Sam Acoff

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Chairman

– Headend Engineering Dept. – Comcast, Greater Detroit East Market, 2007 – Present

– Started his career in February, 2007 in the Southfield System. From Installation and Service to Network Maintenance now recently Headend Engineering of 2014, Sam has 11 years of experience in cable systems ranging from Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Southfield and recently Western Oakland County to the Thumb area.

As an arsenal of competencies, he has certification course work and experience with Arista, Ciena, Cisco, and Juniper networks. His perseverance of excellence has served him in designing, rebuilding, implementing, and maintaining Inside Plant, Outside Plant infrastructures of cable television systems. Sam is experienced with Next-Gen technologies such as Carrier-Grade Ethernet, DOCSIS 3.1, Fiber-deep High Density deployments, MPEG 4 Video formatting, RFoG, Remote PHY and VOD Content Delivery Networks just to name a few.

His work ethic, generosity, and team player spirit complement the awesome members of the SCTE leadership and board community.

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Joshua Engelhardt

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – President

Engineer of Planning and Design – Central Division xNET Engineer Lead

President of Great Lakes Chapter of SCTE

I began my career in the Telecommunications industry in November 2007 as a Comcast field technician doing installations and trouble service calls in Plymouth, MI. I worked as a Technician until 2012, when I was hired in Ann Arbor, MI. to the Network Maintenance department as a Network Technician for Comcast. I joined the SCTE that same year and have benefited from many training courses and meetings to really understand my position as a Network Technician and beyond.

In 2014 I moved to the Plymouth, MI. Network Maintenance team as a Network Technician and that is the year I decided to put my name in the hat for the Great Lakes Chapter board at the urging of my current Vice President Nik Fleuren and I was fortunate to join in 2015. In 2017 I became the Secretary of the Great Lakes board and that was also the same year I joined the Planning and Design Department as an Engineer. Then in 2019 I went from Secretary to Vice President, serving as Vice President under Tim Funk as President.

In 2020 I became the Great Lakes Chapter’s President and I am so proud to lead this board into the next age of technology and trainings. Thanks to the hard work of the board in 2020 we joined with other Region 7 boards for a virtual vendor day, one of the first in the Country. Also, we have adapted and changed our learning structure to more virtual web-based meetings with live presenters and an interactive approach to our training until we are able to meet again, in a face-to-face environment.

I urge all of you who are interested in becoming a member of the Great Lakes Chapter to reach out to your chapter board members or myself and we will help you to become a member. If you are interested in joining the Great Lakes Chapter board, please contact myself or any of the current board members or Associate Board Members and we would be happy to give you information about what we provide to our members.

I look forward to 2021 and leading this board to great things and making sure that we are allowing the membership of the SCTE to benefit from every decision we make.

Thank you

Location: Plymouth, MI

 
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Nikolai Fleuren

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Vice President

Sr. Manager, Network Maintenance

Comcast Cable

15 years

Memberships

National Member SCTE

Brief Work History

I started in cable as a service tech for Comcast in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2006.  I soon transitioned to the network department as a technician, and became a network supervisor in Plymouth in October 2013.  In 2016 I transitioned to the role of Sr. Manager, Network Maintenance for Michigan West Area.   I have been an active member of SCTE, attending meetings regularly and participating in cable games since I started with the network department.  I have found the SCTE to be an important part of my personal and professional growth in the industry.  I have served on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Chapter Since 2015 and held a variety of roles within that scope.  I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the industry and help to provide training and development.

Accomplishments

While working as a technician for Comcast I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, graduating Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University.

Statement

SCTE has been important to me as a provider of up to date training as well as an opportunity to share ideas with others in my industry.   I would like the opportunity to give back to the group that has been integral to my career growth, and through my service help the SCTE and the industry thrive.

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Philip R Cornelius  

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Treasurer 

Sr. Manager Network Operations

Central Michigan Area

Philip R. Cornelius is a Sr. Manager for Network Operations that oversees 6 systems in the Central Michigan Area that provides Comcast services for over 500,000 customers.

Philip has over 22 years of cable experience.  He started his cable career with Media One in 1998 as an Installer/Service tech in the Southfield/West Bloomfield Area.  In 2003, he advanced to become a Network Tech in the Detroit System; a position he held for 5 years.  He then then promoted to a Technical Operations Supervisor for the Detroit System. In 2011 he promoted to the Network Supervisor for Royal Oak and has been recently promoted to Sr. Manager for Network Operations for the CMA.

