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    2021 Society Elections for Officers and Governors


    The 2021 Elections for Officers and Governors of the Society open on Monday, 16 August, and close at 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 27 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

    Win Society Election GraphicOn or before 16 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 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 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 Number, 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.

    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.


    2021 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 2021 Society Elections. All Officer Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2023.

    Standards Vice-President: Florian Schleich

    Two-Year Term, 2022-2023
    One Open Position

    Florian Schleich | Production Technology Partnerships & Standards, Netflix


    • Past Chair of Drafting Groups within 21DC and 35PM
    • Past Editor of 35PM documents
    • Current Chair of TC 35PM
    I have been a consumer and implementer of SMPTE Standards for the past 15+ years and have been actively contributing to the Standards Community since 2013. I started my professional career at Fraunhofer IIS in Germany, where I developed software to process Digital Cinema Packages and supported European film archives in their efforts to adopt digital preservation workflows. I later moved to Los Angeles, CA to interface with local studios and production/post companies to better understand their needs and to position Fraunhofer’s light field production tools and IMF packaging solutions. I accepted an offer from Netflix in 2018, where I currently manage production technology partnerships and Standards engagements with the goal to democratize innovative and interoperable production/post workflows. At SMPTE, I have served as document editor and chair of drafting groups in the past. Currently, I am Co-Chair of Technology Committee 35PM, where I pioneered the use of Public Committee Drafts to make the Standards development process more accessible and agile. I’m now deeply humbled and honored to be considered for the role of Standards Vice President. If elected, I would like to focus on the following: streamlining access to SMPTE engineering documents; striving for stronger collaboration with industry organizations that are keen to publish specifications; and ensuring that processes are not in the way of solving today’s critical problems. I have Dipl.-Inf. (FH) and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science. In my free time, I’m an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. You’ll often find me camping in the mountains with my wife and our two sons.

    Finance Vice-President: Paul Stechly

    Two-Year Term, 2022-2023
    One Open Position

    Paul Stechly | President Applied Electronics Ltd.

    Paul Stechly

    • Past TorontoSection Chair
    • 11th year as a member of the Board of Governors
    • 7th year on the executive committee
    • 4th year as SMPTE Finance VP
    • Prior Membership VP for 3 years
    • I have served on and chaired a wide variety of committees
    • I am a SMPTE Fellow
    • Currently serve on the Fellows committee

    I am the president of Applied Electronics which is a family business as a large Broadcast and Audio Visual Systems Integrator across Canada. I am in my 38th year of my career. I have been a SMPTE Member since 1996 and like many, I got my start within the governance of SMPTE at the Section level in Toronto. I served two terms as Canadian Region Governor and went on to become Membership VP and then Finance VP. As a long time business owner, I am well suited for the role of Finance VP. As well, my long tenure on the SMPTE Board has allowed me to be immediately familiar with the finances of SMPTE. I am able lend my considerable business experience tto the benefit of SMPTE. Between my local Section and Board experience, I am now in my 19th year of service to the Society; it is one of the truly rewarding aspects of my career. Like so many that I work with on the Board, the growth and future of SMPTE is our collective mission. The future of SMPTE is our utmost concern. As leaders in the media technology space, we need to move with the times in terms of growth into new verticals. I am confident that SMPTE can accomplish this next transition.

    Membership Vice-President: Renard Jenkins

    Two-Year Term, 2022-2023
    One Open Position

    Renard Jenkins |Vice President, Content Transmission and Production Technology WarnerMedia


    • Currently the VP, Membership for SMPTE
    • Chair of SMPTE’s Global Inclusion working group
    • Founding member of the OSA Microservices group
    • Participant in Standards Committees
    • Former SMPTE Board Governor
    • Former Washington DC Section Manager
    • I am also a proud SMPTE Fellow.

