Driving Innovation
Yearbook 2019

(Formally Driving Intrapreneurship)

Our IA community includes participants from more than 20 industry organizations and dozens of departments and skillsets. What these people all have in common is the desire to make a difference in their organizations – to drive change and add value. Please check out our yearbook to see which of your peers has earned the label intrapreneur! We hope to see you in future classes.

August – October 2019

  • Erin Beck, WOW!
  • Erin Beck
    Director
    External Financial Reporting
    WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
  • Beth Casteel, WOW!
  • Beth Casteel
     
    Director of Accounting
    WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
  • Kellie Chatham, WOW!
  • Kellie Chatham
    Senior Director of Tax & Compliance
    WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
  • Petr Kucheryavyy, Charter Communications
  • Petr Kucheryavyy
    Senior Accessibility Manager, UX Design. Spectrum Accessibility Office
    Charter Communications
  • Amy Lainge, Discovery
  • Amy Lainge
    Senior Director, Treasury Management
    Discovery
  • Mark Maynard, WOW!
  • Mark Maynard
    Director, Program Management
    WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
  • Casey Paiz, Charter Communications
  • Casey Paiz
    Lead Principle Engineer
    Charter Communications
  • Gema Salgado, Cox Communications
  • Gema Salgado
    Customer Experience Manager
    Cox Communications
  • Anna Skiadas, Comcast VIPER
  • Anna Skiadas
    Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Engineering
    Comcast VIPER
  • Charlie Yang, Comcast VIPER
  • Charlie Yang
    Senior Director, VIPER Architecture
    Comcast VIPER

Erin Beck

Erin Beck, WOW!
Director, External Financial Reporting
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Erin attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a Masters in Accountancy. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Erin accrued three years of Big 4 public accounting experience and four years in industry (two years in telecommunications). Erin is an avid runner and lover of the outdoors.

Beth Casteel

Beth Casteel, WOW!
Director of Accounting
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Upon graduating from the University of Colorado in 2004, Beth started her career in public accounting at KPMG, where she focused on real estate clients in the audit practice. She later joined the business valuation group, focusing on purchase accounting and goodwill impairment testing. Upon moving to the private sector in 2012, Beth has held accounting positions in several sectors including consumer goods, private equity, and electronic components. Beth has been a Director of Accounting at WOW! since 2018.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time outside with her husband and two children (Kate, 8 and Adam, 3), as well as undertaking various home improvement adventures.

Kellie Chatham

Kellie Chatham, WOW!
Senior Director, Tax & Compliance
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Kellie is a dynamic, energetic personality with 14+ years of progressive experience with industry-leading employers and a summa cum laude graduate from OleMiss with a Masters of Accountancy. After being recruited to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tax team in Memphis, TN and working in NYC, Dallas, TX and Washington D.C. over three years, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia for five years before deciding that a move back to the U.S. was in order. As a Colorado resident for seven years, she has taken her tax consulting skills and has worked in house at Western Union (financial services), American Midstream (oil & gas) and has run the tax department at WOW! Internet, Cable, and Phone for the past three years.

As an amateur chef, she has come to appreciate Denver’s vast variety of cuisine and craft brews. Her friends have described her as friendly, industrious and up for trying anything at least once. She is quite excited about joining the Cable Intrapreneurship program and when not out hiking or running, Kellie typically spends free time reading or watching science fiction based books and TV shows with her husband Bob, dog Sierra, and cat Raj.

Kaitlyn Haubrich

Kaitlyn Haubrich, Crown Media
Manager, Corporate Strategy
Crown Media Family Networks

As manager of corporate strategy at Crown Media Family Networks, some of Kaitlyn’s responsibilities include: developing near and long-term corporate initiatives and executions, preparing quarterly business reports, analyzing and presenting various programming data. While having only been in the television industry for a short time, Kaitlyn has utilized her various work experiences to refine and exercise her strategic and data-driven decision-making skills. Prior to joining Crown Media, Kaitlyn owned a small business and, also holds experience in radio promotion and sports event planning.

Andrew (Drew) Holland

Andrew (Drew) Holland, Discovery
Director of Data & Analytics
Discovery

Drew Holland is a media executive with 6 years’ experience in the media industry, currently a Director of Data Strategy and Analytics at Discovery, Inc. A Massachusetts native, Drew attended Fordham University and has lived in New York City ever since. At work, he is passionate about problem solving, answering previously unanswerable questions, and letting his curiosity drive him. In his spare time, he is passionate about nutrition, working out, and combat sports.

