The 2015 Elections for Officers and Governors of the Society open on Monday, 17 August, and close at 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 28 September.  All Active category members are eligible to vote (this includes Professional, Executive, Fellow, Life, and Honorary members). 

All voting members are eligible to vote for Board Officer Candidates as well as Governor Candidates within their Region.

 

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For SMPTE policies and procedures regarding Society Elections, including determination and appeal of election results, please see Section 9.5 of the Governance Operations Manual.

On or before 17 August, all eligible voting members will receive an email at the address listed in your membership record.  This email will contain a unique link that will allow you to access the ballot without entering a username and password.  This link will be valid for the course of the elections.  If you misplace or do not receive your personal link, you can also access the ballot by logging in to the voting system through the following link, https://eballot4.votenet.com/smpte, and logging in using your Last Name/Surname and Member ID Number.  *Please note that no ballots will be available through this link before 17 August.

Once you have accessed the voting system, you will be able to view only the ballot for your Region.  If you feel you have been assigned to an incorrect Region, please close the ballot without voting and contact elections@smpte.org immediately so that we can update your record and allow you to participate in the election for the correct Region.

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2015 Board Officer Candidates

The Board Officers comprise the Executive Committee, which, according to the Governance Operations Manual,  "takes interim action on urgent policy or business matters which arise between Board meetings, and serves the Board by maintaining a close and continuing supervision over the operations of the Society." A listing of current Board Officers, can be found here: https://www.smpte.org/about/board

The following Candidates are running for a Board Officer position in the 2015 Society Elections.  All Officer Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2016 and ending 31 December 2017.

 

Finance Vice-President for Two-Year Term, 2016-2017 - One Open Position

Paul Stechly
President, Applied Electronics Limited

By way of introduction, I am the president of Applied Electronics Limited based in the City of Mississauga, just outside of Toronto, Ontario Canada. Our company is a large systems integrator serving the broadcast and other industries. The company was started by late father the month I was born in December of 1958. I have quite literally grown up in the broadcast industry.

I’ve got the experience of running and growing a business which now employs 135 people in six offices throughout Canada. Our company is approximately 5 times as big as it was 20 years ago. Financial analysis and planning are fundamental to the ongoing success of our company and I’ve got 33 years of relevant business experience to bring to SMPTE.

Like many on the SMPTE Board I started out as a Manager of the local Section in Toronto. I eventually became the Secretary Treasurer, The Section Chair and the past Chair. From there I went on to two terms as Canadian Regional Governor before joining the executive committee as the Membership Vice President 4 years ago. I participate in various committees and planning activities within the Executive Committee and Board of Governors.

The good news is that SMPTE is growing! Corporate and individual memberships are up, new Sections have been started, we’ve completed the new association with HPA and the number of Society events has also risen. So the finances of SMPTE are becoming larger and more complex. My goals include bringing more financial analysis tools to the Board of Governors and in general bringing my business expertise to the office of Finance Vice President.

 

Membership Vice-President for Two-Year Term, 2016-2017 - One Open Position

William C. Miller
President, Miltag Media Technology, LLC

I’m Bill Miller, and I’m running for another term as Membership VP of SMPTE.  For the past seven years, I’ve been President of Miltag Media Technology, LLC, where I advise clients on media technology standards.  Prior to this, I was employed in a number of technical positions over the course of 33 years at the ABC Television Network.

I’ve served in a number of positions in SMPTE, including Membership VP, Engineering VP, Section Chair and Governor.  In each position, I’ve tried to analyze what we were doing, why we were doing it, if it was worth doing and if so, how we could do it better. I’ve had the good fortune to work with other volunteers in the Society who’ve helped by suggesting smarter ways to get things done, so the improvements have all been collaborative efforts.  The Society has recognized my contributions by elevating me to Fellow in 1995 and awarding me the Progress Medal in 2002 and the Presidential Proclamation in 2013.

Over the past several years, I’ve been concerned about the effect changes in technology and business have had on the membership of the Society.  To bring in younger members, I started the Student Membership Challenge Program, which allowed us to offer students one year of membership without charge.  It has to date brought in over 600 Student Members.  To serve members outside the core location of a Section, I introduced the concept of a Subsection.  The first one, in Connecticut, has been in place for four years, and the second, in Florida, is now a full Section.

There’s plenty more to do.  From rationalizing Section boundaries to revitalizing moribund Sections, I have my work cut out for me.  I’m asking you for another term in which to get it done.  Thanks for your support.

