NCTA Vanguard Awards

THE DISTINGUISHED VANGUARD AWARDS FOR LEADERSHIP

The Distinguished Vanguard Awards for Leadership, the most prestigious of NCTA’s national awards, recognizes the best and the brightest in the cable and telecommunications industry. The awards were created to honor Larry Boggs, who pioneered the development of the cable industry, and Idell Kaitz, whose representation of the industry produced a significant impact on policy-makers. Each year, two awards are presented to one man and to one woman whose leadership and foresight have placed the cable industry in the vanguard of American business. The individuals recognized by these awards symbolize the highest level of excellence reached by leaders of our industry.

Nominees for the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership should meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities and development of cable telecommunications on the national level
  • Be a member of the NCTA

Previous Award Winners

YEAR MAN WOMAN
2016 Rob Marcus & Steve Miron Kristin Dolan
2015 Josh Sapan Mary E. Meduski
2014 Neil Smit Patty McCaskill
2013 Patrick Esser Nancy Dubuc
2012 Jerald Kent Bridget Baker
2011 Thomas Rutledge Mae Douglas
2010 James Dolan Bonnie Hammer
2009 Rocco B. Commisso Nomi Bergman
2008 Matthew C. Blank Anne Sweeney
2007 Brian Roberts Amy C. Tykeson
2006 Glenn A. Britt Judy McGrath
2005 Decker Anstrom Abbe Raven
2004 Michael Willner Sheila Mahony
2003 Nickolas Davatzes Debra L. Lee
2002 Charles F. Dolan Christie Hefner
2001 Gerald M. Levin Kim D. Kelly
2000 John J. Rigas Maggie Wilderotter
1999 Leo J. Hindery, Jr. Judith A. McHale
1998 Julian A. Brodsky Ruth Warren
1997 Joseph J. Collins Ann Carlsen
1996 James O. Robbins Char Beales
1995 Alan Gerry Bobbi L. Kamil, Ph.D.
1994 Richard D. Roberts Sharan Wilson
1993 Ralph J. Roberts Ann L . Burr
1992 R.E. "Ted" Turner Pat Thompson
1991 Robert Miron Ruth L. Otte
1990 John W. Goddard Geraldine B. Laybourne
1989 Brian P. Lamb Gayle L. Greer
1988 Trygve E. Myhren Lucille E. Larkin
1987 Daniel Aaron Beverly A. Harms
1986 William B. Strange, Jr. No Award
1985 John V. Saeman Susan C. Greene
1984 Douglas H. Dittrick Sally M. Davison
1983 John C. Malone, Ph.D. Kathryn Hilton Creech
1982 Ralph M. Baruch Carolyn S. Chambers
1981 William J. Bresnan June E. Travis
1980 Robert M. Rosencrans Gail Sermersheim
1979 Burt I. Harris Kay Koplovitz
1978 Edward M. Allen Anna Marie Hutchinson
1977 Sam Haddock No Award
1976 Alfred R. Stern Beverly Land
1975 Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. Beverly Murphy
1974 Frank Thompson Polly Dunn
1973 E. Stratford Smith Yolanda Barco
1972 John Gwin
1971 Milton J. Shapp
1970 Irving B. Kahn
1969 Martin Malarkey
1968 Fred Stevenson
1967 George Barco
1966 Benjamin J. Conroy, Jr.
1965 Bill Daniels

VANGUARD AWARD FOR CABLE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

This award was created to recognize individuals who successfully manage and develop cable operations in today’s competitive marketplace. The cable industry demands from its managers a unique blend of technological understanding, fiscal responsibility, marketing savvy, public and media relations acumen, and leadership expertise in human resources and personnel management. It’s because of the tireless efforts of cable’s managers, who work under intense competition in today’s dynamic telecommunications environment, that this award conveys such significance. The Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management recognizes a cable manager from the corporate, regional or system level who has made a significant contribution, through his or her company, to the cable industry.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management should meet the following criteria:

  • Significantly contribute to the cable industry’s national agenda through the successful management of his/her own company’s accomplishments
  • Provide leadership in the development of concepts and practices that lead to the advancement of the cable television industry
  • Be an NCTA Operator member

