A respected and knowledgeable broadband industry leader, Rich Fickle is known for growing businesses, advancing members, and serving as cable community collaborator. At NCTC, he identifies technology-driven solutions that allow independent operators to meet consumer demand for greater choice, convenience, and control. Over the past 35 years, Rich worked extensively with a broad array of cable operators, programmers, studios and technology providers. At Ascent Media, Rich served in several executive leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Cable/Telco VOD and TVE Services for Deluxe Entertainment, which acquired Ascent in January 2011. Prior to Ascent, he was Senior Vice President/General Manager of Headend in the Sky (HITS) and Interactive TV for AT&T Broadband, with significant focus on the independent cable operators who became loyal customers of the service. Rich holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver.