Leadership

Tom Mohler is the CEO of Olympusat Holdings, which includes its owned and operated companies: Ocean Communications, Olympusat, Inc., Olympusat Telecom, Olympusat Entertainment, Ocean Distribution, Ocean New Media, Hatch Entertainment, Magicorp and Road 8 Entertainment.

Tom Mohler is the CEO of Olympusat Holdings, which includes its owned and operated companies: Ocean Communications, Olympusat, Inc., Olympusat Telecom, Olympusat Entertainment, Ocean Distribution, Ocean New Media, Hatch Entertainment, Magicorp and Road 8 Entertainment.
 
Founded by Tom nearly 20 years ago, Olympusat is the most prolific owner and distributor of Spanish-language Television Networks in the world, owning and exclusively distributing 67 networks and a suite of 40 HD networks. In addition to its Spanish-language network portfolio, Olympusat Holdings owns multiple production companies that produce award-winning titles, as well as 100+ feature length films and TV shows in both Spanish and English.
 
Olympusat Holdings is a unique and dynamic company that provides all technical and management functions for operating and distributing TV cable networks, brands and products.

Mauro Panzera is the COO of Olympusat Holdings. With over 35 years of global business experience, Mauro spearheads Olympusat’s day-to-day operations, including personnel development, departmental leadership and financial goal management, with a focus on improving the operating efficiency...

Mauro Panzera is the COO of Olympusat Holdings. With over 35 years of global business experience, Mauro spearheads Olympusat’s day-to-day operations, including personnel development, departmental leadership and financial goal management, with a focus on improving the operating efficiency and global growth.
Prior to Olympusat, Mauro served 7 years as Senior Director of Multicultural Marketing for Comcast Cable until 2009. Mauro, who graduated from the University of Delaware, has also worked as Marketing Manager for Best Foods and Colgate Palmolive. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Hispanic Marketing for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, where he led the creation, programming and launch of over 20 Spanish-language audio channels.
Mauro, born in Venezuela to Italian immigrants, is multilingual, fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French and conversant in Portuguese.

Chris Williams is the Chief Financial Officer for Olympusat. With almost 20 years of experience, Chris joined Olympusat from the Financial Planning and Analysis group of Rayonier. While working for this publicly traded forest products company he primarily focused on quarterly earnings...

Chris Williams is the Chief Financial Officer for Olympusat. With almost 20 years of experience, Chris joined Olympusat from the Financial Planning and Analysis group of Rayonier. While working for this publicly traded forest products company he primarily focused on quarterly earnings releases, Board of Directors reporting, and SEC reporting.
Prior to that he held Controller positions with Roush Racing, a multi-team NASCAR racing organization, and Healthlink, a healthcare IT consulting firm. During his tenure at Healthlink, the company experienced rapid internal growth fueled by a venture capital raise and a significant strategic merger, later leading to the acquisition of the company by IBM. Chris began his career as a Financial Analyst with Bank of America. He maintains an active CPA license and holds a B.S. degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Florida State University.

As General Counsel and EVP of Affiliate Sales & Distribution, Colleen has been spearheading Olympusat’s distribution efforts for the Spanish-language networks, Faith & Families and Digital services for more than 11 years. Colleen’s efforts focus on identifying and securing...

As General Counsel and EVP of Affiliate Sales & Distribution, Colleen has been spearheading Olympusat’s distribution efforts for the Spanish-language networks, Faith & Families and Digital services for more than 11 years. Colleen’s distribution efforts focus on identifying and securing multiplatform distribution such as VOD, Broadband and Mobile applications.
 
Prior to this, Colleen was at Lifetime Television as VP of Affiliate Relations and Marketing where she was responsible for negotiating distribution agreements with the industry’s leading cable operators and overseeing the sales, marketing and revenue generation for a 21-state region. Colleen’s prior cable experience includes positions with The Disney Channel as a Senior Account Executive and with the now defunct Noncable Resources as Director of Field Marketing.

Chuck Mohler is a fourteen year veteran of Ocean Communications and Olympusat and has been a part of the leadership team responsible for the growth of the companies, focusing on execution of key initiatives for distribution and communications solutions for Olympusat’s networks as well as...

