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Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird and a great friend to Truman Capote, once said, “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

In this last issue of 2012, Communications Technology focuses on many winners representing the myriad facets of the broadband glitter ball. Some rose through the ranks of corporate life to become leaders and mentors, some lead teams that developed in-house technology so groundbreaking that they had to share it with others for the greater good, some created platforms on which the industry runs today and some have benefited from hiring great R&D staffers.

“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.” — Business advisor and writer Barbara Pletcher.

In preparing this issue, I had the pleasure of spending time with Jennifer Yohe Wagner, this year’s “Women in Technology” award recipient whose day job is vice president/Strategic Business Procurement at Comcast; and with Robert Gessner, who leads Massillon Cable TV in Ohio, chosen as the 2012 “ CT System of the Year” and who made sure his techs weighed in on how they not only keep the wheels on the bus, they helped manufacture the tires.

“Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. The Bible says that ‘without a vision (dream), a people perish.’ You need a dream if you’re going to succeed in anything you do.” — Minister and motivational speaker Mark Gorman.

New products and services are the lifeblood of the broadband industry, whose voice, video and data providers are tasked constantly with meeting subscriber demand for both applications and bandwidth. Judging this year’s CT Platinum Awards program was no mean feat, but the results will give you some insight as to how to plan for your next purchases and upgrades.

“Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” — Amby Burfoot, author, Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

Finally, take a look at the four industry giants who will be inducted into the CT Hall of Fame this year, and peruse the winners of our special staff-generated awards, with one chosen by an online poll of CT’s subscribers.

Here’s one last thought from retired football player/coach Bum Phillips: "Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half."

Ain’t it the truth?

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