For the first time in more than two decades, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) added two members to the organization's Hall of Fame in the same year.
At a luncheon held Wednesday, SCTE inducted OpenTV CEO and Chairman Jim Chiddix and SCTE charter member Bob Bilodeau to the Hall. The last time two members shared those honors in the same year happened in 1979 when the Society added Kenneth Gunter and Ralph Haimowitz to the Hall of Fame.
Chiddix, a well-known industry leader and innovator who spent most of his recent cable engineering career as CTO of Time Warner Cable, said the recognition was a "great honor" and thanked his colleagues for giving him a chance to make a difference during his career, but noted "there's a lot left to do."
Bilodeau, a consultant and board member of telecom companies these days, served as SCTE president from 1973 to 1979. He also is credited with launching the Society's newsletter, Interval.
SCTE also honored Cisco Systems' Ron Hranac as the organization's 2004 Member of the Year, which goes to an individual "who has made the most significant contributions to the organization through active involvement in its programs and efforts in the past year."
Hranac — a 31-year cable industry vet who joined SCTE in 1979, served as Society president in 1988 and 1992 and is notorious for having the longest string of badge ribbons — "juggles his schedule" to contribute to the SCTE Planning Committee, noted SCTE President and CEO John Clark. "Through his leadership on this committee and through his personal visits, presentations, and meetings, he has been instrumental in spreading the SCTE mission literally around the world. Ron's service to SCTE is constant."
SCTE also formally recognized Nomi Bergman, EVP of strategy and development for Advance/Newhouse, as the 2004 Women in Technology award winner. Bergman, who began her career in technology at Arthur Andersen & Co.'s consulting division, later went on to become the director of business operations for Time Warner Cable's Charlotte Division, and the MSO's VP and GM of high-speed data services. In accepting the award, Bergman thanked her mother for telling her to make sure she balances her time at work and away from it with her family, noting that it takes children sometimes "to keep our lives in perspective."