Mr. Babcock, an attorney, received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the
University of Oklahoma.
HOWARD L. WOOD is a co-founder of Charter Investment and Vice Chairman of
Charter Investment. Prior to founding Charter Investment, Mr. Wood was
associated with Cencom. Mr. Wood joined Cencom as President, Chief Financial
Officer and Director and assumed the additional position of Chief Executive
Officer effective January 1, 1989. Prior to that time, Mr. Wood was a partner in
Arthur Andersen LLP, certified public accountants, where he served as
Partner-in-Charge of the St. Louis Tax Division from 1973 until joining Cencom.
Mr. Wood is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves as a director of VanLiner Group,
Inc., First State Bank and Gaylord Entertainment Company. Mr. Wood also serves
as Commissioner for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He is also a past
Chairman of the Board and former director of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Mr. Wood graduated with honors from Washington University (St. Louis) School of
DAVID G. BARFORD is Senior Vice President Operations of Charter
Investment -- Western Division, where he has primary responsibility for all
cable operations in the Central, Western, North Central and MetroPlex Regions.
Prior to joining Charter Investment in July 1995, he served as Vice President of
Operations and New Business Development for Comcast Cable, where he held various
senior marketing and operating roles since November 1986. Mr. Barford received a
B.A. degree from California State University, Fullerton and an M.B.A. from
National University in La Jolla, California.
MARY PAT BLAKE is Senior Vice President -- Marketing and Programming of
Charter Investment and is responsible for all aspects of marketing, sales and
programming and advertising sales. Prior to joining Charter Investment in August
1995, Ms. Blake was active in the emerging business sector, and formed Blake
Investments, Inc. in September 1993, which created, operated and sold a branded
coffeehouse and bakery. From September 1990 to August 1993, Ms. Blake served as
Director -- Marketing for Brown Shoe Company. Ms. Blake has 18 years of
experience with senior management responsibilities in marketing, sales, finance,
systems, and general management with companies such as The West Coast Group,
Pepsico Inc.-Taco Bell Division, General Mills, Inc. and ADP Network Services,
Inc. Ms. Blake received a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, and an
M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.
ERIC A. FREESMEIER joined Charter Investment as Senior Vice President --
Administration in April 1998 and is responsible for human resources, public
relations and communications, corporate facilities and aviation. From 1986 until
joining Charter Investment, he served in various executive management positions
at Edison Brothers Stores, Inc., a specialty retail company. His most recent
position was Executive Vice President -- Human Resources and Administration.
From 1974 to 1986, Mr. Freesmeier held management and executive positions with
Montgomery Ward, a national mass merchandise retailer, and its various
subsidiaries. Mr. Freesmeier holds Bachelor of Business degrees in marketing and
industrial relations from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Management
degree in finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of
THOMAS R. JOKERST is Senior Vice President -- Advanced Technology
Development of Charter Investment. Prior to his appointment to this position,
Mr. Jokerst held the position of Senior Vice President -- Engineering since
December 1993. Prior to joining Charter Investment, from March 1991 to March
1993, Mr. Jokerst served as Vice President --