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REGIONALS
promised jet packs.
John Feehan
Title: EVP & CFO, Patriot
Media, RCN & Grande Communications
Jeffrey
B. Kramp
Title: EVP, Secretary & General
Counsel, Patriot Media, RCN
& Grande Communications
Years in Cable: 5
Education: JD
One Word that Best Describes
Me: Adaptive
Too many cooks in the kitchen? Nah, this executive suite
functions like a well-oiled machine. They sold Patriot
Media to Comcast for one of the highest prices on record,
and also turned around Choice in Puerto Rico before
making money for their investor group. In other words,
these executives are committed to the cable industry.
Among individual achievements and qualities, Simmons
executive-produced a documentary educational issues
that earned a Regional Emmy Award. Holanda brings
diversity to the company, having worked throughout
the U.S. including Missouri, where he was Regional VP
of operations for Charter, Gdovin handles negotiation
of programming and retrans consent agreements and
Rohre provides management for technical and business
operations.
Steve Simmons
Biggest Innovation in Cable Over the Last Year:
Most MSOs putting serious capital investments into
DOCSIS 3.1
Last show I watched: " House of Cards " on Netflix
First job: Assistant Professor at the University of California
teaching law and government to undergraduates
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1? The
ability to offer our customers faster access to what they
want from the Internet
How can cable improve its image: All cable companies
need to continue to improve their customer service
and NPS scores.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Newfound Hobby: Learning to surf
Jim Holanda
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? As a distributor for our
programming partners, it looks bleak. As a consumer, it
is getting better all the time.
What was your first job? My first job in cable was as
installer for Comcast in 1988
Name of my favorite Spotify playlist: Don't have
one, I'm still old school and have my album collection
from the '70s & '80s
My cable industry mentor and why: That's easy.
Steve Simmons. He is simply the best person I know.
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Definitely
drone.... after all, we were the generation that were
Cablefax: The Magazine
I watch the majority of programming on this
device: The good old fashion TV (now in 116 " )
My Starbucks order: Egg white turkey bacon and a
Grande bold with room
John Gdovin
What was your first job? In the business was right
out of college with the local phone company that quickly
became a startup cable MSO
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is... There is plenty of time to sleep later
Best way to spend a Saturday night: With family
and a cold beer or a Napa Cabernet
My cable industry mentor and why: Steve Simmons,
Cable HOF member, an industry founder and
entrepreneur; Jim Holanda, extraordinary cable CEO
and leader; Mike Mahoney, cable industry executive;
Mark Haverkate, cable friend, partner and visionary.
My personal theme song is: " Takin' Care of Business "
- BTO
Favorite vacation spot: Annual Virginia Beach trip
with family
My typical breakfast is: Bacon and eggs or Cheerios
with banana
My Starbucks order: Venti Bold with cream
Matthew Rohre
What was your first job? My first job in cable was
demonstrating to customers how to watch one channel
and record another at the same time using an A/B
switch or Panasonic Switcher.
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is... The journey is more important
than the destination.
Name of my favorite Spotify playlist: Texas Country
Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Apparently
they are all too dangerous!
Favorite Podcast: TED Radio Hour
Favorite vacation spot: Seaside, Florida
My Starbucks order: Plain old coffee with nothing in it...
Chris Fenger
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year:
DOCSIS 3.1
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Very Limited
Virtual reality is: The Riches Are In the Niches
What was your first job? Manager trainee, New
Channels
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1? Promise
What should cable do to improve its image? Change its
name
Best way to spend a Saturday night: Napa Cab with
my wife
My cable industry mentor and why: Bob Miron/Steve
Simmons, Lou Bonelli
Hover board, driverless car or drone: Drone
Favorite vacation spot: St. Michaels, MD
May 2016
Rob Roeder
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year:
DOCSIS 3.1
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? Operators reside directly in
the middle of a chasm between what consumers want
and what programmers demand. I don't see this untenable
position dramatically changing in the near term.
My dream would be for golf balls to be connected to
the Internet of Things so it could be found (golfers will
understand)
Virtual reality is: The promise of immersive technology
creating a new interactive platform for the medical,
educational and entertainment industries
Last show I watched not on my network(s):
" Mozart In the Jungle "
Patrick Murphy
Favorite charity event you work with: YWCA, my
wife was the president local chapter, I worked bingo
every Friday night as a fundraiser.
What excites you most about DOCSIS 3.1? It's not
the speed that excites me but the ability to give a better
experience to the customer on multiple devices.
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So
if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and Prosper, "
mine is... Take action now!
If this election year was a reality TV series, it
would be called... " The Silly Season "
My favorite hashtag is: #getitdone
John Feehan
The biggest innovation in cable over the last year:
DOCSIS 3.1
My dream would be for my keys to be connected to
the Internet of Things so it could not drive me crazy
when I lose them!
Virtual reality is: A platform for fantastic entertainment
as well as immense innovation in a number of
industries including medical, etc..
Last show I watched not on my network(s): A
Netflix movie
" Star Trek " celebrates its 50th Anniversary this
year. So if Mr. Spock's motto is " Live Long and
Prosper, " mine is... Bears and Bulls get rich... Pigs
get slaughtered!
If this election year was a reality TV series, it
would be called... " Are You Smarter Than a 5th
Grader? "
Jeffrey Kramp
What does the future look like for skinny bundles
and flexible packaging? It will all be dictated by
customer demand and cable's competition
My dream would be for nothing to be connected to the
Internet of Things so it could not be a threat to the future
of mankind (SkyMet. . . ahem).
Virtual reality is: Fascinating but not ready for prime
time
Last show I watched not on my network(s): " Schitt's
Creek "
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