Elections

2022 BICSI BOD Slate of Candidates

Announcing our slate of candidates for the 2022 BICSI Board of Directors Election. The election will run from 1-30 September and all members in good standing as of 1 July 2022 will be allowed to vote. On 1 September, all eligible members will receive a ballot to cast their vote. Voting will end 30 September 2022. Positions up for election are:

  • Board Secretary
  • Global Regional Director
  • U.S. South-Central Regional Director
  • U.S. Southeast Regional Director
  • U.S. Western Regional Director

Candidates for the Position of Secretary

Candidates for the Position of Secretary

  • Honorico "Rick" Ciordia, PE, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM (Incumbent)

    2022 BOD All Rick updatedHonorico “Rick” Ciordia, PE, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM (Incumbent)

    Consultant Engineer
    Engineering, Technology & Telecommunications Group
    Bayamon, Puerto Rico
    Email: rciordia@ettgpr.com

     

     

     

    Rick Ciordia, PE, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM, is an experienced information and communications technology (ICT) industry professional with more than 26 years of experience as a consultant designing ICT infrastructure solutions and helping customers develop needs-based customized solutions to increase performance of ICT systems with reduced OPEX costs. Rick is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®), Data Center Design Consultant® (DCDC®) and Registered Telecommunications Project Manager® (RTPM®). Rick has been recognized for his design expertise in designing integrated networks, ICT infrastructure systems, cost analysis, and developing customized ICT solutions that deliver a positive customer experience.

    Throughout his career, Rick has held design, management, and leadership positions in key ICT organizations, such as LUMA Energy, Puerto Rico Power Authority, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Verizon, WorldNet Telecommunications, Lockheed Martin, and Colortran, which led him to BICSI. His professional recognitions include CIAPR 2018 Distinguished Electrical Engineer Award, BICSI 2016 Global Member of the Year Award, Verizon’s Dedication to Excellence Award, and Puerto Rico Telephone Excellence Award.

    Rick has been involved with BICSI since 1997 and has served on several committees. He is the current Secretary Chair for the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) District. In addition to his involvement with BICSI, Rick is an active member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers, IIE, in Puerto Rico since 1995 where he has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2011 and held several positions including Treasurer Auditor and Vice-president.

    Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, BSEE, from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration, MBA, from the University of Phoenix and is fluent in Spanish. He is very passionate about family values and leaving a legacy for future generations.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Rick has been BICSI Secretary since 2020; Global Region Director 2016-2020; Global Member of the Year 2016; Membership 1997; RCDD 1999; DCDC 2012; RTPM 2011; CT 2011; CALA District Chair 2012-2016; Caribbean District Chair 2010 – 2012; Caribbean District Secretary 2008-2010; BICSI Committees: Standards, Data Center, Wireless, Healthcare, ESS, EAC, Global Development, ITSIMM 2010; Past presenter at BICSI conferences; Memorandum of Understanding between BICSI and other ICT organizations including CIAPR, INICTEL & ALAS. Developed ADTP training for District. Recruited over 20 volunteers and developed BICSI presence in 24 countries; Held conferences and events in 10 countries; Developed partnerships with universities.

    If elected, Rick will:
    As secretary, Rick has been involved in the reorganization of BICSI documentation such as the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures. He plans to keep up the work to help BICSI transform to the next level of service as a professional membership association. Rick plans to support and promote BICSI throughout credentialing and training, proactively support the strategic plan to grow the organization, be the voice and present current issues in representation of BICSI membership at the Board of Directors, provide Board support of budgets, business, and strategic plans, and support strategic plan and mission for Global Growth. Rick will be accountable to the Board and membership in carrying out his duties.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Rick has volunteered as a councilman for the police community outreach council at his hometown. Rick has served as part of the homeowner’s association board. His not-for-profit experience includes the Professional Association of Engineers and Land Surveyors of PR (CIAPR), where he has been a member of the board for the Institute of Electrical Engineers for five years and held positions such as Vice President, Director, Treasurer, and Auditor. Rick has been a CIAPR active member for 25 years. Rick was awarded the CIAPR 2018 Distinguished Electrical Engineer of the year.

  • Zachary Jones, RCDD

    2022 BOD - JonesZachary Jones, RCDD

    Owner/Project Manager
    M3 Projects and Designs LLC
    Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, United States
    Email: zjones1@binghamton.edu

     

     

     