 

Standards Vice-President for Two-Year Term, 2016-2017 - One Open Position

Alan Lambshead
Retired

I retired in 2013 from a career with Evertz Microsystems Ltd. in Burlington, Ontario, Canada that spanned over 33 years.  In my most recent role as Vice President, Engineering my responsibilities included the general oversight of R & D and product development, focusing on Time Code and Post Production products.

During most of my 33 years at Evertz, I was an active member of SMPTE Technology committees.  During that time I served for 4 years as co-chair of the 32NF Network and Facilities Architecture Technology Committee, chaired several other Drafting Groups, and authored several SMPTE Standards and Recommended Practices.  

I have been actively involved as a member of the Toronto SMPTE section, and have presented papers at local sections and national SMPTE conferences in the areas of HDTV time code and sync issues, HDTV production, HDTV Metadata to name a few.

I graduated from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario with a B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 1972, became licensed as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in Ontario in 1988 and in 2009 I became a SMPTE Fellow.  

I have been serving as Standards Vice President, since January 2014.  In this role I am responsible for providing leadership to the SMPTE standards process, which involves over 600 SMPTE members, serving on 10 Technology Committees.  As one of the Vice Presidents, I also serve on the Executive Committee and on the Board of Governors.  It has been my pleasure to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to a second term in this role.

My goals for the next two years include

  • Working toward streamlining the standards development process to ensure timely, relevant Engineering document development
  • Encouraging collaboration and cooperation with other industry groups
  • Encouraging involvement in SMPTE standards development from younger engineers

 


2015 Regional Governor Candidates

As stated in the Governance Operations Manual, the Board of Governors "is the top governing body of the Society and within the framework of the Bylaws decides policy which governs all Society activities...[The] Board is comprised of Society Officers, Regional Governors, and members elected by the Board."   Specific information on the duties and responsibilities of the Board can be found in Section 7 of the Governance Operations Manual.

A listing of the current members of the Board of Governors can be found here: https://www.smpte.org/about/board

The following Candidates are running for a Regional Governor position in the 2015 Society Elections.  All Regional Governor Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2016 and ending 31 December 2017.

 

Asia/Australia Region - One Open Position

John Maizels
Broadcast Engineer, Entropy Enterprises

My name is John Maizels.  I’m a broadcast engineer, and I stand for SMPTE.

When I joined SMPTE in 1988, I didn’t anticipate the impact that comes from active participation in a professional organisation.  SMPTE isn’t just the Journal and Section Meetings – although those are very important benefits.  SMPTE provides opportunities to network with fellow professionals, join the standards development community and be an industry contributor rather than an observer.

It’s a two-way thing.  As a Section Manager, Section Chair, and Governor, SMPTE involvement has  been part of my professional skill development: conference-running, meeting-organisation, financial management, leading teams, and webmastering.   In turn, I’m proud to have been an active contributor to the first complete rewrite of SMPTE’s legal structure after almost 100 years, a continuing member of SMPTE Revisions Committees, and Standards Committee 25CSS.   But there is still much work to be done through student chapters, conferences and member innovation , and my sleeves are rolled up.

All the members who are part of SMPTE’s governance process are volunteers.  Your vote in the elections shows support that is very important to all of us who stand to serve you as part of the leadership and governance team.   Every candidate, even those standing unopposed, will very much appreciate if you could take the time to complete the ballot, and prove that there really is someone out there.

My vision is for a vibrant, strong SMPTE that supports your professional life.  Please  join me to create the best SMPTE we can have.

 

Canadian Region - One Open Position

Randy Conrod
Senior Product Manager – Digital Products, Imagine Communications

I first encountered SMPTE in the “80s” when I was a bench technician working on RGB to NTSC color encoders and waveform/vectors monitors and RS-170a was “the standard of the day.”  Following the SMPTE standards became more important especially when I moved into product management as HDTV started its roll out in the late “90s” and now as UHD starts its roll out.

SMPTE became more than just the “standards” for me. I started attending the local meetings and remember asking how do I become involved? Before I knew it, I was nominated and voted in as manager on the Toronto Section board. I also started attending and presenting at the first “boot camps”. This led to a suggestion to participate in a series of tutorial articles in the Journal and I was honoured with the Journal Award. After my tenure on the local board, I continued presenting at SMPTE events over the years which has taken me to destinations worldwide giving me a broader perspective on the industry and the people in it.

Two years ago, I was voted in as one of the two Canadian governors and at that time dedicated myself to assist in sustaining and growing membership across Canada and I have also become involved in committee work to not only increase membership but to assist in the Next Century Fund.

For the next two years if I am re-elected, I will continue to dedicate time and effort to increase the SMPTE membership.

