Adaptive Spirit
 

Leadership

2020-2021 Adaptive Spirit Board of Directors

 

Steve Raymond, Chairperson

Steve Raymond is Vice President of Accessibility for Charter. In his role, Steve leads efforts to drive, launch and refine accessibility and universal design in Charter’s accessibility products, features and services. Previously, Steve was VP Client Solutions for Nielsen Connectivity. Before Nielsen Steve was SVP at VUBIQUITY, Inc. From 2014 – 2017, Steve served as vice president of affiliate relations for AT&T Sports Networks in Denver. Prior to that position, 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 serves on the Paralympic Working Group and Paralympic Strategic Task Force for the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 2019.

 

Deborah Flippo, Secretary 

Deborah has over 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry. She has held executive sales positions at Friend MTS, Amdocs Media (formerly Vubiquity) and iN DEMAND Networks.  Her non-profit experience beyond Adaptive Spirit includes co-chairing the Cable Positive Denver Chapter and Positively Cable Show where she was a Brad Wojoski and Beacon Award winner. She also served as President of the Virginia Tech Denver Alumni Chapter where the Outstanding Chapter award was achieved 10 years in a row. Deborah is currently completing her sixth year on Virginia Tech's National Alumni Board. She has served as secretary of the board since the organization’s inception and communications chair on the event committee since 2004.

 

Amos Smith, Treasurer

Formerly VP Operations at T-Mobile Home & Entertainment, Amos has been 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.

 

Rich DiGeronimo, Director

Rich was appointed to his current position as Chief Product and Technology Officer in 2019 and joined Charter in 2008. Coming from Level 3 Communications where he served in multiple leadership roles over eight years, Rich started his career at Bear Stearns focusing on technology investment banking. In 2015, Rich was named WICT Rocky Mountain Mentor of the Year. He has a B.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan where he graduated with high distinction.

 

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 US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Canada. Tim led global sales at C-COR and then joined ARRIS in 2007 as a result of the C-COR acquisition. Previously, he was with Southwestern Bell, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. In addition to his work with Adaptive Spirit, he serves as a director for Arrowhead at Vail Association. 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 Minnesota.

 

Pete Wisowaty, Director

Pete is a telecom industry veteran with over 30 years of sales, sales management and business development experience. Most recently, he was VP of Sales at Akamai as a result of the acquisition of Nominum. While at Nominum, Pete was EVP of Sales & Marketing and during his tenure and grew the business to 135 tier one/two telco, cable and mobile providers in 40 countries. His prior leadership include roles at Grand Central Communications (Google/SFDC), WhereNet (Zebra), ZeitNet (Cabletron) and Kalpana (Cisco). Pete founded Azure Sky Ventures, an advisory/consulting business. He has been actively involved with Adaptive Spirit for five years. Pete and his wife have two boys in college and split their time between Palo Alto, California and Vail, Colorado.

 

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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