A veteran of the cable telecommunications industry for the past 20 years, Doug Smith began his career with Times Mirror Cable Television in Lafayette, IN. In 1982, Doug transferred to Midland, TX and became part of a highly motivated newly formed management team in which he eventually became Southwest Region Marketing Manager and general Manager of Midland. Midland became the flagship system in the Texas holdings for Times Mirror achieving over 50% growth. Doug’s role further expanded to include the entire TX District where he orchestrated strategic change with franchise renewals, rebuilds and innovative marketing and operational rollouts while building unique strategic alliances. Doug relocated to Dallas, TX after accepting a region position with The Disney Channel. Doug’s group helped lead The Disney Channel into strategic change from being a premium service to basic. Doug’s background and financial dexterity helped usher a number of MSOs into this new direction. In 1993, he took a position with Insight Communications in Noblesville, Indiana. In 1998, Doug pursued the next phase his career by joining forces with Mike Ruggiero and ATV Broadcast.