In order to accommodate growth, Home &
Garden Television (HGTV) expanded their Knoxville, Tn.
facility. This expansion included an increase in active
networks from one to four (including an increase in
transmission capacity.) This project also included the
expansion of HGTVs Master Control facility; an increase in
on-line storage capacity and construction of new building
linking the original site to the parking garage. The
additional space allowed the construction of an Internet/Web
command center; which became the showplace for the Internet
presence of HGTV and its sister companies.
Thomas C. Michales is a Senior Project Manager with AF
, Inc. in Northvale, NJ, a broadcast video
systems integrator. Since joining AF Associates, Tom has
managed several high profile broadcast television projects
including the Scripps Networks rebuild in Knoxville, TN; a
cable news channel for Time Warner in Austin, TX; and a
multichannel satellite uplink facility in Rio de Janeiro. He
has been instrumental in the formalization and promotion of
project management practices within the AF
Prior to joining AF, Tom was with Sony Electronics for 14
years. He held a variety of positions within Sony, mostly
within the professional products group handling sustaining
engineering tasks for a variety of system based products.
These products included stadium-sized displays,
videoconferencing systems, and interactive video systems,
and were instrumental in making them technically successful
in the US market. Tom also spent three years within Sony's
Systems Integration Center as a senior systems engineer and
project manager. Noteworthy projects included the systems
architecture and detailed design of video entertainment
systems for three cruise ships, distance learning systems,
and multichannel broadcast systems.
Tom earned his BS in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET)
from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Graduate level study
includes a Certificate in Project Management from University
of California at Santa Cruz, CA. He is a member of the
Project Management Institute (PMI), the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of
Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the
Society for Information Display (SID).