FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2013

 

Comcast Spotlight Southern Virginia Region announces Mary K. Butler Director of Sales – Richmond Local

 

RICHMOND – JUNE 10, 2013 – Mary K. Butler joined Comcast Spotlight in May 2001 bringing over 10 years of experience and leadership in the television ad sales industry and currently serves as President of the Virginia chapter for Women in Cable Telecommunications also known as WICT VA.  Mary K. previously held the position of National Sales Manager at Comcast Spotlight Richmond.  And while in this role, provided sales leadership for Richmond’s national sales teams and worked primarily with Comcast Spotlight’s rep firm, National Cable Communications based in New York, as well as managing the political business for the Richmond office.

 

As Director of Sales, Mary K. will bring a wide range of experience from the local, regional and national lines of business to the local account teams.  Mary K. will work with the local Richmond sales teams for Comcast Spotlight and the region’s Southern Virginia market leaders, advising on strategic sales planning, inventory optimization and new products.

“Having worked in the television and communication industries for most of my career I can unequivocally state that Mary K. Butler is one of the top media sales professionals I have ever encountered. She sees exciting possibilities where others see insurmountable obstacles—and she knows how to make things happen. My deep respect for Mary K. as a person and a media professional makes it an extreme pleasure to congratulate her on this new role at Comcast as director of sales,” shared Al Dowbnia, Director of Digital Media Production, LCMS

Prior to Comcast, Mary K. Butler served as a local, regional and senior account executive for the Richmond market’s FOX, UPN and CBS affiliates building an impressive 20 plus year career of advertising sales and marketing experience in the television industry.  As a former President of the Richmond Ronald McDonald House, she oversaw issues relating to operational functions and fundraising efforts.  Mary K. Butler is a skilled philanthropist and from 2004 to 2007 provided leadership in fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital in Richmond through the development of the Wal-Mart Miracle Challenge.

Mary K. Butler has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University, is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.  She is skilled in the Enneagram and is an active member of EANT, a global association of enneagram trainers in the narrative tradition.

Theresa Gale, partner with Transform, Inc., says “Mary K. is one of those leaders who consistently demonstrates the willingness and commitment to personal growth and development which, in our experience, makes a good leader, great. Without a doubt, Mary K. will bring her energy, expertise and drive for excellence to this position.”

About Comcast Spotlight
Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps put the power of cable to use for local, regional and national advertisers. It is focused on providing multi-screen marketing solutions to reach audiences most effectively and efficiently. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Comcast Spotlight has a presence in nearly 80 markets with approximately 33 million owned and represented subscribers. Comcast Spotlight is a trademark of Comcast Cable. For more information, visit www.comcastspotlight.com.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2013
CONTACT: Shinese Collins at Shinese.collins@cox.com

WICT Virginia Chapter Announces 2013 Executive Development Series Scholarship Winners

Richmond, Virginia - The Virginia Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce our 2013 Executive Development Series Scholarship Award Winners:  Pam Tapscott-Lassiter and Carla Evans with Cox Communications, Roanoke.  WICT VA is proud to participate in the April 9th development series sponsored by the national office of Women in Cable Telecommunications.

As leaders take on roles of greater influence within their organizations, authenticity and the ability to inspire trust among peers and followers is critical to success.  Over this two and a half day program hosted at The Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC participants will learn strategies to build relationships in business and manage differences among peers.

Pam Tapscott-Lassiter is a sales and marketing expert qualified by a progressive 15+ year career in the telecommunications, network television, and radio industries. Pam has successfully sold cable programming networks on a business to business basis, and acquired extensive knowledge of the Hispanic market and national marketing strategies to propel annual sales.

Pam has held positions with Ovation TV, OlympuSAT, Universal Television, Lifetime Cable, Arts and Entertainment in Affiliate Relations and Operations, as well as Group W Cable and American Broadcast Company.  Pam is originally from Washington, DC.  Pam attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a BA in Journalism.

Carla Evans is currently a Retail Manager for Cox Roanoke.  Carla leads a team of sales professionals that support residential customers across Southwest Virginia.  She began her career in the telecommunications industry in 1995 with Verizon.  Holding a variety of roles in Sales and Customer Care, she built her fundamental knowledge of the business and in 2003 accepted the role of Retail Sales Supervisor for Cox Roanoke.