    After finishing high school in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, Zachary Jones, RCDD, entered the U.S. Army Reserves, completing basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. He was selected for early promotion by his drill instructors. He was trained as an administrative specialist (71L) and served eight years in the Army Reserves supporting the 322nd MP CID. He attended Misericordia University from 1998 to 2001, obtaining his bachelor's in Management Information Systems, and was a starter for the Cougar lacrosse team during its inaugural season as a varsity sport. In 2017, Zachary earned his Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University, his PMP certification in 2019, and currently he is taking MBA classes from Georgia Southwestern and Oswego. In 2005, Zachary was hired as a systems analyst for the telecommunications department at Binghamton University. He manages the Telecommunications department, including the following services: CATV, VoIP, panic alarms, and structured cabling for telecom construction projects. Two key projects he has recently completed are installing $550,000 of equipment into the new School of Nursing building and second the design of a new off-site Pharmacy building with a $60 million total budget. Along with his daily tasks, Zachary oversees projects on campus to upgrade campus fiber and overhaul aging copper outside plant resources and is beginning a project to review options to connect four separate campus locations using aerial fiber. Zachary created M3 Projects and Designs LLC in his hometown of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and is looking to develop a company where he can use his Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) and PMP to manage IT infrastructure projects.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Zachary’s involvement with BICSI began on 1 May 2012, with his membership and enrollment in DD102, hosted by Carol Everett Oliver at Berk-Tek, and taught by Vic Phillips. It was a great beginning to his journey of earning his RCDD, which he earned on 6 May 2015. In 2013, he completed the ICT Fundamentals Program and attended his first conference in Tampa Bay. Zachary attended the 2016 conference in San Antonio and worked as a session moderator. In 2019, Zachary worked with Lee Renfroe to help bring a regional event to Auburn University. Zachary also attended the virtual conference in 2022.

    If elected, Zachary will:
    Zachary will be sure to pay attention to detail and work hard to carry out all duties and tasks assigned. He will take great care in facilitating the review and updating of bylaws, policies, and procedures. As an elected member of the Board, Zachary will serve with honor and represent BICSI with the utmost professionalism and respect. He would be proud to serve as an elected member of the Board. Zachary will communicate openly and honestly with the members of the organization and be open-minded and considerate of others.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Zachary was the Treasurer and conference coordinator for the SUNY Telecommunications Officers Association (TOA). He was also the Treasurer of the Roxboro Elementary PTG where his son Maddux attended. Zachary is currently involved in the local Binghamton NY PMI Chapter, the North American Mitel User Group board, and the Treasurer/Secretary for the Global Mitel Users Group.

  • Trevor Kleinert, RCDD, NTS, DCDC, TECH, CT

    2022 BOD - KleinertTrevor Kleinert, RCDD, NTS, DCDC, TECH, CT

    Kleinert Consulting Group Services
    Ambarvale, Australia
    Email: trevor.kleinert@bicsi.com.au

     

     

     

     

    Trevor Kleinert, RCDD, NTS, DCDC, TECH, CT, began his journey in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in 1986. Trevor progressed through the company and after 5 years moved into network products. With this advancement, Trevor completed various communications/product courses including a Certificate of Sales Management.

    During the 90s, he was involved in bringing the Panduit Data product to market in both Sales & Product Management roles.

    In 2001 he was State Manager at KRONE, then relocating to NSW to head up the fiber business. For 5 years, Trevor immersed himself in numerous sales, financial, and technical courses, and worked his way to the position of Director of Sales & Operations. In 2010 Trevor focused more on selling cabinets in commercial & government sectors of NSW.

    He then migrated into a more data central environment focusing on designing and installation of fiber and copper ducting solutions for the likes of Equinix, Digital Realty, and NEXTDC.

    In 2018, Trevor started his own consultancy/training business focusing on the Australian telecommunications licensing and copper, fiber, coax, and NBN markets.

    The desire to teach became a permanent passion for Trevor. He obtained the Certified Trainer status for BICSI focusing on Applied Data Centre Design & Best Practice. Trevor has delivered this course for BICSI’s ADTPs across Australia, SEA, and Japan.

    Currently he is in a role focusing on selling and designing cabinet solutions into the high-end markets with being an instructor as an added string to his bow.

    Trevor has current RCDD, NTS, DCDC, and TECH credentials and has been a BICSI member for 25 years.

    He has gained a strong understanding of the ICT industry, technically and in a sales development/management perspective with a strong desire to pursue the ICT development within the industry.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:

    •  BICSI member since 1997.

    •  NSW Co-Ordinator in 2005/06 & ACT Co-Ordinator in 2015.

    •  Currently on BICSI Ethics, Standards, PDC (Vice Chair), and Policy Procedure Committees.

    •  In 2016 elected as a board member with BICSI South Pacific.

    •  Elected as Chair Elect/Chair in 2017 BICSI SP.

    •  2021 an honoree member of the BICSI Japan Board.

    •  2021 was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Global Member of the Year.

    •  Promoter of BICSI benefits to end users, consultants, and contractors.

    •  Participation in annual conferences.

    •  Presented at BICSI Quarterly Seminars.

    •  Presented at the 2015 BICSI Annual Conference in Sydney, and Japan in 2018 and 2019.

