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September 22, 2018

Media Summit founder to receive SUNY Oswego’s Presidential Medal


OSWEGO — Media industry leader, cable television pioneer and SUNY Oswego alumnus Louis A. Borrelli Jr. will receive the college’s Presidential Medal on Oct. 16, the day of the Media Summit he founded a decade ago.

Media industry leader Louis A. Borrelli Jr. (center), a 1977 graduate of SUNY Oswego, meets with Betty O'Donnell (right) and Kathy (O'Donnell) Hoefer, the late Lewis B. O'Donnell's wife and daughter, respectively, at the annual Media Summit named for Dr. O'Donnell. The college will honor Borrelli, a cable TV pioneer who founded and remains active with the Media Summit, with its Presidential Medal for outstanding contributions to his alma mater.

Media industry leader Louis A. Borrelli Jr. (center), a 1977 graduate of SUNY Oswego, meets with Betty O’Donnell (right) and Kathy (O’Donnell) Hoefer, the late Lewis B. O’Donnell’s wife and daughter, respectively, at the annual Media Summit named for Dr. O’Donnell. The college will honor Borrelli, a cable TV pioneer who founded and remains active with the Media Summit, with its Presidential Medal for outstanding contributions to his alma mater.

College President Deborah F. Stanley will present the medal following the 10th annual Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, to recognize the 1977 Oswego graduate’s outstanding contributions to his alma mater.

“Lou Borrelli stands out among our distinguished alumni in his dedication to those who are students here today. He never forgets where he came from and uses his vast industry network to connect students to internships and connect newly minted graduates to jobs,” President Stanley said. “We are inspired by his achievements and infinitely grateful for his service and dedication.”

Borrelli turned the spotlight back on students.

“This honor, both humbling and gratifying, was made possible by the hundreds of Oswego students the past 10 years that embraced the vision of the Media Summit and ran with it, making it their own,” he said. “I gladly share this recognition with them.”

Currently chief development officer of NimbleTV, Borrelli founded the summit in 2005 as a student-organized production, providing broadcasting and other communications students a learning opportunity behind the scenes and behind the cameras to showcase media luminaries talking on-air about vital issues of the day in the media industry.

In cooperation with a student team and Media Summit coordinator David Moody of the communication studies faculty, Borrelli remains vitally interested and involved in each year’s summit production and its associated daylong educational events, and serves on the Oswego College Foundation board and School of Communications, Media and the Arts Advisory Board.

The summit initially was named for Borrelli. In 2007, after Dr. O’Donnell’s death, gifts from Borrelli and NBC’s Al Roker, a 1976 graduate of SUNY Oswego, honored the beloved professor they shared with a new name for the event.

Now a signature event of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, this year’s summit has as panelists Roker, Charlie Rose, Connie Schultz, Dennis Thatcher and Ken Auletta.

Beyond the Media Summit, Borrelli has mentored many broadcasting students, made appearances on campus to share his expertise and helped place students in positions in the broadcasting industry.

Media entrepreneur

Borrelli is currently an investor, active board member and adviser to several early-stage media companies. Besides NimbleTV, a service designed to allow subscribers to access television programs from any device, he is involved with ShowGo.tv, a live music streaming service, and Piiku, a smart advertising platform.

Formerly he was president and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, the leading international provider of outsourced teleproduction services for major live sports and entertainment events around the world.

Before joining NEP, Borrelli was senior vice president at America Online, where he developed AOL’s high-speed broadband business plan and distribution partnerships across the cable television and telecommunications industries. He was a founding partner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marcus Cable Co. Under his leadership, Marcus Cable grew to become the nation’s largest privately held cable company and was named “Cable Operator of the Year” by Cablevision magazine.

He began his cable career with UA-Columbia Cablevision, holding a number of executive positions in programming, marketing, operations and new business development.

Borrelli has served on several industry boards, including the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Cable Advertising Bureau, National Academy of Cable Programming, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and the Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op.

Among his honors, Borrelli is a two-time CTAM-TAMI Award winner, received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas and was elected to Cable Pioneers. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Oswego.

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