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NAMIC Makes Call for 2018 Next Generation Leaders Awards

The National Association of Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is calling for nominations for its 2018 Next Generation Leaders Awards, which will be presented during the NAMIC Annual Awards Luncheon this October.

The awards, which honors multi-ethnic executives for their leadership and contributions to their companies and the industry, will be presented in four categories: Cable MSO, Cable Programmer, Technology Company/Disciplines and Creative Disciplines. Nominations deadline for this year’s Next Generation Leaders Awards is June 1, according to NAMIC.

Winners of the 2018 Next Generation Leaders Awards -- presented in partnership with Multichannel News – will be honored Oct. 17 at the 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference in New York.

“We are excited to acknowledge and celebrate our industry’s innovative and inspiring leaders,” said Joiava Philpott, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Law & Policy Department, Cox Communications and chairperson of the NAMIC Board in a statement. “Their remarkable achievements and dedication empower the workplace and our diverse communities."  

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.