Philp is a recent graduate of the Comcast APEx program and a current member of Comcast Diversity, Equality and Inclusion committee. He is also a member of the BEN (Black Employee Network) ERG group for comcast.

 Philip has been a member of the SCTE for over 15 years and has been a board member on the Great Lakes Chapter for the past 3 years. Philip is currently the 2021 SCTE Great lake Chapter treasurer in which he has held that position since 2020. 

 
 
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Eric Fallows

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Secretary 

Engineer 4, Central Division Capacity Team

Comcast Cable

15 years

Began his Comcast career in February of 2006 in the Ann Arbor IPSSC/Call Center where he provided internet and telephone customers with troubleshooting, provisioning, and support for both services. In 2008, he went to work for the Midwest Region NOC as a Network Surveillance Technician. As the Regional NOCs standardized to Xcellence of Operation Centers (XOCs) in 2010, he became an HFC Desk Technician, which later evolved into a Network Services Desk Technician. In 2012, he had the opportunity to become a CMTS Engineer and was in control of writing and implementing internal configurations for routers such as Motorola BSR, Arris C4C, Arris C4, Cisco 10k/Harmonic 6G, and the Arris E6000 gear, supporting both the Heartland and Big South regions. In 2014, he was recruited by the Heartland region Capacity Team to project manage CMTS card adds, node split projects, and VOD capacity expansion. Based on his hard work and customer focus, he won the Heartland Customer Experience Award in 2017, which was a very proud moment for him. Most recently, he is working for the Comcast Central Division Capacity Team and involved in budgeting, forecasting, and invoicing. He is the National planning team’s POC for vCMTS (PPOD, CCV Rack, DAAS+HAGG, and RF Shelf), CMTS cards, and CMTS chassis deployments.

Eric began his SCTE involvement in 2019 as an Associate Board Member, in 2020 he became a Board Member.  He is excited about having the opportunity to take on the Chapter Secretary role in 2021 and is looking forward to the year ahead.

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Timothy Funk

SCTE, Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

– Master Headend Technician/Engineer – Comcast

Great Lakes Chapter, Board of Directors since 1995, Currently Vice President.

I began my cable career in 1982 with Booth Communications in Birmingham, Michigan.   Through the acquisitions and rapidly changing environment of the Cable Industry from Booth Communications, to MediaOne, and now I’m currently working at the Comcast Master Headend in Taylor, Michigan.

I have been on the Great Lakes Chapter Board of Directors for 23 Years. While holding several positions on the Board as, Director at Large, Treasurer, Vice President, President and Chairman.  Currently serving as Vice President of the Chapter for this year, I have been involved with each of the local Great Lakes Chapter meetings, Board meetings, Financials reporting to SCTE National.

In recent Years I have attended the SCTE Region 7 conferences, SCTE National Chapter Leadership Conferences, and attended many SCTE EXPO’s for better communications with SCTE National and advancement of the Great Lakes Chapter.

  • Location: Michigan, USA

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Steve Timcoe

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

– CATV Superintendent Wyandotte

  • SCTE National Member – 1986 to present
  • SCTE Great Lakes Chapter Board Member – 1990 to present
  • Held positions of Chairman, President, 1st Vice President, Treasurer & Director

I’m currently a Senior Board Member SCTE Great Lakes Chapter. While serving on the SCTE GLC board we have grown into one of the most solid, respected local chapters within the SCTE.

In 2009 our Great Lakes Chapter was recognized as SCTE National Chapter of the Year. Throughout my tenure as an SCTE board member I have worked for Comcast, TCI, Ameritech New Media (now WOW), Maclean Hunter and presently work for Wyandotte Cable as their Superintendent of CATV Telecommunications. I have a broad technical & administrative background and have been an SCTE National member for over 30 years. I am very familiar with the ideals and goals of the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter. I have been responsible for setting up our General Meetings, running the Annual Golf Outing and assisting with our Annual Vendor Day/Cable Tec Games.  Over the years I have, and will continue to help drive our chapter forward with hard work and great expectations for the continued success of the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter.

