My name is Hames, Steven Hames and I am proud to be serving as CBI’s Secretary for this year … and hopefully for more (wink, wink, cough, cough).

Steven Hames, CBI Secretary

Many of you know that I have been serving CBI as the Awards Coordinator for the past five years, but there are a few things that you might not know about me. Professionally, I am the adviser for Viking Fusion and technology specialist for the Department of Communication at Berry College in northwest Georgia. A role that I have had since 2011. Before that, I served as a producer, director, and editor at several local origination television stations in north Georgia for 15 years.

I’m also a movie nerd. I’m that person who is always quoting movies and asking random movie trivia questions. I have always loved movies. When I was eight years old I saw this “little” film about a boy who befriends an alien. You may have heard of it … “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” That movie impacted me so much that two years later I decided that I wanted to work in film and TV for a living. And I did it. And I enjoyed it, but as I got older I realized that I wanted to give back and help others in the industry … especially those in college, as I had some great mentors who helped me as an undergrad. I had worked with and mentored several college interns over the years, so the appeal of working full-time at a college or university really spoke to me. And now I get to do that and I’m loving every minute of it.

A big reason for loving it, is seeing my students (my “adopted” children) succeed and be recognized for their hard work. I know many of you feel the same way. In the event that you don’t know, CBI has one of the premier platforms for students to be recognized on … the National Student Production Awards. The awards give students the opportunity to compete against students from across the nation, which is something they will be doing when they enter the job market, and to be recognized on a national level, which looks good on a resume. So while the submission window is still a couple of months away, it doesn’t hurt now for your station to identify and hold onto those news reports, shows, documentaries, commercials, etc. that you want to consider entering. Makes things a lot easier when those pesky deadlines approach.

And to paraphrase Truman Burbank from “The Truman Show,” in case I don’t see ya until the Seattle convention, Good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.