Through investments in technology, organizational development and branding, Amy and her team continue to advance BendBroadband’s position as the local company to root for. Well known in the industry as an early adopter, BendBroadband launched high speed internet in 1997, converted to all-digital in 2008 and in 2011 the company opened the Vault, the first colocation datacenter in the U.S. to receive the Uptime Institute’s Tier III certification for design and construction. In 2009 the company rebranded to amplify localism. The comprehensive effort has successfully resonated with customers in the region and “We’re the local dog. We better be good” campaigns have won awards. While the company is considered a technology leader, Amy is most proud of the culture at BendBroadband and the company’s significant community involvement. She got her start in 1980 with HBO, advancing to VP of Marketing in New York. Amy served as President of WICT in 1986. Returning to Oregon in 1988, she joined several family businesses, including Bend Cable Communications. Amy and her husband have two children in college.
Amy Chairs the Rural Systems and Small Operators’ Committee as a member of the NCTA Board of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors for CableLabs and CSPAN. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust, Associated Oregon Industries and Economic Development for Central Oregon. Amy was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon Health Sciences University Board. She is a Vistage International member and is involved on numerous local committees. Amy is the 2007 recipient of the NCTA’s Distinguished Vanguard Award and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2013. Amy has her BA and MBA from the University of Oregon.