    If elected, Trevor will:
    Trevor will continue the passion he has for BICSI by raising the profile of membership and its advantages. Concentrating on both the ICT & associated markets that are linked to ICT. Trevor will push the education programs of BICSI from credentials to online training products for both attainment of credentials and for personal growth. He wishes to educate the market through promoting the BICSI offering in a bid to grow membership levels to the highest they have been. He also wishes to educate the younger generation by providing the most attainable pathway to be the best in their field.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    In the late 90s, Trevor was a member of the Structured Cabling Standards Sub-Committee and a member of the National Electrical Code of Australia (NECA) Panel in 2004 on behalf of KRONE. In more recent times, he was accepted onto the Pathways and Spaces Standards Sub-Committee participating in the writing of the New Standard for ANZ. All other types of volunteer work have been centered around BICSI South Pacific, and in more recent years BICSI Global. This gave Trevor an enormous feeling of achievement, in particular seeing someone benefit from his knowledge.

  • Matthew Odell, RCDD

    2022 BOD - OdellMatthew Odell, RCDD

    Senior Director
    S2N Technology Group, LLC.
    Huntingtown, Maryland, USA
    Email: matt.odell@clarkconstruction.com

     

     

     

     

    Matthew Odell, RCDD, has 30+ years of extensive ICT experience, including design and implementation of data, telecom, security, and complex AV systems, focusing on healthcare clinical systems, i.e., physiological, and fetal monitoring systems, nurse call, telemetry, RTLS, patient engagement, and O.R. integration. During his career, Matt has been an active contributor to BICSI, including four years as Northeast Regional Director, an SME for standards and other committees, and as a frequent speaker. Matt currently serves as vice-chair of the PCC committee. Matt is Senior Director of Technologies for S2N Technology Group, in Bethesda, Maryland, where he leads the consulting team and the Healthcare Technology Center of Excellence. S2N is a technology integrator with design team, consulting and implementation management for large construction and renovation projects. In his role, Matt actively consults with business owners, architects, designers, and clinicians early in the project phase to map out the scope, system recommendations, budgets, infrastructure design, and system integration requirements. Given his in-depth experience, Matt also provides clinical process planning based on data collected from clinical technology systems installed. Some of his noted customers include Johns Hopkins Health & University; Inova Health; University of Maryland Medical System; MedStar Health; Army Replacement Hospital at Camp Pendleton; The Museum of the Bible; and Legacy International. Prior to his 10 years at S2N, Matt was employed at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 15 years as a Network Project Manager, which included overseeing the IP megaplex design and implementation of a new 1.6-million-square-foot John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Matt has been featured in industry publications for his outstanding infrastructure design, convergence schemes, and technology implementation at major hospitals, and he has often presented on the design and installation best practices.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Matt is an active volunteer for BICSI. During his four years as Northeast Regional Director, he coordinated and hosted the Northeast Regional Meetings, and led the Emerging Professionals task force resulting in the creation of the Emerging Professionals Award. He supported the rebranding of Regional Meetings to “ICT Forums, Powered by BICSI” and served as Board Liaison to the RCSC and MOD Committees. He continues serving as vice chair of PCC, as a SME of the Healthcare, Wireless, and Intelligent Building standards subcommittees, and is a member of the PDC. Matt is also a presenter on healthcare infrastructure at national conferences.

    If elected, Matt will:
    The BICSI Board faced many challenges and provided unique solutions to keep our association afloat during the pandemic. As a result, Matt believes BICSI has the opportunity to continue as the preeminent leader of ICT standards, education, and providing certifications for workforce competency, but also advancing our certification requirements for AHJs. Modernizing BICSI’s content, expanding virtual learning capabilities and advancing member engagement will be paramount. If elected, Matt will support BICSI as it implements its Strategic Plan. He will listen to the BICSI membership and work together with a common commitment to expand BICSI globally into our connected world.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    In addition to volunteering for BICSI, Matt volunteers in his community for Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C., and at his Church. Matt has supported his community music programs by volunteering as music director for the LaPlata Chapter of the Men’s Barbershop Harmony Society in LaPlata, Maryland, as well as performing with the Southern Maryland Concert Band. He also annually supports BICSI Cares and the American Cancer Society in memory of his Father and Hunter Scott.

  • George Rivera, RCDD

    2022 BOD - RiveraGeorge Rivera, RCDD

    Program Manager
    Rivera Scientific
    Gallup, New Mexico, United States
    Email: grriverajr@hotmail.com

     

     

     

     

    Dr. George Rivera, RCDD, is an accomplished engineer with many years’ experience involving contracted work, in and out of the Department of Defense as Rivera Scientific. This has resulted in many years of travel which has limited his ability to volunteer with BICSI.

    With COVID, his military contracting was severely restricted. This led George back to university, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), and two Doctorates - a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and a Doctor of Executive Leadership (DEL). This has allowed George to move much more deeply into the Private Sector, where he was the Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Yalti Telecom, Yalti Global, and Beeso Labs. All three companies are a conglomerate where his technical skills are being put to good use, as well as his business acumen. This gave George insight not only into the tech sector, but also into the business model of such endeavors.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    George has been a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) with BICSI since 2007. Although George has earned Doctorate Degrees, it has been his long association with BICSI as an RCDD which has brought him the most joy. At one point George was privileged to present at the 2010 Irish Conference discussing the vast infrastructures needed to support "wireless" deployments. He wanted to show how a contractor could earn considerable funds from such projects. George called it, "Raiders of the Lost Infrastructure". Now that he is more in control of his schedule, George hopes to give back to BICSI.

