The 2022 BICSI Winter Hybrid Conference & Exhibition
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Join global experts and industry leaders in the online space to learn and network. The virtual portion of this hybrid conference is an immersive digital experience designed to give you an up-close and personal look at today’s new and emerging information & communications technology (ICT) innovations.

Some topics include:

Passive Optical LAN I Data Centers I Power Over Ethernet I AV Learning Systems I Hybrid Powered Fiber and PoE Trends I Green Building I Analytics I Public Safety Deployments I Wi-Fi 6 vs. 5G I Artificial Intelligence I Smart Building Systems Integration I Wi-Fi I Edge Computing I Sound Masking I Fiber Optics I Wireless I Structured Cabling I Optical Network Design I Cellular Solutions

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Why Attend?

  • ICT technology is evolving, and this knowledge is critical to furthering your career.
  • Digital learning enables you to gain new perspectives from a more diverse global audience.
  • Interact with exhibitors and view revolutionary products and technology in action.
  • Virtual networking offers multiple formats to connect with fellow professionals wherever they live.
  • You do not have to go anywhere—no travel or time away from the office.
  • PLUS! Longer access to conference presentations, up to 30 days post-conference, so you can see it all!

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Speakers

Agenda

BICSI 2022 Hybrid Winter Conference & Exhibition (All times are in EST)

Sunday, 30 January & Monday, 31 January – Pre-Conference Masterclasses – In Person Only

Tuesday, 1 February

08:30 – 10:45 AM

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

08:30 – 08:45 AM

Conference Call to Order and Opening Remarks

 08:45 – 09:45 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker: “Trends, Technology and Taking the Lead”

Scott Klososky

Hello, and thank you for joining our Opening Keynote for "Trends, Technology, and Taking the Lead.” Our presenter is Scott Klososky.

Scott is a Technologist, Futurist, Humanist, Author, and Consultant who cultivated a detailed vision on how technology can be harnessed to push industry, organizations, and humanity forward into a bright and prosperous future. He developed an early webcasting media company called webcasts.com, which he sold in 1999 for $US115 million. Scott founded Future Point of View – a technology, strategy, and cybersecurity firm where he guides executives and organizations worldwide on how to navigate digital transformation, drive revenue, lower costs, and protect resources from theft and harm. And he co-founded Alkami Technology (ALKT), the developer of a second-generation online banking platform with innovative features non-existent in current systems. The company went public in 2021 at a $3 billion valuation and is today headquartered in Dallas with over 350 employees.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Scott Klososky.

Technologist, Futurist, Humanist, Author and Consultant
09:45 - 10:45 AM

ICT Field of Vision Presentation – Sponsored by Sumitomo Electric Lightwave

"More for Less - The Advancement of Ribbon Fiber Technology"

Adam Broughton

Adam Broughton is a Senior Technical Manager at Sumitomo Electric USA working with fusion splicers, connectors, and related products. Adam has an engineering degree from Penn State University and 25 years of experience in the fiber optics industry with companies including TE Connectivity and CommScope, where he has worked with optical cables and connectors, and has been granted patents for both.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“How to Design and Install Code Compliant PoE Based Emergency Lighting"

Matthew Laherty

Matt is the visionary CEO of Platformatics, a smart building company. Previously, Matt was the creator of Cisco’s Digital Ceiling program and EnergyWise. In 2003, Matt named and launched Cisco’s first PoE switch. As a creative entrepreneur, Matt has been instrumental in creating multiple new product categories and IP in smart buildings, energy and PoE. Platformatics was acquired by H.E. Williams in May 2019.

Platformatics, Inc. – Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Mike Siefer 

Mike is the CTO and founder of Platformatics. Prior to starting Platformatics, Mike was a Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems for over 20 years. While working in Cisco's Office of the CTO, Mike created the system architecture for PoE lighting and promoted the design to the industry.

Platformatics Inc. – Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Rick Foster, RCDD

Rick has over 35 years’ experience across the ICT industry in distribution, contracting, design and commissioning. He is a licensed low voltage contractor and instructor at the Connecticut technical colleges. He has participated on various industry committees and boards including BICSI, NFPA and the State of Connecticut. Currently Rick is a senior designer at SDA and Director of Technical Commissioning for Air Lock Solutions.

Structured Design Associates – Bloomington, Indiana,  USA

“Doing the Data Dance – Technology Tango 25, 40, 50, 100, 200, 400 Gbps and Beyond”

Rodney Casteel, RCDD, DCDC, NTS, OSP

Rodney is a Principal Engineer, for CommScope’s Enterprise division where he provides infrastructure design, engineering and technical support. Rodney is also serving his thirteenth term as Chair of the TIA Fiber Optics Technology Consortium. He works closely with the TIA staff and other manufacturers within the industry to develop tools and resources to assist with deployment of fiber optic networks. 