An influential leader, Carla has been recognized for her strong business acumen and competitive focus shown through the success of her residential sales team, which contributes to over 16% of Cox Roanoke’s overall sales success.

 

About WICT

For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast/NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2010

CONTACT: Pam Tapscott-Lassiter ptapscott-lassiter@ovationtv.com

 

 

WICT’s Virginia Chapter Announces 2010
WICT Virginia Signature Luncheon:  Leadership Extraordinaire 
 

 

Chantilly, Virginia - The Virginia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce its 2010 Signature Luncheon, Leadership Extraordinaire, on November 9, 2010. The event will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, during the VCTA Annual Meeting.  Attendees will learn more about leadership skills and acumen from guest speakers Dianne Early, Vice President of Cox Media Virginia, Kathryn Falk, Vice President of Government Affairs for Cox Communications of Virginia, Michael Ortman, Vice President of Programming for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division, Danny Jobe, General Manager of MetroCast Communications’ Mid-Atlantic Region and Kathleen Skinski, Vice President of Time Warner Cable’s Road Runner High-Speed Service.  This event will also be moderated by Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cox Communications.  

McCollum was appointed to oversee all three Cox systems in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Roanoke in February 2010.  Prior to joining Cox in 1989, Mr. McCollum served eight years on active duty as a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army and is currently a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.  He graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Russian Studies and Political Science, and from the University of Connecticut with an MBA, where he concentrated on telecommunications.  He is also a licensed Christian minister.  Mr. McCollum and his wife, Cookie, reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia and they have one daughter.

 

As Vice President of Cox Media Virginia, Dianne Earley is responsible for leading the second largest advertising sales operation within the Cox Communications portfolio.  She has over twenty five years of media sales and sales management experience in radio, broadcast and cable television, and has previously held positions with ABC Radio, Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting, Gannett Broadcasting and Comcast Cable.  Earley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV-Film from the Northwestern University School of Communications.  Originally from Washington, D.C., she lives and works in Herndon, Virginia.

 

Kathryn Falk is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Cox Communications of Virginia. She joined Cox in 2002 and previously served as Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for Cox Communications of Northern Virginia. For five years prior to that, Kathryn was the President of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA).  A past President of the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), she serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association, Virginia Cable PAC, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee as well as the Fairfax Education Foundation and the Northern Virginia Family Services.  Kathryn is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she studied politics and communications.  Kathryn is married to Paul Brandus and currently lives in Reston, Virginia.

 

Michael Ortman is Vice President of Programming for Comcast Cable’s Eastern Division, supporting the Division’s four regions and almost six million residential and business services customers. Michael brings almost 30 years of experience in the television and marketing arenas to his current role. He joined Comcast in 1996 as area director of marketing for the Baltimore Metro system, and shortly after was named as a co-recipient of Comcast’s “National Marketer of the Year.” Mike then served as director of programming and commercial development for the Maryland-Delaware region and, in 2002, joined what was then the Atlantic Division and was named Vice President of Programming.  Prior to joining Comcast, Mike ran his own consulting and programming distribution company, serving such clients as Discovery Communications, the Baltimore Orioles, Group W Satellite Communications and Titan Sports (now World Wrestling Entertainment).  Mike earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Kate, live in Ellicott City, Maryland and have six children.

 

Danny L. Jobe, General Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, MetroCast, joined MetroCast Communications in February of 2006. As General Manager of MetroCast Communications’ Mid-Atlantic Region, Mr. Jobe is responsible for 11 cable systems serving over 58,000 customers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. Mr. Jobe has over 25 years of experience in the cable television industry, having held management positions in North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia. Mr. Jobe attended Texas A&M University, where he studied Engineering, as well as Nova Southeastern University pursuing a degree in Management.

