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.
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.
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 am heavily involved in NAB’s auto initiative, seeking to define the next generation of radio in automobiles. 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 was one of the associate editors of the 11th edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook.
My wife Nora and I have 11 kids between us, so not surprisingly a lot of our free time revolves around our family! I try to get away for some Scuba diving when I can, often going to the North Carolina “Crystal Coast” where there are a lot of great wreck dives, and also to the Caribbean with my friends from the Olney Scuba Club. I like to ride my bicycle, too.
Next generation TV technology, accessibility tech for television, cyber security policy and emergency alerting.
My main focus is building bridges between broadcasters and technology companies to help ensure that broadcasting continues to grow and evolve. I also work with regulatory agencies like the FCC when necessary to ensure broadcasters have the flexibility they need to continue to innovate.
I love CES because it is a great place to see all kinds of new tech, and to track the progress of technology as it matures and gains market acceptance. In terms of a specific category of technology, I’m really interested in AR (Augmented Reality) and its applications to improve our day-to-day experiences.
I like to explore as much as possible, whether that means visiting a new city and taking in the architecture, culture, and street art, or hiking, kayaking, bicycling or SCUBA diving to take in different parts of nature.
I’m working on PILOT investments, innovation projects, ATSC 3.0, big data, and machine learning. I am also developing an ATSC 3.0 audience measurement solution that all broadcasters can use.
I enjoy discovering new ideas and learning new technologies. I am very interested in machine learning and its applications in the broadcasting industry.
I like to play tennis and golf.
I provide and coordinate administrative support for the Technology Department by managing scheduling, travel arrangements, document management and contributing to ad hoc research projects.
I am fascinated by the way evolving technology assists people in finding new opportunities by increasing access to education, particularly for underserved communities and less developed countries.
Off duty, I’m sure to be found enjoying the arts (theater, film and TV, live music), taking in a football, baseball or hockey game, traveling, camping, or relishing all things Jim Henson.
I grew up in Pennsylvania but have lived in several places and traveled to even more. Currently residing in the DC Metro area with my husband and our beloved rescue dog.