The 2018 Elections for Officers and Governors of the Society open on Monday, 20 August, and close at 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 24 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 20 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,, using your Last Name and Membership 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 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 Number, simply log in to, 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 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

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 - The Work of the Society of Motion Imaging and Television Engineers

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

2018 Board Officer Candidates

Executive Vice-President
Education Vice-President

2018 Regional Governor Candidates

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


Thank you to Mindshare Capture Consulting for Conducting and Producing the Candidate Interviews, and to Technicolor, Inc. for sponsoring this project.


2018 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:

The following Candidates are running for a Board Officer position in the 2018 Society Elections. All Officer Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2019 and ending 31 December 2020.

Two-Year Term, 2019-2020
One Open Position

Patrick Griffis
Vice President Technology
Dolby Laboratories

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current Executive Vice President
  • Two terms as Education Vice President
  • Two terms as Secretary-Treasurer
  • Former USA - Western Region Governor
  • Contributing participant in Program Committees for all SMPTE Conferences since 2013, and as a Speaker, Panelist, Moderator, or Session Chair since 1992
  • Program Committee member for the Digital Cinema Summit at NAB, 2010-2013
  • Conference Chair for the Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age and Entertainment Technology @ 2018 conferences since 2013
  • Standards Community Participant, including ST-2084 Drafting Group Chair (2014), 35PM50 (IMF) Secretary (2013-15), and HDR Study Group Secretary (2014-15)


Executive Vice-President
Two-Year Term, 2019-2020
One Open Position

Dr. Hans Hoffmann
Senior Manager - Media Production Technologies
European Broadcasting Union – Technology and Innovation Dep.

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current Finance Vice President
  • Previous Standards Vice President (2011-13)
  • EMEA, Central and South America Region Governor (2008-10)
  • Engineering Director (2003-05), Education Director (2017)
  • Co-Chair of SMPTE-EBU task force on time and sync, and Subgroup Chair of SMPTE-EBU Task Force on harmonized standards
  • Chair of Technology Committee on Networks and Intra-facility links
  • SMPTE Fellow

Education Vice-President
Two-Year Term, 2019-2020
One Open Position

Sara Kudrle
Product Marketing
Imagine Communications

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current USA - New York Region Governor, and two terms as USA - Western Region Governor.  Current Education Director
  • Former Sacramento Section Secretary/Treasurer and Manager
  • Participation in Society Board and Standing Committees, including the Education Strategy Committee, Fellow Qualifications Committee, Board of Editors, and Chair of the Workflow Systems Medal Award Committee
  • Standards Community Document Editor
  • Participation in SMPTE events as Annual Technical Conference Chair, Program Committee Member, Session Chair, and Speaker; Chair or moderator for SMPTE Sessions at IBC; Section Meeting Chair and Presenter
  • SMPTE Fellow and 2012 Journal Award Recipient

Two-Year Term, 2019-2020
One Open Position

John E. Ferder

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Fellow with over 30 years of membership in the Society
  • Current SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer
  • Four terms as USA - New York Region Governor
  • Participation in Board and Standing Committees including David Sarnoff Medal Award Committee (as Chair and Member), Revisions Committee (as Chair and Member), Audit Committee, and Board of Editors
  • Participation in Annual Technical Conference as a Program Committee Member and Session Chair
  • Former New York Section Chair, Past Chair and Manager, and former Chicago Section Manager


2018 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:

The following Candidates are running for a Regional Governor position in the 2018 Society Elections. All Regional Governor Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2019 and ending 31 December 2020.

Asia-Pacific Region
One Open Position

Masayuki Sugawara
Executive Engineer
NEC Corporation

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current Asia-Pacific Region Governor
  • Multiple technical papers published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal
  • Journal Certificate Merit recipient
  • SMPTE Fellow


Canada Region
One Open Position

Sylvain Marcotte
System Architect / Product Owner
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand

SMPTE Activities:

  • Frequent presenter at Montreal/Quebec Section meetings.  Presentations have covered varius subjects, incluing the SMPTE IP standard, UHDTV and HDR related technologies, and trade show reviews, such as NAB
  • Standards Community participant, with work on SMPTE ST 2110


USA - Central Region
One Open Position

Christopher Gazdic
Director of Product Management
WESCO Broadcast & Network Solutions

SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Member since 2014
  • Annual Technical Conference and Educational Webcast attendee
  • Would like to better understand the industry's needs and becoming more involved with the Standards Community


William T. Hayes
Director of Engineering and Technology
Iowa Public Television

SMPTE Activities:

  • Former USA - Central Region Governor
  • Standards Community participation includes: the AXF Standard WG, the BXF Standards Working Group, the Studio Video over IP WG, the Video over IP WG
  • Participant in the Joint Task Force on Professional Networked Streamed Media
  • David Sarnoff Medal Award Committee member
  • SMPTE Jam Band member
  • SMPTE Fellow

