Adaptive Spirit
 

Leadership

2019-2020 Adaptive Spirit Board of Directors

 

Steve Raymond, Chairperson

Steve is VP of Client Solutions for Gracenote Connectivity. He is responsible for long term business strategy for products and services across sports, media and entertainment verticals. Prior to Gracenote, Steve was SVP Sales for Vubiquity, a division of Amdocs Media. He spent 25 years in affiliate sales at the Walt Disney Company ending his time with them as SVP National Accounts. 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. Steve serves on the Paralympic Working Group and Paralympic Strategic Task Force for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and will be inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 2019.

 

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 Amdocs Media (formerly Vubiquity), the leading global provider of premium content services and technical solutions. Previously, she held senior executive positions at iN DEMAND, Request TV and several MVPDs. Her non-profit experience beyond Adaptive Spirit includes co-chair for Cable Positive Denver and president of the Virginia Tech Denver Alumni Chapter. Deborah currently serves on Virginia Tech's National Alumni Board. She has served as the Communications Chair of the Event Committee since 2001.

 

Amos Smith, Treasurer

Formerly CFO at Layer3 TV, Amos is now VP Operations at T-Mobile Home & Entertainment. In the cable industry since 1994, he held previous positions at Time Warner Cable including GVP Tech Ops, Care & Payment Services and SVP/CFO residential at Time Warner Cable. Prior to Time Warner Cable, he spent seven years at AT&T Broadband (formerly TCI) in various financial positions. Prior to those finance positions, 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 and focuses on corporate development and strategic partnerships. She served as president of Bright House Networks until its 2016 merger with Charter and Time Warner Cable. Nomi presently sits on the corporate board of publicly held Visteon Corporation and privately held 1010data, Mediamorph, Black & Veatch and a Stealth Space Company. In addition, she is a board member for her alma mater, University of Rochester, One Revolution and member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council. Her real moments of brightness derive from her role as a dedicated wife to her husband and proud, loving mother of three wonderful daughters.

 

Ralph Green, Director

Ralph Green is a Customer Development Account Associate Representative at PepsiCo (Frito Lay). His clients include King Soopers, Walmart, Safeway, Sams Club, Target and the Air Force Academy. Adaptive Spirit attendees may remember Ralph as an 11-year member of the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team. While active as a ski racer he partnered with Cox, Coca Cola, United Airlines, The Home Depot and Rocket Fuel as a sponsored athlete and brand ambassador. A former board member of Disabled Sports USA, Ralph is a motivational speaker with a strong emphasis on youth violence. He has an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

 

Tim Gropp, Director

A 40-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Tim recently left CommScope. Previously, he led sales teams for ARRIS Group, Inc., including in the U.S., Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Canada. Tim joined ARRIS in 2007 as a result of the C-COR acquisition. Previously, he was with Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Tim has a B.A. from the University of Texas and is active in SCTE. He was recently inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers. And speaking of pioneers, Tim is considered an Adaptive Spirit pioneer attending the event beginning in 1997 and almost every year since then.

 

 

Doug Moore, Director

Doug serves as President, CEO and representative director of Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. He oversees Fujitsu’s North American businesses providing network infrastructure and services. Doug's held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, development, manufacturing and engineering. He received his B.S in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona and his M.B.A. from Arizona State University. Doug is a passionate supporter STEM education and the growth of the digital economy. He is chairman emeritus of Tech Titans, chairman and board member of Truenet Communications, advisory board member of iCode LLC, board member of Asociar LLC., and board member and treasurer of 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 and currently works for Friend MTS as Senior Vice President, Americas Sales. Brad has worked for Disney Channel, Bravo, Encore/STARZ!, Amdocs, Nokia and CSG. He is also a seed investor in BT&O Consulting, a data and analytics consulting company. Brad has been involved with Adaptive Spirit since 1999, he is a race co-chair and 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, and two daughters. Brad has a B.A. from Ohio University.

 

Jay Rolls, Director

Jay is a cable engineer and his previous position was CTO for Charter Communications from 2011 to 2019 where he had responsibility for advanced engineering and architectures across all lines of business. Prior to that position, Jay was at Cox Communications for 13 years achieving the position of SVP Engineering. Other career positions include VP of Business Development at Pacific Broadband and VP of Network Engineering at Excite@Home. Jay spent nine years in Germany with Alcatel and BBN Communications and began his career 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 pioneer. He was has been a marketer and leader in the industry from 1981 to 2017. His previous position in the industry was CMO for Layer3 TV. Previously, Joe spent 29 years at Cox Communications achieving the position of CMO. Joe paved the way for innovative marketing concepts such as the original triple-play bundle. He has been recognized with marketing honors such as recipient of the 2004 NCTA Vanguard Award for Marketing. Joe was event co-chair for Adaptive Spirit for 13 years and joined the board in 2011. Additionally, Joe is on the advisory board for Stay-Focused, a SCUBA diving and self-discovery mentoring program for mobility-challenged teens. Joe and his wife of 35 years, Lori, live in Keystone, Colorado.

 

Pete Wisowaty, Director

Pete is EVP Sales and Marketing for Nominum which was acquired by Akamai in late 2017. 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. He also held senior level sales and sales management positions at several early stage companies including WhereNet (Zebra), Pluris, ZeitNet (Cabletron) and Kalpana (Cisco). Early in his career while working and living in Denver, he worked with service providers including AT&T and RBOC’s and with cable pioneers such as Daniels Communications and TCI. Pete holds a B.S. 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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