March 24-26, 2015

Location: ADTRAN
901 Explorer Boulevard
Huntsville, AL 35773

Adtran Headquarters, Huntsville, AL


PEG 2014 Speakers

Senior Lead Power Tech Support Engineer

Curtis Ashton

Curtis was born in Evanston Wyoming, and grew up mostly in rural Arizona. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E.E. from Arizona State University in 1992. While in school, he worked for Salt River Project (a large Arizona electric utility) as an electrician’s helper and engineering technician. Curtis is an active member of IEEE (the present secretary of the PES-SBC committee, and a former member of RevCom). He is also an active participant in ATIS-STEP, involved in writing ANSI standards for telecom power, electrical protection, and energy efficiency. Curtis is an NFPA member, and participates on sub-committees that have input into NFPA 75, NFPA 76, NFPA 70 (the NEC), and NFPA 70E. Curtis recently served on the Management Committee for INTELEC 2012 as the local arrangements chair. Finally, Curtis is on the BattCon conference technical committee.


As part of (and in addition to) his work on the various committees mentioned above, Mr. Ashton has written papers for and presented at multiple conferences on telecommunications power and battery issues. He is the primary author (and chair of the working group) for IEEE 1657 (Battery Technician Qualification), and the primary author of IEEE 1635 / ASHRAE 21 (Battery Room Ventilation and Thermal Management). He is the primary author of ANSI/ATIS-0600028.2011 (XHHW and DLO Power Wire for Telecom), and ATIS-0600012.03 (Electrical Protection of Outdoor GPS Timing and DS-3 Coax Runs).


Curtis has worked for CenturyLink and some of its predecessor companies for over 20 years as their Lead Power Tech Support Engineer. In that role, among many other responsibilities, he is the primary author of CenturyLink Technical Publications 77385 (Power Equipment and Engineering), 77355 (CO and Remote Electronics Grounding), 77368 (Commercial Customer Prem Environmental Specifications), and 77419 (Collocating CenturyLink Equipment in Customer-Owned Outdoor Cabinets).

Senior Engineer - Electrical Protection
Network Reliability Operations Center (NROC)

Daniel Ashton

Dan Ashton has been employed by Centurylink (Qwest, US West, Mountain Bell, Illinois Bell) for 28+ years, and is currently the Senior Engineer - Electrical Protection for CenturyLink's Network Reliability Operations Center (NROC).


Dan began working for CenturyLink in 1991 and spent seven years as cable and digital loop carrier repair in Taos, New Mexico responsible for all: noise mitigation work; and all repairs and maintenance work on DLC remote equipment including proper grounding, TVSS maintenance and MLT maintenance.


Dan spent the next seven years as state wide (NM) technical support working on power influence/ noise mitigation, high voltage protection, grounding/ bonding, chronic DLC repairs, MLT maintenance and chronic DS0, DS1, and DS3 repairs. He also headed a multiyear field trial of Lightning Protection/AC Isolation technology in NM for remote digital loop carrier protection. The following two years Dan was state wide (NM) technical support working on DSL remote equipment including training Centurylink (Qwest) personal on test and turn up practices.


In July 2009, Dan was promoted to Lead Technical Support Engineer responsible for high voltage protection, power influence and noise mitigation and ground bonding practices in four “classic Qwest” states.


Since Centurylink purchase of Qwest, Dan has been involved with high voltage protection in a number of “classic” Centurylink states from Florida to New Jersey. Dan has also been part of several committees rewriting grounding, high voltage protection and noise mitigation practices for the combined company’s. He has worked in the field extensively with tier II technical support on noise mitigation issues in both wind farms and stand alone wind turbine generator sites. Dan also rewrote CenturyLink’s Tech Pub 77321 High Voltage Protection which is now published on the CenturyLink Tech Pub web site.

Senior Analyst

Trevor Bowmer, Ph.D.

Trevor Bowmer has over 30 years experience analyzing telecommunications networks and products. His current work in Telcordia includes technology assessments, product analysis, reliability studies, and material reviews of environmental and functional performance concerns of network products and components. His technical expertise is based on a broad understanding of material requirements for telecommunications products and the correlation between field conditions and product performance demands. His experience includes assignments across North America and in the Middle East. His recent work has concentrated around developing generic requirement documents for equipment and hardware in the telecommunications plant, as well as authoring the Construction Blue Book, and consulting to governmental agencies on the issue of power interdependencies between the telecom and electric power networks. Trevor is currently a member of National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) technical subcommittees covering grounding/bonding, aerial clearances, underground/buried plant and work rules issues as well as representing the communications industry on NEC Panels for grounding and communications articles.

