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Cable Pioneers To Induct 25 New Members

Complete Cable Show 2009 coverage from Multichannel News

The managing board of the Cable TV Pioneers has announced the Class of 2009, which will be inducted at the 43rd annual Pioneers Banquet at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on April 1.

The 2009 class comprises 25 men and women who have served the cable industry for more than 20 years and made meaningful contributions in the development of the industry.
The group includes inductees from all phases of the cable realm -- system operators, MSO national and regional leaders, engineers, programmers and equipment vendors -- and all points of the compass, even from across the pond.
"These are the folks who have built the business and led their companies or departments with consistently excellent results," said Pioneers executive director Les Read in announcing the 2009 class. "Their commitment to the industry at large is evidenced by their accomplishments."

The 2009 class of Cable TV Pioneers:
S. Decker Anstrom, retired, president and COO of Landmark Communications;
William C. Beaty, Jr., EVP of operations at Comporium Communications;
Steve. V. Bell, Sr., retired, founder of Boycom Cablevision;
Steve. V. Bell II, vice president of Boycom Cablevision;
Maggie Bellville, partner at executive search firm Carter Baldwin;
Larry Bentson, former chairman of Midcontinent Communications;
Steve Brookstein, EVP of operations at Bresnan Communications;
John Burns III, chairman and CEO of consultancy WindWard Media;
Daniel Casciato, vice president of distribution at Ovation TV;
James Clay Conrad, vice president of sales, Invidi Technologies Corp.;
Nick Davatzes, chairman emeritus, A&E Television Networks;
Steven Cary Davidson, senior vice president of operations at Home Box Office;
Chuck Davis, president of TV Cable of Grayson County;
Michael Wayne Drake, president of Milestone Communications, Inc.;
Thomas Charles Feige, president of National Division, Time Warner Cable;
Richard Gessner, founder of Massillon Cable TV;
David J. Harrison, principal of Harrison Consult, Ltd.;
Sam Howe, EVP and CMO, Time Warner Cable;
James Ross Hughes, EVP sales and marketing, CommScope;
Nancy C. Larkin, VP marketing, development, Comcast SportsNet New England;
Brian Lockman, president and CEO Pennsylvania Cable Network;
Matt Polka, president, American Cable Association;
Lee Clayton Roper, principal, International Media Advisors;
Susan Marie Swain, EVP and Co-COO, C-SPAN; and
Jeffrey C. Wayne; senior consultant, Outdoor Channel