Board of Directors

    The FTTH Council consists of approximately 1600 company member delegates and a nine-member Board of Directors serving two-year terms. Working committees drive member value and Council activities. The Council's professional staff includes a full time President who is supported by marketing and secretariat resources. The Council's policies and governing by-laws are posted in the membership page along with the Board Responsibilities.

    Management Committee - Board Members

    Dave Kiel, Corning Cable Systems (Chairman of the Board)Dave Kiel.jpg

    Dave Kiel is the Director of Carrier Marketing for the Americas and Southern APAC at Corning Cable Systems, and has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Dave's diverse background includes product development, application engineering and account management. He is currently responsible for developing and executing the strategic marketing initiatives for Carrier Networks in the Americas and Southern APAC. Dave has both a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.


    Kevin Morgan, ADTRAN (Vice Chairman of the Board)

    Kevin 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.

    John George, OFS (Secretary)John George.jpg

    John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and OFS in systems engineering, applications engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for 30 years.  He currently directs the Solutions and Professional Services group for OFS’s optical fiber, cable, connectivity, and solutions business.  John has published and presented over 30 papers on fiber optics and FTTH in trade journals and industry forums. As an active member of IEEE, TIA, ISO, and IEC John facilitated the development of numerous standards including 10 Gb/s Ethernet, Ethernet in the First mile, OM-3 optical fiber, and small form factor optical connectivity. John has been an active member of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council from its founding year of 2001. John helps guide the council’s technical and conference programs, and in 2010 received the FTTH Council’s Photon Award for his leadership in this area. John has Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Engineering Administration and Marketing from Virginia Tech, and 5 patents.


    John has been an active member of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council from its founding year of 2001. In addition to being a member of the board of directors, John is currently co-chair of the conference program and paper selection committee, in addition to serving on the Technology committee. John has published and presented over 30 papers on fiber optics and FTTH in trade journals and industry forums. As an active member of IEEE, TIA, ISO, and IEC John facilitated the development of numerous standards including 10 Gb/s Ethernet, Ethernet in the First mile, OM-3 optical fiber, and small form factor optical connectivity.

    John holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Engineering Administration and Marketing from Virginia Tech.

    George O'Neal, GVTC (Treasurer)George_Oneal.jpg

    George O’Neal is vice president-network services for GVTC and a key architect of its ambitious 5 year, $35 million fiber-to-the-home overbuild project.

    Mr. O’Neal is responsible for all planning, engineering and operations of GVTC’s broadband, phone and cable networks. He also manages the company’s service center, installation and repair teams, inventory, facilities and fleet.  See More

    Mr. O’Neal led the transition of GVTC’s legacy phone network onto a more-reliable IP-based platform, preparing the company for years of future growth. He also supervised the extension of GVTC’s fiber lines directly to customer homes, enabling the company to offer a full array of services, including phone, cable, Internet and security monitoring.

    Prior to joining GVTC in 2006, Mr. O’Neal spent seven years at Alltel, where he served in several network management positions. From 1995 to 1999, he was employed by SBC Communications Inc. and took part in the company’s renowned Leadership Development Program.

    In 2008, Mr. O’Neal began serving two - 2-year terms as a board member of the nationally recognized Fiber to the Home Council. He was also elected to serve as the non-profit organization’s treasurer.

    Mr. O’Neal is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a degree in mechanical engineering.

    Board Members

    Walt Donovan, Dycom Industries, Inc.walt

    With 35 years in the telecommunications industry, Walt is currently Vice President of Business Development for Dycom Industries, Inc., which provides a complete turnkey solution for FTTH providers, including planning and equipment selection, engineering, construction, marketing and sales, and installation services at both the central office and the customer premise. Previously, he was Vice President, Business Telecom Business Development for Quanta Services.  Prior to that he was President and Founder of Spectrum Project Management Services, Inc., which performed various management and construction projects for the telecommunications industry. From 1996 to 2002, Walt was Vice President Construction and Engineering for Qwest Communications. He has been active in the FTTH Council for five years, serving on the Planning and Technology committees.

