Veteran Talent Initiative

CTHRA is dedicated to helping industry employers tap into the immense talent pool of U.S. veterans. In 2013, CTHRA and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) hosted a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair during The Cable Show in Washington, D.C. [read more] and CTHRA hosted an enlightening session titled Hiring Our Heroes [read more] during its Symposium in Silver Spring, Md.

In April of 2014, CTHRA announced the creation of an Advisory Task Force on Veteran Talent in the Media Industry to be chaired by Michael Powell, president and CEO of the NCTA. The task force is charged with creating a multi-faceted action plan to attract, hire and retain military veterans to employment positions across the industry. As part of its efforts, the task force will showcase innovative and impactful military veteran hiring and retention initiatives and promote the industry as an attractive environment for veterans entering the civilian workforce after serving our country. The task force held its first meeting on April 30 in Los Angeles.

 “While many employers have successful veterans hiring programs in place, we believe that a collaborative, industry-wide effort will increase the number of veterans attracted to and employed within our industry. The Advisory Task Force on Veteran Talent in the Media Industry will work to create a sustainable hiring platform for military veterans and increase our industry’s outreach to job seeking veterans,” said Pamela Williams, CAE, CTHRA’s executive director. 

Advisory Task Force on Veteran Talent in the Media Industry

  • Michael Powell, President and CEO, NCTA (Taskforce Chairman)
  • Will Baas, VP of Talent Acquisition, Comcast
  • Carlos del Castillo, VP/General Manager of the Hillsborough Region for Bright House Networks
  • Stacy Green, SVP HR, A+E Networks
  • Gary McCollum, SVP/General Manager of Virginia, Cox Communications
  • Kevin Moore, VP of Telephony, Charter Communications
  • Kevin Preston, Director of the Veterans Initiative, ESPN Inc. and the Walt Disney Company
  • Carrie Storer, SVP of Legal, Discovery Communications
  • Jack Womack, SVP of Operations and Production, CNN Worldwide


Adjunct members from several industry associations will provide insights, ideas and resources to the task force: Sheryl Anderson, CTHRA president and executive vice president of HR and administration for Starz; Mark Dzuban, president and CEO for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE); David M. Porter Jr. Ph.D., executive director for the Walter Kaitz Foundation; and David Pierce, vice president of public affairs for NCTA. Chris Powell, HR advisor for CTHRA, and Pamela Williams will facilitate the task force.




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