The Association of Cable Communicators said ESPN Inc.'s George
Bodenheimer and Cable ONE's Tom Might are the 2009 recipients of the
organization's President's Award.
Bodenheimer is co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president
of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, while Might is CEO of Cable ONE, the Washington
Post Co.-owned cable operator.
The President's Award recognizes leaders who, by their
guidance and support, advance the role of communications and public affairs in
the cable industry. The award, selected annually by the ACC president and
ratified by the ACC board, honors individuals who have developed and
implemented communications and public affairs initiatives within their
companies as well as throughout the cable industry.
"George Bodenheimer rose from working in the ESPN
mailroom after college to becoming co-chairman Disney Media Networks and is
well-known for his dedication to creativity, innovation, value and teamwork," ACC
president Jim Maiella, Cablevision's vice president of media relations, cable
and communications, said in a release. "He is a preeminent industry leader and
a strong supporter of the role communications and corporate outreach play as
key drivers of growth and success.
"Tom Might is an inspiring CEO who champions Cable
ONE's focus on customer satisfaction, associate satisfaction and local service.
He demonstrated this commitment in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina, when he camped out with associates and supervised the restoration of
service to Cable ONE customers in Mississippi,
while helping associates and the community recover from this devastating storm."
American Cable Association CEO Matt Polka weighed in with congratulations to ACA board member Might. "I am very pleased that ACC's leadership has decided to honor Tom Might with this prestigious award, which recognizes Tom's years of dedication to his company, his commitment to customer care and his valued service to the entire cable industry. Over the years, I and many others have come to rely on Tom's advice and wisdom on the vital issues of the day. As a result, I know that small and independent cable operators have made tremendous progress during Tom's tenure on the ACA board."
Bodenheimer and Might will be honored during the Beacon
Awards Gala on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado
Convention Center kicking off ACC's annual conference, Forum 2009: Communicating
Cable 3.0: People, Products & Value.
Forum 2009 is the cable industry's only annual educational
event specifically focused on the issues facing communications and public