Rodney is a 22-year BICSI member and holds the designations of Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD), Network Transport Specialist (NTS), Outside Plant Specialist (OSP), Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) and CBRS-CPI.

CommScope – Claremont, North Carolina, USA
Cindy Montstream, RCDD, NTS

Cindy Montstream is the Director of Technology Support & Training at Data Infrastructure, DPC Division of Legrand. Cindy has a BS EE degree, a Masters’ degree in Technical Education and 30+ years of teaching technical subjects and working in the industry. Cindy has her RCDD/NTS certification. She is the Chair of TIA-TR-42.3, Vice Chair of TIA-TR-42.1, and is the Standards Chair for TIA FOTC. Cindy has her CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance). She is a frequent presenter and author for industry related events and publications.

Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
Manja Thessin, RCDD, RTPM

Manja Thessin, RCDD, RTPM serves as Enterprise Market Manager for AFL, leading strategic planning, and market analysis initiatives. Manja has 21 years of ICT experience in the field, design & engineering, and project management. She has managed complex initiatives in Data Center, Education, Industrial/Manufacturing and Healthcare. Manja earned a master’s certificate from Michigan State University in Strategic Leadership and holds RCDD and RTPM certifications with BICSI.

AFL – Duncan, South Carolina, USA
David Hessong

David Hessong is the manager of global data center market development for Corning. During his career with Corning, he has held positions in Engineering Services, Product Line Management, and Market Development.

Dave has published numerous industry articles and has contributed to several technical conference proceedings. He has taught classes and seminars on data centers and system design across North America.

Dave received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business.

Corning Optical Communications – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Tony Irujo

Tony Irujo is a Sales Engineer and Account Manager with OFS. With more than 25 years’ experience in fiberoptics, Tony provides technical, sales, and marketing support for OFS and the user community. He is involved in various industry groups, including the Fiber Optics Tech Consortium (FOTC) of the TIA, and has volunteered on BICSI committees. Tony is a frequent speaker at industry events and has authored several papers on fiber technology and applications.

OFS – Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA
Robert Reid

Mr. Reid is a Strategy Manager for Panduit’s DC Group in Tinley Park, Illinois. He defines product development direction for Panduit’s fiber optic structured cabling product line. He has been active in the fiber optics industry for almost 40 years, in the development of optical components, and specialty optics.

Panduit Corporation – Tinley Park, Illinois, USA

“Now More Than Ever, Installation Matters!”

Corey Lacaire, RCDD, TECH

Corey has worked in the Information Transportation industry for 30 years. During that time, he has worked in many different positions as an installation contractor, designer, and Training Manager and Field Sales Engineer for Legrand. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology as well as RCDD and BICSI Installation Technician.

Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
Jason Finnegan

Jason has been with Legrand for 10 years, currently serving as Product Manager of Copper Solutions for Legrand's Data Infrastructure Division. He has spoken at numerous industry events on topics including Power Over Ethernet, smart building innovation, and sustainability.

Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
Jay Grasso

Jay has worked in the telecommunications industry for 30 years. During that time, he has worked as an installation contractor, a designer of infrastructure and telecommunication spaces, a Training Manager, and a Field Sales Engineer.  He holds his CT T1 contractor’s license as well as his CDCD credential.

Jay has worked with Legrand for 21 years and has held many positions. He is currently with the Field Sales Engineering team.

Legrand – New London, Connecticut, USA
Kevin Kearney, RCDD, DCDC, NTS

Kevin has been working in ICT and been a BICSI member for the past 25 years. In that time, he has been a Technician and BICSI Certified Trainer. He currently has the role of Director of Field Sales Engineering for the Data Communications Division of Legrand. In this role, Kevin and his team collaborate with contractors, consultants, and end users assisting with the design of copper, fiber, and physical support infrastructure solutions.

Kevin currently holds the BICSI RCDD, DCDC, and NTS credentials.

Legrand – Albia, Iowa, USA
Amir Sekhavat

Amir Sekhavat is Global Director of Product Management and Enterprise Market Development at Superior Essex. Amir has twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in communications cable products. Amir has published numerous articles and owns several patents related to data cable performance and connectivity. Amir is currently chairman of CCCA datacenter subcommittee.

