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23. CHASING AMY
Amy M. Lynch
Title: Regional VP,
Operations, California,
Comcast
Years in Cable: 18
Education: BA, University
of Connecticut
Best Advice in 7 Words
or Less: Work hard, there
are no short cuts.
Lynch leads 2,500 employees who are part of the
company's technical operations and communication
operations teams. She and her team are always looking
forward to another exciting and productive year. As
2015 continues, watch for Lynch to help Comcast
integrate a number of new subscribers and markets
in California, including most of Southern California, if
the Time Warner Cable and Charter transactions go
through. When she's not working or mentoring, Lynch
enjoys traveling abroad.
I watch most programming on this device:
X1 Entertainment Platform
24. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Robert Gessner
Title: President, MCTV/ACA
Years in Cable: 36
Education: BBA, The College of William and Mary (1976)
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Grow old, but don't
grow up.
Gessner, a tireless advocate for small- and mid-sized
operators, was elected Chairman of the American Cable
Association in 2014. " This is a critical time because the
issues have never been tougher or the stakes higher
for the independent cable community, " he said after the
votes were in. With his focus on educating policymakers
about the vital role the indie sector plays in the
communications market and the need for policies that
foster investment in their networks, both MCTV and ACA
couldn't be in better hands.
Should the industry embrace or reject " virtual
MSOs " and why? Embrace. Even the industry has only
the strength to delay them, not reject them.
If I had a show on YouTube it would be called...
" Enjoy life outdoors instead of watching this stupid show. "
Favorite screen: Computer-spend more time in front of
it than any other.
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Rolex (but I don't have one).
Wayne Schattenkerk
Title: CFO, Wave Broadband
Number of Years in Cable: 14
Education: BS Accounting, University of Notre Dame;
MBA, University of Washington
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Figure out how to best
enjoy life.
In 2012, Cablefax honored Wave Broadband with
its Independent Operator of the Year Award, noting
Wave's ongoing pledge to customer service and
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If I could interrupt Kanye West just once, I would
tell him... I don't know who you are.
I wish Congress would just... stop talking about
bipartisanship and do something about it.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Never use any.
My favorite newfound hobby: Cooking
If Disney hired me to reboot " Star Wars " I would...
decline. The original, despite its now simple story and
effects, is the original so don't ruin it.
The technology that will most benefit cable over the
next year is... fiber optics.
Favorite Cable Show memory: The " Lead Balloon "
launch in Las Vegas. They forced everyone to stay outside
in the broiling Nevada sun while a hot-air balloon trailing
a giant plastic bag of party balloons was raised overhead.
At the big moment, the bag was supposed to open and
the balloons both rise and fall. Well, it just didn't work and
everyone was so hot and tired, they just shrugged and
walked inside where technology and industry progress
was waiting.
Desert island album: Don Henley - Actual Miles
Favorite TV show as a kid: Little kid - " Rocky &
Bullwinkle "
Dish I can make and that would impress a celebrity
chef: Pork chops with a mustard-wine reduction sauce.
25 THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Steve Weed
Title: CEO, Wave
Broadband
Years in Cable:
34+
Education: Harvard
Business School
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Happy employees
create happy customers.
Steve Friedman
Title: CFO, Wave Broadband
Number of Years in Cable: 34+
Education: BS, Accounting, University
of Southern California
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Think on behalf of the
customer.
dedication to making sure there's a great group of
people working both at customer service centers and
in the field. Fittingly, Weed, Friedman and Schattenkerk
were on hand to accept the accolade. Three
years later, the three still complement each other,
which leads to maximum effectiveness. Schattenkerk
brings financial expertise and a focus on the customer
to his position. Weed recently signed a letter of intent
regarding Wave's interest in taking over operations
of the struggling Click. Friedman, who rounds out the
trio, is known for his tireless work regarding raising
the visibility of retransmission consent overhaul.
Synergy at its finest.
Friedman
Should the industry embrace or reject " virtual
MSOs " and why? Embrace, to enhance customer choice
over a programming model controlled by programmers
without regard to the customer.
I wish Congress would just... think of the issues with
the public in mind.
Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Twitter
Favorite vacation spot: Any baseball stadium
My favorite business/motivational book: Bo's Lasting
Lessons by John Bacon (Bo Schembechler)
Schattenkerk
Should the industry embrace or reject " virtual
MSOs " and why? Embrace-it is filling a customer
need, and offering them another choice.
What's your favorite screen? My laptop
Apple iWatch or Rolex? Neither
Favorite vacation spot: Wherever it is warm and the
diving is good!
Desert island album: Jimmy Buffett - A1A
26. NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Ron Duncan
Title: President, CEO & Co-Founder,
GCI
Education: BA, Economics, Johns
Hopkins University; MBA, from Harvard
Business School.
Greg Chapados
Title: EVP & COO, GCI
Education: BA, magna cum laude,
Harvard University; JD, magna cum
laude, Harvard Law School
Tina Pidgeon
Title: General Counsel & Chief Compliance
Officer; SVP, Governmental
Affairs, GCI
Education: Bachelor's degree,
University of Notre Dame; Law degree,
University of Virginia, School of Law
Duncan, Chapados, and Pidgeon continue to steer
GCI into the future as a broadband leader not only
in Alaska, but for the entire cable industry. The trio
represents the very best of the industry's entrepreneurial
spirit as this team demonstrates leadership
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