USA - Eastern Region
One Open Position

James M. Burger
Thompson Coburn LLP

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current USA - Eastern Region Governor
  • Current SMPTE ET@2018 and previous Entertainment Technology in the Internet/Connected Age Program Committee Member
  • SMPTE Forum 2015 Program Committee Member

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

François Abbe
President and Founder

SMPTE Activities:

  • My SMPTE activities follow the 3 pillars of the Society:
    • Standards: I joined in 2011 and became an active participant of the IMF (Interoperable Master Format) standardization process (working group 35PM50 IMF)
    • Education: in 2013, I started a “IMF for beginners” training program that I deliver in Europe and North America
    • Membership: I give support to members with standards (which standards, where to find them)
  • Current Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central and South America Region Governor, involved in strategic activities mainly about members (e.g. Virtual section, opening a dedicated Region for Central America and Latin America)


Konstantin Glasman
Head of International Relations Office, Professor, Department of Television
St. Petersburg University of Film and Television

SMPTE Activities:

  • Active participation in the Russian SMPTE Section for many years
  • Training of students - future members of the SMPTE Section - for more than 30 years
  • Worked to create the the first Russian SMPTE Student Chapter, and have served as the Chapter's faculty advisor for three years

USA - Hollywood Region
Two Open Positions

Michael DeValue
Director, Technology Standards & Strategy
The Walt Disney Studios

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current Governor at Large
  • Former Education Director for three terms
  • Standards Community participant since 2008
    • 3D to the Home Task Force - Evaluation Criteria Sub-Group Chair
    • 10E 3D Home Master - Subtitles, Captions & Graphic Overlays Ad-Hoc Group Co-Chair
    • EG-2061 3D Glossary DG - Chair/Author
    • ST 2087 Depth Map Representation DG - Chair
    • 30MR Metadata and Captions TC - Co-Chair 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Participant in SMPTE conferences as Program Committee member and presenter for the Annual Technical Conference, Symposium, and ETCA Conference


Chris Fetner
Director, Post Partnerships & Integrations (PPI)

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current USA - Hollywood Region Governor
  • Two Terms as Governor at Large (2015, 2016)
  • Hosted several 35PM “Plug Fests” over the last two years.
  • Planned and hosted the SMPTE Board Meeting in June 2016
  • Served on the Program Committee for the 2016 ETCA (Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age) Conference
  • Delivered Keynote Speeches at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference, and the 2015 SMPTE Australia Conference


Steve Wong
Director of Business Development
DXC Technology (HP Enterprise Services)

SMPTE Activities:

  • Hollywood Section Treasurer
  • Hollywood Section Manager
  • Previous Technical Conference Session Chair



USA - New York Region
One Open Position

Kurt Hanson
HC2 Broadcasting


Rosemarie (Rose) Lockwood
Regional Sales Engineer, Northeastern US


SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE Member for over 20 years
  • Current New York Section Manager and “Friends of SMPTE” committee member - raising funds for Section activities
  • Participation in SMPTE Section meetings as an attendee, volunteer, and producer, currently working on an upcoming meeting program on ATSC 3.0
  • Essential of IP Media Transport course attendee


Thomas Mauro
Broadcast Sales Manager
Arvato Systems NA


SMPTE Activities:

  • SMPTE member since 1984, and active throughout his membership in the New England, Rochester, Atlanta, Hollywood, and New York Sections
  • Former Rochester Section Board of Managers member
  • Regularly attend and has hosted NY Section Board of Managers meetings
  • Assisted in planning of NY Section Meetings, as well as the 2016 and 2017 Holiday Parties
  • Assisted in NY Section fundraising


USA - Southern Region
One Open Position

Michael Koetter
Senior Vice President, Digital Media Systems


SMPTE Activities:

  • Current USA - Southern Region Governor
  • Speaker in various SMPTE programs, including the 2018 SMPTE ST 2110 Implementers Session at IBC



USA - Western Region
One Open Position

Gary Mandle
Outtahand Displays

SMPTE Activities:

  • Current USA - Western Region Governor
  • SMPTE member since 1989 and HPA participant since 2001
  • Authored papers on display technology which have been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal
  • Presented at both the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference, the HPA Tech Retreat, and numerous SMPTE Section meetings in New York, San Francisco, Sacramento and Toronto
  • San Francisco Section Manager for the past six years
  • Assisted in the planning and helped the Section Chair at SMPTE ET@2018



United Kingdom Region
One Open Position

Marina Kalkanis
M2A Media

SMPTE Activities:

  • Contributor to the SMPTE Timecode Summit as Director of Technology for the BBC