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February 2, 2016

Cabling Icon Contest Joins Forces with Radford University

DULLES, VA, FEBRUARY 2, 2016 – Concert Technologies announced today at the BICSI Winter conference a partnership for the Cabling Icon and Radford University in expanding the public awareness for this one-of-a-kind Information Communications Technology (ICT) contest. The Cabling Icon contest is an annual contest, which has run for four consecutive seasons, with contest winners receiving more than $45,000 in cash and prizes and, through a partnership with BICSI, provides a scholarship to one of their cabling installation programs.

“Working with Radford University’s Public Relation Student Society of America (PRSSA) allows students to experience and learn how to really make a difference in our contest and the ICT community. They are committed to expanding awareness to the Cabling Icon contest which, in turn, helps ICT installers and technicians perfect their skills and receive recognition to expand their job opportunities and career path,” said Dennis Mazaris, creator of Cabling Icon.

“Partnering with Cabling Icon has given us deep insight into the professional world.  The company has equipped us with hands on experience and skills vital for our future, which we are very grateful for,” said Robin Perkins, President of Radford University PRSSA.

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March 11, 2015

Cabling Icon Wins BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, Named Installer of the Year

DULLES, VA, MARCH 10, 2015 – The 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition was the venue in which the Season 2 Cabling Icon, Alberto Luna, was named BICSI Installer of the Year. Luna competed against other BICSI credentialed installers and technicians from around the world in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge for a cash prize of $5,000 and a mammoth trophy designating Luna the grand champion and Installer of the year.

“Alberto has participated in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge several times before and, thanks to his perseverance, he was finally crowned BICSI Installer of the Year,” said Dennis Mazaris, President of Concert Technologies and creator of Cabling Icon. “Alberto is a fine example of what Cabling Icon and BICSI Installer of the Year is all about—determination and fortitude.”

Luna won $5,500 cash, plus a week’s salary and all expenses paid trip to Disney World in Cabling Icon’s season two contest and $5,000 cash at BICSI’s Cabling Skills Challenge.

“The Cabling Icon and Cabling Skills Challenge has provided me even more confidence to pursue my goals in the ICT industry and my next one is being an Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD),” said Alberto Luna, Cabling Icon, BICSI Technician, BICSI Installer of the Year and Project Manager with Total Network Consulting.

Highlight video: https://youtu.be/IJqiK2cb8Rc

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December 31, 2014

Season 4 Cabling Icon Winner Named in Low Voltage Cabling Industry Contest

DULLES, VA, DECEMBER 31, 2014Cabling Icon announced today that Paul Neukam of SiteWise Systems in Huntingburg, IN is the winner of the Season 4 Cabling Icon contest.

As the Season 4 Cabling Icon, Neukam will receive the $4,500 cash jackpot, the coveted golden punch down award, an embroidered Cabling Icon leather vest, and worldwide bragging rights. In addition to the Cabling Icon prize package, Neukam will receive a TechTable kit, donated by TechTable, and a set of 48 Intelligent patch cords of any category/length and accessories, donated by 3P Design.

“Being named the Season 4 Cabling Icon is an honor for me and for our company,” said Paul Neukam, Season 4 Cabling Icon and owner of SiteWise Systems. “We have built our company and our reputation on engineering, project management, education and quality control, and I am pleased that the judges have acknowledged that commitment with this award.  I am hopeful the Cabling Icon award continues to grow in popularity in order to increase interest in the various career paths and opportunities available within our trade.”

Neukam will apply to compete in the 2015 BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge at the BICSI 2015 Winter Conference & Expo where he will represent SiteWise Systems and Cabling Icon.

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December 16, 2014

3P Design Joins Cabling Icon as Promotional Partner, Raises Jackpot to $4,500

DULLES, VA, DECEMBER 16, 2014Cabling Icon announced today that 3P Design has joined the contest as a promotional partner, raising the jackpot to $4,500. This news comes at a critical time for participants of the low voltage industry contest just before the December 17th deadline for the finalists’ UTP Termination Speed Trial videos.

“As the manufacturer of the RJ45 PatchSee intelligent patch cord, 3P Design works with talented and skilled low voltage cabling technicians on a daily basis,” said Frederic Dalles, Business Development Manager for 3P Design. “We are well aware of how deserving the techs are of the recognition and opportunity for career advancement the Cabling Icon contest provides. A promotional partnership with Cabling Icon is a natural fit for 3P Design.”

Cabling Icon, the first contest of its kind in the low voltage industry, raised the jackpot from $4,000 to $4,500 with the support of 3P Design. In addition to the $4,500 cash jackpot, the Season 4 Cabling Icon will receive:

  • The coveted Golden Punchdown Award
  • Embroidered Cabling Icon leather vest
  • Bragging rights and the worldwide recognition of being the Cabling Icon
  • A TechTable kit donated by TechTable
  • A set of 48 Intelligent patch cords of any category/length & accessories, donated by 3P Design

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December 12, 2014

Best of the Best Duke it Out in Cabling Icon Final Round

DULLES, VA, DECEMBER 11, 2014Cabling Icon announced today the six installers/technicians to compete in the final round of the Season 4 Cabling Icon contest.

The top six finalists are:

  • Paul Neukam, SiteWise Systems
  • Joshua Matanane, ASG Communications Inc.
  • Patrick Falkenthal, Falken Services LLC
  • Michael Trotman
  • Francisco Roybal, Sandia Lightwave/CTS
  • Mark Bazin, Cristo Rey Jesuit

The low voltage cabling industry has been on the edge of their seats as installers and technicians compete for the title of Season 4 Cabling Icon. For Round 1 of the contest, installers and technicians wrote a brief paragraph on the past, present and future of their careers. A panel of low voltage cabling industry judges scored each entry and the top six are moving on to Round 2, the final round.

