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Industry Professionals Honoured

At a lavish closing banquet and awards ceremony on January 17, BICSI honoured its own by handing out three awards to three deserving -- albeit surprised -- industry professionals.Stealing the show was...


February 1, 2001  


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At a lavish closing banquet and awards ceremony on January 17, BICSI honoured its own by handing out three awards to three deserving — albeit surprised — industry professionals.

Stealing the show was Joe O’Brien, Product Manager at Nelson Firestop Products in Tulsa, OK. “All I ever wanted to do was save people’s lives,” an emotional O’Brien told attendees, after accepting the Harry J. Pfister Award for his outstanding contribution to the telecom industry.

O’Brien has dedicated much of his career to firestopping theory and procedures. A former supervisor in the U.S. Navy, he has extensive experience in the design of ships’ cabling systems. He began his firestopping career in 1965 and he has been involved in over 1000 naval vessels’ offshore platforms and buildings since that time.

In addition to his duties at Nelson, he is also a member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the EIA/TIA Standards Committee on Firestopping, the National Fire Protection Association, and BICSI’s Engineering and Standards Committee.

Tom Rauscher, president of Archi-Technology in Rochester, NY and well known for his work on Division 17, received the David Blythe/University of Kentucky Distinguished Service Award.

Australian BICSI members Dennis Middleton and Col Browitt shared the Larry Romig Committee Member of the Year award.


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