Press release from The Cable Center, July 21, 2015:
The Cable Center announced today that president and chief executive officer Larry Satkowiak will retire at the end of the year after 12 years. Satkowiak joined the staff in late 2003 as chief financial officer and became president and CEO in 2005 at the request of Bill Bresnan.
Bresnan had a vision for The Cable Center and believed Satkowiak was the “right guy for the job” due to his business savvy and extensive experience with nonprofits. Satkowiak was concerned about his lack of experience in the cable industry. Bresnan told him, “If you do a good job at The Cable Center, you will meet all the people that are worth knowing.” “He was right,” said Satkowiak, “I have met some truly exceptional people with very generous hearts.”
Under his leadership, The Cable Center redefined its mission and core focus, creating a five-year strategic plan to reorganize The Cable Center, ensuring that The Center’s programs and services were cost effective, efficient and valuable to the industry. Thanks to these efforts, The Cable Center now holds an integral role in the cable industry, uniquely telling the remarkable story of the industry and highlighting the significant contributions made to technology, society and culture.
Jerry Kent, chairman and CEO of Suddenlink Communications and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors said, “Larry’s contributions to The Cable Center’s success cannot be overstated. During his 12 years in cable, he has gained the respect and admiration of leaders in all sectors of the industry. The Cable Center’s research, programs and partnerships created during his tenure, will leave a legacy that will benefit the industry for a very long time.”
Among Satkowiak’s numerous accomplishments at The Cable Center, he is most proud of the development of The Center’s programs, financial stability, the growth of the Hauser Oral History Collection and his book, published by The Cable Center, “The Cable Industry: A Short History Through Three Generations”. Satkowiak says, “I am confident that The Cable Center will have a very bright future.”
“I am thankful for our amazing staff and incredible board, all of whom are the top leaders in the industry. In addition, I have been very fortunate to work with three chairs of our board whom I consider the best in the business – Bill Bresnan, Michael Willner, and Jerry Kent. They have all provided leadership, vision, guidance and friendship,” says Satkowiak.
Satkowiak is looking forward to retirement and the opportunity to spend more time with his family and enjoy his hobbies. Retirement won’t be all relaxation, however. Satkowiak has more than 30 years experience in science and technology education and is looking forward to devoting more time to several nonprofit boards in those areas. He also plans to continue his relationship with the cable industry in some capacity. “It is a fascinating time for the industry. The cable industry changed the world in the last three generations, and there is great potential for continued technological, social and political implications in the next 10 years. We will all be amazed at the future.”
About Larry Satkowiak
Larry joined The Cable Center staff in late 2003 and became its president and CEO in July 2005. He has been an advocate for business and science education for more than 30 years as a college instructor, consultant and business leader.
After his military service in the Signal Corps, he attended the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs where he received a BS in Business in 1980. He spent five years in bank operations before switching to business education as an instructor and executive director of a proprietary business college. In 1984, he accepted a position with a nationally prominent nonprofit devoted to science and technology education as its chief business officer. He spent close to 20 years supporting the development of science and technology curriculum projects, teacher training, professional development and research projects to improve education in the United States and abroad.
In 1990, Larry completed his MBA in Finance and Accounting at Regis University, where he later served on the accounting faculty. He spent 25 years in the classroom teaching accounting, finance and management courses in the evening. Larry has a passion for history and is a regular contributor to various cable publications where he writes about the history of the cable industry.
About The Cable Center
Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is a nonprofit organization serving the cable telecommunications industry. The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry, and of the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources.