Jim Hayes. I'm a writer, manager and consultant
specializing in fiber optics. I was a high tech
entrepreneur who (along with my wife and business partner,
Karen) started one of the world's first fiber optic test
equipment companies, Fotec, in 1981. Fotec was acquired in
2001 by Fluke Networks and we left in 2002.
I now consult in fiber optics and communications, write, teach and with Karen manage the Fiber Optic Association (FOA), the international professional society of fiber optics. I have been training cabling installation technicians since 1982 through an organization we called Fiber U, now part of FOA. The Fotec, Fiber U and Cable U websites I created were the most popular websites in communications cabling in the early days of the web as the FOA and Fiber U sites are today.
I'm the President of The Fiber Optic Association. Karen is the general manager. We also run VDV Works LLC, a consulting company. At FOA, we're responsible for managing a worldwide network of FOA Approved training organizations as well as developing and editing curriculum and reference materials, the FOA Guide website and the FOA textbooks. We've revived Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV Cabling on the web for everyone who missed this great introduction to fiber optics from way back in the early 1990s. We provide instructors with complete training programs in fiber optics and cabling. I also have nine books in print, write articles and columns on cabling for many publications and serve as a contributing editor to Electrical Contractor magazine. I'm a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions.
In 2001, I was honored to have been selected as one of fiber optics' "luminaries" by Fiberoptic Product News magazine for my contributions to the industry through training.
Broadband Properties magazine recognized me as one of the Fiber To the Premises Pioneers in 2007 for my work at the FOA in promoting education and recruitment of personnel critical to the success of FTTP deployment.
In 2013, Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine selected me as one of the 20 most influential people in the cabling industry.
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