 

Central Region - No Open Positions

 

Eastern Region - One Open Position

John A. Luff
Consultant, HD Consulting

I joined SMPTE in 1973, as a young man looking to grow in the profession. SMPTE became my route to up to date information about technology and standards that were propelling the industry forward. For over 40 years SMPTE has been part of the foundation of my career. The perspective I have gained is invaluable, and is much of  the basis for the consulting I do for my clients on systems and technology deployment.

I have the ability to understand complex topics, and in nearly 50 years in television I have developed the ability to effectively communicate, and analyze both technology and business problems. In my work for other non-profits I have shown a talent for helping others to understand underlying fundamental issues that sometimes the change solutions chosen.

I have served the Society on technology committees, as Conference VP and a member of the Executive Committee of the BoG, and participated on various awards committees as chair and member. I am one of the founding ‘trio’ of members who birthed the very successful Pittsburgh Section in 2014, and am serving as Secretary/Treasurer. In 2005 I was selected as a Fellow of the Society, now Life Fellow, and in 2010 as the SBE ‘Engineer of the Year’.

As SMPTE enters it’s second century I want to help broaden the membership and help nurture Sections, and develop stronger ties to all aspects of media technology, including broadcasting, production, post production, gaming, new media, and distribution. Giving back gives me great satisfaction.


James M. Burger
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

For over two decades, I have served as an intellectual property lawyer specializing in technology, including digital video and telecommunications. For 10 years I was Senior Director in Apple’s law department working on digital TV, wireless data communications, standards, IP, and other technology-related issues. Since returning to private practice, I have represented major IT companies on many technology issues. My work on standards legal issues continues, representing several major IT companies in digital video standards bodies and am counsel to a standards body.

My technology law experience makes me well suited to provide input and guidance as a SMPTE Governor. I have worked with SMPTE on the Program Committee for all of the Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) programs at Stanford and Berlin, and chaired panels on such topics as net neutrality and infringement on the Internet. I have presented at some 15 of the annual HPA Technology Retreats, giving my popular Washington Update on how changes in the law affect the IT and digital video industries.

I was named in the 2007 through 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in technology and copyright law. I was also named Best Lawyer for 2016 in Washington DC in copyright. With my technology/law background, I am well suited to help expand SMPTE’s educational offerings by providing input on the intersection of the evolving legal trends with the rapidly changing technology and video industries. I will provide a unique voice to help guide SMPTE through this rapidly changing environment.

 

Europe/Africa/Middle East/Central and South America Region - One Open Position

Bruce Devlin
Chief Media Scientist, Dalet

I am passionate about great media. I stumbled into the media world in the 1980s when I graduated from Cambridge University in the UK and joined the BBC before moving into the manufacturing community. In the 1990s, I was challenged to solve a file movement problem at a customer site.

This led me to start a collaborative project from which grew a file format called MXF and 3 reference implementations from startups OpenCube, MOG solutions and freeMXF.org. Of course this started my journey into SMPTE where I helped guide the MXF standards contributors from a set of technologies to the MXF document set that was first published in 2004.

SMPTE is the only organization that can successfully bind the world of professional media together. SMPTE’s 3 pillars of standards, membership and education start with the members who need technology to drive their businesses. This leads to standards that move the professional media industry into the future and in turn create a demand for education that is required to communicate those new ways of working.

I have been fortunate to deliver educational seminars around the world for SMPTE and I see that there is a need to increase the international representation within the overall membership to reflect the globalized nature of the media market today. I hope that if I am elected as a SMPTE governor then I will be able to help the organization grow the number of international members to reflect the reality of today’s professional media space.


Dr. Siegfried Foessel
Head of Department Moving Picture Technologies, Fraunhofer IIS, Erlangen, Germany

I’m Siegfried Foessel, and I’m running for the position of the SMPTE Governor in Europe. I currently work for Fraunhofer IIS in Germany and for the past 20 years or so my passion has been in the development of new technologies for the motion picture and broadcast industry.  

Favorite past projects have been the development of digital cinema cameras for ARRI, the introduction of Digital cinema workflows and Digital Cinema distribution in general – here I contributed to the JPEG2000 standardization, to the DCI test plan, to standards for the Digital Cinema industry at SMPTE and to software for DCP generation.  Actual projects are the use of computational imaging, namely lightfield-technology or the promotion of new digital long-term archive formats.

I am currently chairing different standardization groups in ISO SC29WG1 (JPEG), ISO TC36 (Cinematography) and on the national level. In 2014 I was made a SMPTE Fellow for my contributions to Digital Cinema. In 2014 I was also elected as the president of the FKTG, the German equivalent to SMPTE. My wish is to link all of these international organizations closer together. A first step in this direction was the joint conference between FKTG and SMPTE this year in Berlin on the “Entertainment in the digital age”. As Governor I would support these activities further.

