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Alan Gerry, community member

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Alan Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation ("CVI"). After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation's largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. With over 1.3 million subscribers at year-end 1995, CVI became the 8th largest multiple system operator in the United States.

Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to demands for a greater number of channels and improved reception in areas where off-air television reception was unsatisfactory due to topography or remoteness from broadcast towers. A true cable pioneer, he built his first such "classic" cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, New York, where he still maintains his corporate offices.

From this small base, Mr. Gerry's entrepreneurial spirit and vision sparked a period of remarkable growth that resulted in the company's expansion to rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. In the cable financial community, Mr. Gerry was recognized for creating innovative capital structures that enabled the financing of CVI's remarkable growth without accessing the public equity markets.

Even as the company grew significantly, Mr. Gerry insisted that CVI remain in close touch with its subscribers providing consistently outstanding customer service which routinely surpassed industry standards.

Mr. Gerry was a pioneer from a technical standpoint as well. His innovative use of microwave technology helped make large-area rural cable systems economical and extended cable's reach. He was among the first to use fiber, installing fiber-optic cable in 1989 in CVI's San Fernando Valley system in west Los Angeles.

Recognizing the market demands for enhanced media products and the constantly changing dynamics of the telecommunications landscape, CVI merged with Time Warner, the nation's second largest cable operator, on January 4, 1996.

Today, Mr. Gerry continues as one of the nation's entrepreneurial leaders. In January 1996, he founded Granite Associates, L.P., a private investment company focused on capital appreciation utilizing a diversified investment strategy. He continues to serve as Granite's Chairman and C.E.O.

Subsequent to the establishment of Granite Associates, Mr. Gerry created a foundation which bears his family’s name, the Gerry Foundation, with one of its principal goals being the revitalization of the economy of Sullivan County in New York. One of its first initiatives in 1996 was the purchase of the property where the original Woodstock festival was held 1969 and several hundred surrounding acres for the purpose of building an arts and entertainment complex that would attract visitors from around the world who wish to celebrate Woodstock’s musical legacy. Based on Mr. Gerry’s vision, a 4,800 seat pavilion with lawn seating for another 12,000 along with supporting structures for the comfort and convenience of its patrons opened with rave reviews in its inaugural season in 2006. A state-of-art interactive museum dedicated to the 60’s opened June of 2008. His efforts have proved to be extremely successful are viewed as the linchpin in renewed economic activity in the area.

Mr. Gerry has been the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the most prestigious award granted by the cable television industry, the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, which he was awarded in 1995. He was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame in May 2000. Mr. Gerry has also received the Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award for the New England Chapter of the Institute of American Entrepreneurs, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League. In 1999, Mr. Gerry received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from Roger Williams University, and in 2004 an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York.

Mr. Gerry is also recognized for his involvement with and support of community and charitable causes. His significant donation to the National Cable Center in Denver Colorado helped spur millions of dollars in additional contributions from fellow cable industry leaders. He is a major benefactor of schools, colleges and medical institutions. He is a leading contributor to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Sullivan County, New York, serves on the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York and has served for many years as a Trustee of Guthrie Health Care System in Sayre, Pennsylvania. In 1997 he established the Paul Gerry Dialysis Center at the Robert Packer Hospital in honor of his late brother and created the Alan Gerry Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Alan Gerry Endowed Scholar Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007 he founded the Alan and Sandra Gerry Metastasis Research Initiative at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Mr. Gerry is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

more information:

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

The Cable Center

 
biography provided courtesy of Granite Associates, LLP

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