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November 4, 2014

BICSI and Concert Technologies Join Forces for the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge and Cabling Icon Contest

Concert Technologies, a leader in technology rollouts and project management, has announced a marketing agreement with BICSI, the association supporting the information and communications technology (ICT) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment. In conjunction with this agreement, Concert Technologies has developed Cabling Icon, the ICT industry’s first social media-based, interactive contest to find the world’s best ICT Installer/Technician.

BICSI brings important educational and training aspects to the 4th season Cabling Icon contest. The 4th season Cabling Icon may apply to participate in the seventh annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, which will be held at the BICSI 2015 Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., February 22 -26. The BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge is an exciting, multi-day event in which competitors race against the clock and each other in several fast-paced events, such as Fiber Termination, Cable Assembly and SCS Installation, in an effort to be crowned Installer of the Year and win $5,000. If the winner of Cabling Icon is selected to participate in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, in addition to the Cabling Icon prize package, Concert Technologies will also provide the following to the 4th season Cabling Icon:

  • Paid travel to Orlando, Fla., for the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Hotel accommodations and meals during the conference
  • Wages for the 40-hour work week while they are attending the conference

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Cabling Icon Launches Brand New Format for Season 4 Contest

DULLES, VA, OCTOBER 30, 2014 – At the launch of Season 4, Cabling Icon has announced a new contest structure that makes it easier than ever to enter. Unlike the four rounds of past seasons, Season 4 contestants will compete through only two rounds for the title of Cabling Icon and the $3,500 cash jackpot among other prizes.

Cabling Icon has listened to feedback from past contestants and fans of the contest and has reduced the contest down to two rounds. To make it more convenient for contestants, Cabling Icon has revealed a new writing format for Round 1 where contestants will submit a paragraph on the past, present and future of the contestant’s career in the low voltage cabling industry. The panel of judges will review the contestants’ answers and will choose 6 finalists to submit their UTP Termination Speed Trial video for Round 2, the final round.

The panel of judges is comprised of four industry professionals who will rate contestants throughout each round and will ultimately choose who will be the Season 4 Cabling Icon.

Season 4 participants have an increased opportunity to win with Cabling Icon’s tiered prize package. The top 3 contestants will receive a cash prize:

  • The Season 4 Cabling Icon will receive a prize package to include:
    • Minimum $3,500 CASH. This cash jackpot will grow with each promotional partner contribution.
    • The coveted Golden Punch Down Award and an embroidered Cabling Icon leather vest
    • Bragging rights and the worldwide recognition of being the Cabling Icon
  • Runner-up receives $1,000
  • 3rd place receives $500

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March 6, 2014

Cabling Icon Winner Highlights His Family and Work Ethic as Key to Contest Win

For the past three years Concert Technologies has run Cabling Icon, a contest highlighting cabling technician’s skills and abilities in telecommunications installations. The contest highlights contractors in a variety of cabling techniques and offers cash prizes, scholarships to industry classes, and the coveted Golden Punch Down Award to the winner. In a recent interview by the lead editor of Cabling Installation and Maintenance Magazine Patrick McLaughlin asks Joe Barnes several questions about his recent season three Cabling Icon victory and what it takes to be a success in the cabling industry.

McLaughlin opened the discussion with Joe Barnes asking “what challenges he faced as a technician and business owner?” Joe went on to explain that “… it doesn’t matter how smart I think I am or how much endurance I think I have, I realized I can’t do it alone. That was one of the things, when I started this business I had to make it run, a smart person will realize that it’s smart to surround yourself with good people.” Certainly this was wise advice, but it was only when he began to speak of his family that his strong emotions surfaced.

“As I started bringing my family in, my wife came [on board] and she handles the financial side of things, there are still certain things I have to do, but she began to handle the financial side and it really took a lot off my plate. The biggest thing I learned is that I can’t do it all on my own. It’s important to have good people around you, I love having my family around me and it’s truly a family business.” This heartfelt and honest commentary on the nature of his family run business speaks to why he was such a strong contestant. His honest commentary and approach to quality work set him apart and informed the judges for his victory.

As the interview went on Mr. Barnes offered advice for this coming season’s Cabling Icon, which has the potential to be the most competitive yet. “I would tell the guys you have to enjoy what you do, you have to enjoy it that’s the bottom line, when you enjoy it, it makes the job easier, and the judges and other people will see that when they talk to you; they will see the love you have for what you do, and practice! It doesn’t hurt.”

Certainly the judges made note of his love for the industry, his family support, and his thoughtful approaches to the Cabling Icon Contest.

 





March 5, 2014

Cabling Icon Champion Featured in Virginia Area Publication

Concert Technologies season 3 Cabling Icon Champion Joe Barnes is featured in a local Hampton Roads Virginia publication that highlights area businesses and professionals. The featured article on their website, theshopper.com discusses how Joe Barnes turns a telephone installation business into a widespread family dynasty.

 

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December 27, 2013

Season 3 Cabling Icon Winner Named in Low Voltage Cabling Industry Contest

Cabling Icon announced today that Joenathan Barnes is the winner of the Season 3 Cabling Icon contest and will receive the $3,500 cash jackpot, the coveted golden punch down award, an embroidered Cabling Icon leather vest, and worldwide bragging rights.

As the Season 3 Cabling Icon, Barnes has been awarded a scholarship to a BICSI ITS Cabling Installation Program Course where he will expand his knowledge and skill while earning a BICSI credential.

“Winning this award adds credibility to my career and my business,” said Joenathan Barnes, President and CEO of MTM Media & Communications and Season 3 Cabling Icon. “It’s great to be recognized as one of the best in the industry. Thank you to the visionaries at Concert Technologies for developing this competition and allowing technicians to showcase their skills.”

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