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SCTE announces 2007-'08 board officers

Wed, 06/20/2007 - 8:22am
Brian Santo

Tom Gorman, vice president of engineering at Charter Communications, was elected chairman of the board of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) for 2007-'08.

Gorman said he expects the board to continue moving forward with the strategic focus adopted two years ago with the election of the outgoing board chairman, Yvette Kanouff. That means constantly evaluating how the SCTE can remain viable to its membership in a market where competition is accelerating, while service providers are consolidating.

Gorman said one of his key concerns is how the SCTE can establish its value to employees who have been in the industry for only a year or two. "How can we help one- or two-year employees to see it's a career, not just a job, and that there are benefits to being a member?," he asked.

Part of the answer is helping with knowledge, training, education, and making sure there are opportunities in the business, but also making sure there's some camaraderie among cable engineers, Gorman said. To that end, the Society just established a new certification process for IP technology, and continues to work through its chapters.

Part of the process is making sure the Society is of value to the companies who employ its members, and there's a range of needs there, Gorman said. The largest operators have their own training organizations; it's up to the Society to help augment that. Smaller operators may rely largely on SCTE programs for their employees.

Other officers elected for the 2007-08 board are:

  • Western Vice Chair: Frank Eichenlaub, Scientific Atlanta
  • Eastern Vice Chair: Steven C. Johnson, Time Warner Cable
  • Secretary: Vicki Marts, Cox Communications
  • Treasurer: Greg Allshouse, Comcast Cable Communications
  • Additional Executive Committee Member: Bob Macioch, Time Warner Cable

Following the election of its officers for the year ahead at Expo, the 2007-'08 SCTE Board of Directors conducted its first board meeting. The 2007 edition of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Society's flagship event, is taking place through Friday, June 22, at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.

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