PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2014 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka today announced several staff promotions to reflect both the growth of the Association and recognize meritorious work performed over many years on behalf of the independent cable operator community.
With regard to ACA's Washington policy efforts, Polka said ACA staff member Ross Lieberman will become Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Lieberman joined ACA as Vice President in June, 2007.
"Ross has done an outstanding job leading ACA's policy efforts in virtually every key issue in Washington, both at the FCC and on Capitol Hill." Polka said. "ACA would not be the policy and advocacy organization it is without Ross' key contributions."
In ACA's Pittsburgh Home Office, Robert Shema will become Executive Vice President of Membership/Finance and Chief of Staff, and Stacey Leech will become Senior Director of Meetings and Industry Affairs, Polka said.
Naming Shema as Chief of Staff represents organizational growth and a plan to help develop ACA's staff and processes for the future, Polka said. Shema joined ACA as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November, 2004.
"Rob knows our members and our organization, and in his new role he will help support and develop our team and also help us better plan for the future and improve each and every day," Polka said.
ACA last week wrapped up its 21st Washington Summit, a hugely successful event because of Leech's vision, creativity and flawless planning. More than 300 ACA members attended this year's Summit.
"Stacey has spent the last 14 years developing the ACA Summit into a must-attend event for independent providers. We've just completed our most successful ACA Summit ever, but none of it would have happened without her tremendous efforts and leadership," said Polka. Leech joined the trade group in October, 1998, as executive assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.
Polka concluded, "Our entire ACA team is the best and most dedicated group of professionals I have ever known, and it is a privilege to work with them every day. Their service to our members and commitment to our members are without equal."
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Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing nearly 850 smaller and medium-sized, independent cable companies who provide broadband services for nearly 7 million cable subscribers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA's members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit http://www.americancable.org/
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