ACA’s 25th Summit remains true to its roots with a focus on regulatory topics and lobbying on Capitol Hill. However, it also features an abundance of networking opportunities, and an interactive exhibit hall. All events will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington unless otherwise noted.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.        ACA Summit Registration & Information Desk Open

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        CTHRA Master Class: Compensation Trends in a Digital World

5:45 p.m.-- 6:00 p.m.        Buses Depart for Anniversary Dinner from Grand Hyatt Lobby

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.        25th Anniversary Dinner at the U.S. Institute of Peace

9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.     Moonlight Monument Tour
                                                  Transportation will also be provided directly to the hotel for guests who do not want to participate                                             in the guided bus tour.

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.        ACA Summit Registration & Information Desk Open

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.        Summit Coffee & Cyber Café Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.        Breakfast Available

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.        Welcome

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.        Legislative Keynote: Rep. Marsha Blackburn
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.        Regulatory Keynote: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.      Industry Keynote: David Cohen, Senior EVP, Comcast Corp.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Exclusive Exhibit Hours

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.        Panel Sessions

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        ACA Update

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.        Lobbying Briefing Session (cable operators, only)

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.        Cocktail Reception in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Registration & Information Desk Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.       Breakfast Available

8:15 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.       Congressional Keynote Address

8:40 a.m.                            Lobbying Picture

9:00 a.m.                            Buses Depart for Capitol Hill from Grand Hyatt Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.       ACA Lounge in 2044 Rayburn House Office Building

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Congressional Appointments

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch Available at 2044 Rayburn House Office Building

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.       Closing Reception (location TBD)

All events are included with full registration.
Master Class: Industry Compensation Trends in a Digital World
For more than 20 years, CTHRA, the industry’s HR association, has been the trusted source for benchmarking salaries and incentives across the cable industry.  During this session, CTHRA will present key findings from its MSO survey and discuss trends that are impacting employers’ pay practices.
The Summit will commence with a special event at the stunning U.S. Institute of Peace. The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner and dessert reception. It’s the ideal setting to reconnect with colleagues, reminisce about ACA’s early days and celebrate independent cable’s accomplishments.
Immediately following the 25th Anniversary Dinner, attendees are invited to embark on a bus tour of the monuments in D.C.  Tour guides will share little known facts about the city’s history as you view some of the most famous sites including the Jefferson, MLK Jr. and Washington monuments, the World War II Memorial, the tidal basin, Smithsonian Museums and Garfield Circle.
LASTING ROOTS: The Original Disruptors
During this panel, industry titans will discuss the pivotal decisions that shaped their companies’ success and predict the massive changes that will continue to transform our interconnected world.

Ron Duncan, CEO, GCI

Tom Might, CEO (retired), Cable ONE 
John Pascarelli, EVP, Operations, Mediacom Communications    
Steve Weed, CEO, Wave Broadband

BRANCHING OUT: The Impact of Content Development
When ACA was founded, there was a clear division of roles: networks and programmers developed content while operators distributed it. Fast forward to 2018: Operators are developing content and programmers use a variety of vehicles to reach viewers. This panel will feature insight into the changing dynamics of the business as seen through the eyes of network executives.

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn
An accomplished communications policy leader committed to closing the digital divide through bipartisan action, Rep. Blackburn is Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. In December 2017, Rep. Blackburn sponsored new Net Neutrality legislation that would guarantee an open Internet and preserve incentives to deploy broadband deeper into unserved and underserved areas.

David Cohen 
At Comcast, David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment.  He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. In 2005, David was awarded the National Cable Television Association’s Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact.

Senior EVP &
Chief Diversity Officer Comcast Corp.
Hali Croner has over 25 years of consulting and research experience in the fields of compensation design and implementation.  She works extensively with senior management in both public and private sectors to help them create strategic compensation programs, incentive plans, equity plans and executive compensation packages.   She has spearheaded the research for CTHRA’s Annual Compensation Surveys since 2002.

Hali Croner
President & CEO
The Croner Company

Mignon Clyburn
FCC Commissioner
In 1979, Ron co-founded GCI in Anchorage, Alaska. Today, the company is the largest telecommunications provider in Alaska with more than 2,200 employees and almost $1 billion in revenues. In 2017, GCI and Liberty Interactive Corporation signed an agreement to combine GCI with certain assets of Liberty Ventures Group to create a new corporation called GCI Liberty. The transaction valued GCI at $2.8 billion. Following closing of the proposed transaction Ron will continue to run GCI. Ron serves on the boards of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and Cable Labs.

