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BICSI Winter Conference Closes With Charity Presentation, Awards Banquet and Inspirational Keynote

BICSI, the Global Association Supporting ICT Community, brought thousands of technology professionals to the Orange County Convention Center for education and exhibits.

Orlando, FL, February 9, 2018—BICSI, the global association leading the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT) community, brought its 2018 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition to a close this afternoon. Thousands of global ICT professionals gathered at the five-day conference to gain industry knowledge, take in the latest ICT products and services, and network with colleagues. 


ICT industry’s best received awards during the Wednesday evening Awards Banquet.

  • Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry, presented by the University of South Florida College of Engineering: Larry J. Temenoff, RCDD, RTPM, OSP, WD
  • Presidential Eagle Award: BICSI Past Presidents
  • David K. Blythe University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the Year:
    Bruce D. Nardone, RCDD, TECH
  • Global Outstanding Member of the Year Award: Antonio Madroño, RCDD, DCDC
  • Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year Award: John Kacperski, RCDD, OSP
  • BICSI ICT Woman of the Year Award: Cathy Dunn, RCDD
  • Emerging ICT Professionals Award: Aaron Hesse, RCDD
  • BICSI 2018 Cabling Skills Challenge INSTALLER OF THE YEAR: Michael Ratliff, TECH
  • The Ray Gendron BICSI Cares Scholarship Award: Lorenzo Podda
  • BICSI New Product Pavilion 2018 BEST IN SHOW Winner: AFL; FOCIS Inspection Probe


On Thursday morning, BICSI Cares, the charitable arm of BICSI that supports children’s charities, donated to Project Chance, dedicated to providing service dogs to empower kids with autism. BICSI Cares collected donations from attendees throughout the conference, and 100 percent of the funds were given to the charity.


Closing Keynote address was presented by John Foley, former lead pilot of the Blue Angels. Foley is a Sloan Fellow at Stanford School of Business, a gratitude guru and an expert in the “how” of high-performance teams. Foley’s keynote focused on how the ICT professionals can motivate their teams to reach the highest potential and empower their organizations to sustain excellence under dynamic change. 


"This was our first BICSI conference and our view is that the physical layer has been the invisible layer for far too long. We’re here to bring visibility and show the attendees how every connection and fiber stand can be automatically discovered and secured. BICSI has been the best place to showcase this." ~ M. H. Raza, CEO, Fiber Mountain

"We’ve been coming to BICSI conferences for 25 years and it never fails us." ~ Jon Rich, RCDD, Molex Premises Networks

"It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to interface with our end users. This is our second conference and BICSI is the perfect place for us to network with our customers." ~ Sean Balevre, Jensen Tools/Test Equity


  • EXCLUSIVE DIAMOND SPONSOR: Cambridge Sound Management
  • SILVER SPONSORS: Corning; Ekahau; Legrand; Sumitomo Electric Lightwave; Velcro
  • Bronze Sponsors: Axis Communications; Brady ID; Bretford; Brother; CAI Labs; Connectrac; Connectwise; Eaton; Epson; FreeAxez; Greenlee Communications; Hyperline; Lencore; MaxCell; McCormick; Milliken; OFS; Outsourse; Softing; TII Technologies; Tinifiber; TRS Ren Telco; WBT
  • Attendee Badge Paper: MaxCell
  • Attendee Lanyards: Duraline
  • Charging Station: America ILSINTECH
  • Cups in the Exhibit Hall: Transition Networks


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