Adaptive Spirit
 

Leadership

2018-2019 Adaptive Spirit Board of Directors

 

Steve Raymond, Chairperson

Steve Raymond is Senior Vice President of Sales for Vubiquity. Vubquity is the leading provider of global media technology solutions and premium content services connecting content owner with video providers to deliver entertainment on any screen. Formerly Vice President Affiliate Relations at AT&T Sports Networks, Steve lives in the Denver metro area. He was responsible for developing and implementing affiliate marketing strategies, promotions, affiliation agreements and distribution aspects for the regional sports networks in Seattle, Denver, Houston and Pittsburgh. Previously, Steve spent 25 years in affiliate sales at the Walt Disney Company with his most recent title as SVP, National Accounts for Disney and ESPN Networks. Steve has won numerous awards for his volunteer work in the adaptive skiing arena such as the CTAM Chairman's Award and ESPN Volunteer of the Year in 2003. He served on the board of directors for the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado. Steve was named "Chef de Mission" at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

 

Deborah Flippo, Secretary 

Deborah has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Currently, she is Vice President of Affiliate Sales and Distribution at Vubiquity, the leading global provider of premium content services and technical solutions serving clients in 121 countries reaching more than 109 million households. Formerly, she held senior executive positions at iN DEMAND and Request Television. Her non-profit experience includes five years as Co-Chair for Cable Positive Denver and ten years as President of the Virginia Tech Denver Alumni Chapter. Deborah is serving on Virginia Tech's National Alumni Board. She has served as the Communications Chair of the Event Committee since 2001.

 

Amos Smith, Treasurer

Amos is VP Operations at T-Mobile Home & Entertainment. He has been a leader in the cable industry for over 20 years. Prior to his current position, he was GVP Tech Ops, Care & Payment Services and SVP/CFO residential business at Time Warner Cable. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable in 2002, he spent seven years at AT&T Broadband (formerly TCI) in financial positions from Analyst to Executive Director of Finance. Prior to finance, Amos was a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Southern California. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Kansas.

 

Nomi Bergman, Director

Nomi is a senior executive at Advance where she focuses on corporate development and strategic partnerships primarily focused on advancing the company’s investments in the data science and information technology space. Previously, she served as President of Bright House Networks until its May 2016 merger with Charter and Time Warner Cable. She was one of the original Bright House Networks founders which grew to become the sixth largest U.S. cable operator. Nomi serves on boards including Visteon Corporation, 1010data and Mediamorph. In addition, she is a board member of the Cable Center, One Revolution and a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council. She is an avid skier and also enjoys running, swimming, cycling and hiking. Her real moments of brightness derive from her role as a dedicated wife to her husband and proud, loving mother of three wonderful daughters.

 

Tim Gropp, Director

A 37-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Tim leads the Canadian Cable Sales Team for ARRIS Group, Inc. He is responsible for managing ARRIS product portfolio sales throughout the region. Tim joined ARRIS in 2007 as a result of the C-COR acquisition. Previously, he spent 23 years with Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Tim has a B.A. from the University of Texas and is active in industry organizations such as SCTE. He was recently inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers. And speaking of pioneers, Tim is considered a SkiTAM pioneer attending the event beginning in 1997 and almost every year since then.

 

Mike Hayashi, Director

Since Mike's retirement from Time Warner Cable in 2015, he has served on the board of Espial, a maker of video software and user interfaces. Mike is also an industry advisor and partner with Jinsei2.0, a technology and business consulting services boutique firm focused on the cable industry. He is a recognized Technical Award Emmy Recipient and Inventor/Co-Inventor on 16 U.S. Patents. Mike spent 22 years at the helm of Time Warner Cable's technical endeavors. Prior to joining Time Warner, Mike held various positions at Scientific-Atlanta, where he developed requirements for the first integrated electronic program guide. He started his career at Pioneer Communications as Staff Engineer for Time Warner Cable's Qube project.

