Frank Drendel: Commitment to Ethics in Business
If you know CommScope, then you know the name Frank Drendel.
If you’ve spoken with Frank, then you know he believes in one thing: “Nothing
sells like the truth.”
That has been Frank’s mantra since he founded CommScope more
than 40 years ago. It served him and the company well. It is his belief in
honesty that helped him grow CommScope from the
fledgling cable manufacturing company he founded in 1976 to a global
leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. CommScope now helps companies around the world
design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks.
Through his work at
CommScope, he became one of the biggest champions and promoters of the cable
television industry. Along the way, Frank received numerous prestigious
honors for his contributions to the industry, including:
- An Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Engineering Development in 1985 for his and M/A-Com Corporation’s (of which
CommScope was a subsidiary) contribution to anti-pirating satellite TV
encryption and scrambling technology.
- The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest
civilian award given by the State of North Carolina, in 1999.
- Induction into the Cable Center Hall of Fame, the
cable television industry’s highest honor, in 2002.
- The 2013 North Carolina Technology Association
Outstanding Achievement Award.
Throughout his years of service, one thing Frank never
compromised was his ethics, and that is why the Cable Center presented him with
Bresnan Ethics in Business Award.
The award honors the late
William J. Bresnan, founder and chairman of Bresnan Communications and longtime
chairman of the board of The Cable Center. The
Bresnan Ethics in Business award was created to honor outstanding men and women
in the cable industry who best exemplify Bill Bresnan’s longstanding commitment
to ethics in business.
Awardees represent the ideals
upheld by Bill Bresnan, including continually demonstrating ethical leadership
qualities, doing what’s right in the face of adversity, even when it is
unpopular, incorporating doing what’s right in everyday life, and demonstrating
societal, community and philanthropic engagement.
Frank was presented this
accolade during the 20th annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration on April 26 at
the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
“It is an honor to be named
this year’s award recipient,” said Frank. “Bill served as the best example of
what ethics in business should be, and it is with great appreciation that I am
being recognized with this award in his honor.”
As he prepared to receive his
Cable Center honor, we asked Frank to share some stories about CommScope’s
history and what Bill Bresnan meant to him. Some of Frank’s fellow employees
also provided some insight into the man and shared a few stories.
On behalf of the CommScope
team and all those who have benefited from your work, congratulations Frank!
About the Author
Joseph P. Depa III
Joseph P. Depa III is corporate communications manager at CommScope. An award-winning newspaper reporter, he has 20 years of experience in public/media relations, marketing, publishing, advertising and corporate communications.