Sarah Jensen

Sarah Jensen, Crown Media
Director, Advertising Sales
Crown Media Family Networks

Sarah Jensen is the director of advertising sales at Crown Media Family Networks, home of three linear networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now; and e-book publishing division, Hallmark Publishing. Sarah is charged with managing the southeast advertising sales team, setting strategy and developing client relationships with established and prospective clients. Her oversight includes leading the team to achieve established annual sales goals and to capitalize on digital and added value opportunities.

In 2014, she was recognized by Cablefax as an “Overachiever under 30” and as the “Rookie Sales Person of the Year” in 2015. She also wrote an article titled “Four Basic Pillars of Sales”, which was published on Cablefax.com. Most recently, she was named to Multichannel News’ 2019 40 Under 40 list. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the College of the Holy Cross. She continues to be an active alumna as a member of the Holy Cross Alumni Association Board of Directors and as a class of 2008 Co-Chair. She currently resides in Manhattan.

Kristopher Kellner

Kristopher Kellner, Charter Communications
Senior Product Intelligence Developer
Charter Communications

Kristopher has been in the cable industry since 2005, starting with Brighthouse Networks in FL doing technical support. He worked through various positions in operations, workforce management and corporate finance, mostly focusing on gathering, aggregating and analyzing company data for management decision making. When Brighthouse was acquired by Charter, he relocated to Denver to join the product team and now provides reporting on Charter’s IPTV products.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking, snowboarding and playing board games.

Petr Kucheryavyy

Petr Kucheryavyy, Charter Communications
Senior Accessibility Manager, UX Design. Spectrum Accessibility Office
Charter Communications

Petr Kucheryavyy is a wellness coach, rehabilitation counselor, transformational speaker, and accessibility professional. His multi-faceted career has offered him a diverse approach to understanding people, their needs, and the realities they face in life.

Petr has experience working with service providers such as Vista Care Hospice and the Colorado Center for the Blind where he served as a Patient Care Specialist and Rehabilitation Counselor respectively. He has worked with a diverse group of clients and taught It’s Your Health, an innovative approach to health and wellness at Emory University, his alma mater. He later went on to complete his Wellness Coaching Certification with Wellcoaches Corporation. Petr’s commitment to accessibility brought Petr to Charter Communications, where he is currently building accessible employee and customer experiences as Senior Accessibility Manager.

Amy Lainge

Amy Lainge, Discovery
Senior Director, Treasury Management
Discovery

Amy has been providing her expertise in global treasury operations for more than 15 years across many industries. She is currently the Senior Director of Treasury at Discovery supporting US and Corporate treasury and leading many international treasury initiatives. Previously she was with Scripps Networks Interactive, which she joined in 2015, and assisted in relocating the treasury department from Cincinnati to Knoxville. She managed global treasury operations including cash management, investing, debt and FX, cash forecasting and bank relationships. Amy holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and her Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) credential.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Amy relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband and two daughters in 2015. When not at work, she enjoys being outdoors and researching new DIY projects for the house.

Nicolás Ramos Maseras

Nicolás Ramos Maseras, Discovery
Director of Finance
Discovery

Nicolás has more than 11 years’ experience in the cable industry, the last five spent at Discovery. He has an extensive background in finance, accounting and project management. In his role as Finance Director at Discovery, Nicolas develops financial, business, and strategic solutions for projects that span multiple teams (e.g., content, affiliate sales, ad sales, finance, business development, marketing, broadcast operations, etc.). He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buenos Aires University, and he received a master’s degree in business administration from the University Torcuato Di Tella. He married his university sweetheart and they have a 2-year-old boy who has hijacked his Instagram account (@nicoramos). When not at work, he enjoys cooking, travelling with family or friends, and binge-viewing.

Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard, WOW!
Director, Program Management
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Mark recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in telecom/cable. Mark started with US WEST back in 1989 and was with US WEST for eight years. From there, Mark made the leap to the CLEC world and worked for TW Telecom for 15 years. Mark's passion in Program and Project Management led him to WOW! Internet & Cable where he currently resides as Director of Program Management. Mark and his wife just celebrated their 30th Anniversary and have four children and two grandchildren. When not working, Mark likes to enjoy various challenges and loves to play outdoor sports, softball, football, volleyball and more and is also an avid musician. On the weekends Mark is a DJ and enjoys getting the crowds going at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, corporate and private parties. Mark's philosophy is the music is never loud enough. Mark graduated from Colorado Christian University in 1991 with a BA degree in Business Management.

Casey Paiz

Casey Paiz, Charter Communications
Lead Principle Engineer
Charter Communications

Casey has been in the Pay TV arena for 20 years. He worked for Echostar as an embedded systems engineer, then moved to Charter where he works in the Advanced Set top Box Engineering group. He graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a BS in Computer Science in 1998. He is married and has three wonderfully bright and sometimes challenging daughters.

Fun fact: A slightly unusual combination of interests led him to be simultaneously the president of the Yoga Club and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) while at Fort Lewis College. Interests: Intersection of moral philosophy and technology. Live Music. Balance exercises such as slack lining, skateboarding, and unicycling. Anything outdoors - camping, hiking, skiing, birdwatching, etc.

Phyllis Peters

Phyllis Peters, Mediacom
Senior Director, Communications
Mediacom

As senior director for communications, Phyllis’ responsibilities are to provide external audiences with information and lead community engagement in ways that are positive for our company’s reputation. Her position combines communication functions with media relations, community relations and advocacy. Phyllis started with Mediacom in the fall of 2005, making a mid-career switch to her first position with a for-profit company.

Phyllis is passionate about coalition-building, civic engagement, and being part of organizations that work to advance equality and opportunity for all individuals. She served as the Governor’s appointee to the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (2008-2018) and chaired the Commission under Governors of both political parties. She earned a BA degree in journalism and political science from Iowa State University (Ames), and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University (Des Moines).

Gema Salgado

Gema Salgado, Cox Communications
Customer Experience Manager
Cox Communications

Gema joined Cox Communications in 2006, and has held various Individual contributor and leadership roles. In her current role as Customer Experience Manager, she manages the Executive Escalations and Close Loop Feedback Teams, responsible for achieving effective resolution of Executive and Regulatory Escalations, and Net Promoter Score surveys. She is passionate about identifying and embracing process improvements to enhance business operations and the customer and employee experience. She drives to educate on voice of the customer insight discovered through these various interactions, and works with cross-functional partners to achieve effective solutions. When not at work, she enjoys hiking throughout Phoenix and Sedona, spending time with family and friends, and continuing her professional and personal development.

Jessika Santamaria

Jessika Santamariar, Liberty Global - Panama
VP Financial Planning and Analysis
Liberty Latin America, Panama

Jessika received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University (Panama Branch); and an MBA in Finance from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia (Panama).

Jessika has 18 years of experience in finance in the telco industry, particularly in the planning area.

Angela Schwartz

Angela Schwartz, Charter Communications
Program Manager
Charter Communications

Angie manages several projects from development, system test cycle, employee field trial/Beta and customer launch. Angie, also assists with creation and tracking of project schedules, and manages internal organizations to meet customer dates through communication with all key stakeholders. Angie has over 19 years of experience working with reputable cable/technology companies including Media One Group, Jones Cable, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, among others. Angie has demonstrated her proven ability to deliver revenue, productivity and improvements through well managed, on‐time projects and her commitment to excellence.

Angie is a dog-lover and proud mom of three children. She keeps busy with her kids’ sports activities in her spare time. She has been a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications since 2008. Angie’s education includes San Diego State University and University of Phoenix.

Anna Skiadas

Anna Skiadas, Comcast VIPER
Senior Manager, Quality Assurance Engineering
Comcast VIPER

Anna received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Bioenvironmental Engineering and started her career as a research engineer, data mining and developing mathematical models using ACSL (Advanced Continuous Simulation Language) software. That exposure to programming, Unix and the analytical skills from her engineering background led her to transition to a career in IT, starting as a performance tester. Over the years, Anna was given opportunities to lead performance and functional test teams, working closely with business analysts, developers and subject matter experts to continually improve her QA skills and develop best practices with and for her colleagues to optimize quality.

She made her way to Denver from New Jersey 16 years ago, and her current position is Senior Manager of the System Integration Test (SIT) team at Comcast VIPER. She loves everything Colorado has to offer as far as the outdoors, although she does miss the sea – her husband and two young daughters get outside and travel as often as they can.

