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Sam Matheny

EVP & CTO
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Sam Matheny is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters.  With over 25 years of experience in the broadcast and data networking industries, including earning a patent for inventing mobile and interactive DTV technologies, Sam leads NAB’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and propel broadcast technology into the future.  He also provides overall leadership for PILOT, formerly NAB Labs, as well as NAB’s TV, Radio, and Digital Technology Committees.

Matheny is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and he serves on the board of governors for the National Wireless Safety Alliance.  He has served as an advisor to numerous startup and technology companies and is currently engaged with Reveal Mobile, a location based advertising technology company, and Haystack TV, a personalized OTT headline news channel. He is also a former member of the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), where he served as Chairman of the specialist group on the next generation of digital television.

Before joining NAB, Sam served as Vice President of Policy and Innovation for Capitol Broadcasting Company where he focused on strategic media applications, mobile wireless content delivery, smart TV, and helped secure multiple patents for broadcast Internet distribution.  He has also held management positions with mobile development, satellite, digital television, web development, and interactive video companies.  

Sam holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University.  In 2007, he was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Sam lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and two sons.