Board of Directors
The FTTH Council consists of approximately 1400 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
Kevin Bourg, Aurora Networks (Chairman of the Board)
Kevin Bourg is Senior Director of Global Market Development for Aurora Networks with over 17 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 Aurora Networks, Kevin worked for 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.
Dave Kiel, Corning Cable Systems (Vice Chairman and 2013 Annual Conference Chair)
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 (Secretary)
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.
George O'Neal, GVTC (Treasurer)
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.
Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (Corporate Counsel)
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. See More
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.
Barry Walton, Bell Aliant
Senior Advisor - Access FTTH
Barry Walton is currently employed with Bell Aliant, which is the 3rd largest ILEC in Canada. Barry's role is the Senior Advisor for the access design and builds strategy for the FTTH program that is currently in the 3rd year of a 600k premises passed build in Atlantic Canada. See More
He has just completed 33 years of service working in 23 various roles, the majority in access outside plant. Barry's career has spanned many roles; starting as a field technician in 1977 and working through various other craft roles. He has worked in a staff support role for a number of years, and in 1996 took on a role as a business analyst on a large HFC build. Barry spent 2 years, since 2007, as regional manager for Outside Plant Engineering. Barry has held several roles with deploying FTTH at Bell Aliant, co-authored their business case, led the implementation plan for rolling out FTTH and has lead many initiatives to increase Bell Aliant's build velocity and reduce overall costs.
Barry has presented a White paper at the FTTH council conference and has participated on 2 panel discussions. He has served on the technology committee for the past 2 years and at the 2011 Conference assisted with setting up the Fibrezone. For the last 2 years Barry has chaired a working committee with many of the ILECS in Canada on FTTH. Outside of work he is an avid boater, snowmobiler and a well seasoned cabinet maker. At Bell Aliant, Barry has the unofficial title as the "Godfather of FTTH".
John George, OFS
Director, Systems and Applications Engineering
John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and OFS in systems engineering, applications engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for 25 years. He currently directs the design, development, and technical marketing of the OFS Access ADVANTAGE ™ System, a complete end to end optical access cabling system. See More
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.
Mike Hill, On Trac, Inc.
President / CEO
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.
Walt Donovan, Dycom Industries, Inc.
Business Development Manager
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.
Scott Jackson, Graybar
Business Development Manager - Smart Grid
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.
LATAM Chapter NA Board Representative
Gilberto Guitarte, TE Connectivity
FTTH Council-LATAM Chapter President
Telecom Networks Broad Band Connectivity Director LATAM
Gilberto was born in Argentina, where he graduated as an Industrial Engineer in 1976 from UCA Buenos Aires, with an Honor Diploma and was granted the CAI “Patricio Shanley Award for Overall Engineering Studies Performance” in 1977. He also got his post-Graduate title in Advanced Management from UNC Chapel Hill USA in 1999. See More
Gilberto served his Military Duties in 1972 in the Argentine Army, based in the 10th Infantry Division in Buenos Aires. He later acted as Head of Practical Studies in Industrial Processing and Transports, a subject matter he taught at UCA’s Industrial Engineering College till 1978. In that same year he married his lovely -now wife for 32 years- Cecilia with whom he has a daughter.
His love for Aeronautics got him the Argentine Private Pilot License in 1970, and in the USA in 1994, when he also became and active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Since 1975, Gilberto occupied several positions in multinational companies like Rheem, The Austin Co., Atlas Copco, Raychem and Tyco Electronics (now TE Connectivity), gathering experience in Manufacturing, Project Management, Product Management, Marketing/Business Development, and Sales.
He has spent 29 years with TE Connectivity in several positions in Argentina, Spain, ASIA, and the USA where he is based now. He is presently serving as Regional Sales Mgr. for Mexico /Central America and the Caribbean, while also coordinating sales into Telmex Internacional as a Global Account Director and supporting Broad/Band Connectivity Business Development for Telecom Networks across LATAM. Gilberto has now over 24 years of experience in Telecommunications.
His studies and involvement with international business got him speaking fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as business French and Italian.
Gilberto became an active member of the Fiber To The Home Council in 2008, and is also a Certified Fiber Installer by the Electronics Technicians Association International.
Together with a group of US and Latin American professionals Gilberto launched the LATIN AMERICA Chapter of the FTTH Council, where he serves as the Chairman for the Technology Committee since April 2009. He was awarded the 2009 FTTH Council “Photon” distinction for his dedicated efforts to establish FTTH in LATAM.
FTTH Council Staff
Heather Burnett Gold, President
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.