SCTE Names Award Winners

Eugene White inducted into SCTE Hall of Fame

June 25, 2008

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today is pleased to announce that SCTE stalwart Eugene M. White is the newest member of the esteemed SCTE Hall of Fame.

SCTE Hall of Fame induction permanently recognizes SCTE members who, over the course of time, have made extraordinary contributions to the professional development, ideals, and goals of the Society and the cable telecommunications industry. Eligible candidates for the SCTE Hall of Fame must have a minimum of 12 years of active SCTE membership and 20 years of industry experience.

White’s induction took place during the Annual Awards Luncheon at the 25th Anniversary SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2008. Expo, the Society’s flagship event featuring a sold-out, technology-focused exhibit hall and more than 20 technical workshops, continues through Friday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

White began his cable career as an installer with Tele-Communications Inc. in 1973 in Pueblo, Colo., and became an SCTE member in 1977.

Today’s inductee served admirably as Bright House Networks’ vice president of engineering for the company’s Tampa Bay division and its more than 1 million customers before retiring last October. White was responsible for the overall planning and direction of the division’s technical operations. He moved into this important lead role in Tampa Bay from American Television Corporation’s (ATC) corporate office in Denver in 1986.

That means White was the engineering man in charge in the Tampa Bay area of the Sunshine State for 21 highly successful years—whether the company banner under which he served there was ATC, Paragon Cable, Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Advance/Newhouse, or Bright House Networks.

In 1986, the Tampa Bay Division had only 150,000 customers. White supervised and grew the technical team to keep up with the rapid growth of the division along with the changing nature of the business. He was an early pioneer in fiber optics and one of the first to use the technology for ad insertion in 1985, headend consolidation in1987, and Fiber-to-the-Feeder in 1989. White was the technical author of the business plan that Time Warner utilized as a model to launch the alternative access business. Under White’s direction, the Tampa division upgraded 20,000 miles of plant in five years to 750 MHz two-way.

The newest member of the SCTE Hall of Fame was a leader in deployment of the broadband network edge devices—including the Linerunner cable modem (predecessor to Roadrunner) in 1997, digital converters in 1998, HDTV in 1999, VOD in 2000, multi-ISP in 2001, and network management and monitoring from 1999 to 2001.

White intertwined his remarkable devotion to this profession with his fervor for SCTE—bringing success concurrently to his employer and this professional Society.

White was active on the local SCTE chapter level beginning in 1977, later serving as a board member of the SCTE Central Florida Chapter from 2005 to 2007.

Today’s honoree shared his expertise with SCTE in even more prominent roles with the Society. He served as SCTE Region 9 Director on the SCTE Board of Directors from 2003 to 2007. During that time, he also made his mark as a member of the SCTE Board’s Executive Committee as eastern vice chair for the 2004-’05 year. Throughout his four years on the SCTE Board, White served as chairman of its SCTE Professional Development Committee, helping to expand the Society’s technical services both in terms of content and delivery.

In a separate release:

PHILADELPHIA -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is pleased to announce today that SCTE Board of Directors Chairman Tom Gorman has honored Frank Drendel of CommScope and Robert Stanzione of ARRIS with the 2008 SCTE Chairman’s Award.The purpose of the SCTE Chairman’s Award is to salute individuals and organizations that have demonstrated significant support for the Society and its mission.

Gorman, who is vice president, field operations with Charter Communications, presented the award during the Annual Awards Luncheon this afternoon at the 25th Anniversary SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2008 in Philadelphia. Expo, SCTE’s flagship event, continues through Friday and is featuring a sold-out, technology-focused exhibit hall and 20-plus technical workshops.

Drendel, chairman and CEO of CommScope, and Stanzione, chairman of the board, president, and CEO of ARRIS, provided “critical support and direction during the past year to my fellow SCTE leaders and me as we responded to the groundbreaking industry initiative calling for consolidation of the industry’s trade shows,” said Gorman, in presenting the award. “The arduous change process successfully resulted in aligning the industry’s annual events beginning in 2009 into a spring week and a fall week. The task was monumental, so thank you, Frank, and thank you, Bob, for your expert help in ensuring a smooth transition and favorable outcome for SCTE.”

In a separate release:

EXTON, Pa. -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 SCTE Gold and Silver Safety Awards.

The recipients were recognized during the Annual Awards Luncheon this afternoon at the 25th Anniversary SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2008. Expo, the Society’s flagship event, continues through Friday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The purpose of the awards is to identify and recognize technical operations centers that have achieved an outstanding level of safety. Only individual technical operations centers are eligible for the awards.

A total of 297 systems from 13 companies received Gold Safety Awards. Charter Communications led the way with 98 systems, followed by Suddenlink Communications with 73.

Meanwhile, a total of 52 systems from six companies garnered Silver Safety Awards. Charter Communications (with 14 systems) and Suddenlink Communications (with 12) set the pace among the Silver winners as well.

“Congratulations to all of the 2008 winners, who have upheld the importance of putting safety first,” said SCTE President/CEO John Clark. “Their resolve strengthens our industry. SCTE is proud of its role in ensuring that safety leaders are properly acknowledged.”

In a separate release:

PHILADELPHIA -- The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) was pleased to present Brenda Stottler of ARRIS with the 2008 SCTE Member of the Year Award this afternoon.

The esteemed annual award goes to an individual whose exceptional efforts during the past year have advanced the success of the Society, which comprises more than 14,000 members.

Stottler received her award as the closing feature presentation of the Annual Awards Luncheon at the 25th Anniversary SCTE Cable-Tec Expo® 2008 in Philadelphia. Expo, the Society’s flagship event, continues through Friday.

Each year, the SCTE Member of Year Award is not revealed, even to the winner, until it is presented at the luncheon. This year’s recipient is a regional manager with ARRIS and has been an SCTE member since 1997.

The dedicated Stottler’s work on the SCTE No Chapter Left Behind Subcommittee was pivotal this past year in helping the SCTE Alaska Chapter restore its effectiveness as an SCTE chapter.

Stottler is a vice president of three SCTE chapters—the Great Plains Chapter, the Iowa Heartland Chapter, and the Heart of America Chapter. She is also actively involved with other SCTE chapters, and she challenges the directors from different chapters to work together in planning and conducting events.

This year’s honoree encourages recruitment efforts and charitable contributions in all of the chapters with which she is involved. Her efforts have included raising more than $10,000 in sponsorships for the Great Plains Vendor Day, taking the sponsorship lead with the Heart of America Vendor Day, and rallying vendors to participate in the Heartland Vendor Day.

Stottler especially distinguished herself last September when she helped the Heart of America Chapter work in conjunction with the Mid-America Cable Association to conduct a technical roundtable workshop. With time running out and more vendors still needed to explain new technology during the roundtables at the Mid-America Show, Stottler took the lead, recruiting enough vendors in time to save the program from cancellation.

This roundtable offering turned out to be a very successful first-time feature. The Mid-America Association already has been in contact with the Heart of America Chapter to once again conduct the technical roundtable workshop.

“Brenda’s leadership, calmness under fire, and desire to maintain the Heart of America Chapter’s reputation are exemplary traits—true indications of her devotion to the success of SCTE,” said new SCTE Region 5 Director Rick Sullivan of Times Fiber Amphenol.

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