Business briefs: Bright House hires new leader

November 19, 2013 

Bright House Networks has named Alan Mason vice president/general manager of news and local programming.

Mason will provide oversight and strategic guidance for Bright House Networks 24-hour local news channels -- Bay News 9 and News 13 -- as well as Bright House Sports Network, Local on Demand and InfoMas beginning Dec. 30.

For more than a decade, Mason has been the Vice President/General Manager of Time Warner Cable's award-winning, 24 hour North Carolina news network, News 14 Carolina. News 14 Carolina's four regional channels reach more than a million Time Warner Cable subscribers in the Charlotte, Raleigh/Greensboro, Wilmington and Greenville/New Bern television markets.

From 1997 to 2001, Mason consulted at television stations across North America as a News and Marketing Strategist with Audience Research and Development in Dallas, Texas. From 1990 to 1997, he was News Director at WLOS-TV in Asheville, North Carolina.

A Clemson University graduate, Mason earned an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bay News 9 and News 13 are among the country's top-rated 24-hour local news channels. Bright House Networks owns and operates Bay News 9, News 13, Bright House Sports Network, and InfoMas.

Leadership group offers holiday raffle

BRADENTON -- Women's Leadership Initiative of United Way of Manatee County is hosting a "Holiday Treasure Chest Raffle" event to raise donations and awareness around the significant issues facing the youth in our community.

Raffle ticket holders will be eligible to win the Holiday Treasure Chest worth more than $1,500. The Holiday Treasure Chest contains theater tickets, a limo ride, dinners, massages, golf games and some unexpected prizes like two flats of premium strawberries. Just in time for the holidays; it can be a gift to yourself or for those you love. The winning ticket will be drawn at 7 p.m., and until then, party attendees will enjoy complimentary hors d' oeuvres and a cash bar. There is no cost to attend but each attending couple is asked to show at least one raffle ticket stub as their 'admission'.

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and will be sold at the door. The event will be at the Ezra Café, 5629 Manatee Ave W. There will also be an 'angel tree' where attendees will be invited to support the many ways in which Women's Leadership and United Way impact the lives of our community's children.

WLI is active in many local children's programs, including ReadingPals in which 100 adult volunteers spend one hour per week reading with local kindergarteners. Other programs include an annual "Holiday with a Heart" at Just for Girls, volunteering for

Let's Be Safe and the Big Bank Theory

BRADENTON -- Futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich will be the keynote address at the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.'s annual update reception on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Boulevard in Palmetto.

An adviser to Fortune 1000 companies, Uldrich will explore trends expected to change the world by the year 2020, requiring businesses to adapt. The event also will include a networking hour, and EDC leaders will provide an update on the organization's progress in business recruitment, job creation and stimulating capital investment to support a more diverse local economy.

The event's presenting sponsor is Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA's, LL. The media sponsor is Bradenton Herald. Additional sponsors include IMG Academy, Keiser University, Ad-Vance Talent Solutions, Blalock|Walters, Bright House Networks, Fawley|Bryant Architects, FPL, Halfacre Construction, SCF, SunTrust and University of South Florida, Sarasota Manatee. Sponsorships are available by contacting cindyu@thinkbradentonarea.com.

The cost to attend is $55 for EDC investors and $65 for others. Tables of eight may also be reserved. To register online, visit ThinkBradentonArea.com and click on "Event Calendar." For more information, call 748-4842, ext. 126.

-- Herald staff report

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