The American Cable Association saluted several ACA members at its 5th Annual Independent Show with awards recognizing their support for the trade group and the cause of advancing the interests of small, independent cable operators providing high-quality voice, video and broadband Internet service.
The Independent Cable Show, co-hosted and jointly organized by ACA and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), drew nearly 1,000 attendees. Top honors went to:
- ACA Eagle Award: Martin Brophy, President and CEO Shen-Heights TV Associates. The Eagle Award is presented to an ACA member, typically an ACA board member, with 15 years of service in the cable industry whose achievements during that period have significantly benefited the cable industry and have served as an inspiration to his or her colleagues.
- Lyn Simpson Grassroots Spirit Award: Jim Beattie, Assistant General Counsel of Bevcomm Communications. The Lyn Simpson Award goes to a company or individual embodying the passion and commitment that Lyn brought to the small operator community in her role as an ACA founding member in the early 1990s. The award underscores the value of commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to the independent cable business.
- ACA Board Service Award: Dave Baum (formerly of JetBroadband). The Board Service Award is given to recognize the service and commitment of an ACA board member stepping down from that position. Baum was the owner and operator of both Helicon Cable and JetBroadband. Baum was also the founder of JetBroadband.
- ACA PAC Individual Leadership Award: Colleen Abdoulah, President & CEO WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone. The PAC Individual Award recognizes enthusiasm, dedication and support for the ACA PAC and for creating a culture of knowledge within the company regarding the ACA PAC’s important role and purpose.