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The best cable communicators in the business belong to ACC.  In this series of online and video interviews, senior ACC members share their insights on what it takes to succeed in cable communications and how to advance in your career.

Cable Operator Communicators

Career Connections:  Pete Abel
Pete Abel; Vice President, Corporate Communications; Suddenlink Communications
Career Connections: Jeff Alexander
Jeff Alexander, vice president of public relations, Eastern Division, Comcast, discusses the importance of preparation, different perspectives, attitude and accessibility to successful cable communicators.
Career Connections:  Melissa Blake
Melissa Blake, director of governmental affairs, Cox Communications Louisiana, shares the lessons she’s learned as a lawyer and government relations professional and challenges you “to be courageous and open to new things”.
Career Connections:  Pat Bresnan
Pat Bresnan, senior vice president, Bresnan Communications shares the lessons he has learned during a 42-year career in the cable industry. He discusses the importance of honesty, mentors, specialization, happiness and most importantly of all perseverance.
Career Connections:  Todd Eachus
Todd Eachus, senior director of government affairs, Comcast shares his take on the cable industry, the secrets to building and maintaining relationships and the importance of corporate philanthropy.
Career Connections:  Mark Harrad
Mark Harrad, svp, corporate communications, Time Warner Cable, offers tips and insights on how to develop a successful career as a cable communicator.  Some of the topics covered are staying informed, finding a mentor and important lessons he's learned.
Career Connections:  Bill Jasso
Bill Jasso, vice president, public affairs, Time Warner Cable, Northeast Ohio and 2008 ACC Cable Communications Achievement Award winner, shares what it takes to be a successful cable communicator and his two theories about public relations.
Career Connections:  Sharon Kleinpeter
Sharon Kleinpeter, vice president, government & public affairs, Cox Communications, discusses how she and her team built the company's brand and reputation in the community.
Career Connections:  Sharon Kleinpeter - part 2
Sharon Kleinpeter, recently retired from her position as vice president, government & public affairs, Cox Communications discusses how she approached government relations when she worked for local government, led the Louisiana cable association, and joined the Cox Communications team.
Career Connections:  Reinaldo Llano
Reinaldo Llano, Group Director, Public Affairs Program Development & Analysis, Bright House Networks compares looking for a job versus looking for someone to work for, discusses building and maintaining relationships and offers tips on how to overcome the challenge of lack of time.
Career Connections:  Mary Jo Moehle
Mary Jo Moehle; Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications; Charter Communications, Inc.
Career Connections: Susan Patten
Susan Patten, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable, reflects on the importance of internal communications to the cable industry and the need for good communicators to be able to tell a story and persuade.
Career Connections: Brad Phillips
Brad Phillips, vice president, government & public affairs, Time Warner Cable discusses how he became a cable communicator, how his job has evolved with the industry in the past 10 years, and how these changes have furthered his professional development.
Career Connections: T. Ray Purser
T. Ray Purser, vice president, public relations for Comcast Houston region explores the parallels between ad sales and PR, how one prioritizes during a crisis and day-to-day, and the elements of an effective communications campaign.
Career Connections: Stacy Schmitt
Stacy Schmitt, vice president, communications, Time Warner Cable/Central Texas, reflects on how she built a public affairs team from scratch and the importance of evaluating any crisis or strategic communications campaign to determine how one can do better the next time.
Career Connections: Tom Simmons
Tom Simmons, senior vice president of public policy, Midcontinent Communications discusses how a career mistake opened the door to a better situation and the 7 questions cable communicators should answer to position themselves for success.
Career Connections: Anthony Surratt
Anthony Surratt, group vice president of corporate communications for Time Warner Cable, discussed his career path, accomplishments, current challenges and lessons he’s learned.