 

Hollywood Region - One Open Position

Patricia Keighley
SVP and Managing Director, Office of the CQO, IMAX Corporation

My name is Patricia Keighley, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corporation; Managing Director, Office of the Chief Quality Officer; and co-founder of IMAX Post/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988, involved in the large-format post production of 400+ films including digital and laser projection.

Previously serving as SMPTE Sections VP and Governor of the Hollywood Region as well as Chair (twice) and Secretary-Treasurer of the Hollywood Section.  I received SMPTE’s Citation for Special Achievement recognizing contributions to the section, work on the Lou Wolf Scholarship and various Award committees.

My innovative revamping of SMPTE’s Honors and Awards event format, in 2007, continues to this day.

A long-term volunteer Board member for SMPTE and the GSCA (Board Secretary for 7 years), I became interested in furthering my technical knowledge of the responsibilities of Directors and Officers.   In   2013, I completed the intensive Directors Education and Certification program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and, with the benefit of this training; I will make an even more meaningful contribution as Governor of SMPTE’s Hollywood Region.

Privileged to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, I plan to facilitate greater SMPTE interaction with the Academy and other industry associations.


Steve Wong
Director of Media & Telco, Siemens

I am Steve Wong and I am running for SMPTE Governor.

My background is in broadcast TV, infrastructure equipment (Leitch), post production equipment (Teranex), content distribution (Level 3/ Siemens) and production (“Checkmate”).  Over the years, SMPTE has helped me grow both professionally and personally. The information in the SMPTE Journals, conferences and local meeting are a corner stone to my career.  I have developed lifelong friendships by being a SMPTE member. To give back to SMPTE, I started by volunteering at the conferences, putting meetings together and by volunteering as a Hollywood Section manager. The next level of showing my gratitude to SMPTE is to dedicate my time as a Governor.

I am the right person for the position of SMPTE Governor for a number of reasons:

First, I have developed skills and experiences from sales, management, system integration, broadcast, post production, distribution and production that I can use as a SMPTE governor.

Second, my ability to build successful relationships can help me as SMPTE Governor. With my vast personal contacts, I can help SMPTE build stronger relationships between other media technology groups, manufactures, content creators broadcasters, and telecommunication companies to help fulfil the goals of SMPTE.

My goal is to support programs that directly help our members grow with developing media technologies. This includes supporting new standards for developing technologies, encouraging membership from emerging media technologies, encouraging job training and recruitment among members and expanding lectures to advance the theory and practice of engineering in emerging media technology.

 

New York Region - One Open Position

John E. Ferder
Director of Studio and Post-Production Engineering, CBS

I’m John Ferder, and I’m running for re-election as New York Region Governor.  My group of engineers and I design, build, and support all of the production and post-production facilities for CBS in New York.  I have been employed in Broadcast Engineering since my undergraduate days at Marquette, where I received my BSEE degree in 1982.  I have been a member of SMPTE since then, and of IEEE since 1980.

I have enjoyed serving on the Board during the last two years.  I currently serve on the Revisions Committee, Audit Committee, ATC Program Committee, and as Chair of the Sarnoff Award Committee.  I have previously served as a Manager of the Chicago Section, and as Manager, Chair, and Past Chair of the New York Section.  In 2012, I was elected a Fellow of the Society, which I see as a call to higher service rather than an award.

I’m looking forward to working with the Membership Vice-President and the Board on new membership initiatives.  We’ve added four new Sections, added new Student Chapters, and increased our outreach to women.  Our ongoing consolidation with HPA increases services and opportunities for our members, and potential for new members as well.

It will be my honor to serve on the Board as we celebrate our Centennial and move forward into our next one hundred years.  I’ve appreciated your support and ask for your vote so that I can continue to represent you on the Board of Governors.


Larry Thaler
President/CEO, Positive Flux LLC

We are living in exciting times.  Established and emergent businesses are competing daily to change how people make and consume media. Constant innovation means lines between models are blurring. This is putting pressure on businesses and their employees who need to adapt to the changes, filter hype and determine the best path forward.

SMPTE leadership roles have never been more vital to educate our workforce and set the standards that guide the industry through such transformations.