    If elected, George will:
    If elected, George will act in a support role for BICSI Management. From his experience, the Secretary/Treasurer of an enterprise is often in a "catch-all" role, way above set duties as the Secretary. Often these taskings are temporary with great import, but not necessarily recognized as such. It is simply the nature of the beast, and George would be walking into the office with both eyes open. George believes that is part and parcel of the giving back.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Once, when between contracts with the Department of the Navy, George had about six months off, and during that time, he was working at a Food Bank in Murrieta, California. He was put in charge of the network as well as the website and emails.

  • M Rizwan Yasin, RCDD

    2022 BOD - YasinM. Rizwan Yasin, RCDD

    Consultant / ICT Manager – Planning & Implementation
    Emiri Corps of Signal (Ministry of Defense)
    Doha, Qatar
    Email: rizwanyasin@yahoo.com

     

     

     

    M. Rizwan Yasin, RCDD, is a consultant/Information and communications technology (ICT) manager for the State of Qatar. He is an accomplished ICT Manager and Telecom Infrastructure designer and enjoys using his skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen every day at Defense/internal security. Muhammad earned his M.sc (Electronics) from the University of Karachi in 2004 and his M.S (Information Technology) from Preston University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecom. He was Awarded for his exemplary academic performance and leadership skills. As a consultant/ICT manager, with 21 years of experience, Rizwan has been working alongside all major certifications of Telecom like PMP (PMI), ATD (Uptime), CDCMP (C-NET), RCDD (BICSI), HCIP datacenter (HUAWEI), CEH (EC-Council), CNDA (EC-Council), CCNA (CISCO), and DBA (ORACLE). Rizwan is now currently working on obtaining his BICSI DCDC certification. He has worked as a data center administrator to one of biggest datacenter series constructed in Qatar. Muhammad has also worked on the complete life cycle of moderately-to-highly complex projects, such as, Stadiums, Mega Camps (commercial and residential buildings), Airports including approval, planning, estimating, execution, and ensuring planned results are successfully achieved and complete within a timely manner. He can develop and approve policies developed within various sub-functions and departments; develop and implement high-level decisions about operational policy and strategy; assure all legal and regulatory documents are filed and monitor compliance with laws and regulations; develop telecommunications policies and procedures and its best practices for his organizations and also ensure that they comply with the federal government regulations and other international accepted standards – OSP/ISP Standard (TIA/EIA, ISO/IEC, BICSI) Telephony – Analog/Digital/IP (Alcatel Lucent), Data Center (UPTIME, BICSI), Cyber Security (EC- Council); maintain a deep knowledge of the markets and industry; audit ICT company’s technical capabilities and in case of failure take action according to rules and regulation. When reviewing his yearly progress report, he was given the note of "Rizwan Yasin is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard.”

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Rizwan is an active member of BICSI, Uptime, PMI, and EC-Council. As a mentor Rizwan has built a lasting and cross-generational professional network of mentees and fellow mentors. Rizwan is delicate and offers his services to BICSI on all events. He tries to participate in all datacenter events, and is just coming back from the world datacenter conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

    If elected, Muhammad will:
    If Rizwan is elected, he understands that if educated and professional individuals are present on the end user/client side then they will have authority to implement standard operating procedures to follow on construction, MEP, and other contractors. As a BICSI representative, Rizwan will implement rules that all contractors should have BICSI-certified staff and use BICSI manuals as the basis of their work. Rizwan believes that this can become beneficial for BICSI and telecom work, as well. He also believes that ATD (Uptime) certification would help all data centers to be tier certified.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Rizwan has had volunteer experience with Green Energy, FIFA cup, and Government emergency services.


Candidates for the Position of Global Regional Director

Candidates for the Position of Global Regional Director

  • Ninad Desai, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT (Incumbent)

    2022 BOD - DesaiNinad Desai, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT (Incumbent)

    Consulting Specialist - Comm Cabling & Fiber Optic
    Optinext Technologies Pvt Ltd
    Mumbai, India
    Email: ninad@optinextindia.com

     

     

     

    Ninad Desai, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT, is a self-motivated, passionate information and communications technology (ICT) professional with independent ICT research skillsets and an innate ability to grow positive, long-standing relationships with his colleagues. Since 2010, Ninad has worked tirelessly to help proliferate the ICT education, credentials, and installation skillsets across the industry.

    Having graduated in Engineering with a master's in management, Ninad has been instrumental in bringing the global volunteer community together and helping promote ICT education and training across the globe. Ninad has been a BICSI member and credential holder since 2000, a global volunteer since 2010, and a BICSI Global Region Director since 2021. Ninad has been with his wife for over 27 years and has two beautiful daughters. He resides in Mumbai, India, but travels worldwide for his passion for endurance runs, work, and professional development, primarily fulfilling his BICSI education commitments, ICT skills volunteering activities, and professional work assignments.