Valerie Spinosi

Valerie Spinosi, Comcast
Manager, Competitive Planning & Strategy
Comcast

As Manager in the Competitive Planning and Strategy team of Comcast NBCUniversal, Valerie Spinosi assists with identifying key competitors in the Internet, Mobile, Video, and Home product verticals and works to increase customer relationships through joint efforts with field partners, marketing and finance teams. Val also works to identify points of view regarding new competitive technology such as 5G and partners with various internal colleagues such as Government Affairs and Mobile teams. Val has more than eight years of experience with data, problem solving and recently product knowledge. Previously, Val worked in internal audit at Comcast and Risk Assurance at PwC. Val received her Bachelors of Human Resources and Management Information Systems from Temple University.

Geoff Swanson

Geoff Swanson, Charter Communications
Manager, Video Products
Charter Communications

In his role he creates technical documentation which aids in development, deployment, and support of interactive program guide products. Geoff’s scope of work ranges from structured internal program documentation to online customer-facing support articles, and everything in between.

Geoff came to Charter in early 2017 following the merger with Time Warner Cable, where he had a similar role for five years with increasing responsibility across several product lines. Geoff graduated from Syracuse University with an engineering degree, where he met and married his wife Mary. They raised their son Denny in Syracuse, NY and relocated along with their three cats to Denver in 2017. Geoff enjoys camping, reading, and music.

Renee Wong-Brissett

Renee Wong-Brissett, FLOW/Liberty Latin America
Director, Regional B2B Marketing at FLOW
Liberty Latin America

Renee is a results-driven commercial professional with multi-functional competencies and experience in accounting, project management, sales and marketing within the FMCG and Telecoms industries. She excels with excellent planning, organizational and project management skills supported by world-class leadership training.

Renee is a strong communicator with good interpersonal skills which have resulted in being highly effective in engaging and motivating third party agencies to deliver excellence. She has a proven ability and solid track record in making sound decisions using consumer insights, commercial and practical considerations. Renee collaborates and coaches well, and able to influence strategically to deliver big projects successfully through colleagues and a high performing team.

Charlie Yang

Charlie Yang, Comcast VIPER
Senior Director, VIPER Architecture
Comcast VIPER

As Senior Director of VIPER Architecture, Charlie is responsible for Comcast end to end IP Video delivery architecture that serves tens of millions of subscribers. Charlie works with senior management from the product, engineering, and program to build large distributed system to solve complex problems. Charlie promotes innovative, cost-effective, and resilient solutions with his team. Charlie fostered a creative team environment with multiple patent applications filed every quarter.

Before joining Comcast, Charlie successfully deployed scalable streaming media system for AT&T/DirectTV Now with million+ users at Harmonic. Charlie built industry reference analog to the digital decoder that brought over 100 million revenue at RGB Networks. Charlie designed and implemented the first digital ad insertion device (CherryPicker) that won the Emmy Technology and Engineering Award at Terayon Communications. Charlie has three patents.

Jessica (Yuanfang) Wang

Jessica (Yuanfang) Wang, WOW!
Senior Director, Revenue Accounting & Analysis
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Jessica provides revenue accounting guidance and analysis to various business partners. Starting her career with PwC, Jessica had seven years' experience in public accounting and five years' experience in technical accounting and financial reporting with publicly-traded multinational corporations.

Jessica specializes in accounting research, SEC reporting, project management, corporate accounting, SOX compliance and ASC 606 revenue recognition. Jessica graduated from University of Southern California with a master's degree in Accounting and Peking University with a dual degree in Finance and E-commerce.