 

Cable Network Communicators

Career Connections: Lynn Brindell
Lynn Brindell, executive vice president, strategic marketing, The Weather Channel, discusses how her understanding of production, the impact of the internet on the business and where the consumer is underserved has helped her be a more effective cable communicator.
Career Connections: Peter Kiley
Peter Kiley, vice president, affiliate relations, C-SPAN Networks discusses building your brand, partnerships and a better community through affiliate relations.
Career Connections:  Ellen Kroner
Ellen Kroner, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Marketing, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC
Career Connections: Chris LaPlaca
Chris LaPlaca, svp, corporate communications, ESPN Inc., explores what has helped him succeed during his nearly 30 years at the company: curiosity; the ability to adapt, be nimble and listen; and realizing the importance of face time to relationship building.
Career Connections:  Sonya Lockett
Sonya Lockett, vice president, public affairs BET discusses her evolving role at the network, the importance of negotiation skills and what she sees as the greatest opportunity for cable communicators.
Career Connections:  Cindy McConkey
Cindy McConkey, senior vice president, corporate communications, Scripps Networks Interactive, discusses what a day in her job is like, how it has changed the most in the past year, and the best lesson she has learned in her career.
Career Connections:  Libby O'Connell
Libby O'Connell, Ph.D., senior vice president, corporate outreach, A&E Television Networks discusses the skills a cable communicator needs to succeed and how to react to making mistakes.
Career Connections:  Michelle Rice
Michelle Rice; Senior Vice President, Distribution & Strategy; TV ONE
Career Connections:  Misty Skedgell
Misty Skedgell, vp of corporate communications & corporate responsibility for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., talks about how she started her career at Turner, the importance of credibility and mentoring for a cable communicator and plans for FORUM 2008.
Career Connections:  Jean Margaret Smith
Jean Margaret Smith, senior vice president, public affairs and administration, MTV Networks Kids and Family Group, reflects on how she has incorporated public service into her life and career and the importance of speaking up and building relationships.
Career Connections: Tom Tyrer
Tom Tyrer, senior vice president, corporate communications & cross-platform operations, Fox Cable Networks suggests that cable communicators go back to the basics.
Career Connections:  Stu Zakim
Stu Zakim, VP, Corporate Public Relations for Showtime Networks, Inc. offers career advice to cable communicators, discusses the professional benefits of entering the Beacon Awards and talks about how cable communicators impact a company's image.

 

Cable Technology Providers, Consultants and Other

Career Connections: Tips for a Tough Economy
ACC members Eric Becker, Starz Entertainment; Catherine Frymark, Discovery Communications; Mike Kohler, Mediacom; Gene Regan, Suddenlink Communications; and Shawn Beqaj, Bresnan Communications share their tips for how to achieve communication goals during a tough economy.
Career Connections: The View from the Top
In the opening general session of FORUM 2008, three top cable communications explored how digital media has changed their job day-to-day. Participants included Rosa Gatti, svp, corporate communications and outreach, ESPN, Inc.; Shirley Powell, svp, corporate communications, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., D'Arcy Rudnay, svp of corporate communications, Comcast Corporation; and moderator Vincent Crosbie, adjunct professor S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.
Career Connections: Executive Coaches
Three executive coaches, Nicolette Pizzitola, Carol Vernon and Lynn Drake (pictured l-r), explain what coaching is, how it works, and why it may further your professional development.
Career Connections:  Peggy Ballard
ACC President Peggy Ballard, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Scientific Atlanta, A Cisco Company shares the two things you need to know to practice public relations, tips for succeeding as a cable communicator in today's media environment and the skills that are crucial for success.
Career Connections:  Janice Caluda
ACC board member Janice Caluda, vice president, operations, Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, discusses the best ways to build consensus, how to be a truth teller instead of a lobbyist, and the need to keep it interesting by developing new skills.
Career Connections:  Bob Gold
Bob Gold, president, Bob Gold & Associates, discusses how proving you have a nose for news and can write will open a lot of doors and how cable communicators support business strategies.
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