    Hi there, I entered my 34th year in this crazy industry at the start of 2021, and I am still having fun. I started out dragging cables and booming on film sets before entering the wide world of live sports and music entertainment as a camera and sound tech, while I was still at the University and immediately following. When I started a family, my traveling days had to slow down…for a while. So, I moved indoors and on to editing, compositing and music production sound engineering. Because of my love for film production and sound, I continued to work in the music industry on over 100 videos and short films as a side gig (and still do today). Like many of you, I am a life-long learner so throughout that entire time, I was working toward additional engineering, application, training/education and systems certifications. One day, I was asked to join the R&D efforts for my employer and that is how I got interested in standards. I am happy to be an active member of this Society and I have enjoyed being a Section Manager, Working Group Chair, Governor, Fellow, and Board Member. However, I am most excited by the opportunity to work with and learn from the people that I studied throughout my journey. To me, that is one of the greatest gifts of SMPTE membership. As SMPTE Membership VP, I get to explain and show others all that this Society has to offer. My goal for the future is simple. I want to afford as many people as I can the opportunity to succeed in their careers and have fun while doing it.

    2021 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 2021 Society Elections. All Regional Governor Candidates are running for a two-year term, beginning 1 January 2022 and ending 31 December 2023.

    Asia-Pacific Region: Michael Day

    One Open Position

    Michael Day | Product Management Lead for Professional Media,
    Telstra Australia


    • 2007 – Current: Secretary/Treasurer, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section
    • Since 2007: Member of event committee for the SMPTE Sydney Conference and Exhibition (later MetExpo)
    • 2012: Citation of Outstanding Service to the Society
    My career began as a cadet engineer at the local television station in Sydney Australia, and over the proceeding 30+ years has encompassed network television, subscription television, major televised sporting events, OTT streaming, digital media, and global media delivery platforms. Taking me to North America, Japan, New Zealand, and SE Asia. Today I lead Product Management for Professional Media at Australia's largest telco, Telstra. I joined SMPTE upon graduation to expand my industry knowledge, grow my professional network, and give back to the industry in general. In 2007, I became Secretary/Treasurer of the Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section, and have been very active in all aspects of the Section ever since, including our bi-annual SMPTE Sydney Conference and Expo (now METexpo). In 2012, I received SMPTE's Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society for services to the local Section. SMPTE has a long and established history, and it is my hope that our organization continues to evolve, nurture the next generation of media professionals, develop new Standards for future media operations, and grow our Standards Knowledge Network so that members may keep pace with our dynamic industry.

    Canada Region: Paul Roeser

    One Open Position

    Paul Roeser |Manager of Sales Operations, Applied Electronics

    Paul Roeser

    • SMPTE member since 1994
    • First elected to the SMPTE Toronto Section Board of Managers in 2005, Section Chair in 2012 and 2013
    • Chair of 2014 Toronto Boot Camp (now called the Toronto Technical Conference).

    I have been a SMPTE member since 1994. Having previously been an Editor in the Post-Production industry for many years and an Operations Manager in various capacities, I also created the first DVDs in Canada in the late 1990s when the technology was in its infancy. Most recently, I've been an Account Manager since 2003 with Applied Electronics, the national integrator of Broadcast and Audio-Visual systems, and currently act as the Manager of Sales Operations. I've also worked actively with a number of charities that include the restoration of heritage buildings, support to families in need and Rotary International, where I have been a Club President and Assistant Governor. At Rotary, I served many years as the treasurer of the successful Toronto Ribfest event that has welcomed well over a million visitors and raised more than $4 million dollars over its history. SMPTE has experienced huge change over the past 2 years, as has our entire industry, and SMPTE has done an admirable job of navigating this change. Throughout the history of motion pictures and television we have literally set the standards and continue to do so in the migration to IP workflows. Education is a core component of SMPTE both in our support of students who are our future members and in the educational resources we provide. These allow us to stay relevant to our members. I hope to use my experience in organizing successful in-person and virtual events to support our Society in those goals.

