While leading approximately 600 commercial and advertising operations (CAO) staffers in ad sales, commercial services and carrier services, Stephens helped secure $434 million in revenue in 2014, translating to double-digit growth. The division’s best year of growth in 2014 included successes in high-speed data services, managed services and online advertising. And he’s not stopping there. Stephens and his team have set a goal to double the size of the CAO business over the next six years. He defines diversity as “embracing variety in human thought, race, culture and gender that’s reflected in our broader society.”

What’s your biggest professional accomplishment in the past 12 months?

Achieving a record level of revenue growth and significantly exceeding performance objectives

Best business advice you’ve received?

“Find a way to add value to every meeting you’re a part of.”

How do you define diversity?

Embracing variety in human thought, race, culture and gender that’s reflected in our broader society.

How can cable better support diversity?

By enabling it at both the board and senior management level.

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?

Suddenlink getting acquired by Altice (European Service Provider).

How do you define success?

Setting objectives in your professional and personal life, then consistently achieving them.

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