 

Kathleen Skinski is Vice President of Time Warner Cable’s Road Runner High Speed Service. In her role as Vice President, Kathleen is responsible for the identification, acquisition and deployment of new technologies and services that will enhance broadband performance and the customer experience as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations for the Road Runner service.  Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Kathleen served as Director of Programming for AOLTV, concentrating on the development of the set top box and was responsible for new content development and packaging for this interactive platform.  Before joining AOL, Kathleen held several positions with the ABC Television Network and managed technical field operations for a wide range of globally televised broadcasts, including several Presidential Inaugurations, Super Bowl XXXIV, multiple PGA tournaments and the initial broadcast launch of HDTV Monday Night Football.   She is the recipient of two Emmy nominations.

 

During the WICT Virginia 2010 Leadership Extraordinaire event, guest speakers will share their experiences and tips on how women in the cable industry can enhance their leadership skills and use these skills as part of their jobs. Please visit the following website for more information and to register:   http://www.wict.org/mcs/chapters/virginia/Pages/le.aspx.

 

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast Cable, Rainbow Media/WE tv, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Sponsors. Please visit
www.wict.org for more information.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2010

CONTACT: Pam Tapscott-Lassiter ptapscott-lassiter@ovationtv.com

 

WICT’s Virginia Chapter Announces 2010 WICT Virginia Career Boot Camp: 

A New Twist on Career Fitness

 

Chantilly, Virginia - The Virginia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce its 2010 Career Boot Camp: A New Twist on Career Fitness on September 29, 2010. The event will be held from 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. EDT in Chantilly, Virginia. Attendees will learn more about financial fitness, career fitness, and tips on being technologically savvy from guest speakers: Kelley Black, founder of Balancing the Executive Life™, Mimi Thigpen, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Cox Communications, Inc., and Sandra Block, personal finance reporter for USA Today.

Black is the founder of Balancing the Executive Life™, an organization designed to meet the needs of both individuals and organizations. Her customized coaching, leadership development and wellness programs help people show their “best selves” in and out of the workplace. Black is an expert in Naam Yoga Therapy and co-authored “Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle)”.  

Thigpen is Senior Vice President of Strategy for Cox Communications, Inc. She is responsible for developing strategies across all of Cox’s products and services that fuel the company’s growth and success in the telecommunications industry and develops market strategies based on emerging technologies. She is a key contributor to Cox’s wireless efforts and serves as the company’s chief consultant on company-wide initiatives and strategic planning and development processes. 

 

Block has been a personal finance reporter for USA Today since 1995 and has been writing their “Your Money” column since 1998. Block also has experience working with Dow Jones News Service, McGraw-Hill, the Pittsburgh Business Journal and the Wheeling-News Register.

 

During the WICT Virginia 2010 Career Boot Camp, guest speakers will share their experiences and tips on how women in the cable industry can enhance their professional and personal development while increasing their level of technological expertise. Please visit the following website for more information and to register:   http://www.wict.org/mcs/chapters/virginia/Pages/bc.aspx.

 

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast Cable, Rainbow Media/WE tv, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Sponsors. Please visit www.wict.org for more information. For general inquiries on WICT, contact us at 703-234-9810.

 

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June 7, 2010
CONTACT: Olivia Martin omartin at cblaw.com

Women in Cable Telecommunications – Virginia Chapter

WICT’s Virginia Chapter Announces 2010 Tech It Out Webinar; 
The Convergence of Technology and Health Care: What Does It Mean for Our Industry?

Richmond, Virginia - The Virginia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce the 2010 Tech It Out Webinar on June 18.  The webinar will be held from 11:30 – 12:30 Eastern in various locations throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Attendees will learn more about technology, its influence on health care, and how it impacts the cable industry.  Michael Braham, Vice President of Cox Business in Virginia, will be the guest speaker.

 

Braham joined Cox Communications and the Hampton Roads community in 2005, bringing a broad leadership background and perspective to his role.  He sees great potential in the influences of technology on health care and the role that the cable industry can play.  He has partnered with major hospitals such as Sentara and Bon Secours in Virginia to look at future applications that would allow hospitals to potentially do ‘well visits’ from a patient’s home over their broadband connection.    He has also worked on a partnership with Cisco on their new solution called Health Presence which would allow a doctor to “virtually” sit with a patient in a remote location and do a basic examination. 