    Ninad has been an active contributor to the ICT industry's standards development for more than 22 years. He is a committee member of the group on standards for ICT in buildings in the National Building Code of India. Ninad has also contributed to several Indian and International (BICSI) publications.

    His volunteering career has spanned more than a decade for BICSI. Ninad has served as a member of the BICSI Global Development Committee since 2010 and has been instrumental in developing BICSI's presence in various countries around the globe. He has been instrumental in conducting and judging different BICSI Cabling Skill Challenges and events worldwide to help propagate the need for and importance of following standard ICT cabling practices in the industry. Ninad has also been instrumental in developing BICSI partnerships with various skill universities, telecommunications councils, and like-minded associations in India and its surrounding regions.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Ninad has been actively involved with BICSI education, credentialing, and publications since 2007. He currently serves on the BICSI Global Outreach Task Force and as a subject matter expert for the ITSIMM 8th edition revision group. He has been a BICSI certified trainer since 2007 and has served as a member of the BICSI Global Development Committee since 2010. He has also been instrumental in developing BICSI's presence globally, promoting BICSI Cabling Skill Challenges and events to help promote the need for and importance of following industry-standard practices. He is also passionate about assisting ICT professionals in preparing for their BICSI credentials.

    If elected, Ninad will:
    If elected, Ninad will continue to lead and advance the global volunteer outreach by driving regular interactions with global volunteers. Being a firm believer of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" — a Sanskrit phrase that means "The World is One Family," Ninad will focus on inclusiveness to ensure global members' views are heard and acted upon, thereby helping achieve BICSI's credibility and reach. Being a quick learner who likes to work and create new ways to do things and improve on them concurrently, Ninad would promote BICSI services affordably to help deliver continual ICT educational and credible professional value to the BICSI global member community.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Ninad currently volunteers as an Information Network Cabling skillset expert for the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) to help advance ICT skills learning in schools and vocational colleges in India. Ninad has trained over 3,000 ICT and Optical Fiber installers on various ICT specialty subjects of interest. He also represents his country INDIA at WorldSkills International as an Expert in Information Network Cabling skills. Ninad is also an active committee member of the group on standards for ICT in buildings in the National Building Code of India (PART 8 BUILDING SERVICES Section 6 Information and Communication Enabled Installations).

  • Fernando Neto, RCDD

    2022 BOD - NetoFernando Neto, RCDD

    Senior Manager
    H. H. Angus & Associates
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Email: fneto.rcdd@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

    Born in Toronto, Canada, Fernando Neto, RCDD, subsequently lived in Portugal between the ages of 6 and 15, before returning home. Following college, Fernando’s first role was at a small startup however, as many startups go, the firm was bankrupt within a short time span. Soon after, Fernando “stumbled upon” the telecommunications business when he joined a Toronto consulting firm in 1998 as a CAD designer. Driven by curiosity of the emerging space, but starting with absolutely no experience in the telecommunications field, he became a member of BICSI, studied for the Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) exam, and passed the exam within a few short years.

    Now, with over 24 years of experience at the intersection of technology and the built environment, Fernando has focused on the effective procurement, integration, and delivery of technology for projects across the globe within complex facilities such as hospitals, airports, sports venues, education, and rail facilities. Fernando feels fortunate to have worked on projects in the U.S., the UAE, Brazil, Peru, Ivory Coast, Russia, and across Canada.

    While Fernando started his career designing Structured Cabling Systems, today he is a Senior Leader guiding a team of highly skilled professionals in the design, project management, and delivery of Communications Systems (SCS, Public Address, Intercom, Nurse Call, Audio Video, Network and Wi-Fi infrastructure) and Security Systems (Access Control, Video Surveillance, Intrusion Detection, and RTLS) projects with a focus on healthcare, labs, and commercial sectors. Fernando’s current role is at HH Angus & Associates, an employee-owned independent consulting firm of engineers, technical specialists, and project managers with a mission described as “Expanding What is Possible. Together. For a Better Future."

    Mentoring those around him is one of his biggest passions. It still amazes him how much he gets back by the simple act of sharing his extensive knowledge.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Fernando has been an active member of BICSI and an RCDD since July of 2000. He has been the Canadian Region Director since 2019 and as such, has been an active and vocal member of the BICSI Board of Directors. Fernando has been the Board Liaison to the Ethics Committee, has hosted both in- person and virtual ICT Forums, co-presented at the BICSI Canadian Ottawa Conference in the spring of 2015, and presented at the BICSI Winter Conference in 2018.

    If elected, Fernando will:

    1.  Never compromise on ethics and safety.

    2.  Continue to work with BICSI and the Board of Directors to address BICSI’s Global members’ as well as all other members’ concerns around course/training locations and costs, as well as membership value, creating a strong ROI for both current and future BICSI members.