Location: Wyandotte, MI USA

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    Matt Coles

    SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

     

    SR. Technical/Business Trainer

    Comcast University

    25 years

    Matt is a highly recommended technical/business development facilitator with 25 years of experience, who is knowledgeable about methods in developing and delivering successful training programs that have proven results.

    During his 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Matt has held many different roles such as Service/Maintenance technician, Technical Operations Supervisor, Line engineer and is currently in the role of Sr. Technical/Business Trainer.

    Matt attended Oakland University and holds many different certifications. Matt has many professional accomplishments; SCTE Master Technician, Master fiber Technician, Broadband Premise Technician, Masterful trainer to name a few. He has also been a finalist for a Circle of Success award at Comcast. Matt has also been a SCTE national member since 2007 and is serving on the board of the Great Lakes Chapter.

    “I am honored to have been in this great business for over 25 years! I have built many great relationships over the years. I am able to do this by connecting on a personal/professional level. I’ve stayed involved with the SCTE locally and nationally because I enjoy the challenge and opportunity to bring the best information and benefits of the SCTE to our members.”

    Location: Michigan, US

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Chris Coker

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

Headend Tech 2
Comcast
In February 2003 Christopher Coker started Comcast as an Installer in Ann Arbor. In January of 2005 he left cable to follow his dream to become a Detroit Police Officer. In May of 2005 the Detroit Police Academy was laid off. Christopher reapplied to Comcast but this time, due to family scheduling restraints, at the Call Center. He was hired in February 2006 and worked in the Call Center until he was hired in Plymouth as a Service Tech in 2008. In 2009 Christopher went back to Ann Arbor as a Network Maintenance Technician. He worked there until 2016 when he accepted his current role in the Detroit West Area Headend. Christopher has over 16 years in the Cable Industry. He began developing his knowledge base with the NCTI program and then started certifying with SCTE. Currently Christopher holds SCTE Certifications in BDS, BTS and BTCS. He is currently working on DVEP and has held Juniper JNCIA Networking certification. This year Christopher was nominated and selected to Comcasts L2L program where he is working on developing leadership skills for his current and future roles. Christopher started becoming active in the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter in 2008 as a new Network Maintenance Technician. His first experience was with the Cable Games. He competed in them for 5 years and then switched over to serving as a judge. Christopher credits SCTE for a large part of his professional success. He has taken full advantage of available training material, white papers, chapter events, webinars and courses. SCTE has played such a pivotal role in his technical development. Christopher proudly shares his experiences about what SCTE has done for him in hopes that others will seek the available opportunities SCTE offers.

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Lori Tallent

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

 – Digitrace

I have worked for Digitrace for over 30 years. I have been involved with the SCTE Great Lakes Chapter for 20 years, assisting with the Vendor Day and Golf Outing during that time. I began serving on the Board of Directors in 2017.

 

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Mikael Kalat

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

WICT – Graphic designer and Marketing ambassador 2021

Mikael Kalat has been with Comcast 6 years. She currently works as an analyst for the Engineering Operations department, currently helping the Construction department with P2 process improvement, UG locates, and employee and contractor metrics. Previously, she worked with the Network team as an analyst, and supply chain. She’s been an SCTE member since 2016.

Mikael’s background includes a graduate degree from Central Michigan where she studied non-violent history, a bachelor’s degree in advertising and associate degree in business from Ferris State University. She’s also completed courses in computer science.

I hope to bring a non-technical perspective to the chapter and really enjoy learning new aspects of this industry. I’ve worked with many great people in this industry and they’ve gotten me involved in SCTE. I really enjoy what this chapter does for its members and am happy to be a part of it. I’m passionate about retaining members and membership appreciation.

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Brandon Agacinski

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Board Member

I have been in the cable industry for 19 years (Aug, 2000) and an SCTE member since 2004. I started my career at Comcast cable in St. Clair Shores, MI as an Installer/Service Technician, where I learned the basics of the cable industry. In 2005 I was promoted to a Network Operations Technician and performed advance troubleshooting and Maintenance to the HFC system. During my time as a Network Technician I found that I had a desire to be part of the leadership team at Comcast. I began taking multiple leadership courses to obtain that goal and In 2010 I was promoted to a Network Supervisor in Royal Oak Mi. I then moved through several systems (SEMI, Port Huron / Bad Axe & Detroit) refining my leadership style and continuing my passion for Network Operation. In 2016 I was promoted to a Regional Network Operations Manager where I had oversight over the regions Power Supply Maintenance & Leakage programs, I also provided performance analytics to the Heartland regions SLT. In 2018 I was promoted to Sr. Network Operation Manager of the Central Michigan Area which consists of 5 systems and 71 team members.

