Robert Gessner is President of MCTV (formerly known as Massillon Cable TV) a family-owned company serving 47,000 Basic customers in two Northeast Ohio systems. Bob also serves as President of Massillon Cable Communications, an Internet Service Provider that serves 38,000 homes and businesses with cable modem, dial-up, dedicated fiber and co-location services in a six county area. Digital Phone service has been available since 2005. There are currently more than 19,000 Massillon Cable TV and Clear Picture customers with Digital Phone service. MCTV purchased Safeguard Security in 2010 and now offers security services for both business and residential customers, along with Personal Emergency Reporting Systems (PERS) medical alert service.
Bob's parents, Richard and Susan Gessner founded Massillon Cable TV in 1965. Bob earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1976. He began his cable career in 1979 when he returned to his hometown to be Massillon Cable TV's Marketing Manager; launching HBO and instituting the company's first computer customer billing system.
MCTV is still very much a mom and pop system. Both of Bob's parents still are active in company matters. His sister Elizabeth is Vice President and handles all local advertising sales. His wife Nancy assists with many Human Resource functions at all three companies. His older brother, Richard also serves on the company board.
Bob is currently Chairman of the American Cable Association ACA Board of Directors. He is also an active Board Member and past President of the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association and has served on several state committees for cable-related issues. Bob is also the past Chairman of the Board of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). Bob currently serves on many local boards including Stark Development Board, Massillon Development Foundation, FirstMerit Community Board, the Spring Hill Historic Home, and the Health Foundation of Greater Massillon.
On a personal note, Bob and Nancy have been married for over 30 years and have two adult daughters, Suzanne and Katherine, and one granddaughter, Martha. In recent years, Bob and Nancy have enjoyed several adventure vacations in various parts of the world.