    3.  Work to elevate the recognition of the BICSI credentials for the benefit of all involved in our industry, including building owners, facility managers, consultants, and contractors.

    4.  Collaborate with BICSI and the Board of Directors to promote our industry through educational outreach at higher education institutions.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Fernando has been a member of the BICSI Board of Directors since 2019 representing not only the Canadian members but all BICSI members. At H.H. Angus, Fernando leads a volunteer program for the benefit of co-op students and grads where senior members of staff present to the students during lunch hour to share technical knowledge in the Communications and Security fields. Fernando was a member of the Consult 2018 Steering Committee, co-presented at Consult 2018, and was a panelist at Consult 2017. Consult is a Technical Security Symposium, sponsored by Security Specifiers, specifically for the security industry’s leading design consultants.

  • Miguelangel Ochoa Briceno, RCDD

    2022 BOD - OchoaMiguelangel Ochoa Briceno, RCDD

    Sales Manager
    ITTERA
    Santa Ana, Costa Rica
    Email: m.ochoa@ittera.com

     

     

     

     

    Miguelangel Ochoa Briceno, RCDD, has been an Electronics Engineer from Venezuela since 2003. He started his own company (ITTERA) after getting his degree. Miguelangel first began working as a structured cabling contractor and then evolved as an information and communications technology (ICT) systems integrator. He has developed his whole career in the ICT Industry, having done installation, design (earning his RCDD credential in 2015) and now Business Development and General Management for his company. In 2008 Miguelangel opened his first International Operation in Colombia, then in 2011 the U.S., 2013 in Costa Rica and lately in 2015, Panama. In all these years Miguelangel made training in ICT-related topics such as Networking, Data Centers, Electronics Security, Project Management, and lately in Sales and Negotiation. He considers himself as a proactive person, who likes to negotiate, increase businesses profit, build teams, and develop contacts and networking.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Miguelangel has been an individual member since 1 January 2004. In 2005, he was part of the ESSDRM 1st Ed. Workgroup, in 2016, of the ITSIMM 5th Ed. Work Group, and in 2021 for the TDMM 14th Ed. as a contributor for International Standards References for Appendix A. Since 2019 Miguelangel has been the Country Chair from Costa Rica, where they made the first One-Day event in CR from almost 400 attendees in early 2020. He has made SI Presentations for the local professionals Associations and collaborated with a MOU establishment between BICSI and a local College in Costa Rica in 2020.

    If elected, Miguelangel will:
    If elected, Miguelangel believes that BICSI needs to make themselves "more global.” He wants to build a stronger presence in EMEA and Asia as strategic areas where BICSI is highly recognized, meanwhile, working towards smaller communities to rebuild foundations. He will encourage key country volunteers and BICSI leadership to activate efforts to get more events done, then create the needs in these ICT communities for more training, credentialing and standards, setting BICSI presence as a Leader Association Reference for this Industry.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Miguelangel has been a volunteer from the Chamber of Commerce of Maracaibo, Venezuela since 2020. He has been a volunteer for the American Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica for this past year as part of the Technology Committee. He has also been a member of the TR-42 Engineering Group at TIA. Miguelangel has not been part of the Boards for each of these roles. He has served as BICSI Costa Rica Country Chair since 2019.


Candidate for the Position of U.S. South-Central Regional Director

Candidate for the Position of U.S. South-Central Regional Director

  • Ryan Davis, RCDD, TECH

    2022 BOD - DavisRyan Davis, RCDD, TECH

    Director of ITS and Communications
    Osborne Electric Company
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
    Email: rdavis@osborneelectric.com

     

     

     

     

    Ryan Davis, RCDD, TECH, began his information and communications technology (ICT) the summer of 2008. Ryan’s mother was the accounting/office manager for an IBEW/NECA shop and suggested that he take the apprenticeship entrance exam, since he was unhappy at his job selling cruise vacations. Ryan is forever grateful for that nudge from his mother, because it has led him to find a career that he is continually passionate and excited to be a part of. During his Teledata apprenticeship at IBEW Local 26, Ryan was fortunate to be exposed to a curriculum that was built around the principles and best practices put forward by BICSI, and eventually Ryan graduated his apprenticeship as a BICSI Technician. He continued to take on new challenges and had the opportunity to receive two years of project management experience before relocating to Oklahoma. His move to Oklahoma has been a great opportunity to adapt to a new pace of life. In May of 2018 Ryan began work at Osborne Electric, with aspirations of building his own ICT division within their corporation. Ryan believes the ownership of Osborne has been extremely supportive and provided him the opportunity to get his BICSI Tech certification reinstated, as well as allowing him all of the support he needed to successfully receive his Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) certification on his first attempt. Ryan’s division has continued to grow year over year, and he truly believes that his success is due to the level of training, education, and Continuing Education material that he has had access to.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Ryan recently had the opportunity to be present for the first NECA/BICSI Summit in San Antonio Texas, and he plans to attend the Fall Conference in Las Vegas this year. Ryan has not had any involvement in committees yet. He has been a BICSI individual member since 2008 and has enlisted Osborne Electric as a corporate member since 2021.

