NCTA announced 10 winners in eight categories of its Vanguard Awards. The awards, for those who excel in business and personal arenas, will be presented at a June 13 luncheon at the NCTA convention in Chicago.
The Distinguished Leadership awards for a man and a woman whose "foresight have placed the cable industry in the vanguard of new communications technologies" go to Gerald M. Levin, AOL Time Warner Inc. CEO, and Insight Communications COO, CFO and Executive VP Kimberly D. Kelly.
Sean R.H. Bratches, senior VP for affiliate sales and marketing at ESPN Inc., and Tracy Lawrence, senior VP and GM at Fox Family Channels, got the Young Leadership award, while HBO Chair and CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes picked up the Programmers award for innovation, leadership and individual achievement.
The Associate & Affiliates award for contributions from the equipment makers and services suppliers goes to Norval D. Reece, principal at Kane Reece Associates Inc., and Time Warner Cable VP of Advanced Engineering Michael T. Hayashi landed the Science & Technology award for those in product improvement, design and development.
Meantime, Comcast President Stephen B. Burke won the Cable Operations Management award for managers who work under today's intense competition, and William K. Geppert, VP and GM at Cox Communications, got the Government & Community Relations award. Finally, Pamela Euler Halling, senior VP of Insight Communications' marketing and programming unit, landed the Market award for a unique marketing approach.