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    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

    Mike Hill, On Trac, Inc.  (Chairman of the Board)  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.

     

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    Robert Murrie, Chief Marketing Officer, ETI Software Solutions (Vice Chairman of the Board)

     Murrie joined ETI in 2009 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to COO in 2010 and CMO in 2013. He is responsible for expanding ETI’s domestic and international presence and increasing market share in the telecommunications and cable MSO industries. His entrepreneurial experience includes the ability to build strategic partnerships and deliver revenue-generating opportunities. Prior to his tenure at ETI, Murrie was Chief Executive Officer at Healthcare.com, a Georgia-based company. Under his leadership, the company’s revenues grew from $10 million to $75 million annually.  He also was responsible for establishing the company’s new objectives,  creating alliances with industry leaders as well as opening new sales channels.  Murrie currently serves on the boards of three major healthcare institutions.


     

    Scott Jackson, Graybar  (Treasurer) Jackson, 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.

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    Telapex, Inc. (corporate parent of the C Spire companies) (Secretary) 

     

    Gregg Logan is truly a telecommunications pioneer. After attending the University of Mississippi, he joined C Spire’s affiliate, Franklin Telephone Company, as an equipment installer and technician in 1982. Logan has risen through the ranks and has accomplished several telecommunications milestones throughout the years including the first fiber optic interconnection from an independent telephone company in Mississippi. During his tenure, Logan has served in various leadership positions for Telapex, Inc. - the parent company of C Spire - and its affiliates, primarily focused on building out rural wireless markets and directing the development of the company’s fiber optic broadband network that consists of thousands of miles of fiber optic cable throughout Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. C Spire’s network provides wireless and Internet telecommunication services to its customers, other carriers, Internet Service Providers, universities, government agencies, hospitals and businesses. In 1988, Logan was one of a team of nine charter C Spire (formerly Cellular South) employees who launched the first cellular wireless network on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and brought wireless service for the first time to many other parts of Mississippi. And, in 2014, Gregg led C Spire’s ground-breaking efforts to deploy 1 Gigabit FTTH services to communities throughout the state of Mississippi.

     

     


     

    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

    Kevin Bourg, Corning Optical CommunicationsBourgpix.jpg

    Kevin Bourg is Optical Network Architect for Corning Optical Communications with over 20 years of industry experience in system engineering, software development and sales in the telecommunication industry. Kevin has been active in the FTTH Council over the years serving on the Technology and Planning Committees as well as Conference Chair for the 2012 Conference in Dallas, Texas. Prior to working for Corning, Inc, Kevin worked for Aurora Networks, A Pace Company, World Access and Nortel Networks. Kevin 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.

    John George, OFS 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.

     

    Gary Bolton, ADTRAN Bolton Gary-0003B-1.jpg

     With more than 25 years in the telecom industry, Gary Bolton joined ADTRAN in 2008 as vice president of global marketing. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of marketing for the company worldwide as well as regulatory and government affairs. Bolton has been highly involved in Washington, influencing the FCC and congressional proceedings such as broadband stimulus, the National Broadband Plan and USF Reform. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Gary held executive management positions in a number of high tech start-ups as well as large publicly traded companies in marketing and product line management. He holds an M.B.A. from Duke University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State Universit

     

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

    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.

     

    Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy   Joanne Hovis 2014.jpg 

    Joanne Hovis directs CTC Technology & Energy’s business consulting, strategic planning, market assessment, and management consulting work. An attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, she is a recognized authority on the broadband market and community broadband topics—and on the evolving role of government and public utilities in the development of communications services and networks.

    Joanne advises public and not-for profit clients regarding strategic and business considerations for building public-private partnerships and strategies to deploy broadband networks, and provides guidance on maximizing community opportunities to attract broadband investment and invest at the local level.

    Joanne is the CEO of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), and former President of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of OneCommunity and the Benton Foundation.

     

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    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, PresidentHeather_hi-res.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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