The CTAM board of directors has selected ESPN President George Bodenheimer as its 2011 Grand Tam Award recipient.
It's been a long and illustrious career for Bodenheimer, who started out in ESPN's mailroom after graduating from college and also served as a driver during the early days at Bristol, Conn. Bodenheimer is also president of ABC Sports and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.
Awarded annually, the Grand Tam recognizes an individual's talent, as well as their commitment to ensuring the future of the cable industry through marketing and education.
CTAM President and CEO Char Beales will present Bodenheimer with the Grand Tam Award during the CTAM in New York City (formerly the CTAM Summit) general session "Get the edge on what's next" on Oct. 7 at 10:15 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis.
"If you look in the dictionary under 'cable trailblazer,' you'll find George's picture," Beales said. "He has achieved unimaginable results for ESPN, ABC and Disney, and his path to leadership mirrors that of ESPN itself. From his tenure as a member of the CTAM board of directors, George has been an involved supporter of our organization."
Bodenheimer is the company's longest-tenured top executive, and in 1998, he was named ESPN's fifth president since the company's launch in 1979.
In 2003, he was also appointed president of ABC Sports, overseeing all of the multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Co., and in 2004 he assumed the role of co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, encompassing strategic planning for Disney's media assets.
Bodenheimer also elevated the company's numerous corporate outreach initiatives, most notably with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach and commentator Jim Valvano. The V Foundation has raised more than $100 million since 1993, and 100 percent of cash donations go directly to research.