Superior Essex – Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“A Whole-System Approach to Sound Masking, Voice Communication and Loudspeaker Technologies” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Nathan Van Ness

Nathan Van Ness is a Product Marketing Manager at Biamp, responsible for the company’s building infrastructure portfolio, which includes sound masking and voice communications solutions. He has been a high-tech marketer for more than 15 years, and previously worked as a systems installer and regional sales manager for a large, West Coast AV systems integrator.

Biamp Systems – Beaverton, Oregon, USA
12:00 - 6:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open – In-Person & Virtual

1:00 - 2:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“Applications on Fiber: How to Guarantee With the New Architectures and the Strict Loss Budgets”

Gautier Humbert, RCDD

Gautier Humbert, RCDD, has been in the industry for 20 years, with experience as technical and training manager in the Middle East, and business developer in East and Central Europe for Legrand structured cabling and datacenter solutions.

He is currently the standards coordinator for digital infrastructures and is on multiple international committees such as ISO/IEC JTC1/SC25, IEC TC48, IEC TC46, CLC/TC 215, CLC/TC 46X, CLC/TC86BXA

He has also participated in the development of the ANSI/BICSI 007 intelligent buildings standard and the ANSI/BICSI 002 Datacenter Design and Implementation Best Practices standard.

He received the BICSI European Member of the Year Award in 2012 and the BICSI Global member of the year in 2020. He has just been elected BICSI EMEA Regional Director.

Legrand – Saint Marcellin, France

“Rollable Ribbon Fiber Advantages and Challenges – Ultra-High Density in a Flexible Design”

Harley McAllister

Harley McAllister has almost twenty years of experience in high technology industries as an application engineer, project, and product manager. The majority of this time was spent in the Telecom and Data Center markets, designing and managing fiber optic components and systems at the physical infrastructure level. Harley is currently a Senior Product Manager at Amphenol Network Solutions.

Amphenol Network Solutions – Liberty Lake, Washington, USA
Craig Ray

Craig Ray has 30+ years of Telecom experience and has worked in all phases of product development and customer support. His work has translated into products that are likely just down the street from where you live and where your fiber signal comes from. He takes pride in providing product solutions that people want to buy and love to use. Craig is currently a Sales Engineer at Amphenol Network Solutions.

Amphenol Network Solutions – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Don Gross 

Don Gross has 30+ years of experience in the fiber optic industry with must of that time spend in the Telecom and MSO markets. He has worked as an application engineer and project leader to develop fiber optic products for the physical layer. Much of his experience today is centered around wavelength management and network troubleshooting. Don is currently a Senior Optical Engineer for Amphenol Network Solutions.

Amphenol Network Solutions – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

“Single Pair Ethernet – A New Cabling Solution”

Adnan Ahmed, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM, WD

Adnan is leading the Technology Advisory and Solutions Group at R&M USA in Milpitas California. He is consulting and training R&M business partners in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He represents R&M in TIA TR42 Standard Subcommittees as well as in TIA Single-Pair Ethernet Consortium. Adnan is a BICSI certified RCDD, DCDC and RTPM having over 20 years of experience in designing and maintaining information and communications technology (ICT) systems, telecom spaces and cabling infrastructures in data centers, healthcare facilities, airports, industrial sites, commercial and education projects.

R&M USA – Milpitas, California, USA

“Networked for Wellness: Connecting Smart & Healthy Buildings” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Kirk Krahn

Kirk has 20 years of experience in product management, including 15 years in the telecommunications industry, including roles in manufacturing and consulting firms. His responsibilities at Leviton include management of the copper cable assembly’s product line. He is a graduate of Bradley University and holds an MBA from DePaul University.

Leviton – Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA
Todd Harpel, RCDD

Todd has over 30 years of experience in communications infrastructure design and specification. He holds an M.S. in telecommunications from the University of Colorado and has designed and implemented communications infrastructure for a variety of clients nationwide. He has managed marketing, product management, technical support and training staffs for several structured cabling industry manufacturers. Todd is the current chairman for the CCCA Communications Committee.

Berk-Tek, a Leviton Company – New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA
2:30 - 3:30 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“Real World, Smart Building Deployments Utilizing a Fiber-to-the-Edge Network”

Gayla Arrindell

A 23-year leader in the Telecommunications industry Gayla is the Market Development Director for In-Building Networks. She is an advocate for in-building wireless and fiber deep networks. She is on the Board of Directors and Marketing Committee of APOLAN and represents Corning on the TIA Smart Building working group.

Corning Optical Communications – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Alan Bertsch

Alan is the President and one of the founders of Qypsys, a leading integrator of access networks. Alan has served three terms on the Board of Directors for APOLAN as well as serving on the Marketing Committee and serving as Chair for the membership committee.

