Mr. Ergen is our Chairman of the Board. In 2001, Mr. Ergen was the first person to ever win the Rocky Mountain News' Business Person of the Year for a second time, being recognized for the same award in 1996. Mr. Ergen was named to the Forbes Magazine Top Ten CEO's list and as the Frost & Sullivan 2001 CEO of the Year for Satellite Industry. In 2000, Aviation Week Magazine named him Space Industry Business Man of the Year. In June 1991, INC. Magazine named him Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain region. In 1988, he received the Home Satellite TV Association Star Award. Mr. Ergen was instrumental in fighting for consumer rights with the passage of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act in 1999 which gave American consumers the right to watch local TV channels via satellite. He has also testified before Congress regarding other video competition issues on numerous occasions and was a co-founder of the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association. He received his B.S. in General Business and Accounting from the University of Tennessee and his M.B.A from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
Mr. Federico serves as a member of our board of directors, and is a member of our Audit Committee, Nominating Committee and Executive Compensation Committee. Until 2012, Mr. Federico served as Vice President, Chief Engineer, and Graphic Communications Executive Liaison of Xerox Corporation. Mr. Federico joined Xerox in 1968, and held various product and general management positions, as well as numerous engineering, solutions, information management, and process re-engineering positions.
Mr. Ortolf serves as a member of our board of directors, and is a member of our Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee and Audit Committee. Mr. Ortolf also serves as a member of the board of directors of DISH Network Corporation, and is a member of its Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. Mr. Ortolf has been the President of Colorado Meadowlark Corp., a privately held investment management firm, for more than twenty years. From 1988 until 1991, Mr. Ortolf served as DISH Network’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Schroeder serves as a member of our board of directors, and serves on our Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. Prior to EchoStar's spinoff from DISH Network Corporation, Mr. Schroeder served on the board of directors of DISH Network Corporation and was a member of its Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. In 1981, Mr. Schroeder founded Consumer Satellite Systems, Inc. (CSS), which he grew to encompass a 10 state distribution system operating in a region ranging from Wisconsin to Florida. CSS served retailers selling satellite systems, televisions and a range of consumer electronics products. Mr. Schroeder also founded a programming division of CSS that grew to serve over 400,000 subscribers.
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