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each served as ACA chairman and have put their
fingerprints all over the tier 2/tier 3 sector of the
industry. Schattenkerk is the chair of the NCTC. A year
ago, Wave announced that Zeitz would serve as the
company's president and COO. Also in 2015, the company
announced the acquisition of Layer42 Networks,
a provider of B2B Internet connectivity, colocation and
data transport services. Additionally, Schattenkerk has
led successful negotiations with AMC and NBCU, making
sure that Wave has the cash for its acquisitions and
technology innovations.
Steve Weed
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? OTT options will continue to
provide more customer choice
My dream would be for: Wineries to be connected to
the Internet of Things so it could automatically replenish
my cellar.
What was your first job? Scooping ice cream... Yum!
Favorite charity event you work with: RP 6 -
helps returning vets renter civilian work/life.
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1? I like
Gig E better!
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is...Go big - go Gig!
What should cable do to improve its image?
Ensure cable content is completely at our customers'
choice/option.
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car!
The technology that will most benefit cable over the
next year is: IP video delivered OTT by other retailers
My Starbucks order: A triple tall latte
Harold Zeitz
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Customers want a bundle
with and without sports. Sports accounts for about 50
percent of the cost of the bundle. Unlikely programmers
would agree to such a split. The clearest path for
customer choice is OTT and consumer created bundles.
Helping customers get OTT video choices is the path
that is accelerating.
Virtual reality is: Amazing, there will be many practical
uses that will surprise us. It is not just for gaming.
Imagine being able to tour a house or visit a faraway
city and it feel as real as if you were there. Imagine a
surgeon practicing a procedure...
What was your first job? Dishwasher at a restaurant
in a bowling alley in Kenmore, Washington.
Favorite charity event you work with: PUPS -
People United for Pets
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is...Where there is a way, there is a
better way.
What was the last costume that you wore and
why? M&M bag. It was Halloween at the office and I
was matching my outfit with my dog who went as a fun
size bag of M&Ms.
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What should cable do to improve its image?
Extract from appearing to raise rates because programmers
raise rates. Find a better alternative to the 12month
promo and step up pricing after promo. Should
also embrace OTT programming as an alternative strategy
to help customers get their video entertainment.
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Dinner and Netflix
New favorite binge: " Parks and Recreation "
My cable industry mentor and why: Steve Friedman.
Willingness to take the time to explain historical
context and unbelievable recall.
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Hoverboard
I watch the majority of programming on this
device: Samsung S7 Edge
Favorite Podcast: Freakonomics
My typical breakfast is: Yogurt and granola
My Starbucks order: Black Tea Lemonade
Patrick Knorr
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Essential to the future of the
video product both for networks and distributors
What was your first job? Video intern TCI Local Cable
Access- Manhattan, KS
If this election year was a reality TV series, it
would be called... " Barbarians At the Gate "
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless
car- total game changer
I watch the majority of programming on this
device: My television... but seldom live.
Wayne Schattenkerk
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" House of Cards "
What was your first job? Dishwasher
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Enjoying a
Notre Dame victory during football season
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car
My favorite newfound hobby: Wake surfing
Favorite vacation spot: Warm locales with excellent
scuba diving!
My typical breakfast is: Oatmeal, fruit and hot tea
My Starbucks order: Water - I've never liked coffee
19. THE KEY TO COMCAST
Christine Whitaker
Title: SVP, Comcast Keystone
Region
Years in Cable: 22
Education: BS, Accounting,
George Mason University,
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Courageous
Whitaker wasted no time making an impact on Comcast's
Keystone Region having joined the division
from Time Warner in 2015. Her efforts resulted in
one of the region's strongest annual performances.
This was accomplished in no small part due to her
regularly taking an active role in various parts of
the business such as transforming the region's two
billing systems into one.
May 2016
20. EXTREME ALASKA
Robert Ormberg
Title: VP of Content, GCI
Years in Cable: 31
Education: BA, Communications
& Business, University of
St. Thomas
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Persistent
Tina Pidgeon
Title: General
Counsel, Chief
Compliance Officer
& SVP Governmental
Affairs, GCI
Years in Cable:
20+
Education:
Bachelor's degree,
Government and International Affairs, University of Notre
Dame; JD, University of Virginia, School of Law
One Word that Best Describes Me: Efficient
Over the last nearly four decades, GCI has grown to
become the largest telecommunications provider in
Alaska with almost $1 billion in revenue. Ormberg
continues to negotiate contract renewals with several
major programming groups, continuing to grow the GCI
Channel viewership and expand over-the-top content
and other Internet-delivered video services. Pidgeon
serves as a strategic leader for legal, regulatory, compliance,
and policy initiatives, playing an instrumental role
in GCI's growth and development.
Robert Ormberg
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Cable operators will provide
more choices for their customers by partnering with
over-the-top services and offering skinny bundles of
existing programming.
What was your first job? Door to door sales with
Continental Cable in St. Paul, MN
Favorite charity event you work with: GCI's Alaska
Academic Decathlon
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is... Work hard. Play hard.
What was the last costume that you wore and
why? Mr. Incredible for Halloween
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Watching a
movie with the family
I watch the majority of programming on this
device: TV
My personal theme song is: " We Are the Champions "
by Queen
Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii in the winter and my
Alaskan cabin in the summer
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