(2009-05-19) - Nonprofit Organization Provides Professional Development for Satellite Industry
Duluth, Georgia – Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced that Kamy Merithew, Vice President of Marketing for WEGENER®, has been elected President of the 2009 Board of Directors for the Society of Satellite Professionals International Southeast Chapter (SSPI-SE).
With four chapters in North America and other chapters around the world, the SSPI is a nonprofit organization that provides education, networking, and other professional development to more than 3,000 members of the satellite industry. The new SSPI-SE Board of Directors includes representatives from a wide range of content providers, service providers, and manufacturers. Merithew had previously served as Executive Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer for the SSPI-SE, and was actively involved in the launch of the chapter in 2006.
“SSPI is a well established organization for our industry, and we are working to strengthen our still relatively young Southeast Chapter,” said Merithew. “Over the next year, we are focusing on growing our membership by providing quality, diverse events to our members as well as continuing to establish our scholarship program to develop the next generation of leaders for the satellite industry.”
Based in Atlanta, the SSPI-SE has more than 400 members across eight states. Atlanta is a hub for the satellite industry, home to several cable channels as well as satellite communication product and service providers.
“Just as she demonstrates at WEGENER, Kamy is a thoughtful and conscientious executive with a background of proven leadership ability,” said Dick Tauber, SSPI-SE President Emeritus. “Her intelligence and insights regarding SSPI and the Southeast Chapter’s mission make her the right person to assume the organizations key leadership role at this time.”
In her role at WEGENER, Merithew focuses on strategic product planning, from product placement and pricing to advertising and promotion. She earned her MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, a master’s in electrical engineering from University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor’s in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.
The new SSPI-SE Board of Directors consists of:
Board President Emeritus: Dick Tauber, CNN
Board President: Kamy Merithew, WEGENER
Board Executive Vice President: Zandra Clarke, Turner
Board Secretary: Barney Zeitvogel, IntelSat
Board Treasurer: Richard Dineley, deltaVectors
Vice President, Communications: David Unsworth, Pathfire
Vice President, Education: Richard Gomrick, AUS Information Systems
Vice President, Membership: Jim McGehee, Sat Logic Networks
Vice President, Programs: Jim Lyons, DataPath
Vice President, Programs: Lincoln Biederbeck, Tandberg
Vice President, Social Activities: Erwin Noble, DataPath
Director At Large: Bob Protzman, Turner Broadcasting
Director At Large: Bob Vogel, Intelsat
The SSPI Southeast Chapter will hold an evening program titled “NAB 2009 in Review,” Wednesday - May 20, 2009, 6:30 – 8:00PM. The program will include a panel discussion and forum to review the stand-out products, services and technology from NAB 2009. The event will be held at Turner’s Techwood facility. Guests are invited to arrive at 6:30pm for networking opportunities. To register please visit: http://www.sspi.org/cde.cfm?event=263135
WEGENER® (Wegener Communications, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), is an international provider of digital video and audio solutions for broadcast television, radio, telco, private and cable networks. With over 30 years experience in optimizing point-to-multipoint multimedia distribution over satellite, fiber, and IP networks, WEGENER offers a comprehensive product line that handles the scheduling, management and delivery of media rich content to multiple devices, including video screens, computers and audio devices. WEGENER focuses on long- and short-term strategies for bandwidth savings, dynamic advertising, live events and affiliate management.
WEGENER’s product line includes: iPump® media servers for file-based and live broadcasts; Compel® Network Control and Compel® Conditional Access for dynamic command, monitoring and addressing of multi-site video, audio, and data networks; and the Unity® satellite media receivers for live radio and video broadcasts. Applications served include: digital signage, linear and file-based TV distribution, linear and file-based radio distribution, Nielsen rating information, broadcast news distribution, business music distribution, corporate communications, video and audio simulcasts.
WEGENER® can be reached at (770) 814-4000 or at www.wegener.com.
WEGENER, COMPEL, COMPEL CONTROL, iPUMP, MEDIAPLAN, UNITY, ASSURED FILE DELIVERY, PANDA, PROSWITCH, VIDATA, the stylized W-design logo (for WEGENER®), the stylized C-design logo (for Compel®) and the stylized PANDA design logo are all registered trademarks of WEGENER®. All Rights Reserved.
The Society of Satellite Professionals International is a nonprofit member-benefit society that serves satellite professionals throughout their working lives. With chapters in the Americas, Europe and Asia, SSPI works to attract new talent to the industry, helps satellite professionals advance in their careers, works to increase the professional standing of members and honors extraordinary achievement by satellite professionals and the companies they work for. For more information, visit www.sspi.org.
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