Chuck Mohler is a fourteen year veteran of Ocean Communications and Olympusat and has been a part of the leadership team responsible for the growth of the companies, focusing on execution of key initiatives for distribution and communications solutions for Olympusat’s networks as well as Ocean’s client networks.  He currently runs Ocean Communications, the company’s transactional network distribution division and has led the successful integration of Ocean’s distribution expertise with Olympusat’s technical capabilities, adding another dimension of client solutions for the company.

He is a founding member of the leadership team launching the company’s latest venture, Olympusat Telecom, an end-to-end terrestrial communications provider with state-of-the-art, cost-effective solutions for streaming, bandwidth and communications needs. Chuck joined the company in 1998 and became a member of the Board of Directors for Olympusat in 2000. Prior to that Chuck worked for U.S. Representative John Boehner (OH-8), both in Ohio and on Capitol Hill

As an industry-leading professional, Chris Lavin has 20+ years of experience within the technology and media industries, and has recently joined Olympusat as the CTO. Chris started his career within the technology industry with the launch of his own chain of computer retail stores, as well...

As an industry-leading professional, Chris Lavin has 20+ years of experience within the technology and media industries, and has recently joined Olympusat as the CTO. Chris started his career within the technology industry with the launch of his own chain of computer retail stores, as well as JustOnline.com which was one of the premiere online software companies, competing with AOL America. In addition, Chris launched one of the largest technology staffing firms in the state of Florida, The Solutions People. Through these organizations, Chris has worked with top tier clients within various industries such as Deutsche Bank, Making the Band Seasons 1 & 2, ‘NYSNC, Backstreet Boys and Bank of Boston.
 
In 2004, Chris established Verris, Inc as the leading Florida-based systems integrator and solutions provider that serves the broadcast, education, film, government, multimedia, postproduction and religious markets. Through Verris’ unparalleled expertise and support they have earned the respect of clients such as the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Florida Panthers and Discovery Latin America.
 
As CTO, Chris’ responsibilities include effective integration of hardware and software technology to meet Olympusat’s communication and technology needs, ongoing maintenance of all of Olympusat’s technology (editing gear, NOC gear and equipment housed at uplink facilities), as well as the design and implementation for cost effective solutions related to Point-to-Point, IPTV/OTT, OVP, content delivery for both live and VOD and creative services. Chris’ main objective as CTO is to be in the forefront of broadcast video technology, in addition to new and cutting edge transport solutions, streaming solutions, OTT products and more.
 
Chris is also an avid supporter of Make-A-Wish® America and continues to work with the foundation through his hard work and dedication in impacting and inspiring children’s’ lives.

With over 17 years of Human Resources experience, her expertise ranges from benefits, payroll, employee relations, recruiting, HRIS, implementation, training, compliance as well as various other aspects of Human Resources. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management at...

With over 17 years of Human Resources experience in working with companies such as Florida Public Utilities, Shands Home Care, Nortel Networks, Republic Services, ADP Total Source and most recently TriNet (formerly Gevity). At TriNet she oversaw 100 companies and 1,400 employees at various client sites in Florida on benefits, payroll, employee relations, client retention, etc. Her expertise ranges from benefits, payroll, employee relations, recruiting, HRIS, implementation, training, compliance as well as various other aspects of Human Resources.
 
Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. She is PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certified. She is also currently pursuing her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources at Nova Southeastern University, in hopes to graduate June 2014. And she volunteers as the Community Relations/ SHRM Foundation Chair for Human Resources Association for Palm Beach County (2008-2011, 2014) where she hosted several network events for HR professionals as well as raised over $10,000 for various charities in South Florida area and for SHRM Foundation scholarships. She continues to volunteer her time to HRPBC.

As SVP of Olympusat’s owned and operated channels, Arturo Chavez’ key responsibilities include day-to-day management of the company’s 14 different Hispanic owned and operated networks, which include: Cine Mexicano, ¡Sorpresa!, Gran Cine, Ultra Mex, Ultra Cine, Ultra Clasico, Ultra Movies,...

As SVP of Olympusat’s owned and operated channels, Arturo Chavez’ key responsibilities include day-to-day management of the company’s 14 different Hispanic owned and operated networks, which include: Cine Mexicano, ¡Sorpresa!, Gran Cine, Ultra Mex, Ultra Cine, Ultra Clasico, Ultra Movies, Ultra Docu, Ultra Kidz, Ultra Tainment, Ultra Luna, Ultra Macho, Ultra Fiesta, Cine Clasico. He is responsible for overseeing all acquiring content for all the networks.

