Time does fly!
As we continue making plans for the 10th
NFOC Communications Conference, being
held September 12th & 13th, we can’t help but
think about how much the event has evolved
since its debut in 2008.
In what was originally slated as only a “regional event,” we were absolutely thrilled to be joined by industry-leading companies such as Corning, 3M, EXFO and Anritsu. And ten years later, we’re still just as excited and honored to again have them joining us.
Looking back, the first NFOC Conference keynote speaker was then BICSI President, Edward Donelan. Little did we know then that Mr. Donelan — amidst his contributions to setting standards with BICSI — would years later be sharing his insights into how Distributed Antenna Systems play a role in new building design techniques and related technologies, those topics having now become key components of our 2016 and upcoming 2017 NFOC Conference agendas.
Over the past ten years, NFOC’s dedication to offering its participants a full educational agenda remains constant. We continue to include classroom lectures and hands-on training in the use of the latest tools and equipment used by network technicians and contractors. In fact, we strongly urge each and every exhibitor to consider presenting a session. When they do, everyone wins. As the late, great Arnold Palmer put it, “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” In what started as a round of golf during the event to serve as a first-day “ice-breaker,” has now, ten years later, evolved into one of the finest Memorial Golf Tournaments in industry.
Played on the same luscious greens that world-class golf pros play when visiting the Turning Stone, today’s fiber, telecom, wireless and broadband industry pros from across the nation come to opening day at NFOC to share camaraderie, insight, and even the frustration of slicing a ball, or missing a putt.
But like Palmer, they do so with a coulple of “rewards” in mind; first, the personal reward of supporting a great charitable golf event, and secondly, the professional reward of their networking that may someday lead to the next technological achievement that — at least for today — “looks” like it can’t be done.
Yes, over the past ten years, NFOC certainly has come a long way, and I’m pleased to take this opportunity to personally invite you join us in September for our 10th Anniversary Conference.
Together, we’ll look back on NFOC’s first decade of distinction, and plan forward for many more years of success, partnership and technological advancement.