April – June 2019

  • Kelly Blair, Charter Communications
  • Kelly Blair
    Senior Manager
    Strategic Initiatives
    Charter Communications
  • Bernard Drai, Charter Communications
  • Bernard Drai
    Director of Business Development Wireless Initiative
    Charter Communications
  • Chris Dura, Charter Communications
  • Chris Dura
    UX Technologist
    Charter Communications
  • Zach Jensen, Charter Communications
  • Zach Jensen
    Senior Manager, XD Development Portals
    Charter Communications
  • Mark Langseth, Charter Communications
  • Mark Langseth
    Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management
    Charter Communications
  • Matt Maraist, ACA
  • Matt Maraist
    Manager of Digital Communications
    ACA Connects
  • Susan Turner, Charter Communications
  • Susan Turner
    Senior Manager, Video Production
    Charter Communications
  • Brendan Wilson, Cox Communications
  • Brendan Wilson
    Senior Manager, Customer Care Education
    Cox Communications

Kelly Blair

Kelly Blair, Charter Communications
Senior Manager
Strategic Initiatives
Charter Communications

In her role as Senior Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Kelly develops technical, business, and strategic solutions for projects that span multiple teams (e.g. software engineering, finance, business development, marketing, front-end development, etc.). Kelly is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. She is skilled in strategic and data-driven decision-making across multiple teams. She holds a master’s degree in business analytics from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing her second master’s at DU in information systems. Originally from Los Angeles, Kelly came out to Denver to attend the University of Denver and immediately fell in love with the city. When not at work, she enjoys running her golden retriever puppy (he's seven years old), going to sporting events (go Avs) and spending time with friends.

Dustin Chryst

Dustin Chryst, Cable ONE
Director, Division Marketing
Cable ONE/Sparklight

Dustin has more than 11 years’ experience in the cable industry, the last seven spent at Cable ONE/Sparklight. He has an extensive background in sales and was previously a manager of retail sales and operations at Cox Communications before joining Cable ONE. Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Arizona State University. Dustin is a native Phoenician (as in Phoenix, not the ancient Mediterranean civilization) and has lived in the valley his whole life. He married his high school sweetheart and they have three rambunctious boys: ages 9, 6 and 1. In his free time, he likes to get outdoors to camp, fish, hunt and hike with family and friends.

Alan Cloutier

Alan Coutier, Charter Communications
Technical Manager
C-SPAN

A graduate of Purdue University and 14-year veteran of C-SPAN, Alan manages the people and processing behind the recording, archiving, cataloguing, and distribution of C-SPAN video and data via c-span.org and other platforms. Alan’s specialties include: AWS Architecture, LAMP development, ffmpeg tools, database management, and project management. In the past he helped build the Peabody Award winning C-SPAN Video Library and the Congressional Chronicle. Outside of work, Alan enjoys spending time with his two boys/dinosaurs ages 3 and 6 (the boys, not the dinosaurs) and some years he finds time for a triathlon.

Bernard Drai

Bernard Drai, Charter Communications
Director of Business Development
Wireless Initiative
Charter Communications

Bernard considers himself “French among Americans”, having received a Diploma of Engineer at Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master of History at the University of Paris. Bernard is an international leader in developing and promoting IT, WiFi, and telecom innovation. One of Bernard’s special talents is hunting, pioneering, marketing, and promoting new technologies and rapidly maximizing new market potential. Bernard has traveled to 64 countries and is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Chris Dura

Chris Dura, Charter Communications
UX Technologist
Charter Communications

Chris started out with an art degree in animation and opted to stay in Denver instead of pursuing the shiny lights of feature film work out in Hollywood. He took creative odd jobs and freelance work, including at a small consultancy firm where he specialized in animation, graphics, and creating interactive presentations for courtroom litigation. Chris has always been very technically-minded and out of necessity, taught himself enough to become a novice coder/hacker. Eventually, he landed at Time Warner Cable, lured by the temptation of 20-million end users, and began to focus on higher-level UX processes. He developed a passion for Inclusive Design (AKA Accessibility) and became the de facto “prototyper” for the TWC design team, where he stayed until Charter Communications acquired TWC several years ago. Here at Charter, Chris is working to create an agnostic UI Component Library implementation of the Design System.

Adam Eng

Adam Eng, Comcast
Engineer 3
Comcast

Adam has been at Comcast for the last seven years. He is currently serving as an Infrastructure Engineer on the Comcast Technology Solutions VOD Syndication System, which ingests content from providers, modifies the asset package (such as transcoding and metadata manipulation), then delivers the results to affiliates. He is experienced in managing projects, leadership, fostering innovation, leveraging agile practices, and utilizing lean principles. Adam is goal oriented with problem solving and relationship building skills. Adam received a BS in electrical engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. Adam lives in Golden Colorado with his wife, Heidi. They have dogs and chickens (and tons of eggs!).

