Here’s another installment of TekTalk’s “Meet the Presenter” series, which gives you a glimpse into the professional and personal lives of the people who make Berk-Tek tick.
This month’s featured presenter is Jim Frey, Director of Marketing – Enterprise Segment. Jim will be hosting our first webinar of 2016 on January 21 at 11 a.m. EST. Register now for In 2019, Everything Will Change: Is Your Network Ready?
Describe your education and background.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I went to college undeclared. After trying several different majors, including thinking I wanted to be an ophthalmologist, I finally decided to get a bachelor of science in business administration. My work experience has been mostly with cable, connectivity, and cable assemblies. I have worked for Sanmina-SCI, Berg Electronics, FCI, TE Connectivity, and Phoenix Contact. Years after my college graduation, I also went back and earned my MBA as well.
What led you into the world of network cabling?
In 2010, I saw an online job posting for a Product Manager at Berk-Tek. The company I was working for at the time was going to be closing the facility where I was located and transferring the operation to Mexico. I had been working as a Product Manager for a cable assembly business and I really enjoyed it. I thought the Berk-Tek position sounded like a great fit.
What do you envision for the future of the industry? What will you be talking about 10 years from now? 20 years from now?
I think the future of our industry is very bright. Even though LAN cable volume is not forecasted to grow significantly, I think that new technology and applications will drive the demand for higher grade cabling and connectivity for many years to come. Just look back 10 years ago, there was no such thing as an iPhone or an IPad. Today we have the 9th generation of iPhone, and I lost count of how many iPads have been released. It’s hard to imagine life without these types of devices. Growing bandwidth demand, an evolution in wireless technology, and the need for more Power (PoE) will drive cable demand for many years to come.
What keeps you busy when you’re not at work?
My two kids keep me really busy. I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. Between them, they are involved in baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, voice lessons, guitar lessons, and gymnastics. I also enjoy practicing Martial Arts several nights a week. I study a unique mix that incorporates Kenpo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Filipino fighting styles. Its good exercise, it’s a great stress reliever, and I have made some very good friends through martial arts as well.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited?
I would have to say visiting the Gettysburg battlefields ranks right up there. Being only an hour away, people here tend to overlook what we have right in our own backyard. The outcome of this battle was one of the most significant turning points in our nation’s history.
Any other super-interesting information you want to share about yourself?
Not really super-interesting, but I would like to share that I feel so incredibly fortunate to work for Berk-Tek. I believe that I am part of the best team of people anywhere in the world. Yes, we work extremely well together and we have accomplished a lot as a team, but more important to me is that we care about each other and we help each other whenever its needed. What we have is rare, but it’s so great to be a part of once you find it.
Register for Jim’s Webinar, In 2019, Everything Will Change: Is Your Network Ready, and learn how you can prepare your network for a bandwidth explosion, more power over Ethernet, and an evolution of wireless.