BICSI appoints new executive director, seeks LEED credits for members

John D. Clark, Jr., most recently president and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunicaions Engineers, has been appointed executive director...

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John D. Clark, Jr., most recently president and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, has been appointed executive director/CEO of BICSI (www.bicsi.org) by its board of directors.

Clark is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and telecommunications industry executive, and a former marketing executive with more than 28 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industries.

"I've been well aware for several years of the great work being done by BICSI,"says Clark. "Career-wise, I have two loves—telecommunications and association management. The BICSI executive director/CEO opportunity allows me to blend these two on a global stage."

BICSI, the professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry, says it chose Clark to help spearhead its new strategic direction to advance the success of members and their customers.

"Mr. Clark will lead BICSI into the future, providing leadership, experience, and clear vision to implement theBICSI Strategic Plan, NxtGEN Business Plan, Association Outreach Mission, as well as our goal to increase membership value and provide exceptional customer service to the ITS communities around the globe," says BICSI president Edward Donelan, RCDD.

The search committee was led by Brian Hansen, BICSI president-elect, and included: Donelan; Ronda VanGundy, human resources manager; BICSI past president Russ Oliver; and BICSI North-Central Region Director Jerry Bowman. BICSI has also announced that it is working with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to develop strategies for the recognition of technology infrastructure-related innovation credits in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system.

LEED credits on the horizon?

BICSI representatives, including Donelan and Hansen, met in March with USGBC's Brendan Owens, vice president of LEED Technical Development, to create an awareness that the information transport systems (ITS) industry manufacturers and contractors have products and processes that could apply for LEED credits, if technology credits were a part of the existing LEED rating system.

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"We recognized a long time ago that there were no technology credits for LEED; we are responding to requests from our membership torespond to this issue," says Hansen. "There are various manufacturers that are producing green-friendly products and have processes in place—such as technology, recycling and green-friendly packaging—that could apply for LEED credits, but don't because there is no placeholder within the current system for it."

Owens agreed with BICSI's concern, so he requested that BICSI create a consortium consisting of representatives from the industry to create the necessary technology credits for LEED. Members of the consortium are chairman Hansen; Dave Labuskes, RCDD, NTS, OSP, of RTKL Associates Inc.; Betty Bezos, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD, of Bezos Technologies; and Ed Mikoski, Vice President, Standards and Business Development for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Consortium members have already made comments on the existing system where possible technology credits could be included in the innovation in design section of the 2009 LEED rating system. The next meeting will be held this month at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, where the consortium will begin working on the technical writing of the technology credits.


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