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SCTE Sierra Chapter - The News
Nor Cal Vendor Days 2019 Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:38
For the umpteenth year in a row three Nor-Cal SCTE-ISBE Chapters have teamed up to host the Northern California VENDOR DAYS 2019 this coming Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, April 9, 10 & 11 San Ramon Marriott-2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon, CA 94583.  

Throughout the three days of the Show there will be several events

Golden Gate Annual Golf Tournament 4/9
Canyon Lakes Golf Course - 8:00am Registration
9:00am Shotgun Start- 1:00pm Awards/Luncheon

12th Annual NCVD Motorcycle Roundup 4/9
Start at Canyon Lakes Golf Course 8:00am

Two Evening Vendor Reception Parties 4/9 & 4/10
Beverages and Snacks Served

Two Mornings of Membership Appreciation with goodies and Coffee 4/10 & 4/11

Two days of Vendor Tables in the Show Room 4/10 & 4/11

Special Presentation of Panel Speakers at Luncheon 4/10
Elaine Barden-VP Business Development
Jeff Votaw-VP of Engineering
Romy Ricafort-Sr. Director of Sales Engineering-West Division

Two days of Technical Training Sessions 4/10 & 4/11
Click here for Tech Session Info. 

Cable Games & Vendor Reception 4/10

Raffle, Prizes and Awards all during the Event
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:50
My 2018 Cable-Tec EXPO Experience Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:42

I have been a member of the SCTE for about 5 years now and have attended the local cable expo a couple of times. Last month I had the pleasure of attending my first national SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta. To summarize in one short palindrome: WOW!

There were trainings available focused on all of the newest technologies and even future concepts currently in development. The training topics varied, ranging from Wireless Technologies and Security, to the Internet of Things, operational changes and more. There were over 100 industry speakers and over 40 workshops so whatever your area of interest, there was plenty of relevant training for everyone. In the trainings, you are able to sit among some of the industry leaders and hear about new products and technologies straight from the people developing and deploying them.

With over 10,000 attendees and 400+ exhibitors, the networking opportunities throughout the week were priceless. The exhibit floor was massive, boasting over 300,000 square feet of seemingly endless products on display. When taking a break from the training, you can wander through the maze of product demonstrations and get hands on training with the latest and greatest technologies.

All in all, this was an incredible experience that I will definitely look forward to attending again in the future.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 13:16
Call for Nominations Member Alert Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 05 October 2018 11:35
SCTE•ISBE Sierra Chapter Board Election Process and Timeframes
Interested in becoming a board member for your local Sierra Chapter? We would love to have you join us!

The election process for the 2019 – 2020 (2 yr.) term of Board Members is approaching and the dates below represent the deadlines for the next steps
  • Call for Nominations – Now
  • Candidates and Nominees interested in running submit Brief Bio which will be posted on our Website and Ballot – Nov 16th 2018
  • Voting Window begins Dec 3rd and ends Dec 7th, 2018
  • Election Results announced at Dec Board meeting
  • New Board members take office in January at Jan Board meeting
Names below will end their 2 year term in December and are up for re-election
  • Don Dyer
  • Steve Bradley
  • Bob Angelastro
  • Aaron Walker
  • Eric Behr *(Replaced Mike Milligan midterm)
  • Brandon Mehrkens *(Replaced Catalino DeDios midterm)
The Board of Directors consists of 12 individuals. There are at least 6 openings available during the election process. You may send an email to Steve Bradley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to nominate an individual or if you are interested in serving on the board and would like to have your name added to the ballot.
Remember, deadlines for submission are Nov 16th 2018. Visit the Sierra Chapter Website http://www.sierrachapter.com/
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 11:38
What can the SCTE do for me? Print E-mail
Written by Brandon Mehrkens   
Friday, 05 October 2018 09:26
What can the SCTE do for me? This is a question I am asked frequently; it is a question I once asked myself. 
Before talking to ‘the right” people, I was oblivious to the training and networking opportunities that had been at my disposal from the day I became a new hire. Blinded by the day-to-day duties of a newly hired CommTech, it seemed there would never be time for me to enroll in classes geared towards my new trade, or sit through seminars with a stacked route of installs. Then, I talked to “the right” people. They all but laughed when I explained why I had not taken advantage of the self-paced courses, and certifications offered by the SCTE. That is when things started to change in my career, coincidence? Maybe. 
I like to believe that while it did take a good amount of effort on my part, the relationships I have made, and the knowledge I have gained through the Society not only made me a better candidate, but a driven industry expert. I am now a Network Technician in Sacramento, as well as an officer of the Sierra Chapter SCTE Board. 
What is holding you back?  
By Brandon Mehrkens / COMCAST 
Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2018 13:06
Meet Eric Heitz in RENO, NV June 11-12th, 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Monday, 21 May 2018 12:10
Eric Heitz is an Engineer 4 on Comcast California Region’s Video Engineering Team and the acting supervisor of the Advanced California Engineering Team primarily responsible for the design, deployment, and operational support of core video services.
He advises and collaborates with headend technicians operating in 21 master headends and provides revenue protection services to Comcast Spotlight (Ad Sales) Operation’s teams who support over 49 digital commercial ad zones in the State.
Eric received a State grant to attend San Jose State University under the Electrical Engineering program and minored in Humanities.  He is a graduate of Comcast’s meritorious Linked2Leadership program, serves as a mentor, and is the region’s subject matter expert for MPEG domain sciences. 
He has co-authored a Comcast Enterprise Standard for Video, Encoding, and Multiplexing, led several product developments & field trials for NETO (National Engineering Test Operations), and co-authored Golden Configurations used nationally.  Additionally, he serves as a go-to guy for:  Comcast SportsNet California, Local Area Broadcasters in seven demographic areas, and other MSO's where carriage agreements exist.
He has been with Comcast since 2004, however, prior to Comcast he spent his years in the Silicon Valley as a zealous practitioner of start-up culture and IPO’s.
Eric is also a philanthropist donating his time to the SCTE•ISBE Sierra Chapter as a past President, former Vice-President, and current Board Member of the chapter where he is the architect of the current website and email campaigns.

Outside of work he also serves the community as the Hall Board CFO and Senior Steward of the Roseville Masonic Lodge #222 F&AM where the society’s principle dogma promotes self-improvement and philanthropy toward others. Eric, his wife, and two children live within the Greater Sacramento Area.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:48

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