Qypsys – Tampa, Florida, USA
Paul Mills

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. Having founded his own system integration company in the UK, he has recently worked in sales and marketing roles in the USA for Anixter, 3M Communications Division and Excel Networking Solutions (A Sonepar Company). He is currently working for DIRTT in a sales leadership role for its PNF solutions, helping deliver modular power and fiber deep network infrastructures.

Paul is a former board member and chair of APOLAN. He embraces smart technologies and represents DIRTT on the TIA Smart Building working group

DIRTT – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Can Microseconds Cost You Millions? Or Worse – Your Reputation!”

Nathan Benton, RCDD, DCDC, ESS, NTS, WD

Nathan Benton has worked in the Fiber Optic Cabling Design Industry for 20+ years. He began his career as a telephone installer and has established himself as a thought leader in the Data Center and the ICT community. Nathan's worked as a Field Application Engineer, WAN Engineer, Global Technical Sales Leader, and Global Sales Leader for Strategic Cloud Accounts. BICSI Member since 1998, he's served on the RCSC Committee for 15 years and holds the RCDD, DCDC, NTS, ESS, and WD credentials. Nathan is currently the VP of Sales at viaPhoton.

viaPhoton – Wickenburg, Arizona, USA

“The Impact of Next-Generation Speeds on Fiber Optic Connectivity”

James Young, CDCP

James currently serves as the Director of CommScope’s Enterprise Data Center division, overseeing strategy and providing leadership to product and field teams globally. Formerly James has been involved in a variety of roles including sales, marketing and operations for communication solutions working with Tyco Electronics/ AMP, Anixter, Canadian Pacific and TTS in Canada.

James has gained extensive experience in the sale of OEM products, network solutions and value-added services through direct and indirect channel sales environments. His sales experience includes electronic transmission components, telephony systems,

network systems, LAN infrastructure products and fibre transmission system products. James has garnered substantial experience in OEM and channel marketing, as well as

network operations as assistant director of CP’s computers and communications group.

James graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario. He is a registered Communication Distribution Designer (RCDD) and certified Data Center Design Professional (CDCP).

CommScope (on behalf of CCCA) – Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada

“The Wi-Fi 6E Impact to RF Design, Cabling and Power: Every RCDD’s Essentials” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Jussi Kiviniemi

Known as “The Wireless Janitor”, Jussi is a veteran in wireless networking, with over 20 years of experience of building tools for engineers who are turning bad wireless networks into great ones.

Today, Jussi is the Founder and CEO of Hamina Wireless, a disruptive and quirky maker of wireless tools, packed with the world’s leading wireless talent.

Hamina Wireless – Helsinki, Finland
4:00 - 5:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“Seizing Opportunity and Achieving Success in the Smart Building Era”

Bob Allan

Bob Allan, MBA and LEED Green Associate, is the Global Intelligent Building Solutions Specialist for The Siemon Company, headquartered in Watertown, CT. Bob supports the Global sales team to educate its current and potential customers on the economic and technology benefits of Intelligent Building construction compared to traditional siloed construction models. Leading with a ConvergeIT Unified Intelligent Building infrastructure solution Bob helps end-users save millions in construction costs and lower their operational costs by integrating the building systems on an IP platform. Bob has over 15 years in the IT industry and previously worked at Honeywell Building Solutions helping customers optimize and integrate their buildings. Recently, Bob was appointed as the Vice-Chair of Continental Automated Building Association’s (CABA) Intelligent Building Council and holds an MBA from University of Hartford.

The Siemon Company – Watertown, Connecticut, USA
Andy Schonberger

Andy has 20 years’ experience in facilities management and technology, ranging from large industrial to commercial office where he has held engineering, project management, advisory and hands on implementation role for organizations including Earth Rangers, Cisco Systems and the Canada Green Building Council (where he was Past Chair of the Toronto Chapter). Andy is a LEED AP, Certified Energy Manager and holds a Professional Engineering designation in the Province of Ontario, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He is currently Vice President of Client Services at Intelligent Buildings helping clients with advisory, site assessments and managed services.

Intelligent Buildings, LLC – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Betsy Conroy

Betsy Conroy is an independent freelance writer and consultant with decades of ICT industry knowledge. She frequently covers the topic of smart buildings and is a contributing writer to Smart Buildings Technology Magazine. Betsy is also an active BICSI member and volunteer, serving as the Chair of BICSI's Professional Development Subcommittee.