I have a passion for our Industry and enjoy helping others obtain knowledge and Personal growth.

I am part of the SCTE because it cultivates an environment where everyone can be successful in their career

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Kevin Semik

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

I have been in the cable industry for over 21 years and have been a SCTE member since 2000. I started my career at TCI cable in Royal Oak, MI in 1996 as an Installer, where I learned the basics of the cable industry and how to provide service to customers. Then in 1997 I moved to Comcast Cable in Sterling Heights, MI as a Service Technician and really learned trouble shooting skills. I didn’t want to stop there so I accepted a new position at Comcast Cable as a Network Technician in 1999 and have been in that roll until 2016.Since December 4th 2016 I accepted a Network Supervisor position for Comcast Cable in the SE Michigan area.

Location: SE Michigan, USA

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Eric Campbell

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

Hello. I am Eric Campbell. I have 28+ years in Cable TV. I started in 1992 as an installer in Battle Creek, Michigan. I have held all positions in the technical side of the company including Installer, Service Technician, Maintenance Technician and Headend Technician. I was the first Supervisor of Internet and High-Speed Data including preDOCSIS LAN-City and 3Com proprietary systems and was a Commercial Network Engineer for 3 years prior to returning to the Headends to build new architectures included DOCSIS and VOD systems. I was a Capacity Engineer from 2011-2016 before accepting my current position as Headend Manager. My hobbies include: Freelance Professional Trumpet Performer and instructor. I enjoy camping and spending time with my grandchildren. I enjoy volunteer police work and I am the Chairman and President of the award winning Motor City Brass Band.
EXPERIENCE
HEADEND MANAGER 2016-PRESENT
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of Headends and Hubs that serve our customers in the Detroit East Area. I specialize in data management and systems design.
CAPACITY ENGINEER 2011-2016
I was responsible for Capacity Management for the Heartland Region, closely monitoring HSD and VOD availability for the region by Service Group management and node splits.
HEADEND TECHNICIAN 2002-2011
I was responsible for the health and expansion of the Headends in Battle Creek, Richland, and Lawton Michigan.
NETWORK ENGINEER 2000- 2002
I designed and implemented Ethernet and ATM networks pre-metro-E days for a group called Comcast Network Solutions
EDUCATION
KELLOGG COMMUNITY COLLEGE — ASSOCIATES’S DEGREE, ELECRONICS
SKILLS
I am very good with Office programs and have a high level of experience with Excel and others in the suite. I have a very broad understanding of the business and architecture of cable systems and engineering

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Ashon Parker

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

Detroit Network Supervisor

Comcast

19 years

Memberships……

Toastmasters Sargent of Arms

I joined Comcast Cable September 5, 2000 and I am currently a Detroit Network Supervisor.

2016 – Present Detroit Network Supervisor.

2004 – 2016 Network Tech in South East MI and Detroit

2000 – 2004 Service / Installation Technician

1998 – 2000 Service Tech Prince Telcom

I have been working for the cable industry since I was 21 years old, and I love what I do. I started at Prince Telcom installing @home internet service where I became a supervisor. I got hired into Comcast in the year 2000 to service internet, and eventually I start doing Video, service and installs. I was selected to attend Corner Stones a leadership development session for Comcast in 2003 because of the great job I was doing as a Service Tech. In 2004 I became a Network Tech in South East Mi and received the first employee of the month selection. In 2012, I was hired as a Network Tech in Detroit and help manage the Market Health Team. I am Currently a Network Supervisor in Detroit

I love what I do. I am considered a go-to person when it comes to questions about the Aurora Node. I am looking to join the SCTE Board of Directors to expand my network opportunities to become a more well-rounded person in the cable industry.

Thank You

Ashon Parker

Detroit Network Supervisor

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Christopher Justice

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

 – Comcast

SCTE National Member
Great Lakes Chapter Board Member 2014

My cable career started in 2000 with Comcast in Augusta GA. I’ve held various positions in the company, Installer and Service Tech, Lead Tech, Network Tech and also Direct Sales Rep. I have learned a lot from each of these positions which I believe will help our local chapter.