With over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry. He is widely recognized and considered one of the most knowledgeable experts of Spanish-language films in the U.S. market. Prior to this, he was Director of the Latino Division for Lionsgate where he was responsible for the division’s product development, product management, and release schedule planning. He played an instrumental role in Lionsgate’s assessment, qualification, and acquisition of all product lines and a significant role in the development of the company’s overall Latino category. He is a graduate from University of Aguascalientes in Mexico, and holds a B.A. in Business Development and Administration.

As SVP of Distribution, Nick Febrizio is responsible for leading Olympusat’s content distribution efforts with all distributors including Comcast, Time Warner and Cablevision. Nick was an AETN Distribution veteran responsible for launching brands such as A&E, History, BIO, H2, C&I,...

Nick Febrizio is a Television Content Distribution executive with an expertise in National Accounts Sales & Management, Strategic Marketing Partnerships and Field Management. As a member of the AETN Distribution team, Nick was responsible for launching and distributing numerous television brands including A&E, History, BIO, H2, Crime & Investigation, Military History & History en Español as well as each brand’s’ respective HD channels and VOD components. As SVP, Distribution, Nick is responsible for leading Olympusat’s content distribution efforts with numerous distributor partners including Comcast, Time Warner and Cablevision. Prior to joining Olympusat, Nick held long-term distribution sales and marketing consultant roles with WWE and Univision Communications.  Additionally, Nick worked in the new media space and championed Mobile Video content distribution resulting in an AETN Mobile content partnership with Verizon’s V-Cast platform.  Nick holds a B.A. in Communications from LIU (Long Island University).

Austin Powers is the President of Olympusat Telecom. He began his career in the 80’s selling telecommunications services for global giant, Cable & Wireless. Austin’s success at C&W, selling national and global accounts resulted in his recruitment by MCI-Verizon, where he spent 10...

Austin Powers is the President of Olympusat Telecom. He began his career in the 80’s selling telecommunications services for global giant, Cable & Wireless. Austin’s success at C&W selling national and global accounts resulted in his recruitment by MCI-Verizon where he spent 10+ years in sales management. He also managed sales teams for Global Crossing and Primus. His record of building and developing sales teams to consistently grow revenues for clients such as Wal-Mart, IBM, Siemens, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Office Depot, Jabil Circuit, Tyco Int’l, and many others has earned him numerous prestigious awards.

During his tenure at Primus Telecommunications, Austin developed and managed one of the largest indirect channel sales partner programs in North America with over 1200 agents and over $300 million in annualized revenues. Austin also focuses on new business development opportunities for Olympusat Holdings and is leading Olympusat Telecom to be the comprehensive communications carrier of the 21st century.

Francisco has several years of experience developing and implementing sales, business development, strategic alliances and marketing initiatives in Latin America, Europe and US Hispanic markets.  He has extensive experience in launching TV networks including HTV, Bloomberg, MGM, Playboy and...

Francisco has several years of experience developing and implementing sales, business development, strategic alliances and marketing initiatives in Latin America, Europe and US Hispanic markets.  He has extensive experience launching TV networks including HTV, Bloomberg, MGM, Playboy and several others.  His experience includes Managing Director of Bloomberg Media for Latin America, VP of Affiliate Sales for MGM and Cisneros TV Group, VP of Sales & Strategic Development for Coaxmedia & ITS

He has also been responsible for launching VoIP and Wi-Fi solutions, in addition to managing P&L, sales revenues and formulating strategic initiatives for sales, marketing and biz development teams across multiple offices in several geographical regions. He manages several key accounts in the US and International markets and is responsible for launching a number of HD Networks and an OTT technical and content solution for Olympusat.  He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is completing a Business Administration Graduate Certificate at the University of Miami.

John Baghdassarian is a cable industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in sales, negotiations, new business development and distribution in a mulit-platform environment.  John has successfully worked for established media companies as well as startups. Prior to Olympusat, John headed...

