Michael Pandzik graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1972 with a master’s degree in journalism with a Radio/TV/Film emphasis.
Right out of grad school, he was hired to build, staff and operate what became Sunflower Cablevision, and he was responsible for all aspects of Channel Six local programming -- technical, financial, staffing, operations and production. He served for five years as a member of the design team that created the visual aspects of Hallmark Cards’ urban redevelopment project in Kansas City. His position on the Crown Center design team was as television director and, later, production manager of their professional video studio and conference center, The Multimedia Forum.
In 1977, he was commissioned a Lieutenant (Junior Grade) in the United States Navy Reserve as a Special Duty Public Affairs Officer. He spent many active-duty periods overseas, including assignments with every major U.S. military command around the world including U.S.A. Command, European Command, Central Command, Southern Command, Pacific Command and Atlantic Command.
In 1978, he was hired by HBO to develop their Midwest Regional sales and marketing office in suburban Kansas City. In 1983, he moved to New York City with HBO as Manager of New Business Development. In late 1984, he founded the National Cable Television Cooperative in his living room, on behalf of 10 small Midwestern cable system operators. Upon his retirement in September of 2005, the NCTC had nearly 1600 member companies, which as a group operated two-thirds of the systems in the U.S. cable industry.
In 2013, he was selected as a Mentor for service in the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program (see www.hempkc.org). Founded by Barnett Helzberg in 1995, HEMP’s goal is to match successful CEO Mentors with CEO Mentees in a program designed to help make their companies grow and prosper.