    Canada Region: Troy English

    Troy English | CTO & SVP Product Development, Ross Video

    Troy English

    • Chair, SMPTE Ottawa Subsection

    I have been in the broadcast/live production industry for 28 years, starting with my first job as a software developer working on production switchers. Since then, I have spent all my career developing and creating dozens of products for the industry in collaboration with end users all over the world and have been the CTO for Ross for 10+ years. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best engineers in the industry and in doing so now have a technical Emmy award as well as 9 patents. The incredibly wide portfolio of products that Ross is involved in has allowed me to get exposure to an incredibly varied set of technology from real time video and audio processing, AI/ML, cloud computing and robotics to name a few. This varied background allows me to contribute on many areas that SMPTE is involved in. Along with Jeff Moore at Ross, we created a brand new SMPTE Subsection in Ottawa to help share our passion for the industry within the nation’s capital. Going forward, SMPTE needs to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and production techniques. With almost 30 years of experience in developing technology for the industry, as well as being very actively involved in creating the next set of technologies, I have much to offer to the community. Working with the board and SMPTE members, I would like to ensure that membership continues to be driven, especially among new student members and that co-ordination and collaboration between the Canadian Sections is strengthened.

    USA - Eastern Region: David Long

    USA - Eastern Region

    One Open Position

    David Long | Director & Associate Professor
    MAGIC Spell Studios, Rochester Institute of Technology


    David Long
    Director & Associate Professor
    MAGIC Spell Studios, Rochester Institute of Technology

    • RIT Student SMPTE Chapter Advisor
    • SMPTE Fellow
    • SMPTE Education Director
    • SMPTE Board of Editors
    • Planning Committee, SMPTE Annual Technology Conference and Future of Cinema Conference
    • Former Chair and Treasurer, SMPTE Rochester Section

    Hello SMPTE Friends, I am David Long, current Eastern Region Governor. I have been an active SMPTE member since 1999. I was first introduced to SMPTE through my role as an imaging systems engineer at Eastman Kodak. In 2007, I joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology and started our BS degree in Motion Picture Science. I now am Director of MAGIC Spell Studios, a multidisciplinary research and teaching center across all forms of digital media at RIT. While serving SMPTE, I’ve had the honor of contributing in numerous ways, from Rochester Section Officer to RIT Student Chapter Advisor, Education Director, Board of Editors member, and contributor to SMPTE ATC and Future of Cinema Conference planning committees. I am also a proud SMPTE Fellow and even teach a course for SMPTE Education on imaging system fundamentals. My current role as Eastern Region Governor for SMPTE is by way of a mid-term replacement of our previous Governor, who was elevated to a VP role. I am now excited to go forward and ask for your support for a full-term appointment. My goals to better SMPTE have always centered around improving our educational offerings, expanding opportunities for the youngest members and student members in our ranks, and elevating the academic rigor of our publications and conferences. As Governor, I feel I can contribute even more influence in these areas. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to serving if elected.

    Europe, Africa, Middle East, Central and South America Region: Dagmar Driesnack

    One Open Position

    Dagmar Driesnack | Solution Manager, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG


    • SMPTE Member and Standards Committee Member since 2014
    • 2018: SMPTE ATC: presentation “European Athletics Championships: Lessons from a Live, HDR, HFR, UHD and Next Generation Audio sports event”
    • 2019: SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal: “European Athletics Championships: Lessons from a Live, HDR, HFR, UHD and Next Generation Audio sports event”
    • 2020: SMPTE ATC: presentation “UHD Production Codecs – The Agony of Choice” 2
    • 2021: SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal: “Ultrahigh-Definition Production Codecs – The Agony of Choice”

    When I started to write my Diploma Thesis at the IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) in Munich in 2005, I never imagined that I would stay there for more than 15 years. But I met so many enthusiastic and supporting colleagues there. Later I have represented the IRT at various groups of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and finally also at SMPTE. I have joined and chaired several EBU groups (HD receiver specification, Video Systems Group, Beyond HD Group), presented the IRT on various conferences, trade shows, and finally had the chance to speak at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conferences in 2018 and 2020. When the decision had been made to close the IRT, I took the opportunity to change the view from the broadcaster and R&D perspective to the manufacturer side, and I joined Rohde & Schwarz in May 2021. The years working with so many different people in Europe (at IRT and EBU) helped me to get an overview of the current topics the broadcasters are dealing with and what the future could bring to them in terms of changes in workflows, people’s skills and change of their mindsets. I would like to motivate young people to join and help the Society, share, and bring together knowledge and all the different perspectives. I’ve worked a lot with young students and also experienced colleagues and this collaboration of different perspectives is my motivation – learning from each other.

