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Orlando, Fla., February 15, 2012—Beginning Sunday, thousands of industry professionals gathered at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort for the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition to participate in committee meetings, knowledge sharing, educational sessions and networking. Many of the Pre-Conference Seminars sold out and the Annual Business Meeting drew a great crowd as Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CSI, assumed his new role as President.

During the Opening General Session on Tuesday morning, Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, outgoing BICSI President, spoke about BICSI’s newest credential, the Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC), and mentioned that the exam for the DCDC is the first of BICSI’s credentialing exams to be administered via the computer-based testing business of Pearson, Pearson VUE.

The Opening General Session continued with a keynote presentation by author and speaker Peter Sheahan, the founder and CEO of ChangeLabs. Sheahan is the author of the international bestseller, “Flip,” and his latest book, “Making It Happen,” studies how the best leaders and entrepreneurs execute good ideas and turn them into profitable returns.

During the Annual Business Meeting, following the keynote, the 2012 BICSI Board of Directors was presented to the membership. Board members include: President Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CSI; President-Elect Michael A. Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE; Treasurer Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CSI; Secretary Christine Klauck, RCDD, NTS; as well as Region Directors Christy Miller, RCDD, RTPM(i); Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS; Mel E. Lesperance, RCDD; Paul Marek, RCDD, CCNA; Todd L. Strand, RCDD, NTS, OSP; Peter Levoy, RCDD; Brendan "Greg" Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD; and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer John D. Clark Jr., CAE.

The General Session technical presentations covered topics ranging from intelligent buildings to health care, as well as the emergence of lighting as a low-voltage network application.

The Exhibit Hall opened on Sunday evening and continued through Monday and Tuesday. The show drew more than 175 exhibitors and thousands of evening visitors. With the Cabling Skills Challenge arena, the evening E3—Enhanced Education & Exhibits sessions and 22 new exhibitors, the Hall was abuzz.
“I’ve been coming to BICSI conferences since 1999,” said Mike Stone, RCDD, ITS Technician, of ComTran Group, Inc. in Buford, Ga. “Networking with customers and vendors has always been worth the trip.”

The 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition continues through Thursday afternoon.


Thought leaders of the ITS industry are recognized for passion and dedication.  

Orlando, Fla., February 16, 2012—Last night, 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition attendees came together to celebrate and honor some truly remarkable individuals who have contributed to BICSI and to the information technology systems (ITS) industry in very special ways.

The Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship is awarded every year for BICSI members or their immediate families. This year, BICSI is proud to award the Ray Gendron BICSI Cares Scholarship to two students: David Picariello and Joseph Lentine. Picariello is the son of BICSI member Mike Picariello, RCDD, and is majoring in Electronics Engineering Technology at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lentine is majoring in Computer Information Systems at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. His mother is BICSI member Denice Lentine.

During the conference, 16 ITS Installers and Technicians raced against the clock and each other, competing in several technical tasks during the fifth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge. As a result, an overall winner emerged as the BICSI Installer of the Year. This year’s winner was Thomas “Lee” Renfroe, RCDD, ITS Technician, Certified Trainer.

BICSI established the Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year award in recognition of volunteer work performed by members. The Committee Member of the Year honors individuals for exemplary efforts and dedication within a BICSI committee and are typically nominated by the Committee Chair. For the first time in twelve years, two individuals received this award. David Bowling, RCDD, and his wife, Myra Bowling, were recognized for their many years of hard work and dedication to the BICSI Cares Committee. 

The David K. Blythe/University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes the volunteer spirit of BICSI members, and spotlights one individual as the BICSI Member of the Year for outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational programs and commitment to professional development within the industry. Patricia A. Fisher, RCDD, DCDC, OSP, WD, a BICSI member since 1998 and an individual who is active on many BICSI Committees and has been instrumental in organizing several BICSI Breakfast Club events over the years, was named the winner of this award.

The Presidential Eagle Award, selected by BICSI’s President, is presented to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice, faith in BICSI and dedication over a period of time. This year, David M. Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, ITS Technician, was given the award based on his never-ending commitment to spreading ITS education across the globe, as well as for his work on the BICSI Installation Committee, which includes helping to create and implement the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.

Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. This year’s winner of the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry is Mark S. Harger. Harger is active on several BICSI committees and is highly knowledgeable in the field of bonding and grounding. His expertise and leadership has been used to help form and publish numerous standards, as well as several BICSI manuals. In addition, he’s written articles for BICSI News Magazine and has presented at several BICSI conferences.

The evening concluded with a performance by comedian John Pinette.



Orlando, Fla., February 16, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, closed the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition with more than 4,500 attendees during the event.

Thursday’s Closing General Session began with two technical presentations. Timothy Kuhlman, RCDD, of CH2M Hill in Portland, Oregon spoke about interpreting the National Electric Code (NEC®), followed by Syl Santo, RCDD, of Stantec Consulting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who delivered the presentation, “Communications Design Challenges for the Edmonton North LRT Extension.”

Conference attendees were very pleased with their networking and educational experiences. “I’ve met up with several manufacturers I have previously not known who have presence where I’m doing projects,” said Don Phares, RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM(i), ITS Technician of Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I’m going to use their BICSI-certified and -manufactured personnel in these international regions where I’m working—specifically, in Latin America, Europe and Asia.”

The Closing General Session continued with the BICSI Cares presentation, where donations collected throughout the conference from attendees were donated to Canines for Disabled Kids, a charity that provides assistance dogs to kids with special needs.

Finally, Closing Keynote Speaker Vince Papale delivered an inspiring address to those in attendance. Papale is the inspiration for the hit Disney film, “Invincible.”

The fifth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge came to a close during the conference, as well. After competing in several events, including structured cabling; copper cable termination and firestopping; fiber termination; cable assembly; cable troubleshooting/technical support; professionalism; and a written competency exam; winners were named during Wednesday evening’s Annual Awards Banquet. Of the 16 individuals involved in the Challenge, the following were named winners in each level:

 ITS Installer 1
1st place—James Aldridge, A-Tech Communications, Rochelle, Ga.

ITS Installer 2
1st place—Oscar Quintanilla, Vision Technologies, Glen Burnie, Md.
2nd place—Ryan Harrison, Staley Technologies, Knoxville, Tenn.
3rd place—Matt Collins, Vision Technologies, Glen Burnie, Md.

ITS Technician
1st place—Thomas "Lee" Renfroe, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Fitzgerald, Ga.
2nd place—Jeremy Powers, Vision Technologies, Glen Burnie, Md.
3rd place—John David, Staley Technologies, Little Rock, Ark.

The overall winner with the highest score of the competition was rightfully named the 2012 BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge Installer of the Year. Thomas “Lee” Renfroe, RCDD, ITS Technician, Certified Trainer, of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, walked away with the honor, a large trophy and a check for $5,000. Other awards were donated by challenge sponsors, including 3M; Chatsworth Products Inc.; Corning Cabling Systems; JDSU; ERICO; HellermannTyton; KITCO Fiber Optics; Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company; Fluke Networks; Sumitomo Electric Lightwave–FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber Division; KLEIN TOOLS; AFL; FIS; Harger Lightning and Grounding; DYMO Rhino; Specified Technologies Inc.; Middle Atlantic Products; and TIA.