Intrapreneurship Academy (IA)

The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy (IA) provides cable industry rising stars with the skills and mindset to become intrapreneurs: to envision and effect change, and to innovate within their organizations’ existing corporate structures. We believe innovation can be applied in any facet of your work—processes, products, programs, people, and technologies.

Intrapreneurship Academy: Tomorrow's Innovators Start Here.

 

Yearbook

Class 5 | 2019

  • Kelly Blair, Charter Communications
  • Kelly Blair
    Senior Manager
    Strategic Initiatives
    Charter Communications
  • Bernard Drai, Charter Communications
  • Bernard Drai
    Director of Business Development Wireless Initiative
    Charter Communications
  • Chris Dura, Charter Communications
  • Chris Dura
    UX Technologist
    Charter Communications
  • Zach Jensen, Charter Communications
  • Zach Jensen
    Senior Manager, XD Development Portals
    Charter Communications
  • Mark Langseth, Charter Communications
  • Mark Langseth
    Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management
    Charter Communications
  • Matt Maraist, ACA
  • Matt Maraist
    Manager of Digital Communications
    ACA Connects
  • Susan Turner, Charter Communications
  • Susan Turner
    Senior Manager, Video Production
    Charter Communications
  • Brendan Wilson, Cox Communications
  • Brendan Wilson
    Senior Manager, Customer Care Education
    Cox Communications

Kelly Blair

Kelly Blair, Charter Communications
Senior Manager
Strategic Initiatives
Charter Communications

In her role as Senior Manager for Strategic Initiatives, Kelly develops technical, business, and strategic solutions for projects that span multiple teams (e.g. software engineering, finance, business development, marketing, front-end development, etc.). Kelly is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. She is skilled in strategic and data-driven decision-making across multiple teams. She holds a master’s degree in business analytics from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing her second master’s at DU in information systems. Originally from Los Angeles, Kelly came out to Denver to attend the University of Denver and immediately fell in love with the city. When not at work, she enjoys running her golden retriever puppy (he's seven years old), going to sporting events (go Avs) and spending time with friends.

Dustin Chryst

Dustin Chryst, Cable ONE
Director, Division Marketing
Cable ONE/Sparklight

Dustin has more than 11 years’ experience in the cable industry, the last seven spent at Cable ONE/Sparklight. He has an extensive background in sales and was previously a manager of retail sales and operations at Cox Communications before joining Cable ONE. Dustin holds a bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Arizona State University. Dustin is a native Phoenician (as in Phoenix, not the ancient Mediterranean civilization) and has lived in the valley his whole life. He married his high school sweetheart and they have three rambunctious boys: ages 9, 6 and 1. In his free time, he likes to get outdoors to camp, fish, hunt and hike with family and friends.

Alan Cloutier

Alan Coutier, Charter Communications
Technical Manager
C-SPAN

A graduate of Purdue University and 14-year veteran of C-SPAN, Alan manages the people and processing behind the recording, archiving, cataloguing, and distribution of C-SPAN video and data via c-span.org and other platforms. Alan’s specialties include: AWS Architecture, LAMP development, ffmpeg tools, database management, and project management. In the past he helped build the Peabody Award winning C-SPAN Video Library and the Congressional Chronicle. Outside of work, Alan enjoys spending time with his two boys/dinosaurs ages 3 and 6 (the boys, not the dinosaurs) and some years he finds time for a triathlon.

Bernard Drai

Bernard Drai, Charter Communications
Director of Business Development
Wireless Initiative
Charter Communications

Bernard considers himself “French among Americans”, having received a Diploma of Engineer at Ecole Centrale Paris and a Master of History at the University of Paris. Bernard is an international leader in developing and promoting IT, WiFi, and telecom innovation. One of Bernard’s special talents is hunting, pioneering, marketing, and promoting new technologies and rapidly maximizing new market potential. Bernard has traveled to 64 countries and is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.