Previous Award Winners

Year Award Winner(s)
2016 John Keib
2015 Kevin Hyman
2014 Philip Meeks & John Pascarelli
2013 Bill Goetz & Bill Stemper
2012 Jill Campbell
2011 Carol Hevey
2010 Cathy Avgiris
2009 Dinni Jain
2008 Steven Brookstein
2007 John Bickham
2006 Eric P. Brown
2005 Steve Rizley & Barry Rosenblum
2004 Ann Montgomery
2003 Gary T. McCollum
2002 John N. Rigsby
2001 Stephen B. Burke
2000 Leo Brennan & James P. Cottingham
1999 Mary L. Cotter

VANGUARD AWARD FOR PROGRAMMERS

Cable is renowned in the world of entertainment thanks to the break-through contributions by programmers. These individuals, both by themselves and through their networks, have taken television programming to the critically acclaimed stature it enjoys today and the profound impact it has had on not only in our own industry, but in the arts, our culture, and society at large. This award was created to recognize the innovation, leadership and individual achievement of NCTA’s programmer members.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Programmers should meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities
  • Make significant contributions to the continuing growth and development of cable television programming on the national level
  • Be an NCTA Programmer member

Previous Award Winners

Year Award Winner(s)
2016 Joel Stillerman
2015 Cyma Zarghami
2014 David Nevins
2013 Ed Carroll
2012 John Landgraf
2011 Doug Herzog
2010 Josh Sapan
2009 Jim Walton
2008 Kenneth W. Lowe
2007 Philip Kent
2006 Henry Schleiff
2005 George Bodenheimer & Johnathan Rodgers
2004 Susan Swain & Rob Kennedy
2003 Chris Albrecht
2002 Herb Scannell
2001 Jeffery L. Bewkes
2000 Betty Cohen
1999 Matthew C. Blank
1998 Daniel E. Davids
1997 John O. Wynne
1996 Steven M. Bornstein
1995 Lee Masters
1994 Nickolas Davatzes
1993 Thomas E. Freston
1992 Winston H. Cox
1991 John S. Hendricks
1990 R.E. "Ted" Turner
1989 Dr. Hal Morse
1988 Michael J. Fuchs

VANGUARD AWARD FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The diversity and development of the cable industry depend on its technology. The men and women who pursue and achieve breakthrough engineering accomplishments provide the pathways for our collective progress. This award was created to honor individuals who have been active and imaginative forces in the design, development and introduction of technologies and engineering techniques that benefit the industry. Their pursuits and accomplishments provide a primary source of cable’s growth and development as the industry forges ahead in the deployment of breakthrough technologies. One award is presented each year. The award was previously known as, the Vanguard Award for Development and the Vanguard Award for Operations.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Science and Technology should meet the following criteria:

  • Be an individual involved in technical developments and/or system operations
  • Make significant contributions to the continuing technical advancement of the industry through manufacturing, design, application and implementation
  • Be a member of the NCTA

Previous Award Winners

YEAR Award Winner
2016 JR Walden
2015 Jim Blackley
2014 Yvette Kanouff
2013 John Schanz
2012 Chuck Pagano
2011 Louis Williamson
2010 Marwan Fawaz
2009 Jay Rolls
2008 Paul G. Allen
2007 Chris Bowick
2006 Mike LaJoie
2005 Wilt Hildenbrand
2004 Robert Zitter
2003 Mark Coblitz
2002 David M. Fellows
2001 Michael T. Hayashi
2000 Tony G. Werner
1999 Dr. Richard R. Green
1998 William Schleyer
1997 Brian James
1996 James O. Farmer
1995 William W. Riker
1994 Vito Brugliera
1993 Thomas G. Elliot
1992 Nick Hamilton-Piercy
1991 Dan Pike
1990 Ted E. Hartson
1989 David M. Pangrac
1988 David J. Large
1987 Walter S. Ciciora, Ph.D.
1986 Joseph E. Van Loan
1985 Abe Sonnenschein
1984 Robert A. Luff
Past Recipients of the Vanguard Award for Development
1983 Victor F. Tarbutton
1982 Robert V.C. Dickinson
1981 Sydney Fluck, Jr.
1980 Harold Rosen, Ph.D.
1979 Michael Jeffers
1978 Robert Tenten
1977 Alex B. Best
1976 Archer S. Taylor
1975 Henry Diambra
1974 Thomas Straus
1973 Kenneth Simons
Past Recipients of the Vanguard Award for Operations
1983 James Chiddix
1982 James J. Fischer
1981 Nicholas E. Worth
1980 Kenneth S. Gunter
1979 Frank J. Bias
1978 Robert Bilodeau
1977 James W. Stillwell
1976 Richard C. Hickman
1975 Israel Sitzer
1974 Hubert J. Schlafly
1973 Donald Levenson

