Dear Fellow ACC Members:
I was about as green as you can be, professionally speaking, when I joined cable in the early 1990s. Our industry soon entered a whirlwind period of change and growth, so, fortunately for me, I had no choice but to jump in and grow along with the industry.
Not to minimize the phenomenal advancements of that period, though, at times the communications challenges we faced then seem quaint compared to today. Remember, that was before high-speed Internet. Before digital cable. Before on demand. Before heavy competition. Definitely before bloggers and Twitter and Facebook (oh my!).
Shortly after starting my cable career, I joined the Cable Television Public Affairs Association, which, of course, is now ACC. Some of my most rewarding professional experiences since then have been thanks to ACC: winning Beacon Awards, speaking at FORUMs, serving on committees and the board, and working with some of the most impressive communications pros not only in our industry, but anywhere, in any industry.
Recently at FORUM 2013, the incomparable Rosa Gatti handed the presidential gavel over to me following her two extremely successful years leading ACC. As I look forward to the year ahead, I know I speak for my fellow board members when I say ACC needs you. We need your commitment, your enthusiasm, your ideas.
I also believe strongly we cable communicators need ACC. Regardless of how new or advanced we are in our careers, we all benefit from opportunities to network, to share, to learn, and to work in tandem to promote our profession and industry.
Accordingly, some of my goals for ACC this year are to reenergize our mentor program; develop new professional development opportunities that you tell us will be helpful to you (in part via an upcoming membership survey); conduct several new educational webinars; and increase attendance at next year’s FORUM. I also want us to increase individual memberships and corporate memberships.
I hope you will join me in meeting those goals and making this a productive year of growth for our ACC. I encourage you to reach out to me any time with your thoughts and suggestions or to talk about the old days of cable or, more importantly, the exciting days ahead—days that we cable communicators will help shape to the benefit of our companies and our customers.
President, Association of Cable Communicators
Group Vice President, Corporate Communications
Time Warner Cable