    If elected, Ryan will:
    If elected, Ryan intends to focus on building a new generation of ICT professionals. He is excited to share his ideas on how to educate individuals ages 17-25 about the opportunities available in the ICT field. Ryan would like to share ideas on what he believes adopting current communication platforms (Discord) could look like, when used as a recruitment tool.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Ryan participates in planning local community building events. He does not have any experience sitting on a nonprofit board.


Candidates for the Position of U.S. Southeast Regional Director

Candidates for the Position of U.S. Southeast Regional Director

  • Glenn Collinge

    2022 BOD - CollingeGlenn Collinge
    Strategic Relations Manager
    FSR, Inc.
    Woodland Park, Georgia, United States
    Email: g2@fsrinc.com

     

     

     

     

    Glenn “G2” Collinge began his full-time career in the professional sound industry touring as a sound engineer in late 70’s and left the road to install professional audio, broadcast video and A/V projects across the Southeastern U.S. for a large Atlanta integrator. In 1988, Glenn started designing/engineering audio/visual systems for the same company, and in 2001 embarked in his role as a Regional Sales Manager for FSR, an American manufacturer of audiovisual, information and communication technology (ICT), and electrical infrastructure products. He has been very involved with the audio and video media ministries as a live performance technical director and engineer in his church for over 30 years. He is currently on two committees with BICSI, a current CTS with AVIXA, and has taught training classes at private events, conferences, trade shows, and regional events nationwide for over 20 years. His previous responsibilities at FSR included assisting customers with systems designs, sales, and support for education, corporate, medical, government, and house of worship applications.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Glenn has been attending BICSI since 2008, a member of the Exhibitor Liaison Committee from 2011 to 2018, and ELC Chair 2018-2019, when the ELC was dissolved and missed very few meetings in that time frame. He has attended many regional meetings across the Eastern U.S. and taught several classes in those regional meetings as well the main conferences. Glenn has been a Corporate Member for many years. He is currently on the Presentation Selection and the Emerging Professionals work groups.

    If elected, Glenn will:
    Glenn plans to host two regional meetings per year, which has not been able to happen in the Southeast Region for a while. His new position allows him more time to make these meetings happen than some of the previous volunteers who have companies to run. The BICSI membership seems to be declining, instead of growing, and Glenn believes this is unacceptable in this world of technology. He will bring a new focus on not only trying to get more professionals interested in BICSI, young and old, but to grow the BICSI Association membership and attendance of our yearly Conferences.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Glenn has been an active member and volunteer of his churches for over 30 years and was Technical Director of his previous church for over five years. Glenn has not been a member of an official board but has attended many meetings with the church board and staff.

  • Bo Conrad, RCDD, TECH

    Bo Conrad, RCDD, TECH
    ICT Technical Consultant
    Bo Enterprise
    Henrico, Virginia, United States
    Email: conradb@boenterprise.com

     

     

     

     

     

    Bo Conrad, RCDD, TECH, attributes his entire professional career to his 35-plus-year BICSI membership. Bo’s vocation began at Nevada Western (one of the original inventors of the patch panel and baluns) as Director of Marketing. Obtaining his Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) opened new opportunities, including being one of the founders of the ANSI TIA 568 committees and later serving on other TIA and BICSI standards committees. Bo was later promoted to executive sales operations management roles in Europe in the U.S.

    Subsequently, Bo was the co-owner of a sales rep firm and cable house, providing design/project management services to the Who’s Who of Silicon Valley. His RCDD certification also allowed him to become the first SCS/ICT Networking instructor for the University of California Santa Cruz and Berkeley. This intrigued Bo to become one of the first BICSI ATFs, requiring him to obtain his Tech III and Instructor certifications. As an ATF instructor of CrossBow Communications, Bo owned/managed three private post-secondary schools and curriculum over the next 16 years in California and Hawaii. They graduated over 1,100 students certified in a combination of BICSI Installer, RCDD, and MS A+ and Net+.

    As a published industry author, Bo has produced and instructed six industry-recognized manufacturer cable/connectivity and industry trade organization contractor training/warranty programs. He also had his own column, “Ask Bo,” providing tech tips for industry publications. Bo was the lead author for the BICSI ICT Today Magazine May/June 2019 issue on "Commissioning Data Center ICT Cabling." Other diverse career data center roles in Virginia include Business Development Manager for Align, Director of Design & Engineering with E2 Optics, and two other training/consulting assignments. The primary focus is QA for optical and copper cabling installation in Class/Tier 3-4 Data Centers’ white spaces, Co-Los, Edge long-haul, and university campuses. Bo holds an MBA and a B.S. degree.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Bo has been a BICSI member since 1985 and an RCDD credential holder since 1988. He has served on various BICSI committees including the ATF forum, authoring/editing ITSIMM and TDMM sections, exam writing subcommittees, and as a contributing SME to the (former) BICSI Residential and Wi-Fi publications.

