to All who Attended the CCTA's 2013 Annual Meeting in Bermuda!
can forget Alan Smith dancing with the Gombeys at the Welcome Cocktail Party,
or the incredible tour of Bermuda hosted by the Department of Tourism, or
Mike Carrosquilla and Patrick Harrell belting out some great songs at the Farewell
beginning to end, the CCTA's 2013 Annual Meeting was filled with unforgettable
moments and great business opportunities.
you to everyone who attended the Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Southampton.
This was the first Annual Meeting on lovely Bermuda, and 301 industry people
were on hand to sample the island's world-famous hospitality and participate
in three days of networking and educational activities. The attendees represented
160 companies, firms, and organizations from 22 distinct countries and territories.
Annual Meeting Highlights
Exploring the theme of "Caribbean Meets the Future of Cable TV",
the Annual Meeting boasted excellent speakers and of-the-moment topics. Keynote
Speaker Joe Jensen of Block Communications and Buckeye Cablevision offered
one perspective on the evolving platforms of cable operators. Moderated by
Adriana Waterston of Horowitz Associates, a panel of experts representing
both cable operators and programmers discussed "Retaining Customers
in a Competitive, Multi-platform Media Environment".
sessions explored "Best Practices for Consumer Research in a
Competitive Business Environment", "David vs. Goliath Marketing", "Improve
Service Quality and Extend Service Offerings with PSIP and SI Metadata",
and "Digital Terrestrial Television: Friend or Foe". The CCTA is
very grateful to all speakers for sharing their expertise and viewpoints
with Annual Meeting participants.
Exhibit Hall included displays from 87 different companies. The room was
buzzing with conversations, as new and returning attendees visited the
vendors. The final event of the Annual Meeting was the Auction of items
donated by participants, with all proceeds earmarked for the 2013 Community
Charities Program. Auctioneer Patrick Harrell of New Frontier Media kept
the bidding lively, and at the end of the evening over $13,000 had been
raised from raffle ticket sales, auction purchases, and karaoke performances.
We thank the generous companies and individuals who donated goods for the
Raffle and Auction, and all those who bought tickets and items.
thanks to our sponsors ...
cannot forget our sponsoring companies, who helped make the 2013 Annual
Meeting such a success. Without a doubt, our Platinum Sponsor was Bermuda
CableVision, the company that hosted the Annual Meeting and helped plan
many of the events. Gold Sponsors were BBC Americas and BBC World News;
A + E Networks; and Caribbean Cable Cooperative Ltd. Silver Sponsors were
HBO; Scripps Networks Interactive; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; TVC
Communications; Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC; NBC Universal;
and Fox Networks. Bronze sponsors were CommScope; Gone Viral TV; Crown
Media Family Networks; MAXXIAN; Incospec Communications; New Frontier Media;
TV One; Outdoor Channel; The Weather Channel; and Toner Cable Equipment,
and to our Board of Directors and on-site personnel
Annual Meeting would not have taken place without the hard work and dedication
of the CCTA's 2012 Board of Directors, as well as our "loaned" on-site
personnel: Zaira Rivera, Joanie Rivera, and Tita Sambolin of Liberty Cablevision
of Puerto Rico; Tracey Howes, Marina Inserra, and Silvia Steede of Bermuda
CableVision; and Angie Rivero of SETAR.