Boyles Electronics

Joe Boyles

Joe Boyles comes from a Telco background with 35 years service with BellSouth (the last 11 days of which was technically AT&T.) The last 20 years was spent as an ICEP Engineer for the state of Tennessee. Following Joe’s BellSouth career, he became a consultant and created Boyles Electronics. As part of that company, his main work has been as a Regional Manager for RLH Industries and later for Positron. He has extensive experience with design, installation, and testing of high voltage isolation equipment. In the past 4 years, he has begun offering GPR Study services to power companies, which includes calculating and measuring the impedance of substation ground grids. Joe has a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. He is married with 10 children and 26 grandchildren.

Independent Consultant

William Bush

William Bush is an independent consultant with many years of progressive experience in electrical protection, grounding, power quality and electromagnetic compatibility. Mr. Bush is an iNARTE certified Master EMC Design Engineer and an LPI Certified Lightning Protection System Designer. He holds a BGS from Indiana University, an MBA from Duke University and a Power Systems Certificate from Georgia Tech. He works across several industry sectors including telecom, power, data, instrumentation and control. He is an active member of several IEEE standards committees including SPDC, IAS and EMCS. He has contributed to numerous trade industry standards such as ATIS, TIA and BICSI and has presented at several past PEG conferences. He previously held leading positions at major companies including Contel (now Verizon), Northern Telecom and Panduit Corp.

Vice President & Chief Scientist
Tii Network Technologies

Nisar Chaudhry

Nisar A. Chaudhry has been Vice President and Chief Scientist of Tii Network Technologies, Inc. since January 2007. Mr. Chaudhry served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from December 2001 to December 2007. Prior thereto he served the Company as Senior Electrical Engineer from July 1989 until July 1995 and Director of Electrical Engineering from July 1995 until December 2001. Before joining Tii, he served as Senior Engineer at Bradley Telcom Corporation, NJ. A designer and manufacturer of telephone line test equipment from 1980 to July 1989. Mr. Chaudhry holds a Masters in Physics degree, a Masters in Electrical Engineering degree and a Masters in Business Administration degree. He has been awarded more than twenty patents for his inventions in various surge protection and related fields. Mr. Chaudhry is also a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York.


James Crook

James Crook has been an active member within the Québec telecommunications community for over 25 years. He was appointed team leader of Hydro-Québec’s telecommunications standard’s unit in September 2010. In this capacity, he oversees standards publication targets and advises management on technical support documentation. He specializes in the analysis of telecommunications grounding and bonding configurations for telecommunications infrastructure.

Mr. Crook first joined Hydro-Québec in 1992. Working in various capacities, he developed a unique perspective for technology implementation aimed at resolving different challenges associated with technology deployment, safety and maintenance. His high level of concern for the quality of the proposed solution, and his ease in communicating technology concepts to his peers has placed him at the head of his field.

Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, Mr. Crook was a broadcast technician for the TVA television network from 1985 to 1989. He began his engineering career as a systems integrator for Servitel, where he worked from 1989 to 1992. He joined Hydro-Québec’s Expertise unit as a telecommunications field engineer and remained there from 1992 to 1998. He left Hydro-Québec to join Intrawest (Mont-Tremblant resort) as a project manager for telecommunications infrastructure deployment from 1998 to 2002. He then founded C2T telecommunications, where he acted as President from 2002 to 2009. In September 2009, M. Crook returned to Hydro-Québec as a telecommunications field engineer in grounding and bonding.

Mr. Crook holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and a technical degree in electronics from the Cégep de Jonquière. He is a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Quality Power Services, LLC

Bruce started his telecommunications career in the Equipment and Power Engineering Group for the Centel Corporation in Chicago, IL in 1991. In the local exchange carrier side of the business, his first assignment was equipment switch engineer, which evolved almost immediately into Power Engineer and ICEPs engineering responsibility for the state of IL. The IL division of Centel was small enough that Bruce became involved in designing, provisioning, trouble shooting and maintaining power systems for Central offices, and remote terminal facilities of all types. ICEPS work was also his primary responsibility and he supported all efforts in IL. Four years into his telecom career Bruce moved out of Engineering and into Information Technologies and became Operations Manager and Budget Manager for all IT services for the Illinois division. At this point Centel merged with Sprint and one year later Bruce returned to engineering to continue with Power and ICEPS.

