2017 Society Elections for Officers and Governors


The 2017 Elections for Officers and Governors of the Society open on Monday, 21 August, and close at 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 25 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.

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.

Cast Your Vote

On or before 21 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, using your Last Name (Surname) and Member ID Number.

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.

If you do not know your Membership ID, simply log in to www.SMPTE.org, and you will find your member number at the top of the right hand column on the "My Account" page. If you are unable to log in, please contact membership@smpte.org or +1-914-205-2376.

Win a Prize

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

Grand Prize

Complimentary registration for the 2017 Annual Technical Conference OR One complimentary year of membership dues

1 Second Prize

Complimentary copy of the SMPTE Centennial book, Magic and Miracles - 100 Years of Moving Image Science and Technology

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.

Ballot Instructions

The ballot will list all available positions and the candidates running for each. Under each open position, you will see instructions indicating the number of candidates for which you can vote. Each candidate will have a photo and a brief candidate statement. Click the "details" link at the bottom of each candidate's statement to view their full candidate statement. In addition, on the right hand side of the screen you will see an "Instructions" tab, which provides voting instructions, and a "Details" tab, which will allow you to view each candidate's full statement and photo. Each open position also contains a "Write In" choice, should you wish to vote for a member not listed on the ballot.

Placing Your Vote

Once you have made your selections, you will have an opportunity to review and confirm your choices before submitting your vote. Once you have submitted your ballot, your votes cannot be changed. You will no longer have access to the ballot. You are also able to print a confirmation of your votes with a unique ID and timestamp, should you wish to have a copy for your records.

Meet our Candidates

2017 Board Officer Candidates

Standards Vice-President
Finance Vice-President
Membership Vice-President

2017 Regional Governor Candidates

Asia-Pacific Region
Canadian Region
Eastern Region
Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central and South America Region
Hollywood Region
New York Region
Southern Region
Western Region
United Kingdom Region

Thank you to Broadcast Beat for producing the candidate election interviews!

2017 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/board

The following Candidates are running for a Board Officer position in the 2017 Society Elections. All Officer Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2018 and ending 31 December 2019.

Standards Vice-President
Two-Year Term, 2018-2019
One Open Position

Bruce Devlin
Founder & CEO
Mr MXF Ltd.

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE UK Regional Governor, 2016-2017
  • SMPTE Membership Director, 2013, 2014
  • SMPTE Fellow
  • Recipient of the SMPTE 2011 David Sarnoff Medal and the SMPTE 2015 Excellence in Standards Award
  • Chair of SMPTE TC 31FS Files & Systems
  • Chair and current contributor to several SMPTE Standards drafting groups
  • Former chair of MXF Standardization & Maintenance Groups
  • Contributor & Organizer of SMPTE IMF Plug Fests
  • Contributor to SMPTE Strategy committees
  • Contributor to SMPTE Awards committees
  • Contributor & Speaker at numerous SMPTE events across the globe

Finance Vice-President
Two-Year Term, 2018-2019
One Open Position

Hans Hoffmann
Senior Manager, Media Production Technology
European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

SMPTE Activities:

  • Long-term engagement in the SMPTE standards activities and SMPTE’s strategic development since the establishment of the first joint task force between the EBU and SMPTE in the 90s.
  • Chairman of several SMPTE Technology Committees and working groups
  • EMEA, Central and South America Region Governor 2008-2010
  • Engineering Vice President (Standards Vice President) 2011-2013, and chair of the standards committee
  • Engineering Director, Television 2003-2005
  • Co-chair of joint EBU-SMPTE Task Force on Time and Sync
  • Member of the programme committee and co-chair of various SMPTE conferences/forums
  • Chairman of the Inter-Standards Organisation group which meets regularly to coordinate the activities of standards bodies in the media field
  • SMPTE Fellow

Membership Vice-President
Two-Year Term, 2018-2019
One Open Position

Peter Wharton
VP, Technology & Business Development
BroadStream Solutions

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer 2014-present
  • Eastern Region Governor 2013
  • Past Manager of Washington DC Section
  • SMPTE Revisions Committee Chair 2014-present
  • Producer of SMPTE Washington DC Section’s “Bits By The Bay” conference
  • Recipient of SMPTE 2010 Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society
  • SMPTE Fellow

2017 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/board

The following Candidates are running for a Regional Governor position in the 2017 Society Elections. All Regional Governor Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2018 and ending 31 December 2019.

