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Great Valleys

Great Valleys
Chapter Leaders

Allan is currently a Field Operations Manager for Shentel Cable, managing field operations in the Radford, Christiansburg, Covington and Lebanon areas. He began his telecommunications career on chance in 1999 working for GTE in Florida as an Installation Technician. He advanced in his career taking multiple positions and after the merger creating Verizon, began to work the FIOS program. Allan joined Shentel in 2008 as a Maintenance Tech for their wireline business, and migrated to Shentel’s cable business in 2011 as a Field Operation Supervisor in Lebanon, VA. He was a Golden Gloves boxing fighter and is a coach of the F.I.R.S.T. Lego Robotics Team in Russell County, Virginia. He enjoys spending time with his wife Laurie and their four children.

Mr. Manning is Vice President, Wireline and Cable Operations for Shentel. He is responsible for all operational aspects of Shentel's Wireline and Cable networks, including Network Services, Field Services, and the Network Operations Center. Mr. Manning began his career in telecommunications with Shentel in 1993. He has held various operations, engineering, and leadership roles. Mr. Manning earned a BS in Organizational Management in Project Management from Colorado Christian University and a MS in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from Michigan State University.

Sean is currently a Field Operations Supervisor for Shentel Cable, he manages the installation and maintenance of the Redwood-Glade Hill, Virginia territories. Sean has 20+ years’ experience in the cable industry working for Charter and Jet Broadband as a Field Operations Supervisor previous to starting his career with Shentel. Sean took an absence from the cable industry to establish his own business, a construction company, in which he was the owner/operator. Sean is a very outgoing, strong-minded person who is always looking for new and upcoming products to the industry. Sean has been a member of the SCTE since 2011 and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Great Valleys Chapter. Sean enjoys restoring classic cars and spending time with friends and family.

Sean is the founder and Chief Systems Architect of Selest Systems. Mr. Lester is President and Chief Systems Architect for Selest Systems where he provides next generation engineering and design solutions to cable companies with an emphasis on DOCSIS 3.x system designs and implementation.
Mr. Lester has over 23 years of telecommunications and cable industry experience. Mr. Lester began his cable career with Cox Communications and over the years has served in operational and engineering roles for MSOs, wireless providers and public safety service providers. Mr. Lester has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and has completed graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Mr. Lester is a founding member and current Chairman of the SCTE Great Valleys Chapter and has been an active member of the SCTE since 2006. Mr. Lester has been active with the Great Valleys Chapter since its inception and has overseen its evolution from a Meeting Group to a Chapter. He is looking forward to continuing his service to the SCTE Great Valleys Chapter. 

Bill is the Director of Operations for Cable Services for Shentel where he is responsible for the upgrade, launch, and ongoing operations of the company’s highly successful broadband services in franchise areas across Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
Before his career at Shentel, Bill served as Vice President and General Manager for Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in Central Florida. Bill directed the launch of Time Warner’s Internet and Digital Phone services for Central Florida. Prior to that, he served as Director of Software Engineering for Time Warner Cable where he was responsible for software development to support the pilot of advanced interactive services across Time Warner’s broadband cable networks. Bill has been working in the cable industry for over 20 years.
Bill graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and earned his post baccalaureate major in Computer Science, followed by post-baccalaureate studies in Finance. He is married to Valerie and they have two sons. 

Tom is Sr. Vice President at Shentel. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. He is responsible for Shentel cable operations, sales and marketing. Tom joined Shentel in 2004, through the Shentel acquisition of NTC Communications. Mr. Whitaker began his career in 1983. He previously was COO of NTC Communications, and served as Vice President of Network Operations at Broadslate Networks, Director of Wireless Operations for nTelos, and was Co-Founder and Vice President of Nat-Com, Incorporated. Mr. Whitaker is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.

Scott has served as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Virginia Tech since 2012. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the university’s information technology strategies, services, and infrastructure in areas including high-performance computing, technology-enabled teaching and learning, enterprise systems, networking, identity services, and IT security. Dr. Midkiff is also a Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and served as ECE department head from 2009-2012. As a faculty member, his research and teaching interests include networking and pervasive computing. Dr. Midkiff received the B.S.E. degree from Duke University, the M.S. degree from Stanford University, and the Ph.D. degree from Duke University, all in electrical engineering.

Delmer Seal - Board Member

Charles Helmandolair - Board Member

Tammy Perdue - Associate Board Member

Jeff Carlson - Associate Board Member

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March 21, 2019
8:30 to 5:00pm
Cox Communications
7741 Southern Drive
Springfield, VA 22151

Remote PHY and Leakage and Ingress

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8:30 to 9:00 – Opening Remarks and Chapter Business
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