In 1996 Bruce applied for and accepted the position of National Engineering Standards Manager for Power and Grounding – for the Sprint Local Telephone division. This responsibility included all power and grounding standards for products, contracts, and practices. This continued until 2001 at which time Bruce succeeded Tom Croda following his retirement - in the Sprint Long Distance division – as the company’s senior Power and Grounding Standards Engineer. Bruce left Sprint and joined Verizon Wireless in 2003 in the position of Senior Engineer Power and Grounding for the West Area. He continued in this position working and supporting a multitude of power and grounding engineering, standards, and planning responsibilities that include investigation, evaluation, introduction and trials and testing of new powering technologies. In 2011, Bruce left VZW and subsequently joined GE-Lineage Power. Bruce worked as a Manager of Field Services Quality and Service Products at GE, and left the company in 2013 to pursue other interests. Bruce has been consulting and working on communication power and grounding projects, and working as a key consultant for Quality Power Services, LLC.

PEG Chairman

Ernie Gallo

Ernie Gallo is Telcordia’s Project Manager for Product Development in the area of network integrity solutions addressing the physical layer of the networks providing voice, video, and data telecommunications service. Ernie provides strong technical contributions in the areas of reliability of outside plant equipment, electrical protection and safety, cost reduction. Ernie is now leading Telcordia’s DSL Operational Readiness, and Deployment Support Solutions Group. As an acknowledged industry expert in the area of electrical protection Ernie has served as a working group chairman of the IEEE Surge Protective Device Committee. In 1993 one working group that Ernie is a member of won the IEEE Award for best standard. Ernie has published many articles and papers on electrical protection and outside plant equipment and regularly gives presentations on emerging issues. Ernie also serves as a working group member for the SCTE in Home Practice Sub-committee. As a board member of the ATIS Protection Engineers Group Ernie has helped transform the group from focusing just on telephony to including other telecommunications providers. Ernie is also on the editorial board of Power Quality Magazine. Ernie has published several articles on DSL Deployment issues in Outside Plant Magazine, as well as being a featured speaker on every year from 1999 to 2012 Outside Plant Show, Provided Verizon Symposium Training to 650 Verizon Staff. ATIS Award for Leadership in Standards Development for his vision and leadership over the past 12 months, that have resulted in increased support for ATIS standards, and the larger recognition of ATIS’ committee work within the ICT industry. Ernie serves as Chair in the Sustainability in Telecom: Energy and Protection Committee’s Network Electrical Protection (NEP) Subcommittee and the Protection Engineers Group (PEG). Working group member of the NFPA National Electrical Code Technical Correlating Committee.

Principal Engineer, High Tech/Telecommunications

Randy Ivans

Randy Ivans is UL's Principal Engineer in the high tech and telecommunications area. He is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of various UL standards and certification programs including the UL497 series of protector standards and UL’s NEBS Mark program. He recently completed work on a new outline of investigation for modular data centers (UL Subject 2755) which covers large, factory assembled containerized data centers.

Randy is a member of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, Code Making Panel No. 16 that is responsible for Chapter 8 covering communications systems. He is chairman of the TIA TR41.7 Committee on Environmental and Safety Issues and is a member of the ATIS Sustainability in Telecom: Energy and Protection Committee (STEP) where he chairs the NPP subcommittee on physical protection. He is also an active member of the PEG Advisory Board. Randy received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science in Technology Management from Polytechnic University and is a NARTE certified Product Safety Engineer.

Vice President, Network Reliability Operations Center


Amador Lucero

Amador Lucero is a telecommunications industry veteran with over 40 years of leadership in network operations, outage management, disaster recovery, human resources, information technology and sales and support.

As Vice President of the Network Reliability Operations Center & National Field Operations, Amador is responsible for the reliability and stability of all network elements used by the Regional Markets, Business Markets and Wholesale Markets organizations through the performance of the NOCs. He is also responsible for the operational excellence of CenturyLink products, voice and data network, hosting centers, hosted customer IVR platforms, and internal data and voice/call center network support; as well as for ensuring the integration of NOC surveillance and support across the company.

At Qwest, Amador was Vice President-Network Operation and Engineering, where he was responsible for the Network Operations Reliability Center (NROC), which monitored the external and internal voice and data networks. As a result of his focus on the causes of FCC-reportable network outages and fixes as they related to people, procedures, hardware and software, he and his team were able to reduce the outages to near zero. He implemented Local Number Portability at US West and served as Chairman of the Western Region Local Number Portability Committee, which consisted of all local exchange carriers in 14 states. After the Telecommunications Act was implemented in 1996, he was instrumental in improving the company’s CLEC collocation on-time completion performance to among the best in the industry. He is a member of several diversity groups and mentors four to six employees at any given time.