Chris Dura

Chris Dura, Charter Communications
UX Technologist
Charter Communications

Chris started out with an art degree in animation and opted to stay in Denver instead of pursuing the shiny lights of feature film work out in Hollywood. He took creative odd jobs and freelance work, including at a small consultancy firm where he specialized in animation, graphics, and creating interactive presentations for courtroom litigation. Chris has always been very technically-minded and out of necessity, taught himself enough to become a novice coder/hacker. Eventually, he landed at Time Warner Cable, lured by the temptation of 20-million end users, and began to focus on higher-level UX processes. He developed a passion for Inclusive Design (AKA Accessibility) and became the de facto “prototyper” for the TWC design team, where he stayed until Charter Communications acquired TWC several years ago. Here at Charter, Chris is working to create an agnostic UI Component Library implementation of the Design System.

Adam Eng

Adam Eng, Comcast
Engineer 3
Comcast

Adam has been at Comcast for the last seven years. He is currently serving as an Infrastructure Engineer on the Comcast Technology Solutions VOD Syndication System, which ingests content from providers, modifies the asset package (such as transcoding and metadata manipulation), then delivers the results to affiliates. He is experienced in managing projects, leadership, fostering innovation, leveraging agile practices, and utilizing lean principles. Adam is goal oriented with problem solving and relationship building skills. Adam received a BS in electrical engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. Adam lives in Golden Colorado with his wife, Heidi. They have dogs and chickens (and tons of eggs!).

Zach Jensen

Zach Jensen, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, XD Development Portals
Charter Communications

Zach is a graduate of Colorado State University and has been at Charter Communications for more than four years. Zach is passionate about software, design, customer experience, guitar, fishing, and people. He loves his job because of the people that he gets the privilege to interact with and the experiences that he is able to take part in delivering. Zach spends his free time with his wife and dog, playing guitar, and bass fishing. He and his wife, Kayla, are expecting their first child this August.

Mark Langseth

Mark Langseth, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management
Charter Communications

Mark has worked at Charter Communications for almost six years. In his role as Senior Manager, Wireless Product Management, he creates and executes marketing plans and targeting strategies to increase “out-of-home” WiFi market coverage, brand exposure, usage, and subscriber growth. He is responsible for budgeted goals, spend, contract negotiations, market research, product support, and new WiFi market launches. He also leads cross-functional deployment teams tasked with designing, installing, and activating WiFi access points in stadiums, arenas, city properties, event venues, and businesses. Mark is a dynamic and passionate professional with over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and analyzing sales and marketing strategies that deliver customer growth, exceed revenue targets, and strengthen brands.

Matt Maraist

Matt Maraist, ACA
Manager of Digital Communications
ACA Connects

Since joining ACA last May, Matt manages digital marketing efforts for the association. Matt’s areas of expertise include web design, audio/music recording, photography, and social media marketing. Matt received a B.S. in communication and media studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Philip McMahon

Philip McMahon, Comcast
iOS & Roku Engineering Manager
Comcast

Philip’s role is to manage the iOS and Roku Player Platform Engineering teams at Comcast VIPER (Video IP and Engineering Research). He spends his days circumventing roadblocks and encouraging his team to perform at the best level they can. A seasoned co-founder, Philip built and acquired funding for three separate software companies. He has 17 years of software engineering and management experience. Philip received 1st Class Honours from Queens University of Belfast, where he earned his B.S. in computer science. He also holds one patent.

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller, Charter Communications
Senior Instructional Designer
Charter Communications

Danielle’s role at Charter is to consult with stakeholders and design unique learning solutions for sales teams–from Field to National Accounts. She collaborates with business leaders, project managers, and subject matter experts to determine and respond to current training needs, and to design/build appropriate training solutions in support of organizational/business unit objectives. Danielle received a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University. Change and innovation are her passions. Danielle considers herself a life-long learner and thrives on seeing new ways of doing things, bringing new concepts or software into the picture and never stops being interested in what's around the next corner.