VANGUARD AWARD FOR GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

The Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations recognizes that cable’s success depends on the ability to promote a positive public image and to advocate public policy positions at the national, state and/or local government levels. This award reflects the combined legacies of the Vanguard Award for State/Regional Association Leadership and the Vanguard Award for Public Relations. The award recognizes an individual who has significantly enhanced the status of the cable industry as a community leader, a state advocate or a national contributor.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations should meet the following criteria:

  • Significantly contribute to the cable industry’s national agenda through effectiveness in community and/or government relations at the national, state or local level
  • Provide leadership in the development of concepts that led to significant advancement in positive public awareness of cable television
  • Be a member of the NCTA

Previous Award Winners

Year Award Winner
2016 Kathy Zachem
2015 D'Arcy Rudnay
2014 DeDe Lea
2013 Ellen East
2012 Gail MacKinnon
2011 Sheila R. Willard
2010 Sandy Wilson
2009 Bonnie Hathaway
2008 Carol A. Melton
2007 Libby O'Connell
2006 Alexander Netchvolodoff
2005 David Cohen
2004 Jennifer Mooney
2003 Richard H. Beahrs
2002 Joseph W. Waz, Jr.
2001 William K. Geppert
2000 Bertram W. Carp
1999 Stephen R. Effros
Vanguard Award for State/Regional Association Leadership
1998 Dennis H. Mangers
1997 Steven E. Wilkerson
1996 Carol Caruso (Ohio)
1995 W.D. Arnold (Texas)
1994 Charles Hembree
1993 Emmett White (Illinois)
1992 John R. Liskey (Michigan)
1991 Dean A. Deyo (Tennessee)
1990 Trey Smith (California)
1989 Paul W. Freas (New Jersey)
1988 Florida Cable Television Association
1987 Anthony W. Accamando, Jr. (Pennsylvania)
1986 John F. Gault (New York)
1985 T.W. "Skip" Meadows (Alabama)
1984 George F. Gardner (Pennsylvania)
1983 Orlando E. "Brill" Brillante (Florida)
1982 Carl W. Gainer (West Virginia)
1981 William J. Ryan (Florida)
1980 Spencer Kaitz (California)
1979 Wayne Lee (Alabama)
1978 Frank Scarpa (New Jersey)
1977 Thomas Gilchrist (Florida)
1976 Robert D. Towe (Montana)
1975 Jay Wagner (Ohio)
1974 Robert J. Tarlton (Pennsylvania)
1973 Joseph Gans (Pennsylvania)
1972 William Kenny (New England)
1971 Michael B. Arnold (New York)
1970 Holland Meacham/ Don Royse (Mid-America)
1969 No Award
1968 John Mankin, Sr. (Texas)
1967 Walter Kaitz (California)
Vanguard Award for Public Relations
1998 Beverly Greenberg
1997 Chuck Ellis
1996 Lynn Yaeger
1995 David C. Andersen
1994 McAdory Libpscomb, Jr.

VANGUARD AWARD FOR MARKETING

As competition intensifies and technologies grow more complex, successfully communicating values associated with cable products and services is more critical than ever. This award honors an individual who has been instrumental in developing a unique marketing approach that conveys convincingly the attributes and the appeal of services that flow over cable’s broadband networks. To be considered, the individual may be associated with a national marketing effort, or with marketing approaches that are local in scope but have national applicability.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Marketing should meet the following criteria:

  • Provide leadership in the development of marketing concepts that lead to significant television and increased subscribership
  • Contribute through industry-sponsored events and/or promote by other means marketing concepts that benefit the industry
  • Be a member of the NCTA

Previous Award Winners

YEAR Award Winner
2016 Tonia O’Connor
2015 Mark Greatrex
2014 Coleman Breland
2013 Henry Ahn
2012 Linda Schupack
2011 Johnathan Hargis
2010 David Zagin
2009 Sean R.H. Bratches
2008 Sam Howe
2007 Patricia Gottesman
2006 Dave Watson
2005 Lori McFarling
2004 Joseph Rooney
2003 Kevin J. Leddy
2002 Len Fogge
2001 Pamela Euler Halling
2000 Douglas V. Holloway
1999 Whitney Goit II
1998 Curtis Symonds
1997 Joshua Sapan
1996 Chris Moseley
1995 Char Beales
1994 Mark Greenberg
1993 Julia W. Sprunt
1992 Gordon R. Herring
1991 Matthew C. Blank
1990 D. Lowell Hussey
1989 Ajit M. Dalvi
1988 John K. Billock
1987 Doug Wenger
1986 Charles C. Townsend III
1985 Jerry Maglio
1984 WInston H. "Tony" Cox

