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
                                             Sponsored by eClerx Customer Operations

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.        Breakfast Available
                                            Sponsored by AffinityX, Evolution Digital, ION Media, Broadband Success Partners 

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.        Opening Remarks
                                             Featuring Bob Gessner, ACA Chairman of the Board and President, MCTV
                                             Matt Polka, President & CEO, ACA
                                             Rob Shema, EVP of Members Services, ACA

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.        TURNING ACORNS INTO OAKS: Leading Communications Policy
                                             Featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on         
                                             Communiations & Technology 
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.        STANDING FIRM: Leading with Courage and Stability
                                             Featuring FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.      REACHING FOR THE SKY: A Change Agent in a Digital World
                                             Featuring David Cohen, Senior EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corp. and
                                             Bob Gessner, ACA Chairman of hte Board and President, MCTV

10:15 a.m.  – 10:30 a.m.    Refreshment Break
                                              Sponsored by A+E Networks, Kids Central

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

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.      Lunch
                                              Sponsored by Pat Thompson Co., Mintz Levin, MobiTV

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.        GROWING DEEP: Building Relationships and Meeting the Need
                                             Featuring Linda McMahon, Cabinet Secretary & SBA Administrator

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.        BRANCHING OUT: The Far Reaching Impact of Content Development
                                             Featuring Paul Maxwell, Bridget Baker, Rich Fickle, Tom Rogers

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.        LASTING ROOTS: The Original Disruptors
                                             Featuring Steve Weed, Ron Duncan, John Pascarelli, Tom Might 

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.        LEAVES OF CHANGE: Two Perspectives on the Shifting Regulatory Landscape
                                             Featuring FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O'Rielly
                                             Tina Pidgeon, Chief Compliance Officer and SVP of Government Affairs, GCI

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.        Refreshment Break
                                             Sponsored by A+E Networks, Kids Central

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.        FROM THE TREE TOP: Guiding Business Policy to Make Commerce Succeed
                                             Featuring U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.        Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall
                                             Sponsored by  Discovery Communications, Amdocs Management LTD,
                                             MavTV Motorsports Network, Open Vault, Sterner Energy, Turner

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

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.       Breakfast Available
                                            Sponsored by Comcast Spotlight, Enoch Kever, Katz Networks,
                                            Mapcom, Ride Television Network Inc., Ulterius Technologies LLC

8:15 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.       SEEING THE FOREST: Managing Critical Policy Matters in Washington
                                            Featuring Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chairman, Energy & Commerce Committee

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
                                            Lunch available from 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                                            Lunch and Refreshments Sponsored by Adara Technologies Inc, Espial 

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

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.       Closing Reception at Capitol City Brewing
                                            Sponsored by Ervin Cable Construction LLC, Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks,
                                            JSI, Scripps Networks Interactive, Broadway Channel, Entertainment Studios 

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.

TURNING ACORNS INTO OAKS:  Leading Communications Policy
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chairman,  Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Today’s communications issues are more complicated than ever, and leading the legislative effort on these issues is no small task.  Chairman Blackburn will share insight into leading today’s congressional effort on internet freedom and infrastructure issues.
STANDING FIRM:  Leading with Courage and Stability
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.       
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”  This apt quote certainly describes Chairman Pai’s leadership of the FCC where he has taken on enormous challenges to encourage broadband innovation and investment and ensure government and business work better together to put customers and communities first.
REACHING FOR THE SKY:  A Change Agent in a Digital World
David Cohen, Senior EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corp.
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.     
It’s not always easy leading an industry when you’re at the top, but Comcast continues to innovate in ways that many will follow in the years ahead.  David Cohen will discuss these challenges and the issues before us in the cable and broadband industries.
GROWING DEEP:  Building Relationships and Meeting the Need
Linda McMahon, Cabinet Secretary and SBA Administrator       
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Small businesses have played an important role in the policy plans of the Administration not only to spur economic growth, create jobs, and expand vital services, but also to ensure their survival as they serve their customers and communities.  SBA Administrator Linda McMahon will share her thoughts on how SBA and ACA Members can strengthen their bond together. 

BRANCHING OUT: The Impact of Content Development  
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
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.

LASTING ROOTS: The Original Disruptors
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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.

LEAVES OF CHANGE:  Two Perspectives on the Shifting Regulatory Landscape
Featuring FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Rielly and Tina Pidgeon, SVP of Government Affairs for GCI
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Today’s communications issues before the FCC can be as contentious as ever, but good people like Commissioners Clyburn and O’Rielly do their best to reconcile their views for the good of all.  Hear their perspectives on today’s issues and how the FCC is meeting tomorrow’s communications challenges.