    Bo is an active member of the TI&M Committee as a SMETL overseeing the ITSIMM Cable Testing & Troubleshooting team, member of MOD, a member of the Intelligent Building standards subcommittee, and a judge for the annual Cabling Skills Challenge. He has also been a speaker at regional BICSI and other professional organizations' events.

    If elected, Bo will:
    Bo is very excited with BICSI's elected team of volunteers. Bo feels that it is refreshing to know BICSI is focused on addressing membership, and is why Bo got re-involved with his committee membership. Bo’s goal is to engage the BICSI program with other professional organizations.

    His passion is supporting and growing the key role of training programs globally, starting with promoting regional events. Bo believes that the ATF schools have been neglected over the past years, but are well- positioned to recruit, grow, and maintain local memberships.

    One of his goals this year is to get ATF instructor status re-certified.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Bo was Chairman of Church Properties for two Richmond, VA, locations for over 14 years. His work schedule was in Ashburn, VA (Loudoun County "Internet Capital of Data Centers”) where he had a second home. Bo was also on his HOA Board of Directors to oversee a major million-dollar building improvement project. He has been the sole-sponsor garbage-cleanup volunteer for over four miles of park pathways in Ashburn, VA and another four miles along the main highways near his home in Richmond.

  • Amir Sekhavat

    2022 BOD - SekhavatAmir Sekhavat
    Senior Director for Product Management and Partnerships
    Superior Essex Communications
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
    Email: amir.sekhavat@spsx.com

     

     

     

     

    Amir Sekhavat has more than 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in communications products. Before joining the team at Superior Essex, Amir worked as a product manager for Nexans in Europe. He has experience in North America, Europe, and international markets and standards. He has published numerous articles on topics related to data cable performance and connectivity. Amir owns several patents related to LAN cable and has presented on many topics at BICSI Conferences and other events. Finally, Amir received his MBA from the Solvay Brussels School.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Amir has been a member of BICSI since his relocation to the United States (USA) in 2014. He was a member of the BICSI Exhibitor Liaison Committee for a one-year term before the committee was dissolved. Amir has attended every BICSI USA Conference since becoming a member along with various virtual sessions.

    If elected, Amir will:
    Based on his experience in the USA and Globally, Amir will bring new ideas in order to improve BICSI’s awareness and what can be done in order to increase it and increase the number of young and new members. Amir will focus on increasing BICSI’s role and industry leadership in new and emerging technologies such as PoE, Smart Buildings, and Sustainability.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Amir is involved in his kids’ soccer recreation association, from helping in events or being a coach. He is also involved in the community pool association. In Europe, Amir was vice president of his rugby club and president or treasurer of several student associations.


Candidate for the Position of U.S. Western Regional Director

Candidate for the Position of U.S. Western Regional Director

  • Luke Clawson, RCDD, MBA (Incumbent)

    2022 BOD - ClawsonLuke Clawson, RCDD, MBA (Incumbent)
    Vice President
    G&G Systems
    Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    Email: lukehclawson@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

    Luke Clawson, RCDD, MBA, grew up in Boulder City, Nevada, just 30 miles south of Las Vegas. He graduated high school in 1997 and went on to complete the local union 5-year electrical apprenticeship program in 2003, his dual major undergraduate degrees in finance and real estate in 2010, his Executive MBA degree in 2011, and received his RCDD in 2017. He taught 2nd year electrical theory with the IBEW/JATC local 357 from 2005 to 2021 and currently sits on the Sound and Communication Committee of Southern Nevada. He worked for various electrical/low-voltage contractors during his early electrical career and has been employed by G&G Systems, a locally owned specialty electrical contractor, since 2002. He is an active member of the community, volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations and is a member of NECA and IBEW 357. He has an amazing 11-year-old daughter, Chloe, and an incredible, supportive wife, Kristen.

    Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
    Luke has been an active member of BICSI since 2015 when he started studying for his Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) with a fellow colleague, Erik de Jong. He has been attending BICSI conferences since 2016 and was responsible for G&G Systems becoming a corporate sponsor. Luke has moderated numerous BICSI virtual information and communications technology (ICT) forums and continues to endorse BICSI and its long-term support of the ICT industry.

    If elected, Luke will:
    Luke was elected the BICSI Western Region Director and began his is term in March 2021. He went into the role wanting to help BICSI continue the positive impact it has had on the ICT industry, assist in growing the membership base by reaching the younger generation in the early stages in their careers, all while protecting the valued BICSI credentialing program for those who are already holders and those interested in becoming one. He believes in BICSI and what it means to the ICT industry as a whole and wants to continue expanding on its success while meeting today’s demands.

    Additional volunteer experience:
    Luke has been volunteering for the “Just One” project and “Three-Square Las Vegas” the past few years. He has been a BICSI board member since March 2021 and served on the UNLV Executive MBA board from 2015 to 2019. Luke also currently sits on the Sound and Communication Committee of Southern Nevada since January of 2020.