SCTE members can release the collective breath they've been holding: Says finance committee chief Don Shackelford, "I checked our banks accounts before I came in here and we do have enough money to cover this event."
Tongue-in-cheek aside, Shackelford, Region 8 director, spoke to the annual membership meeting at the Cable-Tec show in Orlando, where SCTE also announced its new officers.
Shackelford's financial roundup for the year: Revenue was up 18 percent over 1999's, with a corresponding 17 percent increase in expenses. Net worth reached $1.3 million and cash flow was negative but still "way over" 1999's, but did not elaborate. The organization will soon pay off its new headquarters, which should help with expenses, he noted. Likewise, SCTE cut labor costs for its shows via online registering which precluded the need for contract show workers. A good 61 percent of Cable-Tec Expo attendees registered online.
SCTE also gave election results: Region 9 director Keith Hayes, Gibson Technical Services, is the group's new chair; Antec's Bob Foote and Region 12 director is Eastern vice chair; Western vice chair is Steve Allen, Cisco Systems Inc. and Region 1 director; Wes Burton, AT&T Broadband and Region 10 director is secretary; new treasurer is Communications Supply Group Inc.'s William Davis, Region 6 director; and executive committee member is Thomas Elliot, at-large director from CableLabs.
Other meeting highlights: SCTE is working on taking over DOCSIS 1.0 maintenance from CableLabs, and on increasing its visibility and standards efforts internationally; a new rule doubles the number of test proctors; SCTE revamped its Web site, including adding a job bank; and election participation was up to 22 percent from 14 percent in the past two years.