SCTE New England's Personal Achievement Award (PAA)
Alan Amos at Vendor Day
Please join in congratulating Alan Amos on receiving the SCTE Personal Achievement Award for 2020 and his recent retirement in April. Alan has been in the cable industry for over 39 years and was one of the original members of the SCTE New England chapter. Below is a brief history of the experiences and accomplishments Al has had over the years. We wish him well as he moves to the next chapter in his life and look forward to his continued support of the SCTE!
Alan joined SCTE in 1984. How could he refuse an invitation from the infamous Bill Riley! Alan was a key contributor as an SCTE Board Member for 15 years, an associate board member for 5 years, SCTE Treasurer for 3 years, and Vice President for several years.
Alan started in the telecommunications industry in 1981 working for Cable TV Supply followed by 15 years with General Instrument and then with Harmonic since 1998. He earned BCE, BCT, and BTS certifications.
As an SCTE-NE Chapter member, Alan particularly enjoyed the certification process. What made it most enjoyable were the informal group discussions typically following technical sessions. “Transportation Systems” was recognized as the toughest exam of the 7 required for BCE certification and many took the test multiple times before finally passing it. He recalls SCTE members discussing the more challenging test questions and collaborating on ideas and notes. They shared knowledge and built a strong camaraderie over regular celebrations or commiserations. He remembers building his first computer with the help of board member Jason Hibbard.
Standing Left to Right
Brian Bedard, Ron Baker, Joe Cutrona, Jason Hibbard, Alan Amos
Seated Left to Right
Greg Garabedian, Bob Foote (driver).
Alan attended his first SCTE Vendor Day as a vendor at one of TKR cable’s warehouse in New Jersey. After participating, he could not wait to share his vision for bringing it to the New England chapter at the next board meeting. Bob Foote and others ran with the idea to create one of the best Vendor Days in the country right here in New England!
A few years ago, the SCTE-NE chapter was asked to present at a WICT session entitled “Keeping Cable Relevant”. Most attendees had a little or no exposure to telecommunications hardware. In addition to the presentation that provided some cable history, Alan showcased some “antique” cable gear and asked a few vendors to bring in their equipment including Jim Hapis who brought in an active test bench and Gwil Jones who had them putting on F connectors. Alan’s idea for interactive hands-on activities were a big hit and made for a really fun, successful event!
Alan says, “While serving on the New England Chapter board has been a commitment, it has also been a very rewarding experience. The opportunity to try new activities (I knew almost nothing about being a treasurer when I accepted the position!), the sharing of ideas and watching great leaders do their thing are just a few of the benefits. The best part, however, are the lasting friendships that have come about from working with a great team. And while I am “retired”, I do plan on continuing as an associate board member…some things are just too good to give up!”
Congratulations Alan! It is truly deserved!
Past award recipients:
2019 – Dean Olmsted, Times Fiber
2018 – Andy McCarthy, VP Engineering and Tech Ops, Comcast WNE
2017 – Dave Sharkey, Manager Technical Support, Comcast
2016 – Brian Bane, VP Network Implementation, Comcast
2015 – Georgiann Bergamini, Sr. Director of Project Management, Comcast
2014 – Ralph Paolo, President Broadband Access Services Inc.
2013 – Dave Kowolenko, VP Engineering, Comcast
2012 – John Ort, Regional Training Manager, MetroCast
2011 – Sue Wante, VP of Technical Operations, Comcast
2010 – Brian Bedard, VOIP/HFC Network Manager, Charter Communications
2009 – James Toy Jr., Senior Field Engineer, Comcast
2008 – Alan Marchioni, Senior Engineer, Comcast
2007 – Bob Foote, Account Vice President, ARRIS
2006 – Bill Snowling, Senior Digital Video Engineer, Comcast
2005 – Jason Hibbard, Manager of Conditional Access, Comcast
2004 – David Bitondo, Director of Network Engineering, Comcast
2003 – Greg Garabedian, Director of Technical Operations, Charter Communications
2002 – Alan Gardiner, VP of Network Services, Cox Communications, New England
2001 – Jim Kersnowski, ViP of Engineering, Time Warner Cable
2000 – Paul D’Arcangelo, VP of Engineering, AT&T Broadband Services (Media One)
1999 – Bruce Byorkman, VP of Engineering, Time Warner
1998 – Calvin Cole, Applications Engineer, MediaOne
1997 – Bill Hinton, White Mountain Cable
1996 – Ray Murdough, Plant Manager, Time Warner/Paragon Cable
1995 – Joseph Camposeo, Network Engineer, Continental Cablevision
1994 – Kevin Casey, VP Engineering, Continental Cablevision