David M. Richards, RCDD NTS OSP TECH CT
Product Manager - Open Systems, Chatsworth Products, Inc.
29 Bran Rick Lane * Arden, NC 28704 USA
The Product Manager serves as product expert combining domain knowledge, market analysis, and end-user feedback to establish a distinct product vision, multi-year solution roadmap, and an effective engineering partnership to deliver an industry leading portfolio of solutions. Position is responsible for product management, marketing and sales collaboration from product conception to launch and to drive growth and margin strategies. This position interfaces with cross functional teams including program management, sales, application engineering, marketing, engineering, procurement, and manufacturing personnel. The Product Manager is responsible for managing an assigned portfolio of products, ensuring a profitable and growing portfolio. This position is responsible for product strategy, product planning, product line positioning, and product life cycle management for the assigned portfolio of products. This position is also responsible for identifying operational excellence initiatives and quality enhancement requirements to drive growth and improvement in the product line.
David M. Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT, is the Product Manager for open systems at Chatsworth Products (CPI). He is a telecommunications engineering graduate from Western Technical College. In the past 30 years, Richards has held positions in ICT construction, production, operations, training and QA/QC audits. Richards has been a BICSI Master Instructor and Certified Trainer since 2000, as well as an instructor for Moorpark College and the IEC Chesapeake low voltage apprenticeship program. In 2007, Richards founded the annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge where he currently serves as head judge and subcommittee chair. David was the 2012 BICSI Presidential Eagle Award recipient for his dedication, vision and volunteerism of the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge of which he continues to help support internationally as the BICSI CSC continues to grow in more districts around the globe. Richards lives with his wife and four children in Asheville, N.C., and enjoys outdoor activities, baseball, golfing, hiking, guitar and being a Cub Scout parent.
Involvement with BICSI activities, committee and membership:
Richards has been a BICSI Member Since 2000 and in 2005-06 served as U.S. Western Region Director where he spearheaded the creation and launch of the BICSI IN250 Installer 2 – Optical Fiber course. Richards serves as a volunteer on multiple committees including EAC, MOD, CSC, and TEO. He is a SMETL and editorial review board member for multiple BICSI manuals. He was recognized in the 2009 BICSI NEWS Magazine article, 25 Change Makers In 25 Years. More recently, Richards pushed for the creation of the newly adopted post nominal letters (INST1, INSTC, INSTF, and TECH) for BICSI installation credential holders.