Senior Business Development Manager
Transportation Infrastructure

Phoenix Contact

Dick March

Since the 1970s Dick has been working in the electrical industry for equipment manufactures. The latter half of his career as a Business Development Mgr and Project Engineer is supporting the engineering community of project specifiers, positioning application solutions and new product development. The majority of his time is working in the Transportation Industry segments.

Principal Engineer

TE Connectivity

Al Martin

Al holds a BEE degree from Cornell University, and a PhD from UCLA. Al joined Raychem [now TE Electronics] in 1975, where he was initially involved with shielding effectiveness and surface transfer impedance measurements. In 1989 he joined Raychem’s Polyswitch division, where he currently manages the compliance test program.

Al has been involved with PEG for over 10 years, and last year gave a talk entitled, "Lightning Induced GPR: Characteristics and Comments". Al is also a contributing member of TIA TR41, ATIS NIPP-NEP, and IEEE. He has been an editor for TIA TR41, ATIS NIPP-NEP, and IEEE standards, and is presently chairman of IEEE WG3.6.7, and vice-chairman of WG3.6.2. He is the author or co-author of over 20 papers on EMC and telecommunications. Al is a Life Senior member of the IEEE.

International Standards/Protection Engineering Consultant

Michael (Mick) Maytum

In 1964 after graduating with a first-class honours degree from Loughborough University, Mr. Maytum worked at English Electric on Magnetron and Television Camera Tube Development.

Maytum joined Texas Instruments Limited (UK) in 1969 where working as an Applications Engineer on power semiconductors and consumer ICs. This position involved visiting television manufacturers in Europe and the USA. During this period he was part of the team that developed the Worlds’ first transistorised colour television (apart from the cathode ray tube) – the British Science Museum retains an example of this industry first. In 1976 joined Zygma Electronics for two years as a Development Engineer on Multi-standard Projection Systems.

In 1978 he rejoined Texas Instruments as the Applications Manager and in 1986 was elected a Senior Member of Technical Staff. There he consulted on televisions, switching mode power supplies, electronic gear for lighting and telecommunication surge protection. Two notable achievements were the development of the thyristor protection for British Telecoms “System X exchange” and a solid state fluorescent lamp starter (both these developments are recorded in the Smithsonian chip collection).

As a result of a management buyout in 1997 the power division was renamed Power Innovations Ltd. In May 2000 Power Innovations was acquired by Bourns, Inc. He retired from Bourns UK in 2009.

As a power semiconductor expert he has served on IEEE, IEC, ITU-T, BSI, ATIS NIP-NEP, ATIS PEG, TIA TR-41, Telcordia, CENELEC and JEDEC standardization committees. In 2006 he was awarded the IEC 1906 medal for his IEC Standards contributions and has twice received the IEEE-SA Standards Medallion. In retirement he participates in IEEE, ATIS PEG, IEC, ITU-T, BSI and CENELEC standardisation. He is the chairman of the UK BSI protection committee, ITU-T Study Group 5 Q2 & Q14, several IEEE Working groups and is an ATIS PEG advisory board member. He is Webmaster for the IEEE Power and Energy Technical Council and three of its Technical Committees.

He has authored eighteen Application Reports, contributed to five books, written thirteen articles, published six IEEE transactions papers (one receiving paper of the year award) and has 11 patents granted in the fields of lighting and protection. He regularly presents at the annual ATIS PEG Conference and has twice served as the Distinguished Lecturer.

Dan McMenamin Associates, Inc.

Dan McMenamin

Dan McMenamin is an international telecommunications consultant with more than 13 years consulting following a 36 year career with Verizon Communications (formerly Bell Atlantic).

Dan’s background includes network equipment engineering and maintenance engineering posts covering a gamut of technologies including analog and digital switching systems, transport and radio/microwave systems, cellular systems, data centers, power systems and grounding. Dan has served on both national and international standards teams and is a member of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), Power Sources Manufacturer's Association, National Fire Protection Association and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). With extensive experience at organizing and presenting technical seminars, Dan also has authored more than thirty technical papers and articles, and has served on the Technical Program Committees of all US International TELecommunications Energy Conferences (INTELEC) between 1990 and 2012. Dan has served as a featured speaker for seminars hosted by Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, Verizon Global Networks Inc., Marconi Corporation, Nortel Networks, Astec Corporation, Prentiss Properties, Lucent Technologies and Emerson / Liebert Corporation and ATIS PEG.

Product Manager
Phoenix Contact

Scott Mickievicz

Scott Mickievicz holds B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Physics and a minor in. He holds 16 U. S. patents in interconnects, printed circuit board and antenna technology. He has 19 years’ experience in the electronics industry, focusing on product development in the areas of high speed backplanes, cables and power and signal quality. He is currently the TRABTECH product manager for Phoenix Contact’s Americas Business Unit.

