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.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20

25th Anniversary Dinner at the U.S. Institute of Peace

Moonlight Monument Tour

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

General Sessions

Exhibit Hall Experience

Networking Reception
THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Closing Dinner Reception

All events are included with full registration.
25th ANNIVERSARY DINNER
Tuesday, March 20
 
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.
MOONLIGHT MONUMENT TOUR
Tuesday, March 20
 
Immediately following the 25th Anniversary Dinner, attendees are invited to embark on a guided bus tour of the monuments in D.C., including the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington monuments.
LASTING ROOTS: The Original Disruptors
During this panel, industry titans will discuss the pivotal decisions that shaped their companies’ and our industry’s success, and predict the massive changes ahead that will continue to transform our interconnected world.


BRANCHING OUT: The Impact of Content Development
Featuring:
Paul Maxwell, CEO, Media-Max Advisors (Moderator)
Bridget Baker, CEO, Baker Media Inc.
Preston Padden, Principal, Boulder Thinking, LLC
Tom Rogers, Chairman & CEO, TRget Media
 
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.

Keynote speakers and panelists will be announced soon!
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Bridget Baker

CEO
Baker Media Inc.

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
President
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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 Government Affairs, ACA

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.

Paul Maxwell

CEO
Media-Max Advisors
(Moderator)
Preston Padden
Preston brings 40 years of experience in the media business to his current role as the Principal of Boulder Thinking, a consulting firm. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Grotech Ventures, a private equity investment firm, and Layer3, a new cable television company. In his career Preston helped to launch the Fox Broadcast Network, secured waivers of multiple federal regulations for News Corporation and secured legislation extending the term of U.S. copyrights by 20 years.
Principal
Boulder Thinking



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.



Matt Polka

President & CEO
ACA

Tom Rogers
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Chairman & CEO
TRget Media



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
President
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 Services
ACA

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