    USA - Hollywood Region: Eric Gsell

    USA - Hollywood Region

    One Open Position

    Eric Gsell | Staff Engineer, Dolby Laboratories

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    • Active SMPTE member since 2000
    • Chairperson of the SMPTE Awards Review Committee
    • Served as Section Chair
    • Served as Secretary/Treasurer 
    • Served Section Manager
    • 2008 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Volunteer Coordinator
    • Vice-Chair (2009) and Chair (2010-2019) for the Annual Technical Conference

    I am a Staff Engineer at Dolby Laboratories, where I have worked on research and operations pertaining to Imaging for the past 16 years.  I have been involved with the development, research and testing of the DCI specifications for Digital Cinema, H.264 and the Dolby imaging products using those technologies.  More recently, I have been working on testing and support for the development of the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor and Dolby Vision for both Consumer and Cinematic presentation. Prior to Dolby; I worked at DemoGraFX in Marina del Rey, The Model DTV Station in Washington DC, and the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) in Alexandria, VA.  I have been actively involved in SMPTE since 2000 initially participating in compression standards.  I have been a local Section Manager, Secretary/Treasurer and Section Chair and a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the SMPTE Fall Conference as a Volunteer Coordinator (2008), Vice-Chair (2009) and Chair (2010-2019) for the conference.  I am also a member of the Board of Editors for SMPTE.  I have been keenly focused on the educational pillar of SMPTE and how young professionals and students are able to find opportunities and avenues of success within the greater organization and how the organization can better cater to the next generation of Engineers and Entertainment Professionals.  I enjoy Photography, games, spending time with my family and brewing my own beer.

    USA - Hollywood Region: Allan J Schollnick

    Allan J Schollnick | Business Development Executive - Sales, Voxx Studios / AJS Media Consultants

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    • Hollywood Section Manager - Active since 2003 - 2020
    • Hollywood Secretary Treasurer - 4 X
    • Hollywood Section Chair - 2X
    • Fall Conference Sponsorship Co-Sponsor - 5 X
    • Adjunct Hollywood Board Local Sponsorship Activities
    • Produced Section meetings several times since 2003
    • Recipient of SMPTE Citation for Outstanding Service to the Organization
    • Hollywood Adjunct BOM and Sponsorship Chair

    My name is Allan Schollnick, I have been in the post-production, distribution, and technical services of media and entertainment for almost 30 years. My current position is Vice President of Sales at Voxx Studios LLC. I have been able to balance my career and family and maintain a high level of participation within SMPTE over many years, always advancing the three pillars’ Standards, Education and Sponsorship. I have held executive positions at THX Ltd., DreamWorks SKG, Turner Broadcasting and, The Walt Disney Company. All at various levels of creative, operational, and technical disciplines. As I have held all positions at SMPTE on the local level, this combined with my industry experiences, makes me an excellent candidate for Governor. I understand what is needed, and I also see where we need to go for the future. I possess a BS from the University of Phoenix in Global Business Management, and an AAS in Communications, Television and Film from Monroe Community College Rochester NY. In 2019, I was recognized with the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society award in recognition of more than 30 years of service to the Hollywood Section. I have always been a SMPTE champion, promoting the Society to other organizations at industry events.