Phyllis Peters

Phyllis Peters, Mediacom
Senior Director, Communications
Mediacom

Phyllis has held a variety of communications roles with her 15+ year career at Mediacom. In her current role, Phyllis is responsible for media relations and external communications in local regions and communities where Mediacom is a provider of broadband and telecommunications services. A larger component of the communications duties is to find new and better ways to deliver Mediacom’s message to external audiences, and engage with key stakeholders in communities Mediacom serves. Phyllis claims she’s not a tech-oriented person, but “I do get excited about the new things I learn and see in this industry every day, and the fast pace of change may be a prevention for dementia. I'm anxious to make change happen in my areas of responsibility.” Phyllis earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University College of Business and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.

Vig Sampath

Vig Sampath, Comcast
Salesforce Admin/Business Analyst
Comcast

Relatively new to the cable industry and Comcast Technology Solutions (CTS), Vig, in his current role, works with an array of business units (support, sales, legal, finance, etc.) and the CRM engineering team to facilitate the implementation of new and enhanced features for the company’s Salesforce platform. He performs salesforce.com administration tasks and conducts in-depth requirements analysis for large scale initiatives. Vig received a B.B.A. in marketing from the University of Denver at the Daniels College of Business. Outside of work, he focuses on some of the most important aspects of living -- family, friends, and travel.

Brett Schwarz

Brett Schwarz, Cable ONE
Field Tech Supervisor
Cable ONE/Sparklight

Brett’s background exceeds 25 years in the telecom industry. His field experience ranges from installing early residential earth station antennas (12 ft. satellite dishes) to now installing PON networks and complex business products. Leadership and collaboration are his paramount skillsets, which have encompassed training broadband technicians and now managing fulfillment staff along with implementation of new services. He is always seeking opportunities to network through his organization to allow cross-department perspectives, and fosters cultural improvements during process integration. Brett received a B.B.A. from Boise State University.

Mike Sobotor

Mike Sobotor, Mediacom
Senior Director, IP Development
Mediacom

With more than 14 years at Mediacom, and as senior director of IP development, Mike is responsible for all residential IP product development. This ranges from testing and certifying new DOCSIS CPE as well as the accompanying services that operate on top of them. Mike works with senior management to develop new product requirements, and in turn finds appropriate vendor partners to develop and deploy new technology services. Mike received a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Susquehanna University, and completed Harvard Business School’s Cable Executive Management program. Hobbies include spending time with his family as well as coaching baseball, soccer and basketball. He also enjoys the outdoors (fishing, mountain biking, and hiking).

Hardik Thakkar

Hardik Thakkar, Charter Communications
Principal App Architect
Charter Communications

As a Principal App Architect at Charter, Hardik’s current responsibilities include working with various teams to design and deliver new features; providing thought leadership and ideas to client teams on how to implement new features and improve quality; and leading the team of architects responsible for overall Spectrum TV front-end architecture. Hardik has 14 years of experience in software development life cycle process, including gathering and analyzing business requirements and hands-on software design and development. Hardik received a bachelor of engineering in information technology from Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University. Hardik is open to new ideas and is not afraid to takes risks.

Susan Turner

Susan Turner, Charter Communications
Senior Manager, Video Production
Charter Communications

With more than 30 years in the cable industry, Susan has a proven record of diversified marketing, project management, and customer service management experience. Susan joined Charter Communications via the Time Warner Cable merger, where she worked since 2007. She is a highly-organized, results-driven planner with the ability to implement and direct programs and projects to meet deadlines. Susan successfully manages and directs multiple projects simultaneously, keeping focused on company objectives. She is skilled in creating successful stakeholder relationships. Susan is a graduate of Skyline College in California. Susan is a dog lover and works with and supports various animal rescues. She is learning to play the ukulele just for fun.

Brendan Wilson

Brendan Wilson, Cox Communications
Senior Manager, Customer Care Education
Cox Communications

As senior manager of customer care education, Brendan’s responsibilities include: leading a team responsible for ensuring internal and outsourced Care contact channels have the education and communications necessary to support Cox customers; and partnering with talent management and development business partners, Care leaders, and senior Cox leadership to ensure training strategy, content, and delivery align with Care’s goals and business objectives. Prior to joining Cox, he spent six and half years as a business technology consultant for Deloitte. Brendan received a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University.