BICSI announces its datacom Installer of the Year for 2009

Anthony Capkun
May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009During its Spring Conference, BICSI conducted the second installment of its Cabling Skills Challenge, and reigning champion Jessie Spearman took home the top title again.
“I couldn’t believe that I won again,” said Spearman. “But win or lose, being here is a great experience. Before the competition, I thought BICSI was just a training organization, but through these conferences I’ve learned BICSI is more about career development and helping people grow. Since the last competition, I was promoted from foreman to supervisor and now I oversee Vision Technology’s Virginia office operations.”

In total, 24 BICSI-certified competitors participated in the information transport systems (ITS) challenge. After completing several events—including structured cabling, copper cable terminations, fiber termination, cable assembly, cable troubleshooting, technical support, professionalism and a written competency exam—the following winners rose to the top.

ITS Installer 1
1st: Vincent Stantucci
2nd: James Sundy
3rd: Steven Hartley

ITS Installer 2
1st: Andrew Davis
2nd: John Barczak
3rd: Jeffrey Johnson

ITS Technician
1st: Jessie Spearman
2nd: Timothy Roberts
3rd: Stephen Stamp

The overall winner with the highest score of the competition was named BICSI Installer of the Year. Spearman walked away with top honours and $5000. Other awards included a UniCam toolkit and a deluxe fiber toolkit donated by Corning, a Testifier Pro and Optical Probe from JDSU, a Rhino 6000 hard case kit from DYMO, a two-year BICSI membership and various other gift cards, tools and packages from Unique Firestop, Siemon, STI, Sumitomo, Mohawk, Abesco, Kitco, Klein and Randl. In total, the grand prize was worth over $15,000. First place winners in the other categories won prizes totalling over $2000.


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