Asia-Pacific Region
One Open Position

Tony Ngai (Tin Ming)
General Manager – Production and Technical Service
Salon Films (H.K.) Ltd

SMPTE Activities:

  • Joined SMPTE as a Student Member in 1974
  • Became an Associate Member in 1981
  • Became an Active member in 1983
  • Became a SMPTE Fellow in 2006
  • Granted Life Fellow status in 2017
  • Served on the SMPTE Hong Kong Section Board from 1995 to present
  • Served as Membership Chair of the SMPTE Hong Kong Section in 1995
  • Served as Hong Kong Section Chair from 2002 to 2014
  • Organized numerous workshops, seminars, anniversary events, with the SMPTE Hong Kong Section Board over the past 22 years
  • Awarded the 2015 SMPTE Citation of Outstanding Service to the Society

Ward Hansford
General Manager Oceania
Grass Valley

SMPTE Activities:

  • 1995 – Present day SMPTE member
  • 1995 - 2009 Secretary/Treasurer, Australia Section
  • 2009 - 2012 Section Chair, Australia Section
  • Two Time SMPTE Conference and Exhibition Chair (Australia)
  • 2012 SMPTE Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society Recipient

Canadian Region
One Open Position

Paul E. Briscoe
Principal Consultant
Televisionary Consulting

SMPTE Activities:

  • Long-time SMPTE member (mostly through employer SMPTE Sponsorship) since 1988
  • Manager, Toronto Section Board, multiple terms
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Toronto Section Board, 2-year term
  • Chair, Toronto Section Board, 2-year term
  • Papers Chair, Toronto Section Bootcamp, several times
  • Overall Organizer, Toronto Bootcamp 2016
  • SMPTE Fellow, 2016
  • Active participant in Standards Development, P-Member, >10 years
  • Canada Region Governor pro-tem (current term)
  • Serial presenter – SMPTE Fall Conference, various sections (incl. Toronto)

Eastern Region
One Open Position

John Wesley Nash
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Communications Engineering, Inc.

SMPTE Activities:

  • Continuous Member of SMPTE Washington, DC Section since 1985
  • Served as Washington, DC Section Secretary/Treasurer
  • Served as Washington DC Section Manager and Program Chair
  • Served as Committee Member, Session Moderator, and Presenter for various Washington, DC Section events

Renard T. Jenkins
Vice President, Media, Production & Distribution Operations
PBS – Public Broadcasting Service

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current Washington DC Section Manager
  • Standards Committee Participant for 2110-10,20,30
  • Planning Committee for Washington DC Section Conference, Bits by The Bay
  • Recent Panelist at the 2017 SMPTE Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age (ECTA) Conference
  • Panelist at the 2016 and 2017 Bits by The Bay conferences

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

Siegfried Foessel
Head of Department Moving Picture Technologies
Fraunhofer IIS

SMPTE Activities:

  • Standards Participation, mainly Digital Cinema 21DC and 35PM
  • SMPTE Fellow
  • Program Committee Member and Session Chair for the Future of Cinema Conference at NAB and the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference
  • SMPTE 2015 Journal Certificate of Merit award recipient
  • Current Governor for the EMEA, Central & South America Region

Hollywood Region
One Open Position

Patricia Keighley
SVP IMAX & Managing Director, Chief Quality Office
IMAX Corporation

SMPTE Activities:

  • 2016-2017, 2008-2009 Hollywood Region Governor
  • 2015 & 2016, SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival Juror
  • 2014-2016, SMPTE Centennial Gala Planning Committee
  • 2010-2011, Sections Vice President, Member of SMPTE’s Executive Committee
  • 2008, Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society
  • 2007-2008, 2005-2006, Chair, Hollywood Section
  • 2004, Secretary Treasurer, Hollywood Section
  • 2003, Manager, Hollywood Section
  • Multi years, Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition Local Arrangements Chair
  • Multi years, Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award Committee, Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee and other award committees

Paul R. Chapman
Sr. VP Technology
FotoKem Industries Inc

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Fellow
  • Program Co-Chair for Annual Technical Conference for the last three years
  • Past Hollywood Region Governor (2012-2013, 2014-2015)
  • Past Section Chair and Secretary/Treasurer for Hollywood Section
  • Chaired and was a member of various SMPTE award committees including Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award, SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal Award, David Sarnoff Medal Award, Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship, etc.
  • Member of ASC Technology Council