Zach Jensen

Zach Jensen, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, XD Development Portals
Charter Communications

Zach is a graduate of Colorado State University and has been at Charter Communications for more than four years. Zach is passionate about software, design, customer experience, guitar, fishing, and people. He loves his job because of the people that he gets the privilege to interact with and the experiences that he is able to take part in delivering. Zach spends his free time with his wife and dog, playing guitar, and bass fishing. He and his wife, Kayla, are expecting their first child this August.

Mark Langseth

Mark Langseth, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management
Charter Communications

Mark has worked at Charter Communications for almost six years. In his role as Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management, he creates and executes marketing plans and targeting strategies to increase “out-of-home” WiFi market coverage, brand exposure, usage, and subscriber growth. He is responsible for budgeted goals, spend, contract negotiations, market research, product support, and new WiFi market launches. He also leads cross-functional deployment teams tasked with designing, installing, and activating WiFi access points in stadiums, arenas, city properties, event venues, and businesses. Mark is a dynamic and passionate professional with over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and analyzing sales and marketing strategies that deliver customer growth, exceed revenue targets, and strengthen brands.

Matt Maraist

Matt Maraist, ACA
Manager of Digital Communications
ACA Connects

Since joining ACA last May, Matt manages digital marketing efforts for the association. Matt’s areas of expertise include web design, audio/music recording, photography, and social media marketing. Matt received a B.S. in communication and media studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Philip McMahon

Philip McMahon, Comcast
iOS & Roku Engineering Manager
Comcast

Philip’s role is to manage the iOS and Roku Player Platform Engineering teams at Comcast VIPER (Video IP and Engineering Research). He spends his days circumventing roadblocks and encouraging his team to perform at the best level they can. A seasoned co-founder, Philip built and acquired funding for three separate software companies. He has 17 years of software engineering and management experience. Philip received 1st Class Honours from Queens University of Belfast, where he earned his B.S. in computer science. He also holds one patent.

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller, Charter Communications
Senior Instructional Designer
Charter Communications

Danielle’s role at Charter is to consult with stakeholders and design unique learning solutions for sales teams–from Field to National Accounts. She collaborates with business leaders, project managers, and subject matter experts to determine and respond to current training needs, and to design/build appropriate training solutions in support of organizational/business unit objectives. Danielle received a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University. Change and innovation are her passions. Danielle considers herself a life-long learner and thrives on seeing new ways of doing things, bringing new concepts or software into the picture and never stops being interested in what's around the next corner.

Phyllis Peters

Phyllis Peters, Mediacom
Senior Director, Communications
Mediacom

Phyllis has held a variety of communications roles with her 15+ year career at Mediacom. In her current role, Phyllis is responsible for media relations and external communications in local regions and communities where Mediacom is a provider of broadband and telecommunications services. A larger component of the communications duties is to find new and better ways to deliver Mediacom’s message to external audiences, and engage with key stakeholders in communities Mediacom serves. Phyllis claims she’s not a tech-oriented person, but “I do get excited about the new things I learn and see in this industry every day, and the fast pace of change may be a prevention for dementia. I'm anxious to make change happen in my areas of responsibility.” Phyllis earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University College of Business and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.

Vig Sampath

Vig Sampath, Comcast
Salesforce Admin/Business Analyst
Comcast

Relatively new to the cable industry and Comcast Technology Solutions (CTS), Vig, in his current role, works with an array of business units (support, sales, legal, finance, etc.) and the CRM engineering team to facilitate the implementation of new and enhanced features for the company’s Salesforce platform. He performs salesforce.com administration tasks and conducts in-depth requirements analysis for large scale initiatives. Vig received a B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Denver at the Daniels College of Business. Outside of work, he focuses on some of the most important aspects of living -- family, friends, and travel.

Brett Schwarz

Brett Schwarz, Cable ONE
Field Tech Supervisor
Cable ONE/Sparklight

Brett’s background exceeds 25 years in the telecom industry. His field experience ranges from installing early residential earth station antennas (12 ft. satellite dishes) to now installing PON networks and complex business products. Leadership and collaboration are his paramount skillsets, which have encompassed training broadband technicians and now managing fulfillment staff along with implementation of new services. He is always seeking opportunities to network through his organization to allow cross-department perspectives, and fosters cultural improvements during process integration. Brett received a B.B.A. from Boise State University.