Chief Technology Officer
Semiconductor Division
Bourns, Inc.

+ Andy Morrish

Andy Morrish is the Chief Technology Officer for the Bourns Semiconductor division, developing semiconductor devices for circuit protection applications. His 35 year career in the electronics industry has spanned a broad range of hardware and semiconductor product development, from computer video monitors to video and power IC design. Prior to joining Bourns in 2008, he held senior engineering management positions in Fultec, Power Integrations, National Semiconductor and IBM. Mr. Morrish holds 35 patents on inventions covering video, power supply and circuit protection device designs.

Director of Sales


Rohit Narayan

Rohit holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree , from the University of Tasmania, Australia and a MBA Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is a Chartered Professional Member of Institution of Engineers, Australia

Rohit has 23 years of experience as an electrical engineer in various fields. Rohit’s engineering experience includes design and installation-management of telecommunications ac & dc power systems, EHV 110-275kV Cable installation, telecommunications microwave, cellular and switching facilities & grounding & lightning protection system.

Network Design Engineer

Larry Payne

Larry Payne is a member of the AT&T Common Systems Standards Staff. His responsibilities include Electrical Protection of customer premises equipment, National Electrical Code compliance, product evaluation for new network elements, and industry standards support. Larry is a member of PEG, the PEG Advisory Board, and is Vice Chair of the ATIS Sustainability in Telecom: Energy and Protection Committee (STEP) – Network Electrical Protection (NEP) Subcommittee. He is a registered Professional Engineer with BS and MS Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama and is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Quality Power Services

Joe Pfau

Joe is a member of NFPA, Associate Member of IEEE, Electrical Contractor. Joe has worked in the electrical field since his youth. His experience covers a broad market segment, from installation of CATV systems and broadcast studios with his father’s company, design and manufacturer of process control panels, Marine electrical work, USCG, chemical, hospital, electrical contracting, Power Quality, and 20+ years of work with the telecommunications industry.

1992–1995 Quality Power Services, Incorporated Birmingham, AL -Manager of Technical Services.

1995/2000 Quality Power Systems, Inc Birmingham, AL - Director of Operations and Technical Services While employed with Quality Power Systems, Inc., he was in charge of R&D, UL liaison, designing SPD’s that were used by GTE MobileNet, BMI, ALLTEL, Obstruction Lighting Companies, and the hospital industry. He supported customers solving complex lightning issues, grounding and bonding problems, forensic audits, code and standard compliance.

From 2001 – 2005, Joe worked with Surge Suppression Incorporated as Director of Telecommunication Sales and Service.

2005-present, Quality Power Services, LLC: Oversees a growing operation supporting the telecommunications industry in 5+ Southeastern states. Services include Grounding and forensic audits of facilities, electrical protection of customer and network equipment, verify/upgrade/repair bonding and grounding compliance of customer equipment and facilities, generator service and repair, AC and DC power, SPD OEM for obstruction light protection.

Schroeder Consulting Services

James Schroeder

James Schroeder holds the B.S.E.E. and MBA degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He is the holder of 10 U. S. patents and is a Member of the National Fire Protection Association. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the electronics industry, specifically in the areas of Electromagnetic Interference and Compliance, Technology Development, and Business Development.

Applications Manager
Semiconductor Products Group
Bourns, Inc.

Len Stencel

Len Stencel is the Applications Manager of the Semiconductor Products Group at Bourns, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the electronics industry designing circuits for aerospace, medical and commercial applications. Prior to joining Bourns in 2011 he held various engineering and engineering management positions at National Semiconductor, Motorola, and Hughes Aircraft Company.

Senior Compliance Engineer

Jim Weise

Jim has 26 years experience in the telecom business, the last 18 years with ADTRAN, Inc. Jim is a Graduate of University of KY and the Lexington Technical Institute. He started his career in 1987 with GTE TestMark Laboratories evaluating telecommunications products against internal and industry standards with a focus on Lightning and Power Fault issues. In 1995, Jim began working for ADTRAN, Inc. as a compliance engineer responsible for safety listings, FCC Part 68, FCC Part15, and Telcordia NEBS, and ITU testing. In 1998, Jim began working with TIA, and committee T1 (now ATIS) on industry standards development and has been the editor of several documents as well as a major contributor. Jim has been involved in all the Telcordia GR-1089, GR-63, GR-3108, GR-487, and GR-950 revisions since 2002. Over the past several years Jim has also been involved in transient reliability, and studying the root causes of a wide variety of transient related field issues.

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