President/CEO, BendBroadband

After decades of achievement in the cable industry, Tykeson was inducted into The Cable Center’s Hall of Fame earlier this year, joining the likes of Ted Turner and John Goddard. “Having been part of this great industry for over 30 years, I continue to be energized by the smart people and the opportunities and friendships that make it unique,” Tykeson says. Her energies this year resulted in expanded cloud and commercial services and the acquisition of KOHD-TV by sister company Zolo Media.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing BendBroadband employees succeed in meeting customer needs and our role as a corporate citizen to give back and make a difference. Having been part of this great industry for over 30 years, I continue to be energized by the smart people and the opportunities and friendships that make it unique.
 
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
For me, it was Time Warner Cable’s decision to stand their ground on retransmission consent. We have some fundamental breakdowns occurring, and the conversations about what those mean for consumers need to reach another level. The cable industry is burdened with many antiquated rules that have inadvertently changed the competitive landscape. Retrans is at the top of the list.
 
How do you define success in the workplace?
It’s about having a team culture so we can get it right for our customers, with the expectation of innovation, accountability and fun. At BendBroadband we continue to invest to advance our culture. Our company values are aligned with our brand—that pays off in terms of employee engagement, customer perceptions and results.

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