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SBCA Staff

Executive Office

Position Name Contact Information
Executive Director Joseph Widoff Tel: 202-349-3656

Joseph Widoff has spent over thirty years in television and radio broadcasting, technology and education. During the course of his career Widoff worked in public broadcasting, on the early issues involving carriage of local TV signals by satellite and was involved in the first satellite interconnection system for PBS.

Widoff has also been a leader in the use of new media in the delivery of educational and instructional materials to teachers and students. He was elected as a "DTV Pioneer" by the Consumer Electronics Associations and has been recognized by both NTIA and PBS for his leadership in the digital television conversion.

Widoff has a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Clark University.


Education & Training

Position Name Contact Information
Deputy Executive Director, Membership and Education Steven Hill Tel: 202-349-3620

Steven Hill has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, including retail management sales, distribution and customer relations. Hill started his career in the satellite industry in Pegasus Communications where he held a variety of roles within the organization.

In SBCA, Hill has spearheaded the Association's efforts in the areas of licensing, certification and risk and safety, including creation of Risk and Safety Resource Center in the Member's Only section of www.sbca.org which provides members with key information to improve their workforce and manage their business.


Position Name Contact Information
Education Manager Benjamin Rowan Tel: 202-349-3643

Benjamin Rowan serves as a Education Manager and as such is responsible for carrying out the Education Department's daily operational tasks. His responsibilities include managing the licensing database, grading tests, and fulfilling test orders. Rowan has been with the SBCA since 2005. Prior to joining the SBCA, he worked in the real estate and healthcare industries while attending college.

Rowan received a B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and a M.A. in Political Science from George Washington University.



Membership & ECTR

Position Name Contact Information
Membership & Program Manager Martin Esteves Tel: 202-349-3630

Martin Esteves has been with the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association since June, 2002. Esteves currently serves as Manager of Membership and Program Management at SBCA as such he is responsible for fulfilling the Effective Competition & Tracking Reports, for managing and processing SBCA membership and assisting on advocacy and public policy. He also helps to educate members about benefits which SBCA provides and makes sure members are taking full advantage of the benefits offered.

Prior to joining the SBCA Esteves was a graduate of James Madison University where he received his B.A. in Marketing.


Public Policy

Position Name Contact Information
Director Public Policy and Outreach Lisa Volpe McCabe Tel: 202-349-3640

Lisa Volpe McCabe has over 17 years of experience in telecommunications policy and government relations. McCabe's work has focused on Federal Communications Commission regulatory issues and state legislative and regulative affairs to ensure fair treatment of customers under state laws. McCabe is also responsible for providing education to members and consumers about the FCC's OTARD Rule which constitute the right to satellite services to both, technicians and consumers.

McCabe has a graduate degree in telecommunications from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College.


Communications & Marketing

Position Name Contact Information
Manager of Communications & Online Member Services Amy Hager Tel: 202-349-3627

Amy Hager joined SBCA in April 2010. With a decade of communications, public relations and marketing experience, Hager spearheads the communications efforts of SBCA. She focuses on providing quality programs and content to members and partners alike. Formerly with the Associated General Contractors of America and Wet Apple Media, she brings a wealth of experience to the Association.

Hager is a Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal 40 Under Forty honoree, received her B.A. in Mass Communications from Minnesota State University.

Media: Please e-mail for statements and quotes: ahager@sbca.org


Finance & Administration

Position Name Contact Information
Sr. Director Finance and HR Abdul Salam Tel: 202-349-3634

Abdul Salam is the Sr. Director of Finance and Human Resources with SBCA. In this position, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the finance and human resources department.

Prior to joining SBCA, Salam was an accountant in the finance division of the American Society of Travel Agents. Salam has been working in non-profit finance administration for nine years.
A graduate of George Mason University, Salam is currently preparing for the Certified Public Accountant's exam.


Position Name Contact Information
Office Manager Paulette Thomas Tel: 202-349-3623

Paulette Y. Thomas is the Office Manager for the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association. She has been with SBCA for over 3 years. Before moving to her current position, Paulette worked with SBCA's education and accounting departments.

As office manager, Thomas is responsible for the general administration of the office, scheduling interoffice programs/meeting and interfacing with many of the organizations vendors. She is also responsible for SBCA interoffice communications and all that needs to be done involving accounting issues.

Thomas received her B.S. in Business Administration from Almeda University in Boise, Ohio.


Information Systems

Position Name Contact Information
Sr. Director Information Systems Shahzad Haider Tel: 202-349-3633

Shahzad Haider serves as the Sr. Director Information Systems for the SBCA. Haider brings in over 8 years of experience in the field of IT and is managing all aspects of IT related tasks at SBCA, which includes managing websites, online training and certification programs, development of new tools, database and network management, user support and more.

Haider has a bachelor degree in Computer Science. In addition to the degree Haider has number of IT certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) & Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). Currently Haider is pursuing a Masters degree in Information Systems Management from University of Maryland.