Smart Buildings Technology Magazine/Endeavor Media - Watertown, Connecticut, USA
Matt Odell, RCDD

Matt Odell, RCDD is Senior Director of Technologies and leads the consulting team at S2N Technology Group, Bethesda, MD. Previously, Matt was an I.T. Project Manager for new construction and special projects at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

As a volunteer for BICSI, Matt has served on the Standards committee, Healthcare, Wireless, and Smart Building subcommittees, Board member (NE Region Director 2015-2019), and led the Emerging Professionals Task Group resulting in annual award. He currently is a member of the Education Selection subcommittee and recently appointed Vice Chair of the PCC Committee.

S2N Technology Group - Bethesda, Maryland, USA

“Lowering Job-site Costs Associated with Fiber Testing of High-Speed Channels”

Robert Reid

Mr. Reid is a Strategy Manager for Panduit’s DC Group in Tinley Park, Illinois. He defines product development direction for Panduit’s fiber optic structured cabling product line. He has been active in the fiber optics industry for almost 40 years, in the development of optical components, and specialty optics.

Panduit Corporation – Tinley Park, Illinois, USA

“How Cybersecurity Has Changed Lifecycle Management”

Geoffrey Bauer, ESS, PSP, SICC

As Manager, A&E Program for Axis Communications, Geoffrey Bauer is responsible for managing the A&E business strategy for North America and leading a dedicated Business Development team that supports designers of ESS systems.  Additionally, he serves as a technical liaison and development influence for Axis products and design tools.

Mr. Bauer earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and has earned his ESS from BICSI, PSP from ASIS and SICC from SIA.  He has 32 years of experience in the Security industry with 16 years dedicated to managing A&E programs.

Axis Communications – Rockford, Illinois, USA

“Building an Adaptively Intelligent Physical Layer for Fiber Optic Networks” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Ed Jack

Ed has helped leading carriers and telecom equipment vendors implement Wireless and FTTH solutions for internet, voice, and video, and has designed deployments spanning generations of wireless networks including 3G, 4G and 5G. As a leader advancing the network and championing mobile device development essential for driving convergence and enabling hundreds of individual IoT solutions, Ed’s focus has been on the foundations of the network, exposing technology opportunities previously hidden in plain sight.

Go!Foton Corporation – Somerset, New Jersey, USA
Jeff Stambovsky

Following a long career on Wall Street, Jeff Stambovsky joined legendary futurist George Gilder’s Gilder Publications as senior editor, analyst, and conference moderator. He has been writing and speaking about technology ever since, and in 2018 he joined Go!Foton as Director of Marketing and Communications. A graduate of Vassar College and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now Chicago Booth), Jeff currently lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a long five-iron from George Washington’s famous river crossing.

Go!Foton Corporation – Somerset, New Jersey, USA

Wednesday, 2 February

08:30 - 11:30 AM

GENERAL SESSION

08:30 – 09:15 AM

BICSI Annual Business Meeting

9:15 – 10:00 AM

Mid-Week Keynote Speaker - “Fast-Track Success in ICT – A Live BICSI Podcast”

Moderator: Blake Urmos

Blake Urmos, founder and host of the popular “Low Voltage Nation” podcast. Blake is a fresh and dynamic voice in bringing together the Low Voltage community and believes in “community over competition.” Get familiar with “Low Voltage Nation” by listening on Instagram®, LinkedIn®, and Facebook®

Low Voltage Nation” Podcast – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Lee Renfroe

As a technical instructor, Lee Renfroe has instructed multiple students who have won nationally recognized awards and industry competitions.  As a SkillsUSA advisor he coached 4 Gold Medalists in Telecommunications Cabling as well as several Silver and Bronze Medalists.  He also had a previous student compete and win the 2014 BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.  Lee is now Co-Chair of the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge and is part of the BICSI Nominating and Ethics Committee.

RCDD, ESS, TECH – GoFroe – Fitzgerald, Georgia, USA
Betsy Conroy

Betsy Conroy is an independent freelance writer and consultant with decades of ICT industry knowledge. She frequently covers the topic of smart buildings and is a contributing writer to Smart Buildings Technology Magazine. Betsy is also an active BICSI member and volunteer, serving as the Chair of BICSI's Professional Development Subcommittee.

Freelance ICT Writer and Marketing Consultant – Watertown, Connecticut, USA
10:30 – 11:00 AM

ICT Field of Vision Presentation – Sponsored by CommScope

“CAT 6A – The Next Migration”

Jason Bautista

Jason is responsible for Enterprise Strategy and Emerging Technology market development for CommScope. He monitors trends in the Enterprise market to help drive product roadmap strategy, solutions, and programs for CommScope's customers. Before joining the Enterprise Strategy and Technology team in 2020 he previously was responsible for market development for Hyper-Scale and Multi-Tennant Data Center markets. Jason has over 20 years of experience in the networking industry having held various customer facing positions in product development, marketing, and support for a diverse range of networks and customers across the globe.

