Sam Matheny
Sam MathenyEVP and CTO, NAB

I’m focused on executing on our mission, which is to improve lives through broadcast technology and broadcaster innovation. For me, that means building relationships, establishing teams, encouraging collaboration and being a catalyst for thoughtful risk taking. It’s much about pushing for people to have access to the best possible technology for consuming content, from activating FM receivers in smart phones to developing next-gen TV with ATSC 3.0.

I’m sort of geeked out on Virtual Reality (VR) right now. The type of immersive story telling that VR enables is pretty amazing. I also believe there are some cool broadcast VR applications that can be enabled by the native IP architecture of next-gen TV. In terms of events, duh…my favorite large event is NAB Show. It continues to be the best forum to learn about new opportunities and network with amazing digital media professionals.

Our time is what we make it, and it is anything but free, because we can never get it back. Away from work, I invest my time in family. We love the outdoors and frequent the beach, mountains, DC area biking trails, and we get in the water as often as possible. We love to SCUBA dive, SUP, duck hunt, and I am also currently working on my private pilot instrument rating so we can go even more places together. 

My hometown is Zebulon, NC.  Zebulon is known as the “Town of Friendly People” and I try to live that wherever I go. Be a friend. 

 

Lynn Claudy
Lynn ClaudySVP, Technology
I’m either working on facilitating new advanced technologies for broadcasters or working to maintain or improve the current technologies used by broadcasters.
My favorite event is NAB Show, although that may label me as a masochist.
Read, exercise, watch TV, eat…Wait–who really has free time these days?
Married to Jeannie, father to Carl and Caitlin, grandfather to Gia and Ari, allowed to share the house with Chester the Dog.

 

John Clark
John ClarkExecutive Director, PILOT
I’m responsible for the launch and evolution of PILOT and ensuring the program accelerates innovation. I get to work with a lot of the smartest people from across different industries on some of the most important issues related to digital strategies. We’re working on strategies and technologies related to advertising, measurement, mobile and social, to name a few.
I enjoy attending ONA’s annual conference. It’s always great to see the work being doing in the digital space from so many different media organizations. My favorite project from the past couple of years is Capitol Hound. It was rewarding to launch a product with students aimed at making the North Carolina legislature more accessible through audio that was searchable and alertable by keyword.
If it involves the beach, I’m happy. I take any free time available to head to the North Carolina coast with my family, especially in the winter.
I grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina, and oddly enough, have become an avid ice hockey fan. My son is a hockey player and my daughter is a dancer. I love watching them enjoy what they do.

 

So Vang
So VangVP, Advanced Technology
I’m currently working on  ATSC 3.0, Virtual Reality and PILOT’s Innovation pipeline.
My favorite events are Google I/O and CES, and I’m really interested in IoT, VR and autonomous vehicles.
I’m a family man and love the outdoors. I also enjoy playing chess and guitar.

 

Skip Pizzi
Skip PizziVP, Education and Outreach

I’m working on NAB’s technical education services – conference sessions, webinars, demos, books, etc. – along with showcases like Futures Park at NAB Show. I’m also providing outreach to U.S. broadcast and related industries (as well as broadcasters, conferences and standards organizations in other regions) on various initiatives, such as Ultra HD, immersive audio, ATSC 3.0 deployment, VR/360 video, connected cars and FM receiver activation in U.S. smartphones.

The tech toys I’m enjoying most recently are the recent generation of headphones that include highly effective and adaptive noise-cancellation, awesome audio quality, and flexible communication in both wired and wireless connectivity modes. They’re a great way to listen to the radio or TV audio.

Cooking, gardening, writing, listening to and playing music.

 

David Layer
David LayerSenior Director, Advanced Engineering
I am the primary NAB staff person on NAB’s Radio Technology Committee as well as the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC), a technical standards setting body co-sponsored by NAB and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). I serve as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT, and provide technical expertise to NAB’s Government Relations and Legal departments on regulatory and legislative matters which pertain to the broadcasting industry. I am actively involved in NAB’s technical conference planning and technical publication activities, and am one of the associate editors of the 11th edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook.
Not surprisingly my favorite annual event is NAB Show, it’s the best event of the year for broadcasting professionals to meet with one another, come up-to-speed on the latest and greatest in broadcasting technology, and see amazing and relevant exhibits.

 

Kelly Williams
Kelly WilliamsSenior Director, Engineering and Technology Policy
Next generation TV technology, accessibility tech for television and emergency alerting.
I love NAB Show and doing demonstrations of new technology to our members.
Golf, boating and I don’t play chess.
I’m a native Washingtonian and I love D.C.

 

Brian Savoie
Brian SavoieSenior Director, Technology Education and Outreach
I work on PILOT’s e-learning and in-person education programs.
I drank from the chalice of Apple, and have the closet full of boxes to prove it, although I did recently rebel and pick up an Amazon Echo.
I love to ski and bike, as well as to explore obscure archeological sites.
I live just outside of Washington, D.C. with my son, Caleb, and dog, Lucy.

 

Tariq Mondal
Tariq MondalDirector, Advanced Technology
I’m working on investments, big data analytics and PILOT’s innovation projects.
I most enjoy the work I do with PILOT’s investments. I enjoy discovering new ideas, and helping to make them a reality.

 

Stephanie Christel
Stephanie ChristelDirector of Technology Operations

I work on a wide range of PILOT’s projects, including managing budgets and logistics. Some of these projects include the FM is Smartphones project, Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings, Technology Luncheon, and Futures Park at the NAB Show.

My favorite piece of tech is FM chips in smartphones. So few people know that their phones have this capability which can really make a difference in emergencies.
In my free time I love to cook, bake and travel.

 

Sharon Devine
Sharon DevineSenior Administrative Assistant
I get the speakers ready for the annual NAB Show at conferences and workshops, such as the Cloud Innovation Conference, Military Government Workshop, Virtual Reality Summit and Future of Cinema Conference. I also work on arranging and collecting the prizes for the NAB Amateur Radio Operators Reception and I am helping to compile the 11th edition Engineering Handbook.
My favorite event is the Ham reception at NAB Show.

 

Rich Johnson
Rich JohnsonCoordinator of Digital Platforms
I work on the PILOT website, run our social media accounts and manage our blog.
I’m excited about VR and wearables. I’m also an app junkie who needs a productivity app for his productivity apps (seriously it’s a problem).
In my free time I like to play guitar and write.
I’m from England and love my hometown team (Luton Town FC). Since moving here I’ve developed a love of hockey and the Washington Capitals.