John Gdovin

Years in Cable: 36

Education: Bachelors’ Degrees in Math & Economics, Kings College

One Word that Best Describes Me: Integrity

Too many cooks in the kitchen? Nah, this executive suite functions like a well-oiled machine. They sold Patriot Media to Comcast for one of the highest prices on record, and also turned around Choice in Puerto Rico before making money for their investor group. In other words, these executives are committed to the cable industry. Among individual achievements and qualities, Simmons executive-produced a documentary educational issues that earned a Regional Emmy Award. Holanda brings diversity to the company, having worked throughout the U.S. including Missouri, where he was Regional VP of operations for Charter, Gdovin handles negotiation of programming and retrans consent agreements and Rohre provides management for technical and business operations.

What was your first job? In the business was right out of college with the local phone company that quickly became a startup cable MSO

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… There is plenty of time to sleep later

Best way to spend a Saturday night: With family and a cold beer or a Napa Cabernet

My cable industry mentor and why: Steve Simmons, Cable HOF member, an industry founder and entrepreneur; Jim Holanda, extraordinary cable CEO and leader; Mike Mahoney, cable industry executive; Mark Haverkate, cable friend, partner and visionary.

My personal theme song is: “Takin’ Care of Business” — BTO

Favorite vacation spot: Annual Virginia Beach trip with family

My typical breakfast is: Bacon and eggs or Cheerios with banana

My Starbucks order: Venti Bold with cream

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