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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly WilliamsVP, Engineering and Technology Policy
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.