Trivia: This was one of the first 30,000 web pages when it was created in 1994!
| I'm Jim Hayes. I'm a techie
entrepreneur who, with my wife and business partner,
Karen, started one of the world's first fiber optic
test equipment companies, Fotec,
in 1980. Fotec was
very successful with me on the technology side and
Karen running operations. Fotec was acquired by Fluke Networks twenty
I had also been involved in training cabling and fiber optic technicians since 1982 through a Fotec organization we called Fiber U. The Fotec and Fiber U websites and all the training materials we created were probably the most popular in communications cabling. In 1995, the instructors at Fiber U decided the industry needed a professional society so we got people in the industry together and founded The Fiber Optic Association.
Today I'm the President of The Fiber Optic Association and Karen and I run The FOA and VDV Works, a consulting company. We've revived the FOTEC Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV Cabling on the web for everyone who missed these highly-praised introductions to fiber optics and structured cabling. Fiber U has been adopted by FOA for their free online web-based training. I edit and/or write the FOA textbooks on fiber optics and cabling (as well as a couple of my own), write articles and columns on cabling for many publications and serve as a contributing editor to Electrical Contractor, ISE and IMSA Journal magazines. I'm also a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions to promote fiber optics and the FOA.
This website includes my personal pages.
Karen and I like to walk around
cities and hike the outdoors. We regularly hike at the Will Rogers Ranch
nearby and in the Santa Monica mountains near Mailbu.