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Release Date: 03/31/2009

Michael Skinner, Manager, IT Operations and Applications Support for Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region, was selected to receive a “Black Achiever in Industry Award” presented by the Harlem YMCA of Greater New York at the organization’s gala.  More than 600 attendees were on hand for the awards presentation on March 19 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.

“It is a privilege for the Harlem YMCA to salute these individuals for the success they’ve achieved in their careers and for their commitment to give back to their communities,” said Tiffeny Forrest, Executive Director, Harlem YMCA. 

For 15 years, Mr. Skinner has worked for Time Warner Cable and works at the company’s Flushing, Queens facility.  A Cambria Heights resident, he is a graduate of Hillcrest High School and Queensborough College. In addition to his career at Time Warner Cable, he has also demonstrated his commitment to the local community by producing and hosting a community-based talk radio programs for both Adelphi University and Medgar Evers College.

“Over the years we have singled out over two dozen employees to receive this special recognition from the Harlem YMCA.  Mike Skinner is the 2009 inductee into the Harlem YMCA’s Academy of Black Achievers, and we are proud of his accomplishments” said Harriet Novet, Regional Vice President for Time Warner Cable’s NYC Region. “He represents the multi-talented and dedicated employees who contribute their best efforts every day to bring New Yorkers the service they expect,” she added.

The Black Achievers in Industry Award, conceived by the late Dr. Leo B. Marsh in 1971, recognizes and celebrates African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to their respective industries and to their community.

For more than three decades, the Black Achievers in Industry Award has served to provide college scholarships to young New Yorkers seeking opportunities for higher education. At this year’s event 17 students received scholarships and to date, more than 150 students have received scholarship awards.

Alumni are encouraged to continue their support of the Harlem YMCA by participating in the Black Achievers in Industry Mentor program, which pairs selected youth with former achievers to encourage and motivate them to pursue social, educational and personal goals, and to provide career awareness and preparedness.

Mr. Skinner is one of 34 business professionals who were honored Thursday evening.  Special BAI awards were presented to Clarence B. Jones, who served as counsel and speechwriter to Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to fashion the “I Have a Dream” speech (“The Dr. Leo B. Marsh Award”); Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church, and his wife, Mrs. Patricia Butts (“The Corporate Community Award”).

History of the Harlem YMCA
The Harlem YMCA, a subsidiary of the YMCA of Greater New York, was founded in 1918 and has remained constant: to provide a safe haven and enhance the quality of life for adult members and youth and teens in the Greater Harlem area through a variety of programs.

About Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region
Time Warner Cable’s New York City Region serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey.  Visit

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. As of December 31, 2008, Time Warner Cable served more than 14 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services, representing more than 34 million revenue generating units. For additional information about Time Warner Cable, visit

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