SBCA Board of Directors

The SBCA is excited to welcome the following individuals who have been elected to serve on our Board of Directors. We appreciate these individuals commitment towards the SBCA and the satellite industry.

Jeffery Blum

Vice Chairman

Jeffrey H. Blum is Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel of DISH Network L.L.C., overseeing litigation and government affairs in Washington, DC. He has been with DISH, which has approximately 13.8 million TV subscribers, for over 10 years.

Before coming to DISH, Jeff was a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where his practice focused on copyright, First Amendment and anti-piracy litigation. At Davis Wright Tremaine, Jeff co-represented a class of songwriters and music publishers in the Grokster P2P file sharing case, which was decided by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Jeff's clients. The Grokster decision established a new basis for secondary copyright liability, called "inducement liability". Jeff was a part-time lecturer at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Journalism from 2003-2005, where he taught "Media Law". He currently serves as Chairman of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) and Co-Chairman of hte Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG). Jeff also serves on the boards of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and BUILD Metro DC.

Jeff graduated summa cum laude and first in his class at Boston University School of Law, where he was a Note Editor of the Boston University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University, with a B.A. in History and Classics. After law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Joseph Tauro of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

Brent Olson

Chair and Vice President of Global Public Policy

Brent Olson serves as Vice President – Global Public Policy at AT&T.  Mr. Olson oversees a team responsible for developing and coordinating at the international, federal and state levels AT&T's public policy positions on issues covering video, Internet content, broadband services, interconnection, universal service, and other Internet user community initiatives. Mr. Olson has 20+ years of communications law and policy experience. Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Olson worked for nine years as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, including serving as the Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau from 2000 - 2004.

 

He is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law.

Hossein Memarsadeghi

Board Member

Hossein Memarsadeghi is the vice president of Consumer Business Management for the North American Division at Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes). In this capacity, he is responsible for ensuring the successful growth, operation, and P&L for HughesNet® broadband services, the largest satellite broadband network for consumers in the U.S. with over one million consumer and small business subscribers.

 

Mr. Memarsadeghi joined Hughes in 1993 as a college intern and has since held a variety of engineering, launch management, program management, service delivery, and business management positions throughout his 23-year career at Hughes. His main focus in recent years has been launching broadband satellite services for consumer markets.

 

Mr. Memarsadeghi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland.

Jason Sophinos

Head of US Consumer Product at Viasat Inc

Jason Sophinos is the Head of Product Management for the US Consumer Residential Services division of Viasat, Inc. (Viasat).  As the Head of Product, Mr. Sophinos is responsible for all products throughout the full customer lifecycle for Viasat’s 500,000+ residential subscribers.  Jason also holds responsibility for managing all of Viasat’s US residential government subsidy programs.

 

Mr. Sophinos holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, a Juris Ductorate and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Bob Chastain

Board Member

CEO for PerfectVision Manufacturing, Inc. and Perfect 10 Distribution since 2006. Bob previously held the role of CEO of Apex Digital LLC an HSP for DIRECTV From 1997-2000 and President of Crystal Clear Satellite from 2001-2006, which was a DIRECTV sales agent.

Paul Fassbender

Board Member

Paul Fassbender is the Managing Director of Government Affairs at Asurion.  Asurion provides portable electronics insurance and technology warranty support services to customers worldwide. In his capacity, he oversees government affairs as well as a portion of the compliance division.

  

Prior to joining Asurion, he was an Assistant Commissioner for Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development at the State of Tennessee as well as Chief Counsel to US Senator Bob Corker.   He is a board member of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, an organization that works to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in Tennessee.   

 

Paul holds B.A. degrees in History and Communications from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University.  He is a licensed attorney and currently resides with his wife and three children in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill Teevens

Board Member

Bill Teevens has worked in the satellite business for 22 years. His company, WIREFREE USA/Rapid Choice, provides an array of installation services: commercial, residential, MDU, L&I, security systems, sound systems, AT&T-DIRECTV, DISH, Hughes, and ViaSat.

 

Bill has an undergraduate degree from University of North Dakota, history and political science and

J.D. Degree from University of North Dakota. 

 

Bill holds dual citizenship for both the USA and Canada and works along side his business and personal partner, Sue Rutkowski. Bill has 3 children and 10 grandchildren. 

Lee McKinney

Board Member

Lee McKinney is on the McKinney Capital Board of Directors after serving as President of the McKinney Capital former holding, Satellites Unlimited, Inc. (SUI). Prior to joining SUI, Lee worked for Enterprise Rent A Car.

 

Lee received a degree in Marketing from UAB and attended the University of South Alabama, where he was a scholarship track athlete. He is currently a member of the Jaguar Athletic Fund.

 

Lee’s greatest accomplishment is working in the family business and helping it grow from less than 10 employees to over 1000 today, in addition to helping others achieve success and happiness in life. He believes that it is important to be honest no matter what, to not forget where you came from, and to treat others as you want to be treated. His philosophies on life and business include to learn from your mistakes and have no regrets, and to take time to celebrate the wins.

 

Lee takes time out of his schedule to support organizations including the University of South Alabama Athletic Department, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Humane Society, Shelby County Humane Society, Speed City Track Club, Children’s Hospital, Tum Tum Tree Foundation and AMBUCS. 

 

In his spare time, Lee enjoys teaching Sunday school, traveling, running/exercising, fishing, sports card collecting, and spending time with his wife, daughters, and other family members.

Dan Yannantuono

Board Member

Dan is the President of Unitek Global Services, an end to end solutions provider in the Telecommunications Industry. Dan’s prior role was CEO of Direct Sat, which is the largest division of Unitek, and one of AT&T’s nationwide Home Service Providers. He joined Unitek in 2005 and has held several executive roles during his tenure. Overall, Dan has over 20 years of executive management experience in both public and private organizations.

 

Dan holds a Bachelor in Finance and Business Management from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University.

Erin McIlvain

Board Member

Erin McIlvain is executive vice president of content strategy and distribution for Crown Media Family Networks, home of three linear networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now; and publishing division, Hallmark Publishing. Based in Crown Media’s Denver office, McIlvain reports to Bill Abbott, president and chief executive officer.

 

McIlvain is responsible for aligning business development efforts with the distribution of Crown Media’s original content across multiple platforms. Her oversight also includes forging and cultivating strategic partnerships that will generate untapped distribution opportunities. She plays a key role in the ongoing expansion of the distribution footprints for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama, as well as the growth of the subscriber base for Hallmark Movies Now.

 

Previously, McIlvain was vice president of broadcast relations and programming for Charter Communications where she was responsible for acquiring broadcast, network, VOD, and TVE content for the Nation’s third largest MVPD. In this role, along with other members of Charter’s content acquisition team, McIlvain negotiated numerous retransmission consent agreements and complex multi-platform distribution deals.

 

Prior to Charter Communications, McIlvain was the vice president of national accounts at Crown Media Family Networks. She was responsible for negotiating and securing contract renewals with all national accounts. Additional responsibilities included management of contract compliance and analysis of new revenue opportunities. McIlvain began her career at DISH Network, negotiating retransmission consent and linear cable network distribution deals. During her tenure at DISH, she received the unique opportunity to work for a start-up subsidiary for six months in Hong Kong.

 

McIlvain graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in History and received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, School of Law. She is a member of the Colorado State Bar. McIlvain resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.