| July 20, 2011 | |

Annual Lone Star Awards presented at industry gala

Frisco, TX – The Greater Texas Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) recently recognized cable industry leaders at the 2011 WICT Lone Star Awards dinner at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco.

“Our fourth annual Lone Star Awards once again highlighted that tremendously talented women and supportive industry partners and organizations are guiding Texas’ cable industry and moving it forward,” said WICT Greater Texas President Aimee Doane, vice president, operations, for Suddenlink West Region.

2011 Lone Star Award winners are:

  • Star of the Year Inspiration Award – Shannon Orcutt, vice president of finance, residential, West region, Time Warner Cable, based in Austin. Orcutt was a critical player in the successful and complex billing system conversion which affected a half million customers.
  • Shining Star Woman to Watch Award – Norma Cordova, vice president of business operations,  Time Warner Cable, based in Austin. Cordova is a key contributor in Time Warner Cable’s Network Operations and Engineering team, where she manages all capital for Engineering and Construction for the West Region of Time Warner Cable and oversees program and project management.
  • Rising Star Woman of the Future Award – Sherry Matlock, director, sales and marketing, Charter Communications, based in Fort Worth. Matlock leads sales and marketing strategies for Charter’s 150,000 Texas customers and manages a $12 million marketing budget.
  • Star Power Woman in Technology Award – Karen Venditti, director, work force operations, Comcast Houston Region, based in Houston. Venditti is responsible for customer fulfillment including dispatch, check-in and audit. She recently established a new automated dispatch process that leverages technology, reduced avoidable truck rolls by 25 percent and saves money.
  • North Star Advocate Award – Dave Gilles, senior vice president of operations, West Region Suddenlink Communications, based in Lubbock. Gilles runs Suddenlink’s largest region, covering Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona. Since 2006 he has overseen a series of “firsts” for the company, all the while committed to the success of employees and advocating for women in the company.
  • All Star Partner Award – Texas Cable Association, based in Austin. The Association has been the face of cable in Texas since 1960, representing the industry at the legislature and working with cable operators and programmers on education and public service initiatives. Today’s TCA’s staff – 6 of 9 are women – does key work for the industry.

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast, Rainbow, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Partners. Please visit www.wict.org for more information.

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