved
in his years at Buckeye is the recent partnering
with Espial's Elevate SaaS video platform, which
helps increase easy access to OTT services including
YouTube and Netflix. The company's name
change two years ago (from Buckeye CableSystem)
to its current alliterative handle has proven to be a
good fit. Block has wisely said that the changes in
technology and broadband warranted the switch
and were the next step in Buckeye's evolution.
Allan Block
The biggest innovation in media/broadband
over the last year? Rollout of DOCSIS 3.1
Favorite restaurant: L'Espadon Ritz Paris
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?
Be honest, be strong, be smart.
Bitcoin - pro or con? Con.
If you could have a superpower, what would
it be and why? The ability to predict the future
because it would make business easy.
Jeff Abbas
Favorite restaurant: The Original Tony Packo's (Jamie
Farr, " Klinger " from M*A*S*H, got this one right)
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?
" Do your best. "
An area where media/broadband could use
improvement? The de-escalation of wholesale
programming cost increases, which are driving
traditionally loyal customers out of traditional
program offerings.
Bitcoin - pro or con? Pro-let the market decide.
What would be the name of the reality show
based on your company? " Wholly Toledo! "
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What product or service could you not live
without? Potable water-Toledo tried going
without it for a few days a while ago. I don't
recommend it.
What does the future look like for skinny
bundles and flexible packaging? Skinny
bundles are a stepping stone on the path toward
greater consumer choice-ranging from a la carte
offerings to " all-you-can-eat " super-bundles.
MADAM CHAIRMAN
EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY
Bill Bridgen
President, Group Leader
NBC Sports Regional
Networks
Years in Cable: 21
Education: BA, Gettysburg
College; JD, Temple Univ.
It's impossible for everyone
to win in sports, but don't
Patricia Jo Boyers
President & Vice Chairman
BOYCOM CABLEVISION
Years in Cable: 39
Education: University of Missouri; Columbia
Currently Boyers is working on a new fiber
buildout for BOYCOM customers, but she's
gearing up for an even bigger change workwise.
She'll be taking over as ACA chairman
when Bob Gessner's term is up. Boyers will be
the second woman ever to hold that office in
the 25 years of the organization.
Favorite restaurant: My own home country cooking!
Best advice your mom or dad ever gave you?
" Never start a fight, but if a fight comes to you,
always finish it! "
Your social media platform of choice? Why,
Facebook of course! How else can I keep up
with my granddaughters?
What would be the name of the reality show
based on your company? " Everything from
Nothing "
What product or service could you not live
without? Mascara
What's the first thing you read in the morning?
My Bible
If you could have a superpower, what would
it be and why? True Wisdom
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tell that to Bridgen, who oversees multiple
regions that continue to succeed. Both the Bay
Area and Chicago closed out 2017 as their
respective top cable markets. Bridgen's keenly
aware of the passion each region has for its
teams. That's something he keeps in mind as
he builds and develops the strengths of his
divisions as the cable and digital landscapes
continue to expand.
Favorite restaurant: It's a tie between Slanted
Door in San Francisco and Le Sereno in St Barts,
but Le Sereno has the better view.
What product or service could you not live
without? iPhone, although I was a longtime
Blackberry holdout. My iPhone apps remotely
control everything from my car to airline reservations
to lighting/Sonos system in my house. It's
too important to give up.
What's the first thing you read in the
morning? My email-I check to see what
happened across the various NBC RSN sports
networks overnight. It isn't hard work as I
would be reading about sports even if I wasn't
being paid for it.
What does the future look like for skinny
bundles and flexible packaging? Bleak. A la
carte isn't coming anytime soon to this industry.
And I don't think consumers would like what
would occur to the content if a la carte offerings
become the norm in the business.
Favorite podcast: Ben Maller, Fox Sports
Radio. The right mix of sarcasm, humor and
snarkiness.
If you could have a superpower, what
would it be and why? I would be able to fly
like Superman. I fly every week and the idea of
flying at supersonic speed without an airport
involved would be very nice and would get me
to my kids' sports/plays/school events.
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