CommScope – Shakopee, Minnesota, USA
11:00 – 11:30 AM

ICT Field of Vision Presentation – Sponsored by CommScope

“De-carbonizing the Building Network: Our Next Big Challenge”

Ronna Davis

Ronna Davis has been in the networking and telecommunication industry for 25 years. She has been with CommScope for over 15 years and has held positions in sales, channel and product line management. She is currently on CommScope’s Strategy and Technology Team for Buildings and Campuses. Ronna chairs the TIA SPEC, Single Pair Ethernet Consortium. Previous to CommScope she worked in the design and construction of telecommunications networks for eight years and in wholesale distribution for two years. She studied marketing and is a LEED Green Associate.

CommScope – Henderson, Nevada, USA
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Exhibit Hall Open – In-Person & Virtual

1:00 - 2:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“Designing a No-Touch Meeting Room Experience”

Mark Pellegrino

Mark has provided technology design support to countless projects across Canada and the United States during his 22-year career. With roles spanning live event production, broadcast engineering, post-secondary media services, and technology consulting, he has been with Crestron for 11 years and now manages communications with the consultant channel.

Crestron Electronics Inc. – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tim Grey 

Tim Gray works at Crestron Electronics, Inc. as a Senior Technical Instructor and Curriculum Developer with a quarter century of AV and Automation experience in both the Commercial and Residential environments. Specializing in Advanced Crestron Programming, Tim currently holds the Crestron Masters Certified Programmer – Silver certification. Tim regularly presents at the annual Crestron Masters, InfoComm and Crestron Next events. As a strong believer that any complex subject can be presented in a way that anyone can gain an understanding, Tim articulately develops training programs and presentations to assist customers in learning to leverage current and emerging technologies.

Crestron Electronics Inc. – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 

“Powering Passive Optical Networks”

Jerry Hogan 

Jerry, currently the Director of Engineering & Marketing at Solara Technical Sales, has a BSEE from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His early career in R&D and technical marketing in power electronics and power systems was at the largest of companies: AT&T Bell Labs, Texas Instruments, Siemens, and Rockwell. His later career included executive management positions at several smaller technical companies. He’s been directly involved with power & power electronics for over 40 years.

Solara Technical Sales – Spearfish, South Dakota, USA
 

“Solving Cellular Coverage Problems: In-Building Cellular Signal System Planning and Execution”

Chalire Schulz

Charlie Schulz is a seasoned systems engineer with 10+ years of experience in the wireless industry.  His expertise focuses on In-Building Communications for both Public Safety and Cellular. 

Charlie has helped many low-voltage integrators expand their commercial offer by educating them on In-Building Communications. 

A volunteer firefighter with 45+ years of service, he is well versed in the use case for Public Safety Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) and has coached countless AHJs on code interpretation and implementation.  He has represented Alliance at over 25 Safer Building Coalition trainings, serving as a co-presenter.

Alliance Communications - Wayne, New Jersey, USA

“DC Microgrids: Enabling Smarter and More Sustainable Buildings” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson is the Vice President of Marketing at Igor. She worked with Igor on a consulting basis for many years until she joined the company’s leadership team full-time in 2018. LEDs Magazine recently recognized her by naming Kim to their 2020 inaugural “40 under 40” class. Before Igor, she earned her MBA, lived in Japan, and built a career in marketing and client consulting in Chicago. She is a South Dakota native and a summa cum laude graduate of Augustana University.

Igor – West Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Annie Bevan

Annie doesn't just want to talk about sustainable impact, she wants to facilitate action to create large scale change, using sustainability as a strategic business enabler.  In her role as the Global Head of Sustainability, she oversees Superior Essex Communication’s market leading sustainability program, working to collaborate and accelerate their sustainability platform through engagement with both customers and suppliers. Superior Essex Communications enables sustainable change through their products, company as well as their partnerships. Smart building solutions through PoE applications (with communications as the backbone) can support project teams in reducing their energy consumption as well as carbon impact to support holistic ESG program commitments now and into the future! 

In addition to her work at Superior Essex, she sits as a advisor and collaborator with: the US Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources TAG, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the American Institute of Architects, Building Green, mindful Materials, My Green Lab, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, Clean Production Action, the Copper Mark, GeSI, TIA, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and the Collaborative for High Performing Schools, among other programs and efforts.

