Driving Innovation

Class 8: June – August 2020

  • Eric Burger, Senior Director of Product Management, Charter Communications
  • Eric Burger
    Senior Director of Product Management
    Charter Communications
  • Asad Haque, Senior Director of Security Architecture, Comcast
  • Asad Haque
    Senior Director of Security Architecture
  • Shane Martin, Director of Accessibility, Charter Communications
  • Shane Martin
    Director of Accessibility
    Charter Communications
  • Jill May, Product Manager, Comcast Technology Solutions
  • Jill May
    Product Manager
    Comcast Technology Solutions
  • Carl Rhoades, L&D Systems Admin, WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
  • Carl Rhoades
    L&D Systems Admin
    WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Patty Bullington

Patty-Bullington, Director of Accessibility, Charter Communications
Director of Accessibility
Charter Communications

As Director of Accessibility for Charter Communications, Patty focuses on outreach, training and communications. In 2019, Patty transitioned to accessibility after spending the past 15 years in ad sales with Spectrum Reach as head of marketing, and later leading the brand team.

Patty has received eight Cable Advertising Bureau awards in addition to receiving their top sales achievement award for strategic positioning of cable advertising in 2010 for the Business Ambition television campaign. She was honored as a Woman to Watch in 2011 from the WICT Rocky Mountain chapter. Additionally, Patty successfully created a single brand voice upon the merger of Charter, Time Warner and Bright House Networks in 2016. Patty has championed and supported Adaptive Spirit for almost 20 years. She is currently the silent auction co-chair and has proudly held this position since 2003.

Patty Bullington is a graduate of Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing and a Minor in Philosophy. She resides in Denver, Colorado.

Eric Burger

Eric Burger, Senior Director of Product Management, Charter Communications
Senior Director of Product Management
Charter Communications

Eric Burger is a native of St. Louis, but has lived in various locations and now resides in Colorado. He enjoys quality time with family and friends doing the typical Colorado activities such as skiing, mountain biking and paddle boarding. As well as traveling, attending concerts and exploring museums.

Professionally, Eric is fortunate to still enjoy a career in Mobile that has provided a wealth of experiences from field to corporate roles, from retail design to leveraging sponsorships and from business development to product development. He is adept at product lifecycle management with significant experience managing product roadmaps, budgets and partnerships. Currently, leveraging strategic planning, consumer and market trends, and analytical skills to create successful device portfolios brings him satisfaction. Jacqueline Clary, Senior Director, Program Network Policy at NCTA

Jacqueline Clary

Jacqueline Clary, Senior Director, Program Network Policy, NCTA
Senior Director, Program Network Policy

Jacqui Clary is an experienced communications and policy professional. Her current role is senior director of program network policy at NCTA – The Internet & Television Association.

Prior to joining NCTA, Jacqueline worked with a nonprofit organization conducting advocacy on civil rights issues in the media, telecommunications, and broadband industries.

Jacqueline earned her B.A. from John Carroll University, her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Paul Edmondson

Paul Edmondson, People Director, Liberty Global
People Director
Liberty Global

Based in London, Paul has worked within the people function across a number of industries: Oil & Gas, Food and for the last 4.5 years, telecommunications. His experience also spans a variety of settings, from chemical refineries to manufacturing facilities and corporate head offices.

Paul’s role is to work with senior leaders to help them create and execute their people strategies and ensure they are developing and nurturing the next generation of talent. Paul has also started looking into how the nature of work may change permanently as a result of the pandemic and the impact this could have on working practices and locations. Paul thrives when given new challenges, given his passion for learning; building relationships; and understanding commercial context.

Outside of work, Paul loves to go walking with his wife and son, especially watching the deer in his local park. Conforming to most English stereotypes, Paul is a huge football (soccer) fan and you are highly likely to see him drinking a cup of tea on webcam during the classes.

Asad Haque

Asad Haque, Senior Director of Security Architecture, Comcast
Senior Director of Security Architecture

Asad has over 25 years in Information Security Technology specializing in Enterprise Technology Architecture with a focus on Networks and Application Security including Single Sign on (SAML) and Identity Management, API security, IoT firmware and ecosystem.

Currently leading a large-scale design and deployment of @scale PKI systems for IoT devices integrated with an innovative Blockchain backend for IoT, apps and smartphone devices. As a board member of Zigbee Alliance, focusing on protocol resiliency, security and strategy.

Asad possesses extensive hands-on experience as a chief application and network architect, including experience in systems management, information security, software development, large secure network (TCP/IP) design and deployment, departmental oversight and management.

Nicholas Lawson

Nicholas Lawson, Program Manager of Sustainability, Comcast NBCUniversal
Program Manager of Sustainability
Comcast NBCUniversal

Nick was one of the foundational members of the Sustainability team when it formed five years ago. In his current role, he serves in both a financial and operational capacity. He handles day-to-day management of a portfolio of vendors through the NRP as well Comcast’s largest municipal solid waste hauler. Prior to joining the sustainability team, Nick spent ten years in the finance and accounting function, and he holds a CPA.

He has experience in variety of industries including telecommunications, health care, and consulting.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, including toddler, Tommy, and working on home renovation projects.

Shane Martin

Shane Martin, Director of Accessibility, Charter Communications
Director of Accessibility
Charter Communications

Shane started his career in Accessibility right out of college, working as an intern (before transitioning to an employee) at Integration Technologies Group. Here he strived to learn Accessibility technology quickly as his main duties were to deliver, install, and train government (IRS, SSA) employees on their newly purchased Accessibility technology. This work gave Shane first-hand experience to the difficulties people with disabilities face every day due to a widespread lack of digital Accessibility compliance.

