Amos B. Hostetter, Jr.
Amos Hostetter is co-founder and trustee of the Barr Foundation and chairman and CEO of Pilot House Associates, LLC. He co-founded Continental Cablevision in 1963 and served as its chairman and CEO from 1980 to 1996. That company grew to become the third largest company in the cable television business. Renamed Media One in 1996 when acquired by US West, it was subsequently sold to AT&T, then to Comcast.
During his cable years, Amos served on the National Cable Television Association board and as its chairman from 1973 to 1974. He was a founding director and chairman of C-SPAN and of Cable in the Classroom, and he was a founder of Cable Labs. He also served on the Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street) board and was appointed by President Ford to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board. He has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Cable Television Hall of Fame, and the Cable TV Pioneers.
Amos is chair emeritus of the boards of Amherst College and WGBH, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has served on the boards of AT&T, Colonial Williamsburg Society, Nantucket Conservation Foundation, New England Medical Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Perkins School for the Blind, North Bennet Street School, and Belmont Hill School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, which recognized him with an Alumni Achievement Award in 1994.
Amos currently co-chairs, with Boston Mayor Walsh, the Green Ribbon Commission, a council of leaders convened by former Boston Mayor Menino to advise on and help advance the City’s Climate Action Plan.