The BICSI Board of Directors recently appointed Albert (Al) Feaster, RCDD, to the position of Executive Director of BICSI, the international telecommunications association based in Tampa, Fla.
On February 1, Feaster will replace Jay Warmke, BICSI's Executive Director since 1992, who submitted his resignation in November and plans to relocate to Europe with his family.
"Jay has served BICSI and the industry well with his clear vision of harmonizing standards and practices," said BICSI Board President Richard Powell, RCDD. "Al Feaster has that same strong vision and is uniquely qualified to lead BICSI in the years ahead. When we reviewed his project management and leadership skills, plus his knowledge of industry trends, regulations, and standards, it was a perfect fit."
In his more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Feaster has managed new product developments, written training programs, participated in national and international standards development, and been a guiding force for organizational change. He will apply those skills to manage a not-for-profit professional association experiencing an international membership growth of 20% annually and to the challenges of providing BICSI training, technical manuals, and credential exams to this diverse population.
"I've always enjoyed challenges and new development," said Feaster. "After years of involvement with BICSI, I look forward to expanding our educational programs to the telecommunications industry worldwide, and to segments of the construction industry as well."
Feaster is currently Program Manager, Broadband Infrastructure and Access Group, at ADC Telecommunications, Inc. He has served as Vice President, Standards and Training, for Ortronics, Inc.; Director of Engineering for KRONE, Inc.; Vice President, Design and Planning at CommLink, Inc.; and Manager, Home Office Services, for Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. His affiliations include the Construction Specifications Institute, TIA/EIA Committees, BICSI Standards Committee, and BICSI Board Director for Region 3, a position that he will resign at the next scheduled board meeting.
Feaster and his wife, Susan, will relocate to Tampa from Minneapolis.