FROM THE TREE TOP: Guiding Business Policy to Make Commerce Succeed
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Managing Washington policy and the nation’s business and commercial interests is no easy task in today’s global economy, but Secretary Ross brings significant business and financial experience to the Cabinet as a chief advisor on the growth and expansion of America’s businesses, both large and small.
SEEING THE FOREST:  Managing Critical Policy Matters in Washington
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee
8:15 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. 
Leading today’s Energy and Commerce policy matters is no easy task with the politics of Washington and the importance of the issues facing the Chairman.  Chairman Greg Walden will share his views on managing these issues, while also keeping focused on the big communications picture and moving forward together.
Bridget Baker
A co-founder of CNBC and 23-year executive at NBCUNIVERSAL, Bridget Baker is the CEO of Baker Media, an independent consultancy specializing in telecom, media and tech. Bridget was NBCU’s first president of TV Networks Distribution and is credited with building from inception the company’s $5 billion subscription revenue business. In 2013, Bridget was named the first female board director of Alaska’s largest diversified communications provider, General Communication, Inc.
Baker Media Inc. 

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
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.
Chairman, Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology

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.
Prime Advocacy, the leading fly-in consulting firm in D.C., has procured over 21,000 meetings for 23,000 attendees since 2010.  Prior to Prime Advocacy, Lincoln was part of Gula Graham Group, Washington's top PAC fundraising firm. Lincoln hails from Turlock, Calif. and is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received his MA in International Security Studies.

Lincoln Clapper
Director of Sales and Marketing
Prime Advocacy

Mignon Clyburn
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004. Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the co-owner and publisher of The Coastal Times, a Charleston newspaper. A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American.
FCC Commissioner
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

Ron Duncan
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.

Since 2011, Rich has led the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) which creates unparalleled value for 800+ independent cable/broadband operator members and key service and equipment supplier partners. Prior to joining NCTC, Rich was the SVP of Ascent Media Group. From 1986-2001, Rich served as the EVP/General Manager of HITS and TCI.
Rich Fickle

President & CEO
National Cable Television Cooperative

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

Reed Hundt
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.
FCC Chairman

Bridget Baker

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 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.
Ross Lieberman
SVP of Gov't Affairs

Paul Maxwell
During his extensive career, Paul started and managed 40+ publications ranging from CATV Newsweekly to Multichannel News and CableFax. He is the retired Founder and CEO of Media Business Corp which provides the cornerstone of competitive intelligence for the global media marketplace, custom research and analysis. MediaBiz also published The Morning & Evening BRIDGE e-newsletters as well as the quarterly reports known as The BRIDGE. Maxwell is a founding board member of The Walter Kaitz Foundation, a founding member of CTAM, a Cable TV Pioneer and a board member for the The Cable Center.
Media-Max Advisors

Linda McMahon, Administrator of the federal government’s Small Business Administration and co-founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, will bring a unique perspective to the discussion about the impact of digital media and the importance of bridging the digital divide in America.
Linda McMahon
Cabinet Secretary and SBA Administrator
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.

Cable ONE

Commissioner O'Rielly has served at the FCC since 2013. Prior to joining the agency, he served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a policy analyst for banking, technology, transportation, trade and commerce issues and was a Senate staffer. From 1995-2003, Commissioner O’Rielly was a professional staff member on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
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.  Chairman Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997. The son of immigrants from India, Chairman Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas and now resides in Virginia.
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

Tom Rogers
The former CEO of TiVo has operated at the nexus of media, technology and public policy for more than three decades. Today, he continues to innovate within the media landscape at WinView which provides a new way to watch and interact with sporting events. Tom also serves as Chairman of Frankly, Inc., a publicly traded company that manages the digital and mobile news outlets for local broadcast stations and cable operators throughout the U.S.
Executive Chairman

Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
 As the principal voice of business in the Trump Administration, Secretary Ross oversees the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA's programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America. He is the former Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of WL Ross & Co. LLC and has more than 55 years of investment banking and private equity experience.  

U.S. Secretary of Commerce
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 Tauzin
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.
House Energy & Commerce Committee

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
In December 2016, Rep. Walden was selected as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee where he has worked to pass legislation to grow American jobs by expanding access to wireless broadband, spur new U.S. technology and innovation, and protect the Internet from government control.
House Energy & Commerce Committee

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.
Steve Weed
Founder & CEO
WaveDivision Partners

Pamela Williams, CAE
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.
Executive Director

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