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 LayerVP, 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 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 Williams
Kelly WilliamsVP, Engineering and Technology Policy

Next generation TV technology, accessibility tech for television, cyber security policy 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.


Tariq Mondal
Tariq MondalSenior Director, Innovation and Emerging Technologies

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.


Olga Novitsky
Olga NovitskyManager, Technology Operations

I oversee the various budgets associated with Technology operations and projects, manage administrative operations for the office of the CTO and assist in the coordination of educational programs at NAB Show and Futures.

My favorite project is researching the developing technology in emergency alerting. I used to work in an emergency management office, and I love seeing how emerging technologies and apps are helping to keep people safe.

I try to travel and explore new places as often as I can, both stateside and internationally. When I’m home, I like to curl up on the couch with a book or a binge-worthy TV show.

I was born in Odessa, Ukraine, but I consider Boston, Mass my hometown. I speak Russian and French, and have family all over the world.


Rich Johnson
Rich JohnsonDigital Marketing Manager for Technology
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.


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.


Kristie Milewski
Kristie MilewskiAdministrative Assistant

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.