Twenty-three years after BendBroadband founder, Don Tykeson, was honored with the William B. Smullin Presidential Award, his daughter and current BendBroadband president, CEO and chairman, Amy Tykeson, has received the same honor from the Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association. The award honors entrepreneurial contributions to the Oregon cable industry.
Through investments in technology, organizational development and branding, Tykeson is carrying on the tradition her cable veteran father, Don Tykeson, set when he founded the company in 1983. Throughout its history, BendBroadband has been nationally recognized as a leader in the cable industry due to its progressiveness with technology, including the 1997 launch of high speed internet, the 2008 conversion to all-digital and the 2009 rollout of HSPA+ wireless broadband over licensed spectrum to rural areas. In 2011, the company opened the Vault, the first colocation data center in the United States to receive the Uptime Institute’s Tier III certification for design and construction.
During her career, Tykeson has also received the CTAM Mark Award, the WICT Accolades Award, the Distinguished Vanguard Award and the Wonder Woman Award. She was named Independent Cable Executive of the Year by Multichannel News in 2007 and CableFax Magazine in 2008. In 2010, Tykeson received the Edwin B. Parker Enduring Achievement Award at the Oregon Connections Telecommunications Conference.
Tykeson Chairs the Rural Systems and Small Operators’ Committee as a member of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association Board of Directors. She serves on the Board of Directors for CableLabs and CSPAN. Tykeson was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2008. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust and a board member of Economic Development for Central Oregon’s Board. She is a Vistage International member and is involved on numerous local committees and lobbying efforts. Past experience includes the Young Presidents Organization; Vice Chairman of the Catlin Gabel School Board of Trustees; University of Oregon Alumni Association Board; and The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees.
About The William B. Smullin Award
William B. Smullin was a communications pioneer, first in radio then in television then cable TV and microwave. He introduced commercial radio, television, and cable television to Southern Oregon and Northern California. Mr. Smullin founded and served as President of California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc. (COBI), the oldest independent continuous broadcasting organization in the west for 63 years. Each year the Oregon Cable Telecommunications Association, through its Board of Directors, recognizes an outstanding leader in the cable industry. Named after the original recipient, William B. Smullin, the award honored his entrepreneurial contributions to the Oregon cable industry. ?