The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) on December 19 announced its 2023 board of directors, as the organization prepares to help lead the broadband industry into an unprecedented investment cycle. The 2023 board of director elections were held at the association’s 2022 Premier Members Meeting, held December 5-6, in Clearwater, Florida.
Gary Bolton, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, said:
“2023 will be one of the most exciting years for both the Fiber Broadband Association and our industry. Our membership is working hard to accelerate the deployment of fiber broadband networks and enable every community to leverage the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. Our 2023 board of directors is an impressive, diverse group of leaders that will guide us through this journey and accelerate our vision to advance quality-of-life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere.”
The full Fiber Broadband Association 2023 board of directors is as follows:
- Chair: Joseph Jones “JJ,” President at On Trac, Inc.
- Vice Chair: Jimmy Todd, CEO and General Manager, Nex-Tech
- Secretary: Kimberly McKinley, Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer, UTOPIA Fiber
- Treasurer: Joe Jensen, Director, Americas Market Development, Corning
- Mark Boxer, Technical Manager – Solutions and Applications Engineering, OFS
- Katie Espeseth, Vice President of New Products, EPB
- Scott Jackson, National Market Manager – Broadband, Graybar
- Gregg Logan, Vice President of Engineering, Telapex, Inc.
- Ariane Schaffer, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google Fiber
The association's new board of directors is comprised of industry leaders that have demonstrated a continued commitment to the FBA, who represent a diverse spectrum of companies from across the fiber broadband industry, and who have served on the association’s committees. Their expertise will help steer the association to advance its goal of closing the digital equity gap for all Americans and creating better broadband future in North America.
Joseph Jones “JJ,” President at On Trac, Inc., was elected as the new chair of the board for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2023. He has provided dedicated leadership to the Fiber Broadband Association for many years, serving as chair of the FBA conference committee for a decade, and was vice chair of the board in 2022.
Kimberly McKinley and Ariane Schaffer are newly elected board members and will each serve three-year terms starting in 2023. Each of these individuals have demonstrated long-term commitments to the Fiber Broadband Association. McKinley was a co-creator and co-chair of the FBA’s Public Officials Roundtable. Schaffer served as co-chair of the FBA’s Public Policy Committee.
Mark Boxer was re-elected to a second, three-year term and will continue to provide exceptional leadership for the association’s Optical Telecom Installer Certification (OpTIC Path) workforce development initiatives. Gregg Logan, from C Spire’s parent company Telapex, will fulfill the remainder of C Spire’s vacant board seat term. He has served as secretary on the Fiber Broadband Association’s board of directors in previous years and most recently on the association’s Senior Council Committee.
As of December 31, 2022, Kevin Morgan, chief marketing officer at Clearfield, and Joanne Hovis, president of CTC Technology & Energy, will term out of their tenure on the board of directors. Morgan has contributed over twelve years of service on the board, serving as chair in 2015, 2019, and 2022. He will now serve on the Fiber Broadband Association’s Senior Council Committee, alongside Mike Hill and John George. Hovis has provided her leadership and expertise to the board for six years and will continue to serve the association on its executive advisory committee.
The Fiber Broadband Association bills itself as "the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts, and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment." FBA is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in North America, LATAM, Europe, MEA, APAC, and South Africa.