Project of the Year:
"Home & Garden Television 1999 Broadcast Center Rebuild"
Tom Michales - Senior Project Manager,
AF Associates, Inc.
In order to accommodate growth, Home &
Garden Television (HGTV) expanded their Knoxville, Tn. facility. This expansion
included an increase in active networks from one to four (including an
increase in transmission capacity.) This project also included the expansion
of HGTVs Master Control facility; an increase in on-line storage capacity
and construction of new building linking the original site to the parking
garage. The additional space allowed the construction of an Internet/Web
command center; which became the showplace for the Internet presence of
HGTV and its sister companies.
Thomas C. Michales is a Senior Project
Manager with AF Associates, Inc. in Northvale, NJ, a broadcast video systems
integrator. Since joining AF Associates, Tom has managed several high profile
broadcast television projects including the Scripps Networks rebuild in
Knoxville, TN; a cable news channel for Time Warner in Austin, TX; and
a multichannel satellite uplink facility in Rio de Janeiro. He has been
instrumental in the formalization and promotion of project management practices
within the AF organization.
Prior to joining AF, Tom was with Sony
Electronics for 14 years. He held a variety of positions within Sony, mostly
within the professional products group handling sustaining engineering
tasks for a variety of system based products. These products included stadium-sized
displays, videoconferencing systems, and interactive video systems, and
were instrumental in making them technically successful in the US market.
Tom also spent three years within Sony's Systems Integration Center as
a senior systems engineer and project manager. Noteworthy projects included
the systems architecture and detailed design of video entertainment systems
for three cruise ships, distance learning systems, and multichannel broadcast
Tom earned his BS in Electrical Engineering
Technology (EET) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Graduate level study
includes a Certificate in Project Management from University of California
at Santa Cruz, CA. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI),
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society
of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Society for
Information Display (SID).
Project of the
Year Submission and Presentation
Student Paper: "AT&T
- HFC Initiative"
James P. Campbell, Scott P. Macaulay, Brian
Semcer, Marc Diament, Roberto Rodriguez, and William Petro
Chapter Awards: Mary Devon O'Brien
presented awards to members of the Board and other chapter members for
their exceptional service to the profession and to the chapter.
Below are Stacy Miltiades, Nelson Woomer,
Ed Miller, and Nikki Stein.