Wendell Woody Pathfinder Awards

The Wendell Woody Pathfinder award was established in 1997 to recognize an elite group of cable industry professionals who actively participated for at least 20 years and made a significant impact on the industry during that time.

New members must be nominated by a Pathfinder from a different company and be endorsed by a Pathfinder not associated with their company.

Deadline: August 1, 2019 (CLOSED)

2019 Wendell Woody Pathfinders


Kyle Alcorn

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vast Broadband

Kyle Alcorn joined the cable industry in 1995. He is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vast Broadband. His previous roles include Vice President of Commercial Services for NewWave Communications as well as Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Operations and General Manager for NewWave Communications and Galaxy Cablevision. Mr. Alcorn has served on the Hardware Advisory Board of the National Cable Television Cooperative. He has been associated with many industry groups including the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing and several state associations. Mr. Alcorn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Missouri. He is an active member of the Sikeston community where he grew up and now lives with his family.


Matt Polka

President and CEO, ACA Connects

Matthew M. Polka is responsible for the daily operations and affairs of ACA Connects, a 750-member non-profit association dedicated to serving the interests of independent, smaller and medium-sized broadband, cable and phone businesses across the United States. Matt joined the association as its first president on May 1, 1997. Prior to joining the Association, he was the Vice President and General Counsel of Pittsburgh-based Star Cable Associates from 1990-97 management functions of smaller, independent cable television systems in seven states. Matt is a 1982 honors graduate of West Virginia and is also a 1986 graduate of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University School of Law. Matt lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, Sharman, and their two daughters.


Rob Shema

EVP of Member Services and Finance, ACA Connects

Robert Shema is the EVP of Member Services and Finance for the American Cable Association (ACA). As EVP Shema is responsible for all of the daily operations of the organization and for analyzing all external factors that affect the organization. He directly oversees the development and implementation of the marketing and growth strategy for member and associate member companies. He also provides members with guidance regarding legal and regulatory issues. In 2018, he was extremely honored to be inducted into the 52nd Class of the Cable Pioneers. Before joining the ACA, he spent nine years at Comcast starting in the legal department working on issues such as pole attachment agreements, franchise agreements, financing, and various corporate filings. He also spent time in Comcast’s programming department where he was responsible for retransmission consent and was instrumental in the company receiving more than 32 million dollars in additional marketing support and programming cost savings. He ended his career with Comcast as a Regional Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs.


Phil Spencer


Phil Spencer serves as CEO of MBI, the second Leaders StrategyTM partnership between GTCR and Mr. Spencer. Previously, Mr. Spencer was CEO of Rural Broadband Investments (“RBI”), a GTCR-funded rural cable provider that was acquired in May 2017 by Cable One, Inc. Through organic growth initiatives and five add-on acquisitions, RBI became a scaled cable provider with attractive financial and operational results. Prior to his role at RBI, Mr. Spencer served as CEO of Windjammer Communications, a collection of rural cable systems previously owned by Time Warner Cable. From 2001 to 2008, he served in leadership positions, including ultimately CEO, at Everest Connections, a Kansas City cable system.


Cheryl Tuverson

Former Director, Domestic Distribution, Home Box Office

Cheryl Tuverson has been a part of the cable television community for over 32 years, working with HBO, Comcast, and CTAM. For 27 years she led the partnership between HBO and operators delivering the likes of The Sopranos, Starks, and Carrie Bradshaw to the homes of passionate consumers. She bridged sales and marketing strategy with a keen sense of getting things done. Cheryl has primarily partnered with the mid to small size cable and telco operators to deliver business results by championing their causes internally at HBO. Prior to her time at HBO, Cheryl was an integral part of the CTAM leadership team. Cheryl has a BA in Public Communication/Marketing from American University in Washington DC and also earned a CTAM Cable Executive Management Program certificate from the Harvard Business School. She has always been an active member of her community, especially focusing on school and sports programs with her two sons.

1997 Charter Pathfinder Members

Hank Bradley

Dave Clark

Peter Collins

Vic Davis

Ed Drake

Doug Fuller

Tom Gleason, Jr.

Jerry Lampe

Ron Marnell

Rob Marshall

Mike Pandzik

Rex Porter

Les Read

Larry Spangler

Dick Thiessen

Robert K. Weary

Wendell Woody

Pathfinder Members 1998-2016

Charles Broomfiled (1998)
Philip Brown (1998)
Steve Dyche (1998)
Richard Hook (1998)
Linda Jurgensen (1998)
Ted Gleason (1999)
Jim Orwick (1999)
John Thompson (1999)
Vern Wible (1999)
Tom Gleason, Sr. (2000)
Lynn Harrison (2000)
Bob Niles (2000)
Larry Trimble (2000)
Robert Weary, Jr. (2000)
Frank Hughes (2001)
Charlotte McClure (2001)
LeaAnn Quist (2001)
Dick Bates (2002)
Debby Exon (2002)
Ken Kendall (2002)
Carol Rothwell (2002)
Bob Sebby (2002)
Alan Tschirner (2002)
J. Richard Beard (2003)
J. Keith Davidson (2003)
David Headley (2003)
Larry Peterson (2003)
Larry Stiffelman (2003)

Tom Belcher (2004)
JoAnn King (2004)
Rob Moel (2004)
Tom Morris (2004)
Dave Severance (2004)
Jim Walker (2004)
Mike Flood (2004)
Valerie Kramer (2005)
Dan Mulvenon (2005)
Maurice Zion (2005)
Kevin R. Collins (2006)
Terry Cordova (2006)
Carl Dyson (2006)
Wayne Gale (2006)
Denise Lewis (2006)
Art Cunningham (2007)
Mike Drahota (2007)
Roger Ponder (2007)
David Presley (2007)
Milissa Witthar (2007)
Scott Grim (2008)
Mike Kohler (2008)
Matt Mayhan (2008)
Mark Stottler (2008)
Mark Caniglia (2009)
Joe Crone (2009)
Bryan Gann (2009)
Travis Garrett (2009)

Joe Scot (2009)
Mitch Bland (2010)
Tim Caudle (2010)
Hyman Sharpe (2010)
Richie Arnold (2011)
Chris Fleck (2011)
Jim Gleason (2011)
Dave Pangrac (2011)
David Berns (2012)
Garry Bowman (2012)
Charles Hembree (2012)
Ken Jameson (2012)
Steve Bennett (2013)
Tom McMillan (2013)
Mike Slyman (2013)     

David Wall (2013)
Randy Goad (2014)
Melanie McMullen (2014)
Mike Wilson (2014)
Rich Fickle (2015)
Gary Shorman (2015)
Tim Easley (2016)
Larry Eby (2016)
Brent Scott (2016)
Robert Adelman (2017)
Elaine Partridge (2017)
Greg Harrison (2017)
John Federico (2018)
Greg Harrison (2018)