Superior Essex – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Amy Shen

As a senior digital consultant at Arup San Francisco, Amy leads the smart building consulting services, specializing in helping owners, developers and operators define technology use cases and implement emerging technology in the built environment. Amy’s interdisciplinary background in building automation, low voltage systems, ITC and system integration enables her to lead multidisciplinary collaborations to make smart building a reality. With an engineering degree from the University of Cambridge and professional experience both in the UK and China, she has a global and local perspective on technology innovation and implementation that’s transforming how the built environment interacts with people and the environment.

ARUP – Oakland, California, USA
2:30 – 3:30 PM

“To Air-Gap or Not to Air-Gap: The Audiovisual Network”

Michael Stewart 

Michael Stewart leads CMTA Technology Solutions for CMTA's Lexington, KY, Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA offices. As an electrical engineer, he produces a well-coordinated and innovative solution for every challenge he encounters. 

Michael believes navigating the built environment's world of technology shouldn't be dreadful - it should be exciting and deserves to be discussed. From envisioning to commissioning, his passion for technology ensures expectations are met and guides him throughout a wide array of projects - including University of Kentucky's Cornerstone project. Michael is also an AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist.

CMTA, Inc. – Lexington, Kentucky, USA

“Ahead of the Curve: New High-Density and Dust Insensitive Fiber Optic Connector Technology Innovations”

Sean Kelly, RCDD

Sean Kelly, RCDD currently serves as Technical Director at The Light Brigade. He has over 20 years of experience in technical, engineering, and business roles with TE Connectivity, CommScope, and Rosenberger. His vast experience has contributed to bringing numerous fiber related solutions to market, including playing a key role in the development and adoption of Passive Optical LAN. He co-developed and presented the Fundamentals of Passive Optical LAN course offered at nearly every BICSI conference. He has been involved, and held leadership roles, within numerous industry groups across various verticals.

Light Brigade – York, Pennsylvania, USA
Brian Teague

Brian Teague is a Product Line Manager at Senko. A 25-year fiber optic connectivity veteran, Brian is a regular technical presenter for multiple industry associations. Brian has a B.S. from the University of South Carolina, an MBA from Florida State University, and holds a CFOT credential from the FOA.

Senko Advanced Components – Columbia, South Carolina, USA

“The Future of Wireless in Healthcare”

Mark Niehus, RCDD

Mark brings more than 25 years of ICT experience in wired and wireless to CW’s sales team.

As Area VP, he manages US business development including enterprise and 3PO accounts, while providing customers and building owners with innovative solutions.

Prior to his role at Connectivity Wireless, Mark owned and operated his own manufacturer representative business for 12+ years as well as working for several other technology firms

Mark has a BA from the University of Iowa, an MBA from University of Phoenix, and has been an RCDD since 1997.

Connectivity Wireless Solutions – Duluth, Georgia, USA
Eric Abbott 

Eric B. Abbott is a healthcare advisor at CWS with deep expertise in digital enterprise solutions, healthcare IT, and wireless infrastructure. His areas of focus include IoT, mobility services, and connected infrastructure solutions. Eric has led Product Management and Strategic Business Development initiatives at various high technology companies focused on the healthcare, public safety, and commercial enterprise markets. He is also Adjunct Faculty and an Advisory Board Member at Northwestern University, teaching Consumer Digital Health and the American Healthcare System.

Connectivity Wireless Solutions – Duluth, Georgia, USA

“BERT Could Be the Single Most Powerful Cable Test You Need to Hear About Today” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Deane Horn

Deane Horn joined Softing Inc in October 2015 as Director of Product Management for Industrial Automation Connectivity Solutions and Network Testing Solutions for IT Networks and Control Networks. 

Previously Mr. Horn spent 18 years with Emerson Process Management as Product Line Manager for the Online Machinery Health Monitoring Systems. 

Deane has authored papers for The Journal, Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine, Turbomachinery Magazine, Turbolab's Pump Symposium, Pumps and Systems Magazine, Modern Power Systems, Flow Control, Power Engineering, and Maintenance Technology, and holds 6 patents on connectivity and vibration monitoring systems.  Mr. Horn holds a BSEE from the University of Tennessee.

Softing Inc. – Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
4:00 – 5:00 PM

“Integrated and Agnostic Approach to AV Design”

  • David Seiling, RCDD, PE, CTS, PSP

    Dave Seiling, PE, RCDD, PSP, CTS, PMP, is the national technology practice leader for Salas O’Brien, overseeing a team of engineers and practitioners in 51 offices providing coordinated designs for Audiovisual, Security, Telecommunications Cabling and Wireless systems throughout the US. Dave has over 15 years of industry experience as a trusted advisor on electrical and technology systems and is an authority on the status and direction of network-based systems standards. He is a member of BICSI, AVIXA, PMI, and the Technology Forum board of the Electric Association of Chicago.

