Management Team

DOUG SMITH
President and CEO

A graduate of Purdue University, Doug began his career in 1980 in cable television when cable wasn’t cool.  The uncool turned hot with astonishing growth with two blue chip MVPDs spanning more than 20 years. Doug’s experience was also enhanced in the programming and distribution sector by spending years with the Disney Channel leading to explosive growth in carriage across the cable industry.

With this background, Doug joined Mike Ruggiero at ATV to expand an excellent business in markets approaching nation-wide coverage and cooperatively building an outstanding team of professionals and diversifying Strictly Streaming’s service offerings to the broadcast television industry. This growth has honored broadcasters in 157 different DMAs with viewers in 49 states to date.

MICHAEL N. RUGGIERO
Chairman

A graduate of LaSalle University, Mike began his professional career in the New York offices of CPA firm Deloitte & Touche in 1974. In 1979, Mike created a cable television marketing firm that caught the attention of Cox communications and became Division Manager for their Indianapolis, Indiana Division.

In 1980, Mike helped form the Perennial Pictures Film Corporation and in 1983 Founded ATV Broadcasting where he serves as its CEO today. Mike has served as a two-term Governor of AAFS 6th District (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan) and was a four-year board member of the National American Advertising Awards (ADY) Process Committee. In addition, Mike also enjoys his work with the Mozel Sanders Foundation.

RICK THEDWALL
Executive Vice President

Rick’s experience is immense in the broadcast television industry going back to the 1970s.  Rick ushered in many changes in the industry by orchestrating one of the first cash for carriage retransmission consent agreements.

His diverse roles in programming, distribution, operations, and strategy development enabled Rick to usher in many firsts for broadcasters to include the nations first NCAA digital multicast and crafting hundreds of successful retransmission consent agreements with MVPDs.

Rick is an integral part of the breadth and depth of the Strictly Streaming team.

CHRIS RUGGIERO
VP of Operations

Chris joined ATV Broadcast in 1994 after attending Indiana University, and has been involved in all aspects of the broadcast-distributor relations consultancy. As Vice President of Operations, he is responsible for a broad range of broadcast client issues including, retransmission consent negotiations with cable, telco, and satellite service providers.

He also serves as the director of compliance for Strictly Streaming clients in the areas of syndex, significant viewing studies, and promotional opportunities for client stations, which has enhanced Strictly Streaming’s value to broadcasters.

CAROL RUGGIERO
VP of Finance

A consummate professional, Carol adds inside and outside perspective of finances to the Strictly Streaming team.

Her lengthy background in the insurance industry with blue chip, Prudential, provides Carol with a grounded approach to the financial and accounting side of Strictly Streaming.

RAOUL DESOTA
Executive Advisor

Raoul De Sota is a graduate of UC Davis and has spent a career in the media and entertainment industry working in Central & North America and Europe. He has broad experience with executive management roles in affiliate sales, finance, marketing and, strategic business development.

Raoul is a NAMIC ELDP graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

DAVID COPENHAVER
Digital Strategy Manager

During the past 20 years David Copenhaver has designed many local, municipal and enterprise video networks for commercial, military and government organizations.  Through Ameritech and Lucent Technologies David developed strategic business plans to implement innovative video network strategies using disruptive technologies to solve global communication problems.

As an entrepreneur, David has owned and operated successful multimedia, electronic commerce and robotic consulting companies.  Through these businesses he has developed many innovative technologies to solve business problems throughout the world.

David Copenhaver holds Baccalaureate degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University and a Masters of Science in Electronic Commerce at National University. He also is a graduate of the National Entrepreneurship Academy.  David's innovative model and whitepaper regarding “Micro-casting as an Natural Extension of Broadcasting and Narrowcasting” was presented by the Dean of National University at the International Sciences Consortium.

MARIE SOLA
Executive Advisor

Described as a Spark Plug who envisions the big picture as well as executes on the ideas, Marie loves the challenge of building something from the ground up.

Marie spent 21 years working in and around broadcast television.  As a sales person she excelled at new business development and relationship building. As the Affiliate Sales Manager for a start-up that helped national television and radio groups monetize their websites, Marie was integral in helping to shape the product.  Her entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to start her own company which led to her creating the – New England Emmy nominated television show The Maine Dish and The Maine Kids Show.

Most recently Marie worked internationally for the premiere networking group of more than 25,000 CEOs around the world, Young Presidents’ Organization.  As part of the Membership Development team, Marie was tasked with creating the first full-fledged, global integration program for the organization.

Combining her love of developing grass roots projects with her passion for social entrepreneurship, Marie’s work focuses on businesses with a conscience.

Marie is an avid reader, cook and world traveler. She has visited numerous countries on 6 of the 7 continents, her personal favorites are India, Turkey and Italy.  In 2001 Marie was awarded the Rose Award from the Maine Visitors and Convention Bureau for organizing “The United Maine Lobster Feed” delivering over 1100 pounds of lobster, Maine Microbrew beer and accoutrements to feed the Fire Fighters and Steel workers at Ground Zero. Currently, Marie serves on the Executive Board for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

Marie believes that the best lessons in life are learned outside of the box and is determined to have no regrets for not having tried when she meets her maker.