NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), a leading trade association advocating for diversity and inclusion, today announced its continued partnership with Time Warner Cable, a longstanding Annual Corporate Sponsor. In support of the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference, and the association's complete slate of programs and initiatives, the partnership includes the participation of three Time Warner Cable diversity champions: Glenn Britt, chairman and chief executive officer, Time Warner Cable, Inc.; David Rone, president, Sports, News & Local Programming, Time Warner Cable, Inc.; and Craig L. Collins, senior vice president of Small and Medium Business Sales, Time Warner Cable, Inc.
"NAMIC is pleased to continue our partnership with Time Warner Cable, a company that shares our focus on inclusion as a core business imperative," said Michael D. Armstrong, NAMIC board chair and senior vice president and general manager, BET International and Paramount Channel. "On behalf of the NAMIC board, we extend our sincere thanks to David Rone and Glenn Britt for supporting this year's conference. Also, it is my honor to welcome one of our industry's foremost thought leaders, Craig Collins, as he joins NAMIC's distinguished board of advisors."
NAMIC's 27th Annual Conference will be held on October 8-9, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis, during Cable Diversity Week. The theme for this year's conference is Vision 2043: Inclusion. Inspiration. Imagination., signifying the importance of fostering multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion in cable and telecommunications as NAMIC looks forward on the next 30 years of the shifting demographics in the U.S. population. Providing a platform for professionals at varying levels and disciplines to engage in thought-provoking presentations and interactive sessions, content inspired by the conference theme will drive dynamic, forward-thinking dialogue. Over the course of the two-day agenda, some of the most progressive and knowledgeable business leaders within the communications industry will also share their perspectives on critical issues and topics that impact the future of cable. In addition, this year's conference will feature three educational tracks focused on Business Learning, Leadership Development and Content and Imagery.
David Rone will serve as an honorary co-chair for the Annual NAMIC Conference, alongside Nancy Dubuc, president and chief executive officer of A+E Networks. Rone oversees Time Warner Cable's overall sports strategy, and all content creation and programming for the company. His purview includes Time Warner Cable's regional sports networks, Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, which features the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, and extensive production of behind-the-scenes programming, live sporting events and Video On Demand channels.
Additionally, Rone represents Time Warner Cable's interests in SportsNet New York, the official television home of the New York Mets, and SportsNetLA, the new regional television home for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Named to the CableFax 100 (2012 and 2013); the CableFax "Most Influential Minorities in Cable" (2011 and 2012) and the Black Enterprise "50 Most Powerful African Americans in Sports," Rone was recently recognized as one of four recipients of PromaxBDA's "Brand Builder Award."
"Time Warner Cable is committed to diversity and building an inclusive culture, which is central to delivering the highest standard of service to our customer base," said Rone. "I am excited to support the NAMIC Conference, which is an optimal forum for re-affirming our commitment."
Presented as a one-on-one discussion focused on the legacy of a leader the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference master class features veteran executive, Glenn Britt. Britt began serving as chairman of Time Warner Cable's Board of Directors in March of 2009. Named president and CEO in 2006, Britt served as the company's CEO since August 2001. Set to retire from the company at the end of the year, Britt will remain on the board in a non-executive role following retirement. The driving force behind the company's aggressive deployment of advanced video services, such as Video on Demand, high definition television and digital video recorders, Britt has guided the growth of Time Warner Cable's residential high-speed internet and digital phone services and Time Warner Cable Business Services. Additionally, Britt oversaw Time Warner Cable's emergence as a publicly traded company and has grown it from a $6 billion operating division into a $21 billion national, high profile business in a highly competitive industry. A recipient of the NCTA's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, the NAMIC Stanley B. Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Kaitz Foundation Diversity Champion honor, Britt has been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame (2007), Cable Pioneers (2001), and Broadcasting and Cable's Hall of Fame (2008).
Beyond its support of the Annual Conference, Time Warner Cable will enhance its overall commitment to NAMIC's mission with the appointment of Craig L. Collins to the association's Board of Advisors. In his role within the company's business services unit, Collins oversees sales for commercial services, which include data, phone, video, wireless and Ethernet services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable's 29-state footprint includes New York, New England, Carolinas, Southern California, Hawaii, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Prior to his new role for Time Warner Cable enterprise, Collins served as President, Business Services for the $1B West region group, responsible for sales, marketing and operations. Prior to that, Mr. Collins served as Senior Vice President, Business Service Sales and Marketing for Time Warner Cable Business Class. In that role, Collins oversaw the successful expansion of Time Warner Cable's Business Services division. Collins is a member of the Time Warner Cable Executive Diversity Committee.
"As our valued partner, we share NAMIC's goal of advancing diversity in today's multicultural marketplace. Joining the Board of Advisors is an honor. I look forward to working with my respected colleagues to further the mission of NAMIC," said Collins.
As a member of the NAMIC Board of Advisors, Collins joins a distinguished group of the industry's diversity champions, including David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation; Edward Durso, executive vice president, Administration, ESPN, Inc.; Patrick Esser, president, Cox Communications; Abbe Raven, chairman, A+E Networks; and Joshua Sapan, president and CEO, AMC Networks, Inc.
In addition to the master class featuring Britt, other highlights of the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference include the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon presented in partnership with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT); the presentation of the 2013 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award; the Excellence in Multi-cultural Marketing Awards; and the CableFAX Breakfast honoring the "Most Influential Minorities in Cable."
For more information on the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference or for inquiries pertaining to sponsorship contact Sandra Girado, senior director of Meetings and Events at NAMIC National, 212-594-5985. To access online registration for the Annual NAMIC Conference or for information regarding other programs and initiatives, visit http://www.namic.com.
NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,200 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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