 

Doug Moore, Director

Doug currently serves as EVP, COO and board of director member of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. He oversees the company’s four principal lines of business—optical, wireless, software and services. During his career, Doug has held a variety of positions in sales and marketing, development, manufacturing and engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona and his Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. Doug is a passionate supporter STEM education and the growth of the digital economy. His support includes being a board member for iCode, Asociar LLC., Tech Titans and the Telecommunications Industry Association. As an avid outdoorsman, he relishes all summer and winter sports. Doug especially enjoys his work as an Adaptive Spirit board member.



Brad Parobek, Director

Brad is a 35-year veteran in the telecom industry. Currently, he serves as SVP Sales Americas for Friend MTS. During his career, Brad has worked for Nokia, Disney Channel, Bravo, Encore/STARZ!, Amdocs, Huawei, and CSG. He is also a seed investor in BT&O Consulting, a data and analytics consulting company. Involved with Adaptive Spirit since 1999, he is Race Co-chair and a board member. Brad is passionate about mentoring young adults interested in business and technical sales roles and an avid golfer, conservationist and outdoorsman. Brad resides in the Denver metro area with his wife (Sandra) of 22 years and two daughters.

 

Jay Rolls, Director

Jay is SVP and Chief Technology Officer at Charter Communications. He and his team have responsibility for Advanced Engineering & Architecture across all lines of business. Previously, Jay served in a variety of roles during 13 years at Cox Communications, at Pacific Broadband, where he was VP of Business Development, and two years serving as VP of Network Engineering at Excite@Home. Earlier, Jay spent nine years in Germany with Alcatel and BBN Communications (now part of Level3) and began his career working in the U.S. intelligence community. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

 

Joe Rooney, Director

Joe Rooney is a cable marketer. Previously, he was CMO for Cox Communications during his 29-year career there. As a “Cable Pioneer,” Rooney paved the way for innovative marketing concepts such as the original triple-play bundle. He has been recognized with the cable industry’s highest marketing honor as the 2004 recipient of the NCTA Vanguard Award for Marketing. Rooney is the event co-chair of Adaptive Spirit (aka SkiTAM), the best networking event in the industry and leading fundraiser for the US Paralympic Ski and Snowboard Team. He is on the advisory board for Stay-Focused, a SCUBA diving and self-discovery mentoring program for mobility challenged teens. He has volunteered with the event since 2002.

 

Pete Wisowaty, Director

Pete is EVP Sales and Marketing for Nominum. He is responsible for expanding the company’s worldwide service provider leadership with a global footprint in over 40 countries as well as within federal and enterprise markets. Pete is a telecom industry veteran with over 30 years of sales, sales management and business development experience. Prior to Nominum, he was VP Strategic Sales and Business Development for Grand Central Communications, a cloud-based application company serving global service providers. He also held senior level sales and sales management positions at several early stage companies in network infrastructure, security, software applications and fixed/wireless technologies including WhereNet (Zebra), Pluris, ZeitNet (Cabletron) and Kalpana (Cisco). Early in his career while working and living in Denver, he worked with several service providers including AT&T and various RBOC’s and with early cable pioneers such as Daniels Communications and TCI. Pete holds a BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from San Diego State University.

 

Tom Wlodkowski, Director

Tom is the Vice President of Accessibility at Comcast. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic plan focused on the usability of Comcast's products and services by people with adaptive needs as well as pursuing opportunities to further enrich the customer experience for that community.

Throughout his career, Tom has been a pioneer in the accessibility field. Blind himself, he has been a champion for people with disabilities, working to improve usability of mainstream Internet, mobile, broadcast and cable television technology. He began working in accessibility and tech in the early 1990s at public radio and TV station WGBH in Boston.

 

Ken Tolle, Legal Advisor

President and Senior Advisor, Launch Pad Media Advisors

 

Susan Burgstiner, Administrator

President, Marketing On Demand, Inc. 



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