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.

 

ARRIS Brings Home CES Innovations Award

2014_INNhonoree_LogoToday, the Motorola SURFboard® SBG6782-AC Gateway by ARRIS continues our long tradition of CES Innovations wins with yet another award in the Home Networking category.

Our SBG6782-AC is the first all-in-one cable modem on the market with next-generation 802.11AC Wi-Fi—for groundbreaking wireless speeds. It enables multi-device networking, faster download and upload speeds and supports MoCA ®. So as more connected devices enter the home this holiday season – tablets, PCs, smartphones, game consoles and Smart TVsthe SBG6782-AC seamlessly handles the increased network traffic with your high-speed, high-definition experiences intact.

Check out recent reviews from CNETBooredatwork.com, and PC Magazine.

If you’re currently using this product, let us know how it’s changed your in-home entertainment and work experiences in the comments section below.