    USA - Hollywood Region: Kylee Peña

    Kylee Peña | Manager, Creative Technologies Program Management, Netflix


    • Annual Technical Conference Programming Co-Chair 2020
    • Section Manager, Hollywood - 2019 to 2021
    • Member, Motion Imaging Journal Board of Editors - 2020 to present
    • Annual Technical Conference Programming Committee - 2017 to 2020
    • Workflow Systems Medal Award Committee - 2017 to 2020
    • Published in October Motion Imaging Journal - 2017

    My name is Kylee Peña and I’d like to be your Hollywood Region Governor. The past five years of my engagement with SMPTE has culminated in readying me to represent your interests and needs at this level. My experience with SMPTE has directly shaped my goals as Governor. I served on the ATC programming committee and chaired sessions which allowed me the opportunity to connect with the community’s most thoughtful minds. In 2020, I was conference programming co-chair, helping to rethink SMPTE engagement in a virtual environment. I served a two-year term as Hollywood Section Manager where I shaped and presented virtual engagement for younger talent. Currently, I manage the Creative Technologies Program Management Team at Netflix where I facilitate and coach teams of engineers through selecting the right projects and getting them done. I have a background in technical post-production, dailies, and editorial. I founded a non-profit called The Second Act Foundation which helps women pivot to STEM jobs. As Governor, I want to work toward making standards ratification faster and open, with more opportunities for mid-career professionals to engage. I will maintain inclusion and diversity as a key focus, holding SMPTE accountable while working to identify specific challenges and share progress through key indicators. And I want to keep educational opportunities accessible and applicable. Weaving these goals will maintain a highly engaged community of professionals helping each other create meaningful career paths in our industry, no matter what changes and challenges the future holds for us.

    USA - New York Region: Thomas A Mauro

    USA - New York Region

    One Open Position

    Thomas A Mauro | COO / Co-Founder, Logical Noise, LLC

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    • I am currently one of the NY Region Governor
    • NY Section - producing and co-producing meetings, hosting Board of Managers meetings (until Nov 2019), raising awareness for SMPTE, working on Student Chapter and Section membership growth, and the holiday parties for the Section.
    • Member of the awards review committee chaired by Eric Gsell.

    My current position is COO & Co-Founder of a start-up, Logical Noise. We are developing a post-production workflow software solution. My previous positions include Sales Manager for enterprise-class MAM systems at Arvato; Sales Manager/The Americas with Dolby’s Emmy winning reference monitor team and with systems integrators and international manufacturers since the early ‘80s. My SMPTE history began in 1984 in the Boston Section as an industry newbie. I have been a multi term Manager in Rochester and was active in the Atlanta, LA and Toronto Sections. In NY, I have regularly attended, hosted, and produced meetings since 2012 also co-producing and moderating monthly meetings as well as planning NY Holiday Parties. I have greatly enjoyed my SMPTE relationship for 40yrs. I believe SMPTE has made a difference in our industry, and I do my small part to further the cause. My two goals for the coming years, whether I am re-elected or not. A renewed goal to form Student Chapters in the NY region. And we need to revisit discussions for a Technology Summit East. We hear this from many long time members and the vast majority of younger members who aren’t allowed to travel as we once did. We should use the DC model for a SMPTE East show or do ATC on alternate coasts as we used to. Covid-19 has taught us that our past successes may not work now. A major east coast event and increased partnering with like organizations may be the future of our organization.

    USA - New York Region: Jeff Cohen

    Jeff Cohen | Director of Sales, Domo Tactical Communications

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    • NY Section Chair 2016- 2021
    • NY Section Secretary/Treasurer 2015 - 2016
    • NY Section Board Member 2014 - 2015
    • SMPTE 260M Standards Committee Member 1989 -1990
    • Society Member since 1980

    I'm Jeff Cohen and I've been a member of the Society since 1980. I started my career as an operating engineer in studios and post-production and later moved into sales and marketing roles for manufacturers such as Sony, Avid, and BBC Technology. I'm currently the Director of Broadcast Sales for RF product manufacturer Domo Tactical Communications. My perspective on the Society is largely from that of an active participant in the local Section here in New York. I believe that perspective can benefit the Society as local Sections are the grass roots basis of the Society and have too often been somewhat overlooked when compared to the more exciting activities of standards committees and national technical conferences. As Governor, I can be an effective advocate for local Sections and their members. During my tenure as a leader of the NY Section, I was able to end our financial dependance on HQ; recruited the most diverse Board of Managers in the history of the Section; and transitioned our Section meetings from live venues to Virtual online events in the face of the Pandemic. My goals for the future are to develop a Society that is both interesting and attractive to a more diverse, younger membership and to enhance the benefits of local membership through the development of more interesting and relevant programming, more frequent social events, and strengthening the sense of community among members.

