PRESIDENT’S MEMO: What a Long, Great Trip It’s Been

On the road to ATSC 3.0 and destinations beyond, it’s time for a new bus driver.  It has been my privilege to lead this organization for 20-plus years and to be a part of this industry for more than 40. 

Now that my boxing career is taking off, I’ve decided to retire this year as ATSC President and work on my left hook.  Seriously, I have announced plans to wind down my professional career in the coming months.  Don’t worry, there’s still time for me to give out a few Rubber Chicken awards. 

There are many people I will want to thank in the coming months. But for now, a few notes of appreciation for some of the people who have helped to make this organization run so well during my tenure as ATSC President.

Heartfelt thanks to former staff members Christy Kehlbeck, Tara Healy, Lori Gildow, Lisa Hester and Lindsay Shelton-Gross, and to the current dynamic duo, Daro Bruno and Jerry Whitaker. And special shout out to Robert Graves who convinced me to lead ATSC not just once, but twice! It’s been an honor, and a lot of fun, to work with such wonderful people.

Thanks also to the talented members of the ATSC Board of Directors, past and present, and the literally thousands of industry volunteers who have participated in our important standards-development work spanning two major sea changes from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0.

Important work lies ahead for this organization, and I look forward to working with the Board during the coming months to transition to new leadership that will lead ATSC into the bright future ahead. 

Mark Richer, ATSC President