    Salas O’Brien – Chicago, Illinois, USA

“If You Thought Ribbon Was for Data Centers Only – Think Again!”

Lucas Mays 

Lucas Mays is a Product Manager for field fusion splicers and accessories at AFL. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Louisville focused in optical sciences. From there, he dove into the fiber optics industry first as a splicer/installer, then as an engineer working in product R&D. More recently, he was an applications engineer helping solve the day-to-day splicing challenges experienced in the field.

AFL – Duncan, South Carolina, USA

“Wireless First”

Brian Davis, RCDD

Brian K. Davis is global market development director, Corning Optical Communications. He has over 28 years of experience in in-building networks and has maintained his BICSI RCDD since 1994.  Today his focus is on networking trends, how we use networks, and ensuring we are considering the right network architectures – both wired and wireless – to deliver on the current and future needs within buildings so as to help in-building network owners prepare their facilities for emerging services and applications.

Corning Optical Communications – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

“Everything You Need to Know About MPO Links Testing Best Practices” – VIRTUAL ONLY

Guillaume Lavallee

Guillaume Lavallee is a product line manager at EXFO, the communications industry’s test, monitoring and analytics experts, and oversees the optical products in the Installation and Maintenance division. He has more than 14 years of experience in telecom test and measurement, related technologies, and best practices. Guillaume has a bachelor’s degree in Physics Engineering, specialized in Optics, as well as an MBA from Canada’s University Laval.

EXFO – Quebec, Quebec, Canada
7:00 - 10:00 PM

Annual Awards Banquet

Thursday, 3 February

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

9:00 - 9:30 AM

ICT Field of Vision Presentation – Sponsored by Corning Optical Communications

“Giving Sustainability the Green Light: Planning for Eco-friendly Smart Building Technologies and Deployments”

Brian Davis, RCDD

Brian K. Davis is global market development director, Corning Optical Communications. He has over 28 years of experience in in-building networks and has maintained his BICSI RCDD since 1994.  Today his focus is on networking trends, how we use networks, and ensuring we are considering the right network architectures – both wired and wireless – to deliver on the current and future needs within buildings so as to help in-building network owners prepare their facilities for emerging services and applications.

Corning Optical Communications – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Closing Keynote Speaker - “Pushing the Envelope”

Col. Nicole Malachowski

Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) is a leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her struggling greatly to speak or walk for almost nine months.

Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent. Nicole empowers people with three key beliefs: failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great; sometimes you need to yield to overcome; and her personal mantra – “Nobody wants to lead a scripted life.” This will be a closing keynote that attendees from all backgrounds will appreciate.

More About Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) was born in Santa Maria, CA and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband, Paul, have twin children, son Garrick and daughter Norah. Paul is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former F-15E Evaluator Weapons Systems Officer.

USAF (RET.)
10:30 - 10:45 AM

BICSI Cares Presentation and Door Prize Drawing

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Conference Wrap-up

Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE 2022 BICSI WINTER HYBRID CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

BICSI is hosting this conference both in-person in Orlando, Florida and online through vFairs, During the registration process, you can choose to register either for in-person or online. Please note, all in-person registrations will also include access to the vFairs platform for 30 days post conference.

These FAQs relate to the virtual portion of the conference. For more information on the in-person portion of the conference, please click here.

Yes, you will need to register for the 2022 BICSI Winter Hybrid Conference & Exhibition as either an in-person attendee or a virtual attendee. Each registration type will receive a unique username and login to enjoy all virtual conference & exhibition features. Click here to register for the full conference. For the exhibit hall only access click here.
Yes, you can register as a virtual exhibit hall visitor at no charge. This will allow you access to the exhibit hall to view exhibit booths, have live chats with exhibitors and gather information and files in a swag bag. Please click here to register for exhibit hall only access.
Yes. Similar to a “cart”, you will be able to add documents and videos to your “Swag Bag” and then e-mail them to yourself.
A swag bag is a virtual briefcase where you can save documents from a booth. You can access files in your Swag Bag for 30 days after the event and e-mail to yourself or others.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS & QUESTIONS

No, it is all hosted online on your browser. You will only need access to high-speed internet.
We recommend Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge. We also recommend downloading the Zoom app prior to the event.
High-speed internet connectivity will ensure high-quality video streaming.
Yes, but the iPad Pro is not recommended.
Your login details will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail unless you registered for the Exhibit Hall Only then you use the credentials you created. You can use these details to access the online event beginning, Tuesday, 1 February at 7:30 a.m. EST.
The on-demand content will be hosed for thirty (30) days following the close of the event.

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