PHOENIX, AZ – The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council, a non-profit organization of 250 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber networks, has elected three industry executives to seats on its Board of Directors for 2011.
In elections held this week at the organization’s quarterly members’ meeting in Phoenix, Council members chose Kevin Bourg of Enablence Systems, Doug Dowling of Tyco Electronics and Kevin Morgan of ADTRAN to serve two year terms. Both Bourg and Morgan are first-time board members, while Dowling served on the Council’s board earlier in the decade.
Serving as board chairman in 2011, will be Mike Hill, CEO/President of On Trac, Inc., a Tennessee based company that provides turnkey installation services for the fiber to the home industry nationwide. Hill has more than 40 years in the business, and has been involved with FTTH installations since 2003. Elected last year by the board as chair-elect and head of the Council’s annual Conference & Expo for 2010, Hill’s term of Board service was automatically extended to a third year under the Council’s by-laws. As chairman he replaces David Russell, Solutions Marketing Director for Calix, who is stepping down from the board following the expiration of his term, but who will continue his association with the Council as chair of the Government Relations Committee in 2011 following his selection by the membership.
Rounding out the nine-member 2011 board are John George of OFS, Steve Holt of KGP Logistics, Kyle Hollifield of Bristol Virginia Utilities, Dave Kiel of Corning Cable Systems, and George O’Neal of GVTC, all of whom were elected to two-year terms at the end of 2009.
In addition to Russell, Max Kipfer of Connexion Technologies and Patrick Sims of ADC will be stepping down from the board following the expiration of their terms.
Other committee chairs elected this week include Scott Jackson of Graybar and Joseph Jones of On Trac, Inc, both of whom were re-elected to chair the Technology and Planning Committees respectively. Elected to chair the International Committee was Rob Crowell, Vice President, DSM Desotech.
Information on the board members elected this week detailed below:
Kevin Bourg, Vice President International Sales Engineering, Enablence Systems – Since the inception of Wave7 Optics in September 2000, and its acquisition by Enablence in 2008, Kevin Bourg has been engaged directly with the fiber to the home market. He has been active with the Council for the past five years, serving as the Technology Lead for the Fiber Zone exhibition for the annual Conference& Expo, as a member of the Planning Committee and as a member of the review committee for paper submissions. Bourg, who has more than 15 years of telecommunications experience, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and a Master of Science in System Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Douglas Dowling, Business Director, Tyco Electronics – Doug Dowling is a Professional Engineer and Director for Telecom Network Products at Tyco Electronics. His office is in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Doug has been a member of the FTTH Council since 2001 and has previously served on the Board of Directors. He led FTTH Business Development for Tyco Electronics from 2001 to 2005 and has also held positions in Sales, Marketing and Product Management.
Kevin Morgan, Director – Product Marketing, ADTRAN – Kevin Morgan is a seasoned telecom professional with more than 23 years of experience in the industry. He joined ADTRAN in 1996 as a product manager and since that time has held assignments of increasing responsibility in product management, product marketing, international marketing and customer advocacy. Prior to joining ADTRAN, he worked for Bell South as the technical liaison with the North Carolina State Government in the deployment of the company’s first ATM fiber network. Over the past two years, Kevin Morgan has served in leadership positions with the FTTH Council as the 2009 Marketing Committee chair and the 2010 Government Affairs Committee chair.
About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible. The Council organizes North America’s largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 – 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.
David St. John