I have made a career of managing dramatic change.  After starting as an engineer in NY’s post industry, I designed the first matched-cut edit rooms and sports trucks at NBC.  I then innovated at NBC for 26 years, heading their first electronic graphics department, building Today’s Glass Studio, overseeing the launch of MSNBC, rebuilding 30 Rock for HDTV and managing the company’s foray into web delivery.  As NBC VP of engineering I oversaw 200 people, more than $500MM in capital and hundreds of successful projects by constantly focusing on developing my teams’ skills and speed of execution.  Today my firm Positive Flux helps the world’s largest media companies navigate the changing environment.  

As a speaker I champion new ideas while advocating for smart change in industry practices. I’ve worked closely with SMPTE to establish new standards and lead educational web conferences.

SMPTE brings together our best and brightest. My goal as governor is to fully harness those resources to enhance the relevance and appeal of the organization in the face of historic change.

 

Southern Region - One Open Position

Ron Caird
Eastern US Sales Manager, Florical Systems

I've been involved in the television business since 1989 and first became a SMPTE member in 1996. Between 1996 and 2001 I served as a member of SMPTE standards committees.  When I moved to Atlanta in 1998 I became active in the Atlanta Section.  I spent three years as the Section Program Chair, served multiple terms as Section Manager and Section Chair.  I have also participated on planning committees for both Section and Society conferences.

This multi-dimensional experience with SMPTE has provided exposure to the variety of needs of membership and the various roles within the Society.  This will serve me well in representing each of these components of the organization to the other.  

My employment experience has included many areas of the television business including video compression and transport, facility infrastructure and monitoring, content distribution, traffic, automation and production and post-production technology. In my current position with Florical Systems I regularly travel throughout the Southern Region.  In this role I have regular conversations with television engineers and other technical professionals.  I will use these opportunities to attend Section meetings and to better understand the things that members would like to see provided or addressed by the Society.

SMPTE serves this industry in a number of vital ways from developing and instituting technical standards that enhance the quality of our efforts to providing educational and development opportunities to increase and enhance individual knowledge.  As Governor I will work with the Board to both continue and extend those opportunities, insuring they are relevant to the membership.


Daniel A. Burnett
Ericsson, Inc., Senior Director of Sales – Broadcast and Media Solutions

Hello.  As a SMPTE member for almost 20 years, I have been very active with the Atlanta SMPTE Section. I have served many times as a Program Manager and as Section Membership Chair. I have also served as the Membership Chairman to support the Membership VP of the Board.   I served as your Governor from 2008 through 2011, and am currently serving another term in this position.  I have also been fortunate enough to participate on the Board during the transition to the Society’s new Bylaws and Operations Manuals.  

I have been one of the two Southern Region Governors for the past two years. During my current term as Governor, I was able to assist in the launching of a new Sub-Section for the Atlanta Section which has now become the new Florida Section for SMPTE. I have been promoting the benefits of being a SMPTE member since my second year as a full member.

In my current work position, I have the ability to cover all of the Southern Region to support all of the Sections in the Region.  My six years serving with the Board provides me with a great sense of the responsibilities involved.  And I would be honored to be re-elected for my final opportunity to serve again as the Southern Region Governor.

 

Western Region - One Open Position

Mark A. Narveson
Patent Attorney, Artegis Law Group, LLC

My involvement with SMPTE began when I was an engineer at Grass Valley.  After attending Section meetings for a period of time, I served as a Section Manager and as an Officer for the Sacramento Section.  Because of the high concentration of broadcast equipment manufacturers in that area, we focused our programming on topics of particular interest to designers and engineers of broadcast equipment.  While there, I also reached out to the local independent film community in Grass Valley to involve local filmmakers in our Section’s activities.  

My technical experience includes development and marketing of 3D computer graphics systems, live production switchers, video editing systems, and video conversion and distribution equipment.  After nearly thirty years as an engineer, project manager, and product manager, I made the decision to become a patent attorney.  After beginning my practice, I was requested to consider a position on the SMPTE Board of Governors.  During my time as Governor, I have worked with the Board to explore a closer partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance.  It is exciting to see that work now come to fruition.  

During my career, I have had the opportunity to create, market, and now protect products that are on the leading edge of motion picture and video technology.  If elected, I look forward to helping SMPTE to continue to be a leader in providing standards, education, and networking opportunities for creators of the moving image.  I would be honored to serve another term as your Western Region Governor.

 

 


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Placing Your Vote

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All members* who cast their vote will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize - Complimentary registration SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference OR One complimentary year of membership dues
  • 1 Second Prize - DSC Labs Cam White test chart
  • 3 Third Prizes - $50 gift certificate to the SMPTE Store
  • 5 Runner Up Prizes - $25 gift certificate to the SMPTE Store

*Election Candidates and Current SMPTE Officers are not eligible