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WTA Names Encompass Digital Media’s Bill Tillson 2013 Teleport Executive of the Year

Monday, March 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
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World Teleport Association Names Encompass Digital Media’s Bill Tillson 2013 Teleport Executive of the Year for Unprecedented Second Time

(New York City, March 11, 2013) – The World Teleport Association (WTA) announced that Bill Tillson, Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, has been named its 2013 Teleport Executive of the Year for the second consecutive year, a first in the 18 year history of the award. Mr. Tillson will be honored during WTA’s Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon on 19 March during SATELLITE 2013. The Teleport Executive of the Year award is presented to an individual for demonstrated entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation in the development or operation of a teleport-based business.

According to the association’s Awards Committee, Mr. Tillson’s second consecutive award was due to the impressive growth Encompass has achieved through a series of acquisitions and strategic alignments by Mr. Tillson, beginning with the purchase of Andrita Studios in Los Angeles, and continuing through the company’s most recent acquisition, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires (TIBA), in November of 2012. The Teleport Executive of the Year is determined by the WTA’s board of directors, who evaluate the CEO or leading executive among the associations "Fast 21” group of teleport operators for that year.  

With teleport facilities and technical personnel in Atlanta, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles Metro, Minneapolis, New York Metro and Singapore, Encompass has succeeded where many other companies have failed: growing from a small teleport operator to a global leader in digital media services.

"Growth by acquisition has a rocky track record in our industry,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell, "with acquirers too often not fully understanding what they are buying and how the pieces being assembled can add up to more than the sum of the parts.” Bell added, "Bill Tillson deeply understands this business and how to apply financial leverage and clear strategic direction for success.”

During the 2013 Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon ceremony, hosted by SES, WTA will also honor its Independent Teleport of the Year and Teleport Technology of the Year.  The three finalists for these two major awards were announced on 27 February.   The 18th annual Teleport Awards for Excellence luncheon begins at noon on the 19th of March.  WTA’s Director of Development, Lou Zacharilla, will host the event for the 17th time.  The luncheon is free to WTA members who register. Attendance is also available for a small cost to non-members. Registration is available online at www.worldteleport.org.  

In addition to Mr. Tillson, the list of Teleport Executive of the Year alumni includes Adrian Ballintine, Founder and president of NewSat Ltd., Jaime Dickinson, President of NewCom International; Doug Tutt, Chief Operating Officer and President of Global Energy Services, CapRock Communications; the late Kenneth Miller, President and Chief Operating Officer, Globecomm Systems; David Rivel, Founder & CEO, RRsat Global Communications Network; Nick Thompson, Managing Director, Arqiva Broadcast & Media; Brent J. Gale, Vice President of Satellite and Broadcast Operations, EchoStar; and Norberto Alvarez Vitale, President, Teleport Internacional Buenos Aires. Click here for a complete list.

About World Teleport Association
Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (www.worldteleport.org) has focused on improving the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations.

For More Information
Matthew Owen
Communications Manager
World Teleport Association
mowen@worldteleport.org
+1 (212) 825-0218 x105


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