John Baghdassarian is a cable industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in sales, negotiations, new business development and distribution in a mulit-platform environment.  John has successfully worked for established media companies as well as startups. Prior to Olympusat, John headed up distribution for the eScapes TV Network and led the charge in distributing eScapes TV on domestic and international linear and digital platforms and monetizing the content on nontraditional platforms. John was also a member of the network’s new product, (VOD/HD/IP) strategy and development team. John managed major distributors, including Comcast, Charter Communications, DirecTV, EchoStar, AT&T as well as digital distributors Hulu, Apple TV and Google TV/YouTube. Previously, John worked at youtoo TV the first social TV Network; AMC Networks, including AMC, WE and IFC.  Prior to AMC Networks, John had stints working for Showtime Networks, Viacom/Comedy Central as well as Scripps Networks’ Food Network. John received a BA from UCLA, an MBA from Pepperdine University and is an Alumnus of CTAM’s Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School.

With over 15 years experience in the Entertainment industry, as VP of Programming & Acquisitions, Maria Luz Zucchella personally handles and oversees the  acquisition of all content for Olympusat's owned and operated networks, including the Latino networks in the US, 6 recently launched...

With over 15 years experience in the Entertainment industry, as VP of Programming & Acquisitions, Maria Luz Zucchella personally handles and oversees the  acquisition of all content for Olympusat's owned and operated networks, including the Latino networks in the US, 6 recently launched networks in Middle East and North Africa; and the start-up of  3 new HD networks in Latin America.
 
In 2005, Maria Luz founded Perro Blanco Films, a Latino Entertainment Consulting company; she Executive Produced over 75  films and secured TV and DVD distribution agreements with major film studios such as Lionsgate.  Prior to this, Maria Luz spearheaded the development and launch of Olympusat’s  first owned and operated Latino networks in the US: Cine Mexicano (2004); Latele Novela (2005); and Gran Cine (2008); and managed the launch of Murdoch’s Sky Satellite System in Argentina (2001), reaching over 100,000 new subscribers in just one year.
 
Maria Luz Zucchella graduated with law degree specializing in Telecommunications along with a post-graduate degree in Business Management.

Shawn Copenhaver is the Director of Creative Services and is responsible for the on-air branding elements for all of Olympusat’s owned and operated TV networks.  In addition, Shawn oversees all studio and original productions for Olympusat and is a key on-air liaison between Olympusat’s...

Shawn Copenhaver is the Director of Creative Services and is responsible for the on-air branding elements for all of Olympusat’s owned and operated TV networks.  In addition, Shawn oversees all studio and original productions for Olympusat and is a key on-air liaison between Olympusat’s uplink facilities.  Prior to Olympusat, Shawn spent over four years with Palm Beach County’s Solid Waste Authority as a cameraman, editor and director for the award-winning show, eTV (Environmental Television). He was also a part of production teams throughout the environmental industry, which have consistently won Emmy, Telly, Aurora and Addy Awards.

Prior to eTV Shawn spent four years in cable production with Comcast, Baltimore and Adelphia, West Palm Beach shooting, editing, and managing digital commercial insertion of local cable television advertising. Shawn is a television production graduate of The Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. He is currently writing, producing and directing original movies and series for Olympusat’s multiple Spanish-language networks.

As Vice President of Technical Operations, Eric is the company’s leading technical liaison between the Olympusat offices in West Palm Beach and uplink facilities in Atlanta, GA. Eric is Olympusat’s main conduit with industry technicians from around the world, and handles all incoming...

As Vice President of Technical Operations, Eric is the company’s leading technical liaison between the Olympusat offices in West Palm Beach and uplink facilities in Atlanta, GA. Eric is Olympusat’s main conduit with industry technicians from around the world, and handles all incoming technical inquiries. He also runs the technical support center for Olympusat’s affiliate operators, including offering technical recommendations and handling all crisis management related to technical operations.

Prior to Olympusat, Eric worked for Comcast Communications for 10 years in several areas within head-end operations including Advertising Sales Engineering, Video Production and Field Operations. In addition to critical field experience, Eric’s industry training includes Motorola/General Instruments’ DigiCipher II Uplink Training, ITT Technical Institute; completion of Video Production Training from the National Cable Television Institute and SeaChange International Engineering Training.

Peter Savov is the Director of Information Technology for Olympusat, Ocean Communications and Olympusat Telecom. He joined Olympusat in 2007 and has played a key role in facilitating the company’s growth. He started his career with the Executive Agency Maritime Administration to Ministry of...