I attended Augusta State University after serving in the U.S. Navy. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor degree management.

I also attended the National Chapter Leadership Conference in April 2015

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Francis McNamara,

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

An accomplished Sr. Manager offering a unique combination of 25 yrs. Operation and Engineering experience which positions me for effective observations and decision-making. A Leader with Corporate and Regional level experience overseeing Budget, Project Management, Mentoring, and ensuring Organization Effectiveness.
Skilled in applying technology and management practices to improve staff performance on all levels. Demonstrated skills proven in areas of planning, team building, project management, vendor relationships, staff management, and budgets.

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Kevin Ervin

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

Kevin Ervin is currently a Network Supervisor for Comcast Cable in the Waterford area. His career in the telecommunications industry spans over 26 years. He started his career as an installer in 1995 with TCI in the Walled lake area and through the next 6 years worked his way to Line technician before moving into the Learning and Development department as a trainer for TCI,  Royal Oak. As a member of the L & D department he was responsible for the training of new hires and advance level techs. After the transition from TCI to Comcast, Kevin remained an L & D professional for 9 years continuing to train technicians of multiple levels and products. After downsizing of the L & D department, Kevin returned to the field for 3 years as a CommTech with Comcast where he later promoted to  Network Technician in the city of Detroit. After becoming a Network Technician,  he later promoted to Technical Operations Supervisor in Plymouth, MI and then move to Network Maintenance Supervisor for both Detroit and Waterford area.

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John Luton

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

John Luton has worked for Comcast for almost 15 years.  In his current role as a Headend Technician, he is responsible for installing and maintaining many of Comcast’s core critical platforms that provide services to customers and communities.  He has been an active member of SCTE and has also served this past year as an associate board member for the Great Lakes region.  He enjoys troubleshooting complex issues, sharing cable knowledge and long walks on the beach.

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Ronald Stadler Jr

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

Comcast Cable

Tech 2, Headend Engineering

Work History

Ronald has 21 years in the telecommunications industry.  He has held the title of Headend Technician for the last four years.  Prior to becoming a headend tech, Ronald worked as both a service tech and maintenance tech for Comcast serving the Southeast MI area.  These experiences allowed him to gain vast knowledge in RF and optical transmissions, powering, and proactive network maintenance.  This propelled Ron to his current role where he supports ISP builds/designs of new and augmented nodes to drive down capacity and create a better customer experience.  In this role, he also supports metro-ethernet, HSD, video, VOD, and core link maintenance on the network.  Ron has achieved many awards through his various positions at Comcast.  He was named master sales tech, line tech of the month, and was selected for Comcast’s national Commtech Jeopardy team.

Memberships

SCTE since 2013

Member of the Young Professionals Network ERG

Certifications

SCTE – 2016 – Certified as a Broadband Distribution Specialist

NCTI – 2016 – Certified as a Master Technician and Master Tech HFC Networks

Arapahoe CC – Certificate in Broadband Technology

Statement

SCTE is a constant in an ever-changing technical world.  I look forward to assisting in the many ways SCTE can help drive our knowledge and passion for the industry!

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Mitch Ragland

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

ISP and Project Manager
HTH Communicatons
I joined HTH Communications as an Inside Plant Technician in 2016 and have worked in various roles, most recently as the Inside Plant and Project Manager. I have been involved with multiple aspects in the cable industry with Comcast and multiple Business Partners since 2004. I have experience with working from customer premise, network maintenance, construction and also Headend work. I want to be more active in the Industry and believe joining the SCTE Team will accomplish that goal! With the networking along with additional training the SCTE offers. I believe I can contribute much to the telecommunications community! I look forward to future technologies and the ability to help in any way I can!

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Clinton Duke

SCTE Great Lakes Chapter – Associate Board Member

My cable career started as a contractor for Comcast before moving inhouse in 2003 as an installer before transitioning to the phone team. In 2006 I moved to the Network Maintenance Department where I remained for 11 years before moving to the Construction Department in 2017 and then to the Network Capacity team in 2018. I currently oversee node splits for East Michigan and am working with the Big South Region to align node split workflows to expand One Network processes. Since beginning my Comcast career, I have received numerous NCTI certifications and a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity. My involvement with the SCTE includes attending meetings in the past and participating in the cable games during the majority of my time in the Network Maintenance Department.