About Us

The Association for Passive Optical LAN is a non-profit organization composed of manufacturers, distributors, integrators, and consulting companies who are actively involved in the Passive Optical LAN marketplace. Our members support the growth and education of the Passive Optical LAN industry and are focused on formulating solutions on how best to market, install, educate, and support this burgeoning field.

Our Mission

The Association for Passive Optical LAN advocates the education and global adoption of passive optical networks for the local area network marketplace.

Board of Directors

  • Board Chairman: Alan Bertsch, Qypsys
  • Director: Paul Mills, Excel Networking
  • Director: Roland Feldman, DZS
  • Director: Matt Miller, CallisonRTKL
  • Director: Brian Hardy, ITConnect
  • Director: Dave Kiel, Corning
  • Director: John Hoover, Tellabs


  • President: Thomas C. Ruvarac, Tellabs
  • Vice-President: Open
  • Secretary and Treasurer: Gypsy Sonny, Qypsys


The Association has currently organized our members into four Committees focused on a variety of activities.

Membership Committee:

  • Alan Bertsch (Qypsys)

Technology Committee:

  • Brian Hardy, Chair (ITConnect)
  • Blaine Overstreet (Nokia)
  • Bob Basile (Corning)
  • Brett Glisson (Qypsys)
  • Chris Ennis (Nokia)
  • David Bell (Tellabs)
  • Dustin Bateman (VT Group)
  • Jerry Hogan  (Solara Technical)
  • Jimmy Gagnon (EXFO)
  • Lonnie Barrington (DZS)
  • Matt Miller, Secretary (CallisonRTKL)
  • Mike Watts (Noovis)

Marketing Committee:

  • Alan Bertsch (Qypsys)
  • Mario Blandini, Chair (DZS)
  • Kevin Borders (Alpha)
  • Jamey Calloway (Optical Cable Corporation)
  • Cemil Canturk (Nokia)
  • Joe Cook (ITConnect)
  • Ronna Davis (CommScope)
  • Jerry Hogan (Solara Technical)
  • John Hoover (Tellabs)
  • Shawn Taylor Zelman (VT Group)

European Committee:

  • Paul Ryan, Chair (Temple)

Asia-Pacific Committee:

  • Leon Zhang, Chair (Huawei)
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