The Cable Center has created of a new industry award in honor of the late William J. Bresnan, founder and chairman of Bresnan Communications and long-time chairman of the board of The Cable Center.
The Bresnan Ethics in Business Award will be presented yearly by The Cable Center at each Cable Hall of Fame celebration, beginning in 2011.
Recipients of the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award will be those members of the cable telecommunications industry who best represent the standards upheld by Bill Bresnan, including understanding and doing what's right in the face of adversity and upholding ethical leadership qualities in everyday work situations. Anyone working in the industry will be eligible for the award.
An exhibit honoring the award recipients will be on permanent display at The Cable Center.
"We are very proud to introduce the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award," said Cable Center CEO Larry Satkowiak in a statement. "Bill was one of the most respected and ethical leaders in our industry and this award is a wonderful way to honor him and his dedication to cable and The Cable Center."
"We are all so pleased that the Cable Center has created this award," said Pat Bresnan, senior vice president at Bresnan Communications. "For Bill, ethical business practices were not a matter of individual decisions they were simply an ever-present part of his business DNA, and he would be both proud and touched to know that the industry has decided to memorialize people of similar character in his name."
The announcement of the new award was made during Tuesday's Cable Hall of Fame celebration by Julian Brodsky, director and vice chairman at Comcast. The event also featured a video tribute and toast to Bill Bresnan, who served as chairman of The Cable Center's board of directors for 13 years.
"Those of us who knew Bill knew two things, first that he had an extraordinarily high level of integrity and second that he loved this industry and believed in its future," Brodsky said. "This award will be a fitting tribute to a true role model in that it will foster accomplishment through the recognition of individuals who share that ethical character which so defined him."