VANGUARD AWARD FOR ASSOCIATES & AFFILIATES

This award recognizes the indispensable contributions of our industry’s equipment manufacturers and service suppliers. Cable continues to delight customers in today’s highly competitive marketplace because of innovative product design and services provided by associate members. NCTA affiliate members are equally instrumental in providing invaluable guidance and service as lawyers, brokers, bankers and consultants to the industry. Today, the contributions of both of these segments are even more important as the industry shapes the evolution of new media.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Associates and Affiliates should meet the following criteria:

  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities
  • Make significant contributions to the growth and development of cable television on the national level
  • Be an NCTA Associate or Affiliate member

Previous Award Winners

Year Award Winner
2016 Bob Benya
2015 Vibha Rustagi
2014 Maria E. Brennan
2013 Tim Baxter
2012 Dan Moloney
2011 Mark Dzuban
2010 Howard Symons
2009 Robert Stanzione
2008 Michael Pohl
2007 Cathy Wilson
2006 Paul Glist
2005 Leslie Ellis
2004 Rouzbeh Yassini
2003 John D. Clark, Jr.
2002 William G. McGorry
2001 Norval D. Reece
2000 Paul S. Maxwell
1999 James F. McDonald
1998 Edward Breen
1997 John W. Waller, III
1996 William H. Lambert
1995 Brian Deevy
1994 Richard Perry
1993 Gordon E. Halverson
1992 Phillip J. Hogue
1991 Ha M. Krisbergh
1990 John Egan
1989 Maggie Wildertotter
1988 Abe H. Sonnenschein
1987 Robert J. Mathews
1986 Robert J. Wussler
1985 John H. Levergood
1984 Frank M. Drendel
1983 Andrew F. Inglis
1982 John J. Sie
1981 R.E. "Ted" Turner
1980 Sidney Topol
1979 Gerald W. Levin
1978 Bruce Merrill
1977 Richard L. Jackson
1976 Ray V. Schneider
1973 NCTA Associate Members

VANGUARD AWARD FOR YOUNG LEADERSHIP

The energy, vitality and creativity of young people in the cable industry has contributed enormously to its advancement. This award was created to recognize those individuals who have emerged early in their careers as innovators and leaders, demonstrating the potential to continue making significant contributions to the cable and telecommunications industries. The Vanguard Award for Young Leadership honors the memory of Jerry Greene, who was a founder of Harriscope Cable Corp. and chief financial officer of its successor companies, Warner Cable and Cyprus Communications. Before he was 30, Greene was a vice president and board member of TelePrompter Corporation.

Nominees for the Vanguard Award for Young Leadership should meet the following criteria:

  • Be 40 years of age or younger
  • Exhibit outstanding leadership qualities
  • Make significant contributions to the growth and development of cable television on the national level
  • Be a member of the NCTA

Previous Award Winners

Year Award Winner(s)
2016 Justin Connolly
2015 Christopher Winfrey
2014 Maggie McLean Suniewick
2013 David C. Preschlack
2012 Tapan Dandnaik & Jeffrey Hirsch
2011 Jennifer Caserta
2010 Peter Stern
2009 Charlie Collier
2008 Bret Perkins
2007 Alicin Reidy-Williamson
2006 Kathryn Falk
2005 Steve Miron
2004 Dallas Clement
2003 Lynne Elander
2002 Edward Carroll & Ellen M. East
2001 Sean R.H. Bratches & Tracy Lawrence
2000 William F. Goodwyn
1999 Megan Stevens-Hookey
1998 Lela Cocoros & Eason Jordan
1997 Bradley J. Siegel
1996 Kate McEnroe
1995 Shellie Rosser & Susan Swain
1994 Scott Sassa
1993 Scott P. Kurnit
1992 Tim Robertson
1991 Brian L. Roberts
1990 Kevin H. Rorke
1989 Terence F. McGuirk
1988 Timothy P. Neher
1987 C. Ronald Dorchester
1986 Marc B. Nathanson
1985 James S. Cownie
1984 John D. Evans
1983 James O. Heyworth
1982 Kay Koplovitz
1981 Frank M. Drendel
1980 Brian Lamb
1979 Richard W. Loftus
1978 David Wicks