Mike Sobotor

Mike Sobotor, Mediacom
Senior Director, IP Development
Mediacom

With more than 14 years at Mediacom, and as senior director of IP development, Mike is responsible for all residential IP product development. This ranges from testing and certifying new DOCSIS CPE as well as the accompanying services that operate on top of them. Mike works with senior management to develop new product requirements, and in turn finds appropriate vendor partners to develop and deploy new technology services. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Susquehanna University, and completed Harvard Business School’s Cable Executive Management program. Hobbies include spending time with his family as well as coaching baseball, soccer and basketball. He also enjoys the outdoors (fishing, mountain biking, and hiking).

Hardik Thakkar

Hardik Thakkar, Charter Communications
Principal App Architect
Charter Communications

As a Principal App Architect at Charter, Hardik’s current responsibilities include working with various teams to design and deliver new features; providing thought leadership and ideas to client teams on how to implement new features and improve quality; and leading the team of architects responsible for overall Spectrum TV front-end architecture. Hardik has 14 years of experience in software development life cycle process, including gathering and analyzing business requirements and hands-on software design and development. Hardik received a bachelor of engineering in information technology from Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University. Hardik is open to new ideas and is not afraid to takes risks.

Susan Turner

Susan Turner, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, Video Production
Charter Communications

With more than 30 years in the cable industry, Susan has a proven record of diversified marketing, project management, and customer service management experience. Susan joined Charter Communications via the Time Warner Cable merger, where she worked since 2007. She is a highly-organized, results-driven planner with the ability to implement and direct programs and projects to meet deadlines. Susan successfully manages and directs multiple projects simultaneously, keeping focused on company objectives. She is skilled in creating successful stakeholder relationships. Susan is a graduate of Skyline College in California. Susan is a dog lover and works with and supports various animal rescues. She is learning to play the ukulele just for fun.

Brendan Wilson

Brendan Wilson, Cox Communications
Senior Manager, Customer Care Education
Cox Communications

As senior manager of customer care education, Brendan’s responsibilities include: leading a team responsible for ensuring internal and outsourced Care contact channels have the education and communications necessary to support Cox customers; and partnering with talent management and development business partners, Care leaders, and senior Cox leadership to ensure training strategy, content, and delivery align with Care’s goals and business objectives. Prior to joining Cox, he spent six and half years as a business technology consultant for Deloitte. Brendan received a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University.

January – March 2019

  • Pedro Baez, Liberty Latin America
  • Pedro Baez
    Senior Installation Manager
    Liberty Latin America, Puerto Rico
  •  Kat Berry - SD Marketing and Advertising
  • Kat Berry
    Senior Director
    S&D Marketing and Advertising
  • Cori Betancourt, Liberty Latin America
  • Cori Betancourt
    Finance Director
    Cable & Wireless, Panama
  • Francesca Bliss, NCTA
  • Francesca Bliss
    Senior Writer
    NCTA - The Internet and Television Association
  • Lorena Chavarria, Liberty Latin America - Honduras
  • Lorena Chavarria
    Senior Marketing Regional Manager
    Liberty Latin America - Honduras
  • Jimmy Freimark, Charter
  • Jimmy Freimark
    Senior Mgr Engineering
    Charter
  • Manoj Hebbaradi, Charter
  • Manoj Hebbaradi
    Software Engineer
    Charter
  • Michelle Hurt, Charter
  • Michelle Hurt
    Senior Mgr. Engineering
    Charter
  • Sydney Lauer, Sand Cherry and Associates
  • Sydney Lauer
    Manager
    Sand Cherry and Associates
  • Robert Mengert, Senior Mgr Engineering, Charter
  • Robert Mengert
    Senior Mgr. Engineering
    Charter
  • Jeremy Messner, Charter
  • Jeremy Messner
    Principal Engineer
    Charter
  • Tracy Norris, Cable One
  • Tracy Norris
    Web Development Manager
    Cable One
  • Krithika Raman, Comcast
  • Krithika Raman
    President, Product Engineering
    Comcast - India Engineering Center
  • Edward Rankin, Cable One
  • Edward Rankin
    Business Fulfillment Manager
    Cable One
  • Joshua Rodriguez, Charter
  • Joshua Rodriguez
    API Test Lead
    Charter
  • Kristin Turner, Liberty Global
  • Kristin Turner
    People Director
    Liberty Global

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