David Lee Jones was known as honest and fair when he judged the Society
of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE) Cable-Tec
Games and during this year’s competition, the first-ever Spirit of
the Games Award will be dedicated in memory of the late CommScope
“Many SCTE members and fellow CommScope colleagues knew that David’s
passion for learning was cultivated in his willingness to share his
knowledge with others,” said Chris Gemme, manager, Global Technical
Services, Broadband, CommScope. “David accomplished that by coaching
others during the games. He always had a passion for sharing as well as
caring. He was a remarkable and devoted teacher.
“On behalf of everyone at CommScope, we are thrilled the award’s first
recipient will go to another individual that clearly demonstrates the
same passion David exhibited throughout his career as well as his life.”
The Spirit of the Games Award will be given to a participant, staff
member or host vendor who embraces and exhibits sportsmanship and the
learning environment at this year’s International Cable-Tec Games. The
games will be held during SCTE
Cable-Tec Expo® in Atlanta.
Jones, who was employed at CommScope for 12 years as a senior
applications engineer, passed away in January at his home in Pawhuska,
“David committed a significant amount of time and effort to the games,
judging an average of almost 50 games across the country every year,”
said Robin Fenton, director chapter support, SCTE. “Most important to
David was his approach to judging. He would grade fairly, but also grade
firmly, with the hope that each contestant would learn from the
experience, thus becoming a better technician for his or her employer.
It is only fitting that this award is dedicated in memory of David.”
In addition to the judging the games, David spoke at many local chapter
training presentations. He played a significant role in developing and
establishing the Drop Installation Fundamentals course, promoting SCTE
certification, membership and participation, and reducing truck rolls
for system operators through proper training.
Local Cable-Tec Games are typically held during chapter vendor days or
regional cable shows. They provide an arena for contestants to compete
in events that measure their technical abilities such as cable splicing
and meter reading. Each year, first-place winners of the local
competitions are recognized for their achievements as they gather to
compete on an international level during Cable-Tec Expo. International
Cable-Tec Games feature the year’s local winners competing against
each other for the international gold, silver, and bronze awards in
several categories including cable splicing, meter reading and cable
SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 will be held November 15-17 at the Georgia
World Congress Center.
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