The Cable Center announced this morning that Alan Gerry was named as the 2012 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient.
The award honors the ideals of the late Bill Bresnan, who was the founder and chairman of Bresnan Communications and a long-time chairman of the board at The Cable Center. Bresnan, who was a pioneer in the cable industry, passed away in 2009.
Last year, former Bright House Networks chairman Bob Miron was named as the inaugural winner of The Cable Center's Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.
Gerry will be presented the award at the Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, to be held May 21 at the Marriott at Copley Place in Boston in conjunction with The Cable Show 2012.
“It is a real honor to be recognized with the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award,” said Gerry. “Bill was a treasured colleague and friend, and I truly admired his dedication to this industry and the ideals he upheld in his business life.”
Gerry, chairman and CEO of Granite Associates and chairman of the Gerry Foundation, is a pioneering entrepreneur in the industry. He was the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Cablevision Industries Corp., growing the business from a small television sales and repair shop in rural Liberty, N.Y., to the largest privately held cable company in the country, serving more than 1.3 million subscribers in 18 states when he sold it to Time Warner in 1996.
The Cable Center said Gerry contributes his talents and experience to many industry organizations, including CablePAC and The Entrepreneur’s Club, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Vanguard Award, Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award for the New England Chapter of the Institute of American Entrepreneurs, Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League.
Gerry was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2000.
“Alan is one of the cable industry’s most pioneering spirits,” said Nick Davatzes, retired chief executive officer of A&E Television Networks and chairman of the Bresnan Award selection committee. “His leadership and innovative ideas have helped to shape our industry. His commitment to philanthropic outreach and dedication to so many communities was another major factor in his selection. It is a pleasure to honor him with the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.”
The Bresnan Ethics in Business award was created to honor outstanding men and women in the cable industry who best exemplify Bresnan's longstanding commitment to ethics in business. An exhibit honoring the award recipients is on permanent display at The Cable Center in Denver.
“We are thrilled to recognize Alan with the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award,” said Larry Satkowiak, president and CEO of The Cable Center. “His hard work and entrepreneurial spirit have helped to foster the cable industry’s rapid growth and technological evolution, and he continues to give his time and talents to help grow and mentor fledgling companies.”