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SCTE Sierra Chapter - The News
Nor-Cal Vendor Days 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 02 March 2018 13:24
Your three Northern California Chapters of the SCTE have teamed up once again to host the SCTE Nor-Cal Vendor Days this coming April 25th-26th. The venue has not changed: Marriott San Ramon at 2600 Bishop Drive.  

More information about tech sessions and instructions will be shared as it arrives.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 09:51
Ivan's Story Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 02 March 2018 13:20


From: Sierra SCTE Chapter Active Board Member:  Ivan R. Dieu (Retired…)


A few personal benefits from becoming a member of the SCTE, Society of Cable Television Engineers = “Priceless!”


In 1981 I joined CableData, a Billing company for Top MSO’s within the Cable TV Industry on Arden Way close to Watt Ave. in Sacramento, now a “Safeway” I believe.  I reported directly to Robert Mathews, founder, and Susie Mathews, wife and co-owner of CableData.  I directed and managed several “Top Company Leaders”, including the Benefits and Privileges Department, Fleet department, and a 250 people per day Lunchroom.  


From there, the next 10 to 15 years was rapid “Growth” with various Cable manufacturers.  I was recruited to “Oak Industries,” by a former CableData Sales Director for Oak.  Early on I met Steve Allen, who invited me to join the SCTE Sierra Chapter that he started, believe 1985’ish.  A few years later, while attending the annual National SCTE CableTech convention in Las Vegas, I was offered a West Coast Sales Representative position with Pioneer Communications.  (Many “Older” engineers will remember the M-35 set-top boxes not so fondly, with “Clip the Orange Wire” security problems…)  Pioneer was one the greatest sales accomplishments by selling their “Addressable” set-top boxes.  Along with Mike Hayashi (whom went on to become CIO at TW Cable), we sold TW San Diego one of the first Addressable Systems.  TW San Diego at that time was the largest Cable System in the United States and the deal was worth 15-20+ million dollars.  Robert Lonn, the Dir of Engineering at TW in San Diego was a member of his local SCTE SD Chapter, which proved networking and relationship building with others in the SCTE can be very valuable.


After the Pioneer deal, General Instruments, which became Motorola, and is now Arris, made an employment offer I couldn’t refuse.  I enjoyed much success while working at General Instruments and made many MSO deals. I gave several technical talks at various SCTE Regional Engineer Conferences in the West.  Over years, I gained many extremely valuable relationship that I wouldn’t have, had I not joined the SCTE.  These relationships established through the SCTE helped my 35 year career in “Cable” and attributed employment and sales success, and many other advantages in larger part by becoming an SCTE Member.  Finding loyalty of members, job advancement, training benefits, awards that are available for us members and families a “Beneficial Hidden Treasure”!   


In conclusion, by joining your local SCTE Chapter, you WILL advance your career faster, Associate Closer to “Top Brass” MSO Cable decision maker Executives, Construction Contractors, within our Fantastic Industry!


Brief Examples - “Only a few” below listed, Cable/SCTE wise, associated/“Grew up” within our Industry, and Remain friends to this day: Comcast: Tony Werner, Ed Marchetti, and Jeff Votaw.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 09:51
2018 Board Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:24

Your 2018 Board has been established:

  • Ken Welch | Officer - President | Mentoring next Treasurer
  • Mike Carlow | Officer - Vice-President
  • Brandon Mehrkens | Officer - Secretary
  • Chad Mervau | Officer - Dir. Training
  • Aaron Walker | Officer - Director of Membership
  • Bob Angelastro | Board Member
  • Eric Behr | Board Member
  • Steve Bradley | Board Member
  • Ivan Dieu | Board Member
  • Don Dyer | Board Member
  • Craig Freeman | Board Member
  • Eric Heitz | Board Member + Webmaster
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2018 09:51
Call for Nominations Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:08
Interested in becoming a board member for your local Sierra Chapter? We would love to have you join us!
The election process for the 2018 – 2019 (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 17th 2017
  • Voting Window begins Dec 4th and ends Dec 8th, 2017
  • 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
Ken Welch
Ivan Dieu
Eric Heitz
Catalino DeDios
Stuart Kidd
Craig Freeman
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 yourself or an individual.
Remember, deadlines for submission are Nov 17th 2017.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:24
SCTE Central CA Meet and Greet, Cable-Tec Games, Golf Tournament Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:53

Our Northern California sibling chapter SCTE Central California is hosting a Meet and Greet, Cable Tec-Games, and Golf Event August 29th 2017 thru August 30th 2017.  

Meet and Greet / Cable-Tec Games 


Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino

711 Lucky Lane

Coarsegold, CA 93614

When:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cable-Tec Games Begin at 5pm

Acorn, Manzanita and Elderberry Conference Rooms

Reception 7pm to 11pm

Nativo's Event Center

Hotel Rooms:

We also have a special room rate of $109.00 Per Night at this facility.

To reserve a room:

1.  Call 866-794-6946

2.  Ask for Group ID 170919SCTE


Questions About the Golf Tournament and or Reception Contact,  

Brenda Tolles,   559-408-8519       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lisa Leaunvankham ,    925-453-9249     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This event  is open only to Sponsors, Members and Players of our Golf Tournament.

2017 Central California Chapter Golf Tournament


DragonFly Golf Club

43369 Avenue 12

Madera, CA 93636

(559) 432-3020


When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time:  Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. - Tee off at 8:00 a.m. sharp!!

Shot-gun start.  Lunch & Awards after golf at the course

Cost: $175.00 per person, or $475.00 per foursome - Includes Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, Range Balls, and Great Prizes.

Deadline:  Registration forms and fees must be received by Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:13

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