    Mike Hill, On Trac, Inc.Mike Hill Final Version - Use this one.jpg

    Mike Hill has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 40 years and is an accomplished and driving force of On Trac, Inc. Having been involved from the grassroots level (installer) to the Corporate Directorship of a major national cable company the first 26 years of his career, Mike is a seasoned veteran in the industry. With the sale of Sammons Communications, Inc. in 1995, Mike joined a national contracting company to utilize his skills within the industry for cable, MMDS Wireless, telephony and data services. Mike has been involved with Fiber to the Home (FTTH) installations and deployment since 2003 and is committed to helping the FTTH Industry continue to grow and excel for the future.

    Scott Jackson, GraybarJackson, Scott

    As Business Development Manager-Smart Grid for Graybar, Scott has been actively involved with the FTTH Council for several years including as chair of the technology committee for three terms. He is also a member of the Council's Smart Grid Initiative. Scott has more than 14 years of technology and business modeling experience in IT and telecommunications applications for telephone, CATV and utility entities. In his current role at Graybar, Scott focuses on service solutions for utility smart grid deployments spanning electrical and IT/telecommunications along with the smart facility home/building area (H/BAN) network. Before joining Graybar, he served as Midwest territory manager for Phillips Communications and Equipment Company, comptroller and sales manager for CORE Telecom Systems and as an accountant for Tele/Systems Inventory Management.

    Ben Lovins (2).jpgBen Lovins, Jackson Energy Authority

    Ben Lovins is the Senior Vice President of the Telecommunications Division for Jackson Energy Authority (JEA), which has been a member of the Council for over five years. He has been directly involved with FTTH deployment and operation since the company’s entrance to the market in 2003 when it built its $70 million fiber-to-the-home system. Prior to joining JEA in 2003, Ben worked for Comcast in various positions. Ben’s 26 years in the Telecommunications industry includes operational, headend engineering, product and service deployment, video programming and services contract negotiations, and additional administrative responsibilities. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership as well as an MBA from Union University.  Ben currently serves on the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

    Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (Corporate Counsel, Ex officio)TomCohen.jpg


    Thomas Cohen is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on matters involving communications, including telecommunications, wireless and media, the Internet, privacy and government relations.  

    Mr. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in the communications/telecommunications industry sector, first as a government policy maker, serving for over a decade as assistant general counsel for legislation at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and as senior counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee. He then was a founder and principal in firms assessing and developing communications/telecommunications properties and advising businesses. At Kelley Drye, Mr. Cohen assists clients with a variety of aspects of communications law, including federal and state administrative and legislative advocacy, business-related legal matters and litigation.




    FTTH Council Staff

    Heather Burnett Gold, PresidentHeatherheadshot.jpg

    Heather Burnett Gold is the President of Fiber-to-the-Home Council North America, a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage fiber to the home solutions. Council membership includes 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 was created ten years ago to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home.  See More

    Prior to joining the Council, Gold served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs for XO Communications, a $1.5 billion telecommunications company, where she was responsible for the creation and execution of a comprehensive public policy strategy and regularly interacted with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House and state lawmakers and regulators. Gold was also responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s Cost of Service strategy, including vendor selection and management for an approximately $600M annual budget.

    Gold has more than 27 years of experience in the industry, including five years as President for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS) during the period surrounding the passage and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She has also served as a founding principal of The KDW Group, a telecom consulting firm, and as Vice President of Industry Affairs for Intermedia Communications. She was honored by the Washington Business Journal as one of its 2010 Women Who Mean Business. Gold received her BA (magna cum laude) and MA degrees in Economics from Tufts University. She received her MBA in Finance and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis. Gold also completed the General Management Program of the Harvard Business School.

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