Peter Savov is the Director of Information Technology for Olympusat, Ocean Communications and Olympusat Telecom. He joined Olympusat in 2007 and has played a key role in facilitating the company’s growth. He started his career with the Executive Agency Maritime Administration to Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Republic of Bulgaria. As Senior Surveyor, he created charts and 3D graphics of the waterways to allow passage of large ocean-going vessels.
In the U.S. he has specialized in Network Infrastructure, System Administration, Software and Hardware support. He received his education at Varna Technology University, Bulgaria and later his Computer Science Degree from FMU (Summa Cum Laude). In 1999, he was accepted as a member of MENSA Bulgaria, affiliate of MENSA International.

Juan Bruno is the Director of New Programming Acquisitions & Contracts for Olympusat’s Spanish Language Networks.  Prior to this, Juan held the position of Operations Manager and was equally involved in the day-to-day operations of new content and contract management for all Spanish...

Juan Bruno is the Director of New Programming Acquisitions & Contracts for Olympusat’s Spanish Language Networks.  Prior to this, Juan held the position of Operations Manager and was equally involved in the day-to-day operations of new content and contract management for all Spanish Language networks, along with being key support in additional areas of the company.  He joined Olympusat in 2007, and has been directly involved with all network operations, including programming & scheduling, for Olympusat’s top networks, Cine Mexicano and Gran Cine. Juan Bruno currently holds a BA degree in Business Economics and Administration from CCNY.

Fernando Vargas is the General Manager of Olympusat’s México City office, where he oversees a division of more than 45 employees dedicated to film restoration and dubbing services.
Fernando’s responsibility is to carry on and follow through on the transformation of Spanish-language...

Fernando Vargas is the General Manager of Olympusat’s México City office, where he oversees a division of more than 45 employees dedicated to film restoration and dubbing services.
Fernando’s responsibility is to carry on and follow through on the transformation of Spanish-language movies that are still in the traditional 16 and 35 nitate format via the technical processes of film restoration.  These reels are then transformed into High Definition 2K formats.  This has provided Olympusat with a numerous and diverse array of Spanish speaking movies from the “Golden Age” of Mexican cinema.
In addition, Fernando also manages the dubbing of movies, soap operas and documentaries into Spanish. This was an assignment given to Fernando by the company’s CEO, and has been a great success, thanks to the effort and hard work of the dedicated Mexico City team.
Fernando Vargas is a graduate from Full Sail University in Cinematographic Production. He also has a degree in Communication Sciences/Journalism from the San Antonio Abad del Cusco University in Perú. He is also an active member of the National Journalists Association in Perú, the ANP.

Dean Broadhurst has over 26 years of experience in both the U.S. and Latin American markets.  In his role, Broadhurst oversees Programming, Traffic and Master Control for Olympusat. His team is responsible for Olympusat’s 30 linear channels. In addition, Broadhurst is 

Dean Broadhurst has over 26 years of experience in both the U.S. and Latin American markets.  In his role, Broadhurst oversees Programming, Traffic and Master Control for Olympusat. His team is responsible for Olympusat’s 30 linear channels. In addition, Broadhurst is in-charge of content strategy for Olympusat’s SVOD channels on the Youtube service.
Prior to joining Olympusat, Broadhurst was in charge of Program Scheduling for Fox’s Latin American Pay Television service.  Broadhurst was the Sr. Director Programming Acquisitions for MTV Networks/Viacom International. In his role he was responsible for negotiating linear, non-linear and mobile rights for Viacom’s youth entertainment channels.  Before he began his 15 year stint at Viacom, he held various roles at Turner Broadcasting’s Cable News Network.
Broadhurst has degrees from both the University of Florida and Florida Atlantic University.

With 20 years of experience between the private/public sector and public accounting, Laura is dedicated to delivering results due to the many roles she has held in the past.  Prior to joining Olympusat, she was the VP of Finance/Controller for 12 years at The Himmel Group, a marketer of...

With 20 years of experience between the private/public sector and public accounting, Laura is dedicated to delivering results due to the many roles she has held in the past.  Prior to joining Olympusat, she was the VP of Finance/Controller for 12 years at The Himmel Group, a marketer of consumer products, where she gained her versatile background overseeing all departments that were involved in the revenue cycle, as well as payroll and human resources.  Previously, Laura spent 6 years at Laird Plastics Inc., a distributor of plastic-related materials, as the Accounting Manager/Inventory Accounting Manager.  She began her career with Deloitte & Touche, LLP as a Senior Accountant, performing audits in industries such as financial institutions, manufacturing, government, retail, and non-for-profit.  Laura graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and has maintained an active CPA license since 1993.