Shane’s next role with Level Access was a natural one, focused on learning technical Accessibility compliance and supporting client development teams remediating their digital (web, mobile, and video) assets. In this role he worked with many clients in the financial and telecommunications spaces but spent extensive time with Comcast on the Accessible development and launch of Xfinity Mobile. He came to Charter in 2018 as an Accessibility Architect contracted through Level Access, before transitioning to Senior Manager leading the web and mobile Accessibility efforts. He currently serves as Director of Technical Operations focused on ensuring the Accessibility of all Charter’s digital assets in the web, mobile, and video platforms.

Jill May

Jill May, Product Manager, Comcast Technology Solutions
Product Manager
Comcast Technology Solutions

Recently celebrating her 20-year anniversary with Comcast, her areas of expertise include broadcast origination, transmission, cable headend conditional access platforms, and content distribution. In her current position as Product Manager at Comcast Technology Solution, she is responsible for Managed Satellite Distribution and Conditional Access products (aka HITS).

She has been an active member of WICT Rocky Mountain for over 15 years, and currently sits on the WICT Board of Directors, as Director of Sponsorship. She is also a member of PMI Mile Hi and PMP certified.

Originally from Michigan, Jill has lived in Colorado for almost 40 years. She lives in Littleton with husband of 24 years, with her two sons, who are 19 and 15 years old. They enjoy the Colorado outdoors, both boys have a passion for mountain biking and skiing, which has them traveling to many Colorado mountain towns, Crested Butte being one of her favorites. She also enjoys gardening, cooking and yoga. Her family recently took up paddle boarding, which she says is a blast.

Stephen Rementer

Stephen Rementer, Director of Data Platforms, Charter Communications
Director of Data Platforms
Charter Communications

Steve is currently a Director at Charter Communications where he and his team own the underlying infrastructure for product data insights.

His career so far has taken him from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, GA and finally to Denver, CO. He has a B.S. in mathematics from Penn State University and considers himself a die-hard Penn State and Philadelphia sports fan. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, fishing, golfing, grilling, and playing guitar.

Carl Rhoades

Carl Rhoades, L&D Systems Admin, WOW! Internet Cable and Phone
L&D Systems Admin
WOW! Internet Cable and Phone

Carl has worked at WOW! for over 12 years in many roles, starting on the phones as a customer support Tier 2, a short time in QA and Call Center Application Development, and most recently moving to System Resource Administrator for WOW’s Learning & Development department.

In his current role, Carl maintains the knowledge base for all call center agents, dispatch, L&D, and is currently working to integrate company knowledge bases and learning resources for all departments. Outside of work, Carl is the owner of a small graphics design company. He likes to explore Colorado, go biking, and sit down to a good online video game to connect with friends.

Somaskandan Santhanam

Somaskandan Santhanam, Director, Data Engineering, Comcast
Director, Data Engineering

Somaskandan Santhanam (Somas) has been working in Comcast since April 2018. He is currently a Director in Data Organization of Comcast leading a Data Engineering team.

Prior to Joining Comcast, Somas has been working in Tata Group on leadership roles for multiple customers like Comcast, NBCU, and British Telecom. He has been playing customer engagement roles for past eight years. Somas currently serves on the Board of Directors in WICT Rocky Mountain and Rocky Mountain Cable association (RMCA).

Outside of work, Somas like to travel and spend time with his twin daughters. They spend most of the weekend hiking and exploring Colorado.

LaShaun Solomon

LaShaun Solomon, Regional Sales Effectiveness Leader, Comcast
Regional Sales Effectiveness Leader

In her current role at Comcast, LaShaun is responsible for the development and execution of sales effectiveness initiatives that educate and build selling skills of advertising sales teams across the Southeast Region and enterprise.

LaShaun has 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with a track record of growing new and existing businesses. LaShaun recently served as President of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Southeast chapter. She led one of WICT’s largest chapters supporting over 1,000 members across AL, GA, and TN with professional development programming to elevate women in the telecom and media industry.

LaShaun has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and attained her MBA from Kennesaw State University.

Ferhan Ture

Ferhan Ture, Director, Comcast Technology
Comcast Technology

Ferhan Ture leads the Natural Language Processing team at the Comcast Applied AI Lab, where he blends latest advancements in the field into a suite of voice-activated Xfinity products used by millions every day.

Prior to that, he was a scientist at BBN Technologies, developing novel algorithms for multilingual question answering as part of the DARPA BOLT program. From 2008 to 2013, he worked on search and language translation problems under the supervision of Jimmy Lin, as part of his doctorate studies at the Department of Computer Science at University of Maryland.

Tara Young

Tara Young, Media Marketing Manager, Comcast
Media Marketing Manager

Tara Young is a 20-year veteran of the cable industry establishing herself as a respected sales and marketing leader within the Comcast organization. In her current role as Manager of Media Marketing Strategy she is responsible for managing Comcast’s media investment to generate consumer demand, grow profitable relationships and build brand consideration and affinity.

Tara was recognized with the prestigious Elite award for Innovation in 2015 for developing a breakthrough sales tool providing a one-stop resource for all frontline facing employees.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Cable Association where she is active in marketing the organization and its programs.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a graduate of the Professional Marketer Program at Seattle Pacific University. Tara is passionate about movies, travel, and lifelong learning. She enjoys watching her favorite sports teams with her husband, Gary, and taking their Alaskan Klee Kai, Budda, for long walks outside in the Colorado sunshine.