AWARDS

Independent Operator Of The Year

Presented annually by CableFAX Magazine and sponsored by ACA Connects- America's Communications Association and the National Cable Television Coop (NCTC), this honor recognizes an ACA Connects/NCTC independent cable operator that has distinguished itself by exemplifying excellence in service, sales, marketing, community service and industry advocacy.

Recipients

  • 2019 Vast Broadband
  • 2018 IMON
  • 2017 Shentel 
  • 2016 Cincinnati Bell
  • 2015  MCTV
  • 2014  Comporium
  • 2013  Cable One
  • 2012  Wave Broadband
  • 2011  General Communications, Inc. (GCI)
  • 2010  NewWave Communications
  • 2009  NPG Cable, Inc.
  • 2008  WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
  • 2007  Armstrong
  • 2006  Patriot Media
  • 2005  Buford Media

Eagle Award

The ACA Connects Eagle Award is presented annually to an individual who is an ACA Connects member who has served in the cable television industry for at least 15 years and whose achievements in that time have significantly benefited the cable television industry. Their dedication, effort, and service to the industry stand as an inspiration to his/her colleagues.munity service and industry advocacy.

Recipients

  • 2016  Bill Beaty, Comporium
  • 2015  Terry Nidiffer, GCI
  • 2015  Chris Cinnamon
  • 2013  Steve Friedman, Wave Broadband
  • 2009  Martin Brophy, Shen-Heights TV Cable
  • 2008  Pat Thompson, RBC Daniels
  • 2008  Steve Weed, Wave Broadband

Chairman's Award

The ACA Connects Board of Directors' Chairman Award is given to the board's chairman for their leadership and vision for Independent Cable. The award is normally presented at the end of the Chairman's term.

 

Recipients

  • 2019 Robert Gessner, MCTV
  • 2014  Colleen Abdoulah, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
  • 2010  Steve Friedman, Wave Broadband
  • 2008  Patrick Knorr, Sunflower Broadband
  • 2006 Jim Gleason, Vast Broadband
  • 2002 Steve Weed, Wave Broadband
  • 1999 Bill Mitchell, Com South Cable
  • 1998 Ben Hooks, Buford Media
  • 1997 David Kinley, Sun Country Cable

PAC Leadership Award

The ACA PAC Award is presented annually to an ACA Member Company or individual that demonstrates awareness of the importance of contributing to the ACA PAC to help elect both Democratic and Republican candidates in the U.S. House and Senate who are concerned about the well being of independent cable operators.

 

Recipients

  • 2018 Patrice Carroll, ImOn Communications
  • 2017 Paul Hannigan, Bee Line Cable
  • 2017 Big Sandy Broadband (Corporate)
  • 2016 Shentel (Corporate)
  • 2016 Jim Holanda, Patriot Media Management
  • 2015 GCI
  • 2015 Steve Weed
  • 2014 MCTV & Julie Laulis
  • 2013 John Gdovin, RCN
  • 2013 Tom Steel, Atlantic Broadband
  • 2012 Ronald Duncan, GCI
  • 2012 Armstrong
  • 2011 Nancy Gessner, MCTV
  • 2011 GCI
  • 2011 Belinda Dunivan, Windjammer
  • 2010 Wave Broadband
  • 2010 Tom Might, Cable ONE
  • 2010 Earl Kuhn, Kuhn Communications
  • 2009 Colleen Abdoulah, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
  • 2009 Buckeye Cable Systems
  • 2008 WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
  • 2007  Cable ONE
  • 2006 Jim Gleason, New Wave Communications

Lyn Simpson Grassroots Spirit Award

The Lyn Simpson Grassroots Spirit Award is presented to an ACA Connects Member who has demonstrated:

  • Dedication to the ACA Connects grassroots mission of political activism;
  • Commitment to the success of smaller, independent cable businesses;
  • Personal sacrifices in time and effort;
  • And results that have made a difference to our members.

Lyn Simpson of Sun Country Cable in California was one of ACA Connects' founding members and early staff members who, despite many challenges, worked tirelessly in Washington and back home to lobby Congress and represent the concerns of all independent cable operators.

Recipients

  • 2017 Brian Lynch – Schurz Communications
  • 2016 Danny Jobe – Metrocast
  • 2015 Chad Lawson – Murray Electric System
  • 2014 John Higginbotham – Frankfort Plant Board
  • 2013 John Strode – Ritter Communications
  • 2012 Chris Kyle – Shentel
  • 2010 Jim Beattie – Bevcomm
  • 2009 Chad Winters – Cass Cable TV
  • 2008 Harron Communications
  • 2007 Jim Gleason – New Wave Communications
  • 2006 Michael Drake – Milestone Communications
  • 2005 Patrick Davis – Davis Communications

Partnership Award

The ACA Connects Partnership Award is presented annually to an Associate Member who:

  • Has demonstrated dedication and support to the mission of ACA Connects and to the success of smaller, independent cable businesses;
  • Has encouraged our efforts and contributed to our growth

Recipients

  • 2018 Crown Media
  • 2017 NCTI
  • 2016 Scripps
  • 2015 Discovery
  • 2014 Adara
  • 2013 Outdoor Channel
  • 2012 Viamedia
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