Walter E. Oden II was appointed Branch Manager of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s office in Long Island in October 2010. Oden oversees delivery of SBA programs and services on Long Island including the SBAs financing programs, business counseling and training, government contracting, business development certification and disaster assistance. An 18 year media industry veteran, Oden possesses a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing, business development and strategic planning. He is a proven leader committed to mentorship, entrepreneurship and philanthropic endeavors.
Oden was previously Vice President of Content Distribution for MTV Networks and BET Networks (MTVN). In this role, Mr. Oden oversaw the distribution growth, field operations, local advertising sales initiatives as well as new products strategies for MTVNs 23 networks. Prior to joining MTV, Mr. Oden was Vice President of Distribution and Business Development for A&E Television Networks (AETN) where he oversaw the growth for AETNs 5 Television Networks, Affiliate Marketing and the development of AETN’s Video On Demand (VOD) business. Mr. Oden also helped launch The Biography Channel, History International Channel and Fox News Channel. He began his cable career with Time Warner Cable and Comcast Cable after spending a number of years with the pharmaceutical conglomerate Merck & Co, Inc.
Mr. Oden, is a native of Florida and received an MBA from Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry. He is a Cable Television Association of Marketers (CTAM NY) board member, 2009 inductee in the Cablefax Sales Hall of Fame, former Board President of National Association of Minorities In Communication (NAMIC) – New York and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Mr. Oden and his wife, Racquel, on Long Island with their daughter.