Ron Duncan

Bob Gessner
Bob has been Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Cable Association since 2014, and he brings nearly 40 years of independent cable experience to the leadership role. He oversees a family-owned cable company in Northeast Ohio that provides 47,000 homes with a full complement of advanced broadband products including internet, digital TV, residential and commercial phone, television advertising, dedicated fiber optic connections and security systems.

Chairman of the Board ACA

Bridget Baker

As FCC Chairman, Reed was guided by two principles: first, that the FCC should make decisions based on the public interest and second, that the FCC should write fair rules of competition for the communications sector. Under Chairman Hundt, the FCC conducted the first spectrum auction in U.S. history and promoted greater choice for consumers, increased opportunity for all businesses,
and fair rules of competition.

Reed Hundt
FCC Chairman
David Kinley
From 1973-1976, David was the FCC’s primary regulator of the cable television industry. He then served in senior management positions at various cable television companies before founding Sun Country Cable in 1986, where he served as CEO and CFO until 2000. He is one
of ACA’s founding member.
ACA Chairman of the Board

Ross Lieberman
Ross is ACA’s senior government advocate in Washington, D.C., where he represents the interests of small and medium-sized cable operators on matters involving Congress, the FCC, the Copyright Office and other federal agencies. Ross has more than 15 years of experience advocating on behalf of trade associations and corporations. Prior to joining ACA in 2007, Ross directed congressional and state affairs for EchoStar Communications Corporation, parent company of DISH Network.

SVP of Gov't Affairs
Tom Might
Tom Might retired as Executive Chairman of Cable ONE in December 2017 after having served as CEO since 1993. It is currently the seventh-largest cable company in the U.S., serving more than 800,000 customers in 21 states with high-speed internet, cable television and telephone service. During his tenure at Cable ONE profitability increased more than five-fold.
CEO (retired)
Cable ONE

Michael O’Rielly
FCC Commissioner
Ajit Pai
Chairman Pai’s believes consumers benefit most from competition, not preemptive regulation, as such his regulatory philosophy is that the FCC should do everything it can to ensure that its rules reflect the realities of the current
marketplace and basic principles of economics.

FCC Chairman
With 36 years in the cable industry, John has been an executive at Mediacom since 1998. In 2016, the MSO set an aggressive goal to rollout 1 gigabit speeds to virtually all 3 million homes and businesses within the company’s 22-state footprint. Mediacom is committed to bridging the digital divide between major cities and America’s smaller regions by providing the best technology available.
John Pascarelli
EVP, Operations
Mediacom Communications

Matt Polka
Matt has been leading the ACA since 1999 and is responsible for ensuring the organization fulfills its mission to support independent cable operators by promoting a legislative and regulatory environment that allows for a fair and competitive marketplace. Matt frequently testifies on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, writes articles for industry trade publications and speaks at numerous events. His contributions to the industry have consistently earned him inclusion in CableFAX Magazine’s top 100 heavy hitters.

President & CEO

Rhod brings over 20 years of high-level government experience to the Alpine Group, ACA’s government affairs consulting firm.  For the past 10 years, he has successfully represented a diverse group of Fortune 500 companies, international trade associations, state and local governments and other industry leaders on matters pending before the legislative and executive branches of government.  He provides strategic advice and develops comprehensive legislative and grassroots action plans.

Rhod Shaw
Alpine Group

Rob Shema
Rob is the EVP of Member Services and Finance for ACA. As EVP, Shema is responsible for all of the daily operations of the organization and for analyzing all external factors that affect the organization.  He directly oversees the development and implementation of the marketing and growth strategy for member and associate member companies.  He also provides members with guidance regarding legal and regulatory issues.
EVP of Member

Billy served 25 years in the U.S. Congress representing the 3rd Congressional District of Louisiana, and he is the only U.S. representative ever to serve in the leadership of both national parties. He chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee from January 2001 until February 2004.
Billy Tauzin
House Energy & Commerce Committee

Steve Weed
An industry leader with over 35 years of cable/broadband management experience, Steve is the former Chairman of the American Cable Association, a 2002 inductee of the Cable TV Pioneers, and the recipient of both regional and national industry leadership awards. Steve is also Chairman of the Board for Xplornet, Canada’s largest provider of satellite/wireless broadband Internet, and on the Board of Directors for Midwest fiber-to-the-home provider, Metronet.
Founder & CEO

CTHRA is the cable, entertainment and media industry’s association for human resources executives. Under her 15-years of leadership, membership has grown to over 3,000 individuals representing 50 companies, and CTHRA’s Annual Compensations Surveys have become the industry standard for benchmarks.  Pamela is also the director of Mission Media, the industry’s military veteran hiring and engagement collaborative.
Pamela Williams, CAE
Executive Director

American Cable Association
Seven Parkway Center
Suite 755
Pittsburgh, PA 15220