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Thomas Wheeler

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

The Kaitz Foundation chose as its first honoree Thomas Wheeler, who was then in his final days as president of the National Cable Television Association, as it was then known. Mr. Wheeler led the NCTA through eight turbulent years and represented the cable industry during important negotiations that led to the passage of the Cable Act of 1984.
Mr. Wheeler resigned his NCTA post to join start-up NABU Networks, a Canadian company working on ways to download software and video games using cable wiring. His timing could not have been worse. NABU was out of business within six months, and Mr. Wheeler was out of job, but not for long.
He founded Washington Communications Consultants in early 1985 and later signed on as president of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, where he has represented the wireless industry during some of its most difficult years. He reached the pinnacle of financial success at CTIA, earning a reported $1.3 million last year-nearly $300,000 more than current NCTA chief Robert Sachs. Mr. Wheeler will leave his CTIA post in November.
Appointed to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by both presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, Mr. Wheeler is also president of the Foundation for the National Archives and a director of the Public Broadcasting Service.