Broomfield, CO (PRWEB) February 19, 2010
Dave Leonard, recent CEO of WildBlue Communications was named the Communications Technology Professionals (CTP) 2009 Communications Executive of the Year (CEY). Now in its 10th year, this annual award recognizes the Colorado communications executive that demonstrates the highest standards of leadership, vision and social responsibility. Leonard will be honored at CTP’s annual awards dinner on April 8th, 2010 at The Brown Palace Hotel.
Leonard is recognized for growing WildBlue Communications from an upstart satellite communications company to a powerhouse rural broadband company serving 44 percent of the U.S satellite ISP market.
Since launching in 2005, WildBlue surpassed 400,000 rural broadband subscribers within 48 states; launched and activated two additional satellites; received the SSPI 2008 Industry Innovator Award and the 2009 ‘Broadband Satellite Operator of the Year Award’ from the Excellence in Satellite Management. In October 2009, Leonard successfully completed the sale of WildBlue to ViaSat Inc.
“Dave has brought over 25 years of leadership and innovation to the communications industry and to the people of Colorado,” said Joshua Holmberg, President of Communications Technology Professionals. “As a key executive at local companies including WildBlue and Liberty Global Inc., he has made a significant contribution to the economy of Colorado and its stature as an important hub for the communications industry. He’s a strong corporate citizen and his involvement on the Board of Directors of Goodwill is exemplary.”
John Malone, Chairman of Liberty Media said, “Dave has worked with Liberty and its affiliates for years, and has proven to be a resourceful, innovative executive who has established and run startup enterprises in several different countries. We are pleased with the results he achieved at WildBlue, and we think that the recognition of his achievements through this award is well-deserved”.
Dave Leonard brings more than 25 years experience in satellite, cable, telecommunications, and media. He joined WildBlue from Liberty Global Inc. and was CEO of WildBlue for four years. Prior to joining WildBlue, Mr. Leonard had worked with Liberty Global (LGI, formerly Liberty Media International) overseeing operations in Argentina, Chile and Puerto Rico. From October 1998 to December 2004, Mr. Leonard was CEO and Director of VeloCom, Inc., which established the largest competitive local exchange carrier in Latin America with over one million customers. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of UIH Latin American, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of United International Holdings, Inc. Having started UIHLA in 1993, he oversaw the growth to 750,000 customers and over 2.5 million homes passed. He was also in charge of the company’s strategic acquisition and divestiture efforts throughout Latin America, as well as operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
He currently serves on the board of VTR (Chile), Goodwill Industries of Denver (USA), and has served as Board Member of several foreign and domestic entities include Cablevision (Argentina), Metropolis-Intercom (Chile), Sky Latin America and Metrocall Wireless (USA).
Mr. Leonard was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. He has a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.
2009 Communications Executive of the Year Award
CTP’s Communications Executive of the Year Award is the most prestigious award for executives in Colorado’s communications industry. The award promotes the industry’s dynamism and competitiveness by recognizing the contributions of those leaders and visionaries, who inspire others, contribute to Colorado’s economy and make a positive impact on the community. Now in its 10th year, the CEY Award celebrates those that help make Colorado a premiere destination for communications and technology companies to establish and thrive. The selection committee for the award consists of CTP’s executive board, current board and voting results tallied from its’ community of over 2,500 associates.
Past CEY award honorees include Dan Caruso, President and CEO of Zayo Group; Greg Maffei, president and CEO of Liberty Media Corporation; Scott Binder, senior vice president of Comcast Colorado; Oren Shaffer, former vice chairman and CFO of Qwest; Larissa Herda, chairman, president and CEO of Time Warner Telecom; Richard C. Notebaert, former chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International; Randall Curran, former CEO of ICG Communications; George Heinrichs, president, CEO and co-founder of Intrado; and Art Zeile, former CEO of Inflow.
For the first time ever, CTP will be awarding the Ascent Award to the firm that best represents the Colorado spirit of innovation, growth and drive in telecommunications and is poised to make a near-term impact on the communications industry. The award will also be presented at CTP’s annual awards dinner on April 8th, 2010 at The Brown Palace Hotel
About Communications Technology Professionals
Communications Technology Professionals (CTP) is the premiere community of communications and technology professionals in Colorado. For over 10 years, CTP has promoted the growth, innovation and leadership of Colorado companies and individuals through the dynamic interaction of its membership, knowledge sharing, events and advocacy. CTP has attracted members, participants, sponsors and supporters from across the communications ecosystem including broadband, mobile, information technology, cable, satellite and unified communications. By encouraging greater communication and coordination across this ecosystem, CTP contributes to the vibrancy of the technology industry in Colorado and helps position Colorado as a preferred location for business expansion.
About WildBlue Communications:
WildBlue Communications, Inc. was established to provide broadband access to consumers and small offices in rural areas and small cities. Since launching in 2005, WildBlue surpassed 400,000 rural broadband customers; launched and activated two additional satellites; received the SSPI 2008 Industry Innovator Award and the 2009 ‘Broadband Satellite Operator of the Year Award’ from the Excellence in Satellite Management. Most recently, Leonard successfully completed the sale of WildBlue to ViaSat Inc. in December of 2009.
Date: April 8th, 2010
Time: Cocktail Reception at 5:30 p.m.
Award Banquet at 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Brown Palace Hotel
Tickets: Available online at http://www.comtechpros.org