NATE SMITH

Episode 94

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Nate Smith – President of Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Most of Nate Smith’s corporate career has been spent with Time Warner Cable network, bringing him to different locations around the continental United States, ultimately making him a vital figure in the growth and expansion of the group. Since 2001, Nate sits as president of Hawaii’s Oceanic Time Warner Cable, in charge of 900 employees and over 400,000 customers who avail of their services; from high-speed ICT to cable television.

Prior to moving to the islands, Nate worked as CEO for Sky Network TV New Zealand. From 15,000 subscribers and $1 million in losses every month, Nate helped lift the company from the doldrums and place it as the seventh largest company in the New Zealand stock exchange, six years after his incumbency.

Today, Nate shares with us his deep-rooted involvement with Time Warner and how he deals with moving from one place to another, with the valuable support and understanding of his wife and three daughters. He also talks about how his father has ingrained in them a sense of empowerment in making the world a better place to live in, which is the root of his desire to give back to the community.

“My father is sort of a romantic or an idealist, and with all of his kids he said your number one goal was for the world or the Earth to have been a better place for you having been on it,” he says. “So I think just taking care of all the little ills, starting there and then taking on the bigger ones, I just think it has to be a focus of any responsible business.”

More of Nate Smith and his story only here on Greater Good Radio.

BIO:
Work

2001 – Present President of Oceanic Time Warner Cable

1991 – 2000 CEO of Sky Network TV, Auckland, New Zealand

1984 – 1990 Vice President of Operations for three different Time Warner Cable Divisions: Reading, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Time Warner’s National Division, Denver, Colorado

1981 – 1983 General Manager of Time Warner Cable’s Reading, Pennsylvania, System

1980 General Manager of Time Warner Cable’s Canyon County, California, System

1978 – 1979 Legal Assistant – Time Warner’s Manhattan Cable Division, New York, NY

1977 Account Representative – Title Guarantee

1975 – 1976 Legal Clerk, Goldwater & Flynn, Esq.

Education

1974 Ohio Wesleyan University – BA Humanities

Family

Nate is married to Catie and has three daughters aged 23, 21, and 19.

Civic Affiliation

AIG Advisory Board – May 2006
Aloha United Way
• Board of Directors
• Vice Chair – 2005 Campaign
• Chair – 2006 Campaign
American Judicature Society, Hawaii Chapter
• Special Committee on Business Courts
American Red Cross – Hawaii Chapter
• Board of Directors
• Communications Committee
Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council
• 101 Holes for Scouting – Fundraiser

Nate Smith
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Hawaii Business Roundtable
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council
• Board of Governors – 2004
UH College of Business Administration
• Advisory Member

Links:
Oceanic Time Warner Cable

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Episode 94