Managing Partner Eric
Smith has held production and leadership
posts in public broadcasting for 43 years; the last 25 as director of
public broadcasting for the State of Florida under the auspices of
the Florida Department of Education.
His two main
responsibilities were representing the interests of Florida’s public
radio and television stations before the Florida Legislature and the
US Congress, and to provide and administer financial support for
Florida’s public radio and
television stations in the areas of station operations, broadcast
equipment, and new and improved broadcast facilities.
After his retirement in June 2003, he continues to provide governmental
lobbying and consulting services to Florida public television and radio
stations as the Director of Governmental and Community relations for the
Florida Public Broadcasting Service Inc. He is Managing Partner with the
national search and consulting firm, NETA Consulting.
Prior to his statewide responsibilities, he was General Manager of WSRE-TV
and Chair of the academic Department of Broadcasting at Pensacola Junior
College. He began his career in 1960 as a camera operator for the
Alabama Public Television Network.
His national professional service includes election by his peers as
co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcasting Executives (OSBE) and
served two terms as a trustee of the Association of Public Television
Stations (APTS). He has provided search and management consultation
services for many public broadcasting licensees.
In 2003, he received a PBS Leadership Award recognizing his leadership
for securing and allocating more than $370 million in state
appropriations for Florida’s public radio and television stations.
Outside his work in public broadcasting, he is certified as a Master USA
Track & Field Official specializing in Field Events and Cross Country.
Annually, he is selected to officiate NCAA and USATF National
|Contact: Eric Smith
1471 Timberlane Road, Suite 125
Tallahassee, FL 32312
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Judy Stone Weaver retired from Alabama Public Television in 2000 and
began a consulting practice in 2001 that included serving as Project
Coordinator for the Five Star Alliance for Children, a collaborative of
five state public television networks. She is currently a partner in
NETA Consulting, which offers customized management consulting and
executive recruiting services.
Prior to consulting, her 25 years of experience in public broadcasting
included 11 years as the chief executive of the statewide Alabama Public
Television and WLRH-FM in Huntsville. Earlier, she headed a production
facility for the College of Communication at the University of Alabama
where she was also Assistant Dean for four years. Her work in public
broadcasting began in 1973 as a producer/director for Alabama Public
Television, followed by WSRE-TV in Pensacola.
During the 1990’s, she was elected by her peers to chair both the
Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE) and the Southern
Educational Communications Association (SECA). And she was elected by
her peers to the Board of Directors of the Public Broadcasting Service
(PBS), serving as Vice-Chair of the PBS Board for 3 years.
Most recently she was a member of the New Jersey Network’s Community
Advisory Board She is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors for
the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information
Sciences and has augmented her knowledge about boards and planning from
the non-profit, non-public broadcasting boards on which she has served
in the past 20 years.
life outside public broadcasting includes maintaining vegetable, herb
and ornamental gardens at University Terrace Elementary School in Baton
Rouge as a Louisiana Master Gardener.
Contact: Judy Weaver
6910 Providence Estates Court, Mobile, AL 36695
Ronald C. Bornstein
leadership positions in public broadcasting and higher education for
over 40 years. He relocated his management consulting and executive
recruitment practice to Tucson after retiring from the University of
Wisconsin System, where he worked for 27 years in various capacities as
Director of the Telecommunications Division and General Manager of WHA
Radio and Television, Vice President for University Relations, and as
the University's Senior Vice President for Administration, Executive
Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer.
was also a Professor of Communication Arts for the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, where his specialty was media policy and programming.
On leaves of absence from the university, he twice served as Vice
President for Telecommunications for the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting and as Acting President of National Public Radio. He was a
long-time member of the State of Wisconsin Educational Communications
Board, chaired its Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation, and served
on the boards of PBS, NPR and the Association of Public Television
Stations. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including a National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences "Emmy" Award and the Edward R.
Murrow Award, and was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters
Association Hall of Fame.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Pacific Mountain
Network, an educational foundation that provides support to its 31
member stations in the Rocky Mountain and Pacific States. He also is a
member of the public advisory board for KUAT Radio and Television in
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