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BISCI Recognizes Industry Elite and Donates Big Check To Children's Charity at Annual Winter Conference

Orlando, Florida, February 27, 2015 — BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, brought the 2015 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition to a close this afternoon. More than 5,000 attendees from all over the world gathered at the five-day conference to gain industry knowledge, take in the latest ICT products and services, and network with colleagues.

During Wednesday night's annual Awards Banquet, BICSI celebrated the accomplishments of several individuals who have displayed great dedication to BICSI and the ICT industry. The awards given on the evening of Wednesday, February 25, 2015, include:

• Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Awardfor Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Paulo Marin,EE/BSc, MSc, was given the award for his 20+ years of contributions to the industry, including authoring technical books published in Brazil and extensive work with BICSI and other organizations.

• Selected by BICSI’s President, the Presidential Eagle Award is given to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice and faith in BICSI and the industry as a whole, showing dedication to a greater cause over a period of time. This year’s award was presented to Daniel Morris,RCDD, in appreciation of the work he's done on BICSI's Installation and Education Advancement Committees, as well as the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.

• 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 for outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational programs and commitment to professional development within the industry. George Thorning, RCDD, was recognized for his work within his Region to plan and execute BICSI Breakfast Clubs, as well as his contributions to BICSI committees.

• In honor of all the work done to grow BICSI globally, the new Global Outstanding Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to promote BICSI and encourage membership around the world. For his tireless work in promoting BICSI throughout Japan and spearheading the translation of BICSI's data standard into Japanese, Rui Takei, RCDD was the first recipient of the award.

• The Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year Award honors individuals for exemplary efforts and dedication within a BICSI committee. The Larry Romig award was presented to F. Patrick Mahoney, RCDD, for his contributions to numerous BICSI committees and publications,as well as his work on the Editorial Review Board for BICSI's trade publication, ICT Today.

• During the conference, 18 Installers and Technicians competed for the chance to become the next Installer of the Year in the eighth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge. Every year, the Cabling Skills Challenge competitors represent the best of the industry, and the overall winner receives a check for five thousand dollars. This year, Alberto Luna, Installer 1, Technician, took home the title and the winnings.

• The Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship went to two individuals: Jesse Fox and Nick Plueger, Installer 2, Copper. Fox is majoring in Information Technology at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. Plueger attends Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, and majors in Computer Information Systems and Networking.

After the awards, the evening concluded with a musical performance from East of JAVA, one of London's most sought-after cover bands. Their extensive musical repertoire spanning several decades of music kept people on the dance floor all night long.

On the Thursday morning following the awards night, BICSI Cares, BICSI’s charitable arm that supports children’s charities, made a donation to the Orange City, Fla.-based Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc., an organization that supports children diagnosed with cancer. BICSI Cares collected donations from attendees throughout the conference, and 100 percent of the funds were given to the charity.

Following the BICSI Cares presentation, Mike Rayburn delivered an exciting, humorous and musically charged Closing Keynote address. During his “What if...?” presentation, Rayburn illustrated how to transcend the status quo to stop managing change, and instead lead by creating change.

These activities were part of a five-day conference event, which also featured a large Exhibit Hall. Exhibitors drew eager visitors to their booths with brief educational presentations about their products and services and saw great results. "The BICSI Winter Conference continues to be our top-tiered trade show for designers, consultants and systems integrators," said Steve Surfaro of AXIS Communications. "From the Electronic Safety and Security Design Reference Manual, ESS standards development, BICSI Region Meetings and activities, the decade-long relationship we'vehad with BICSI is amazing."

Exhibitors old and new were happy with their experience at the BICSI Winter Conference. "This is our first time at a BICSI conference, and the traffic has been great to promote our newest products," said Tom Moore of Genuine Cable Group. "We plan to come back to BICSI conferences on a yearly basis.

"Attendees were able to learn from more than 25 technical sessions over the course of the conference.Topics discussed included data center infrastructure management (DCIM); the Internet of Things (IoT); ICE Standards; health care; open systems architecture and more.

BICSI President Collins adjourned the conference late Thursday morning, thanking everyone for attending and announcing the dates and registration for the 2015 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition, April 27-30, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


BICSI is a professional association supporting advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber -and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ICT professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

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