Amos B. Hostetter, Jr.
Chairman, Pilot House Associates, LLC
Amos B. "Bud" Hostetter, Jr., has been called a nice guy who finished first.* He co-founded Continental Cablevision, which grew to be the third largest cable television system operator in the country, in 1963. Building from his initial investment of $4,000, Forbes magazine in 1994 valued his stake in the company at $800 million, and U.S. West Media Group purchased Continental Cablevision in 1996 for $10.8 billion. Hostetter is known as a "technological innovator"** and has been called "the pre-eminent statesman of the cable industry."*** His passion for having a positive effect on the cable industry is obvious, and his accomplishments are too numerous to list completely: He has served as chairman of C-SPAN; director and chair of NCTA; director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and a member of Children's Television Workshop's board. Hostetter was the founding chairman of Cable in the Classroom and serves on its executive committee. He is a trustee of Amherst College; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; WGBH-TV in Boston; and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. He has been awarded almost every honor in the communications industry: Broadcasting & Cable magazine's "Hall of Fame" for lifetime contributions to the industry; the NCTA "Larry Boggs Award" (now the "Vanguard Award") for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the cable industry; the Cable Television Public Affairs Association "Beacon Award" for contributions to industry public affairs efforts; C-TAM's "Grand TAM Award." He's been honored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation for his efforts to increase diversity in the cable workforce, and has received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Harvard Business School (from which he received his MBA in 1961). Hostetter serves on The National Cable Television Center and Museum board of directors. * Cablevision magazine, April 24, 1989. ** Denver Rocky Mountain News, February 28, 1996 *** Glenn Jones, Chairman and CEO, Jones International