Braham began his career as a Marine Corps officer and Harrier Jet pilot.  He transitioned to the private sector in 1991 and entered the telecommunications industry.  After spending five years with Bell Atlantic, he moved to Genuity where he served as Vice President, North American Channel Sales.  There he led the company’s nationwide team of E-Business/Internet sales professionals.

 

During the WICT Virginia 2010 Tech It Out Webinar, Braham will challenge participants intellectually, share new possibilities into unchartered business arenas, and change the way they view traditional cable operations and health care.  Please visit the following website for more information or to register:    http://www.wict.org/mcs/chapters/virginia/Pages/TechItOut2010.aspx.

About WICT


For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast Cable, Rainbow Media/WE tv, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Sponsors. Please visit www.wict.org for more information.
For general inquiries on WICT, contact us at 703-234-9810.

 

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Richmond, VA  4/8/2010

WICT Virginia Announces 2010 Mentoring Program

The Virginia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce the launch of its 2010 Mentoring Program, beginning with a kick-off event on April 13, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia.

The WICT Virginia 2010 Mentoring Program aims to help develop leaders that transform our industry by creating, coaching, and mentoring relationships between WICT members. This program is one of many successful WICT Virginia programs that have been offered to WICT members for the last three years.

The 2010 WICT Virginia Mentoring Program is a six month long program pairing seven mentors - experienced leaders in the cable and programming sectors - with seven mentees representing a cross segment of our industry and disciplines. Mentors and mentees will be introduced during the kick-off event, will discuss progress during the June 29 mid-point event, and will celebrate and share successes during the September 29 celebratory event. Those participating include the following:

MENTORS: Michele Parks, Cox Virginia; Heidi Newman, NBC Universal; Rachelle Whitaker, Cox Virginia; Jill Broome, Cox Communications; Christie Rossi, Comcast Beltway Region; Nani Shin, A&E Television Networks; Jennifer Chastain, NBC Universal.

MENTEES: Lydia Tran, Comcast Beltway Region; Gwendy Cheek, Cox Media Virginia; Felicia Schock, Cox Virginia; Jamie Campbell, Comcast Beltway Region; Terry Hargrove, VCTA; Dana Thomas, Comcast Metro Richmond; Monica Tunstall, Comcast Metro Richmond.

The 2010 mentoring program will be facilitated by Shannon Cassidy, Executive Director of bridge between, inc.  Cassidy formed bridge between, inc. in 2000 to meet the demands of professionals who want to take charge of their life and be powerful leaders, utilizing her background in sales, marketing, and management, as well as professional certifications in coaching, negotiation, and mediation. Cassidy, a keynote speaker, executive coach and author, has also been selected from a nationwide search to be featured in Discover Your Inner Strength; a highly successful book series from Tennessee based Insight Publishing.

 

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast, Rainbow, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Partners. Please visit www.wict.org for more information.

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WICT Virginia – Chantilly, Virginia, 08/06/2009 

Janet Barnard to Serve as WICT Virginia Chapter Advisor

Janet Barnard has agreed to serve as facilitator, advocate, counselor, and coach for the local WICT Virginia Chapter.  Her experience and leadership in the industry and with the WICT national organization will help to grow and expand the chapter and to develop its members. 

Janet Barnard is senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Northern Virginia, based in Herndon, Va. She is responsible for all Cox operations in Fairfax, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties, serving approximately 270,000 customers.
Ms. Barnard joined Cox in 1988 as accounting manager for the Middle Georgia operation. She later served as controller, director of finance and director of business operations for Cox's Gainesville-Ocala operation. She served as vice president and region manager of Cox's Omaha system, and most recently held the position of vice president and region manager for Cox's largest operation, Middle America, based in Tyler, Texas.

 

Prior to joining Cox, she served as a general ledger accountant for Beatrice Construction Co., Inc. in Beatrice, Neb. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ms. Barnard holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting. She was named Women in Cable and Telecommunications' 2003 Woman to Watch, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce 2003 Athena Award Winner and a 2003 YWCA Woman of Vision.

 

Ms. Barnard and her husband, Bryan, have two daughters, Shannon, who works as a pharmacist in Dallas, and Cacy, who works in public relations in Fort Worth.

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