Bill Riker Leaving SCTE to Join Cable Center and Museum and CableLabs®
Louisville, Colorado, April 21, 1998— William W. Riker has resigned his post as president of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Inc., (SCTE). He will remain with SCTE through the Cable-Tec Expo which will occur in mid-June.
As of June 15, he will become vice president of operations and engineering at the National Cable Television Center and Museum in Denver, and will begin working jointly for one year with Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs®), which is the technical advisory organization to the Center and Museum.
At CableLabs, Riker's duties will include serving as a liaison with the SCTE on standards matters. The one-year period of joint work will cover the period of time before construction begins on the Cable Center and Museum.
Riker spent 13-1/2 years as the head of SCTE. Prior to that, he was director of engineering at the National Cable Television Association. During his tenure at SCTE, membership grew from 2,500 to more than 15,000, and the Society's annual budget increased from $217,000 to more than $5 million.
During his service, the American National Standards Institute approved SCTE as the cable industry standards-setting organization. Among his achievements at SCTE were the growth of Cable-Tec Expo into the premiere hardware exhibition for the cable industry and the construction of SCTE's National Headquarters building.
At the Cable Center and Museum, Riker will oversee development of a $15 million construction project, creation of educational programs for the industry and operation of the 45,000-square-foot facility. He will be reporting directly to the Cable Center and Museum President Marlowe Froke.
At CableLabs, Riker's duties will include serving as a liaison with the SCTE on technical standards and development matters.
"We are greatly relieved that Bill has decided to accept our offer here at the Cable Center and Museum," said Froke. "I can�t wait until June 15." Said Dr. Richard R. Green, CableLabs president and CEO, "This is a great move for us. I look forward to the next year and having Bill Riker's energies put to use at CableLabs. Bill will help us keep up the pace on our standards efforts, particularly those focused on SCTE."
Time Warner Cable Chief Technical Officer Jim Chiddix, a former SCTE Director and current chairman of the Advisory Council for the Cable Center's Demonstration Academy, supported Riker's move. Chiddix applauded Riker's revitalization of the SCTE and said that Riker is a great choice to meet the challenges and opportunities of designing and building the technical facilities of the Cable Center and Museum.
Riker commented: "Cable television has once again offered me the opportunity to serve the industry by supporting professional organizations that are key to the future growth and development of our business. I look forward to participating in the construction of the Cable Center that will provide international recognition of our industry's contributions. The opportunity to help further technical standards development for CableLabs as a liaison to SCTE and its standards development activities is a tremendous opportunity to continue serving the technical sector of our industry."
Riker will assist the SCTE Board of Directors in finding his successor.
The National Cable Television Center and Museum is a non-profit institution providing worldwide education, training, research, and service in all aspects of cable television. Its Web site is http://www.cablecenter.org.
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