Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Award

Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Award


Identify a rising star in the cable industry, 40 years old or younger, who has made the most significant contributions to the innovations of the cable industry. This award is managed by the SCTE Foundation in Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr.'s memory. Wilt Hildenbrand was a technology pioneer and industry legend who unexpectedly passed away in 2018 at the age of 70 after a lengthy career that included four decades in the Cablevision organization. In addition to the award, the SCTE Foundation also oversees a scholarship in his memory. For more information about the scholarship see the SCTE Foundation website.


Nominations for the 2023 award are due by July 1, 2023. To nominate an SCTE member, please use the nomination form. In addition to the online form, submit the nominee’s resume and photograph, and any supporting documentation, to

2022 Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr. Award Winner

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Andrii Vladyka
Technical Product Manager

This award is presented to a young leader who has made significant contributions to SCTE and the cable industry in his or her early career. 

Andrii Vladyka is Technical Product Manager at Harmonic, focused on operations and deployment aspects of Harmonic’s virtual cable access platform. Andrii has over 10 years of experience in telecom industries, including leadership roles with customer-facing and operations-centric engagement. Andrii holds a MS degree in Telecommunications from the Kharkiv University of Radioelectronics in Ukraine.

Past Winners:

2021: Rama Assaf-Smith, Comcast Cable Communications

2020: Kerry Zinger, Charter Communications

2019: Chris Zydel, Altice USA

2018: Mariela Anabel Fiorenzo, Telecom Argentina SA*

2017:  Lisa Leaunvankham, Comcast Cable Communications*

* In 2019, the award was renamed to honor the legacy of Wilt J. Hildenbrand Jr., with the nomination process to be managed by the SCTE Foundation.