ARRIS Tal Laufer Named to Multichannel News 40 Under 40

Laufer_Tal_0392 (2)Multichannel News just named our own Tal Laufer—Director, Product Line Management, CMTS/CER Products—to its illustrious 40 Under 40 list.

Tal merges technical expertise with a keen understanding of today’s service provider challenges to help our global customers manage the growing demand for high-bandwidth, high-definition, and multiscreen video services.

As part of her role, she drives the implementation of our E6000 Converged Edge Router—the industry’s leading CCAP platform—which is deployed throughout the world, providing service to millions of subscribers.

She holds an MBA along with bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University, is a member of the CableLabs working group, and once served as personal assistant to the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff.

We’re proud to have her on our team, inventing the future and taking home well-deserved recognition for her contributions to the industry.

Congratulations, Tal!

Cable Pioneer Profile: Zenita Henderson

Today, we’re celebrating the achievements of a key member of our team: Zenita Henderson.

Zenita (aka “Z”)  is the newest inductee to the Cable TV Pioneers, an elite group of industry veterans that the Cable Center recognizes for its “meaningful contributions to building the industry.”

That’s just one of the ways we describe Zenita. Her sense of humor and charisma inspires employees, partners, and public audiences alike. And over the course of her 25 years of service to the industry, she’s not only personally contributed to the evolution of cable, but has introduced hundreds of people to its opportunities and possibilities through foundation and charity work.

We caught up with Zenita to hear how cable has changed in the past quarter century, what landed her in the cable pioneers class of 2014, and how she’s working to pioneer its future…

For Zenita, a career in cable began by accident with a summer job at a cable distribution company that brought her into a full-time position at Jerrold in Horsham, PA. “It was in my hometown, so I didn’t have to go very far to find it. We were working on 400 megahertz plant upgrades and launching ‘cable video store’ (the original Pay-Per-view or OnDemand) at the time. There was so much potential, and this amazing technology was just a mile away from my house… I thought: ‘other people need to know about this!’”

25 years and a series of acquisitions later, Zenita is now a senior member of the regional marketing team at ARRIS and involved with numerous organizations that bring new talent into the field. “You can say I thrived in the transitions… I worked through the birth of pay-per-view, 24 hour news, the video phone, and the transition from analog to digital TV, then HD, and now Ultra HD. We’ve gone from six channels on cable to over 600. Eventually, all you’ll need is one central gateway to access all your content, on any device, anywhere in the world. It’s very exciting.”

Zenita is known for her influence, both on and off the court—forging industry collaborations, giving back to local communities, and empowering the next generation to advance the field.

One of the key areas that distinguished Zenita for the Cable TV Pioneers was her contributions to cable-related awareness and community advocacy. During her time at General Instrument, Motorola, and ARRIS, she’s pioneered corporate initiatives to educate professionals and students on opportunities in cable and to give back to the local communities providing talent to their workforce.

The result has included such successes as General Instrument’s “Dream Makers” Juvenile Diabetes walk teams, Motorola’s collaboration with Cable Positive to create YAMI-U, the launch of the first Tech It Out series with Women In Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), Technical Intern opportunities for Emma Bowen Foundation students, the Cable Mavericks Masters Forum with The Cable Center, and diversity initiatives with the National Association of Multiethnicity in Cable (NAMIC), providing members with an interactive digital platform ‘pre’ Facebook and the industry with educational technical webinars. Zenita is currently leading WICT’s Greater Philadelphia “Tech It Out” event this year with Yvette Thornton from Comcast.

“I’m honored to be part of the Cable TV Pioneers. When I started in the industry, I was so inspired by what we were doing that I wanted to be able to share it with other people. Now I’m in a position to do that. I want minorities, women, and non-technical people planning their careers to know that there’s an opportunity in cable. It’s a good thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do.

With the transformation in user experience, content, and video—cable has become a much more creative discipline. There needs to be more awareness of how it’s evolving and where it can go… 

We’re bringing tomorrow’s talent and ideas into cable, and we’re really having fun.”

Congratulations Zenita! And thanks for inspiring the human element in our journey of constant innovation.

Sandy Howe Wins WICT Carolinas’ Highest Honor

Sandy Howe, SVP of Global Marketing, took home the WICT Carolinas 2014 Carol A. Hevey Leadership Award – the highest honor in its Red Circle Awards.