New York Region
One Open Position

Raymond Blumenthal
Senior Account Manager Broadcast Sales

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Member and New York Section Member since 1984
  • New York Region Governor (1999-2001, 2006-2009)
  • Long Island Subsection Chair (2014-Present)
  • New York Section Chair (1991-1992, 2003-2004, 2012-2014)
  • New York Section Secretary/Treasurer (2002-2003)
  • New York Section Manager (1988-1990, 1997-1999, 2001, 2011-2013)
  • General Arguments Chair for the SMPTE Winter Conference (February 1992)
  • Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society award recipient (2006)

Sara Kudrle
Product Marketing
Imagine Communications



SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Fellow
  • SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Co-Chair
  • SMPTE 2012 Journal Award
  • NY Section honorary Board of Managers Member
  • NY Section Meeting chair/manager: Suggested meetings/speakers
  • SMPTE Director of Education (2017)
  • Education Strategy Committee
  • SMPTE Workflow Medal Award Committee Chair for several years
  • SMPTE Annual Conference Session Chair/Committee member for several years
  • SMPTE Board of Governors - Western Region Governor for two terms (4 years)
  • SMPTE Fellows Qualifications Committee member
  • Board of Editors member
  • Standards Community – Document Editor
  • Sacramento Section Secretary Treasurer
  • Sacramento Section Board of Managers
  • SMPTE meeting presenter
  • SMPTE Conference papers (authored and presented)

Southern Region
One Open Position

Rick Ackermans
Principal Engineer
MVA Broadcast Consulting



SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Fellow of the SMPTE
  • Southern Regional Governor (2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2015-16)
  • Chair of the “Studio Video over Internet Protocol Drafting Committee” (SMPTE 2110).
  • Active member of multiple SMPTE (ST, WG, and DG) standards groups.
    Previous Chair of Television Recording and Reproduction Technology Committee (V16).
  • Previous Chair of Technology Committee on Essence (10E).
  • Previous Member of Standards Steering Committee (multiple terms).
  • Previous Atlanta Section Manager (multiple terms).
  • Previous Coordinator of SMPTE Advanced Motion Imaging Conference

Jim Kauffman
Senior Director, Engineering
Cox Media Group

SMPTE Activities:

  • Active Member of SMPTE since 2015
  • Participates in Florida Section and Atlanta Section meetings
  • Washington DC Section Conference, Bits by the Bay, participant
  • SMPTE Annual Technical Conference attendee participant
  • A relatively new member of SMPTE, standing ready to increase contributions and involvement by serving as Southern Region Governor

Western Region
One Open Position

Peter Symes
Symes TV Consulting, LLC

SMPTE Activities:

  • Member, 1977-present
  • Standards committee participant, 1981-present
  • Founder of the SMPTE Sacramento Section, 1987
  • Chair, Sacramento Section, 1987-1990
  • Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, 1992
  • SMPTE Fellow, 1991
  • Western Region Governor, 1990-1996
  • Engineering Director, 1997-2001
  • Engineering Vice President, 2002-2005
  • Financial Vice President, 2006-2007
  • Director, Standards & Engineering (SMPTE staff member), July 2007 - December 2016
  • Presidential Proclamation, 2016

Ben Waggoner
Principal Video Specialist


SMPTE Activities:

  • Frequent attendee of SMPTE conferences and events.
  • Work closely with SMPTE members on implementation of SMPTE Standards.
  • Led the first consumer implementation of SMPTE 2084 and 2086, with Amazon's HDR program.

United Kingdom Region
One Open Position

Mark Harrison
Managing Director
Digital Production Partnership (DPP)


SMPTE Activities:

  • I became a SMPTE member 3 March 2017, after working with SMPTE over the last five-year through my organization, the Digital Production Partnership, on our AS-11 specifications, and, more recently, on the IMF specification for broadcast and online. The DPP and SMPTE have just announced a formal partnership to pilot specification work through IMF for broadcast and online.
  • The DPP has also closely supported and promoted the HPA Tech Retreat UK in 2016 and 2017, and contributed to the HPA Tech Retreat in the USA in 2016 and 2017.