    USA - Southern Region: Christopher Witmayer

    One Open Position

    Christopher Witmayer | Consultant


    • SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Chair (2020 – Present)
    • SMPTE Journal Board of Editors (2019 – Present)
    • SMPTE Education Director (2020 – Present)
    • SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Session Chair (2019)

    For 20 years I have focused on bringing sports entertainment to displays of all shapes and sizes. I started my career on the football fields and in the edit rooms of NFL Films. With the education and guidance from the NFL leadership I was able to transition to NASCAR Productions where I was the Director of Broadcast, Production and New Media Technology as the Media Group. I’ve spent the majority of my career designing file-based workflows enabling storytellers and creative artists to craft entertainment for sports fans around the globe. During my tenure with SMPTE, I have served several roles from author and speaker to committee chair. Currently I am serving as one of the Co-Chairs for the 2021 Annual Technical Conference. Additionally, I am a first term Education Director helping broaden the scope of webcasts and training made available by SMPTE to our members worldwide. Representing the Southeast territory for SMPTE would be an honor. As a member of the Atlanta chapter Section, I have firsthand experience with the talent and cultural diversity in the region. This helps me prioritize and find commonalities between our region and SMPTE internationally.

    USA - Southern Region: Frank Torbert

    Frank Torbert | Director of Technology, WKMG-TV, Graham Media Group

    Frank Torbert

    • Served as a Manager, Secretary/Treasurer, and Chairperson of the SMPTE Florida Section since it was re-formed in 2015.
    • Prior to that I served as Manager for the SMPTE Florida/Caribbean Section.

    I was very fortunate to start my career in this industry at a young age. For 45 plus years, I have had the opportunity to learn and do many different jobs including editing, directing, maintenance, remote production, facility design and finally managing the technical direction of a TV station. I have always been actively involved in promoting the industry through the various organizations that I have been a part of such as SMPTE, SBE, and MSTV and will continue to use the skills that I’ve learned to promote SMPTE. The SMPTE Florida Section since its inception 7 years ago, has moved very quickly to grow and add members. I will use what we’ve learned to continue to promote SMPTE and to attract new members. The section also began a yearly symposium that in its first year attracted 200 attendees. I believe that SMPTE must continue to promote itself through training and outreach to the student organizations. Events such as symposiums, direct interaction with schools, and students is the only way to continue to attract and involve new members to grow and continue as a vital organization in our industry.

    USA - Western Region: Chris Lennon

    One Open Position

    Chris Lennon | Office of the CTO: Director, Standards Strategy, Ross Video

    Chris Lennon

    • SMPTE Fellow
    • Recipient, 2008 SMPTE Citation
    • Standards Director
    • Chair, TC-34CS BXF DG and Media Microservices DG
    • Chair, TC-24TB Open Binding of IDs to Media DG
    • Chair, SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section

    I have spent my entire career dedicated to the media business, cashing my first paycheck at age 12. From starting at a major market TV station, then working my way up the ladder of a Fortune 500 company on the vendor side, to launching a startup eight years ago, it’s been a fantastic ride. Working with the world’s leading media companies, from studios to networks, station groups and new media over six continents has given me unique perspective. The networking/social, educational and standards pillars of SMPTE have done nothing but accelerate my personal and professional growth. At my very first SMPTE meeting, I was told that this would be the best thing I will ever do for my career. I had no idea what that really meant, but it was spot on. I have had the opportunity to participate in SMPTE Board meetings for 5+ years, in my role as Standards Director, and have gotten to really appreciate the inner workings of the Society. Between that and my role as Section Manager and now Section Chair, I feel I’m well positioned to transition to the Director role and be able to strongly advocate for the Western Region’s needs at the national level. I have evolved from a fly on the wall, to an active participant, and ultimately a leader over my years in the Society and serving as Governor will provide me with the opportunity to further my service to this organization and its members to whom I owe so much.