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Sandy Howe, SVP of Global Marketing,

The award recognizes visionaries who are distinguished in both leadership and advocacy, with indelible contributions to the evolution of the cable telecommunications industry. The awards committee selected Sandy as an industry pioneer whose leadership demonstrates a fundamental commitment to others through mentorship, career development, and advocacy for excellence in service to ARRIS and the community.

Sandy is ARRIS’s first recipient of the Carol A. Heavey Leadership Award.

At ARRIS, she leads the global marketing, communications and strategic marketing development with a team of more than 40 professionals around the globe. She’s also a leading member of the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), as well as a member of the National Board of Directors of Women in Cable Technology.

A well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Sandy!

Five Questions with…Bryant Isaacs

ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione recently spoke with BBC News and attributed the company’s success to the talented people across the globe. Starting today, we will highlight the great minds behind our company and those driving transformation in the industry.

Bryant Isaacs photoFirst up –Bryant Isaacs, President, Assurance Solutions at ARRIS. CableFAX recently named him one of cable’s most influential minority executives. We caught up with Bryant recently at SCTE after winning this prestigious award and asked him a few questions.Take a look below.

What does winning this award mean to you?

It signifies recognition of minorities’ presence and efforts in the cable technology arena. I am humbled and elated to be in such fine company and to be chosen to represent the African American minority community and ARRIS in this manner is gratifying.

Innovation is a word used fairly often in our industry. How would you define it? Better yet, what’s one of your favorite moments that could be defined by this word?

I like to think of it simply as “change with progress.” Innovation is found wherever a positive change is made that moves the organization forward. It can be a technology breakthrough or a process improvement that improves the experience of the customer (internal or external to the company). It can be an idea that sparks an eventual change in a product or application or process.

One of the more profound moments in my career took place before I joined ARRIS. It was an idea for outdoor WiFi that eventually spread across the planet to become known in popular jargon today as “hotspots.” This idea was seeded in Bell Laboratories, and I was fortunate to be a part of the team involved in early WiFi development.

What should the industry do to hire and inspire more minorities – especially in the areas of software?

It’s important for minorities to see other minorities in positions they would aspire to. CableFAX’s Influential Minorities initiative is one step along the way to featuring prominent minorities in our industry. This industry is one that is welcoming and supportive of minorities – especially in areas like software. It’s incumbent on all of us to do our best to find and hire our next leaders in the software arena!

As a 13-year veteran at ARRIS, you’ve seen quite a bit of growth here. What excites you the most about the next 3-5 years for this company?

The “new” ARRIS is poised to become a powerhouse that powers the cable and telecommunications industry. We have talented people, great technology, global scale, and innovative minds throughout the company. We need to execute and live up to that promise. It is one of the most exciting times to be part of ARRIS.

What was one of the best pieces of career advice given to you?

You can learn something from everyone, your employees, peers, manager, customers, and business associates. Be open to listening and work hard to change and embrace change for the better.

How about a bonus question? What’s a recent business accomplishment you’re excited about here at ARRIS?

I’m pleased with how quickly ARRIS was able to get newly combined team members focused on our most promising opportunities. In our Assurance Solutions Business, we’ve been able to maintain momentum in the marketplace and keep our focus solely on the customer. Our unveiling of ServAssure Wi-Fi Solutions and WorkAssure Mobile at SCTE have me really excited about how much we can help our customers with critical needs right now. It’s a great time to be part of ARRIS.

Sandy Howe Discusses Today’s Opportunities for Women in Tech

According to the 2013 NAMIC AIM and WICT PAR Cable Telecommunications Industry Workforce Diversity Survey, the proportion of full-time female employees in Cable is lower than it was 10 years ago. Since 2003, the industry has seen a 5% decline, dropping from 39% to 34%, which is below the national benchmark….

At the same time, there are so many opportunities for women not only in our industry but across the entire technology landscape. In fact, our own Sandy Howe, who now leads Marketing and Communications for ARRIS, along with Market Development, was recently part of an esteemed panel of industry leaders offering advice for women in tech.

We were able to catch up with Sandy @SCTE and ask about these opportunities, including her thoughts on how to take advantage of them. See below for the video.

 

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