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John J. Farkas Liaison Person of the Year Presented by Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee August 2004 Marco Island, Florida2004
John J. Farkas Liaison Person of the Year The nominee must receive a majority vote of the Awards Committee This award is presented to a member who demonstrates commitment to the betterment of utility coordination through actions and leadership.
Past Recipients 1986Dennis LaBelleFP&L 1987Ken BrownTampa Electric 1989John FarkasSouthern Bell 1990Terry VogelFP&L 1992P. KalzorowskiFDOT Dennis LaBelleFP&L 1993Ray AfeldGTE Florida 1994Larry ClaxtonTampa Electric 1995Dan BuolAT&T 1996Jim WeeksFDOT 1997Mark SweetFPC 1998Tom KennedyFPC 1998Ken WeldonFDOT 1999Billy HattawayFDOT 2000Carlos SolisPinellas Utilities 2001David KuhlmanFPL 2002Cheryl RitterSSOC 2003Earl ChristianBellSouth
John J. Farkas University of Florida B.S. Degree EE BellSouth Support Manager Engineering Honor Society Director SSOCOF Board Promoted Liaison between utilities and the Governmental Agencies
Biography of John J. Farkas He was a “Bridge Builder” between utilities He was a Bilingual employee Understood all aspects of communication Could talk to anybody on their level. Legal Eagles Thought of as an unofficial legal expert Vice President of Unusual Affairs Modern Day “Wizard” Firm believer in the 4 C’s of Liaison Coordination, Communication, Cooperation, & Commitment
Years Ago ….. Born: 11/19/49 He grew up in Pittsburg, Pa He liked to show off his muscles I want to be Mr. America! I want to be Mr. America!
He was the baby of the family Paul Lenny Mary Ann FUCC Inductee
He liked to wear COOLSweaters COOLSweaters
Became a Team Player early in life.
He also was a sharp dresser. Won the award for “ Best DressedStudent of the Year ” Middle School’s
Graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School Pittsburg, PA In 1967
Learned to ride a bike late in life. He needed help steering. Editorial Note: The training wheels were removed the day before the picture was taken.
Joined the Hippie Movement Movement In the 70s …
Finally he had to go to work. They gave him the best van in the Service Center. Telephone Installer
He always discussed business with his mentor.
Known as Mr. GQ around the office
He has his own custom made GOLF CART Bob Lowen Golf Pro
Family Man Cindi Wife: Cindi Todd & Sam Sons: Todd & Sam
Education Taylor Allderdice High SchoolTaylor Allderdice High School Allegheny Community & Barry Colleges Allegheny Community & Barry Colleges
Career Started work with BellSouth in 1971Started work with BellSouth in 1971 Career Advancements:Career Advancements: Telephone Installer - 1971 Telephone Installer - 1971 Cable Repair Technician - 1973 Cable Repair Technician - 1973 OSP Facilities Designer - 1979 OSP Facilities Designer - 1979 Manager – Project Implementation – 1997 Manager – Project Implementation – 1997 Worked in 2 BellSouth DistrictsWorked in 2 BellSouth Districts Transferred to West Palm District to straighten out Larry M. mess.Transferred to West Palm District to straighten out Larry M. mess.
Quotes from fellow employees Has never met a meeting he did not want to attend or run.Has never met a meeting he did not want to attend or run. Never met a mirror he hasn't looked into.Never met a mirror he hasn't looked into. Known as Mr. GQ around the office. You can wear shorts to a meeting and he will show up in a shirt and tie.Known as Mr. GQ around the office. You can wear shorts to a meeting and he will show up in a shirt and tie. Hasn't met a diet he hasn't tried.Hasn't met a diet he hasn't tried. Runs, bikes and exercises everywhere!!Runs, bikes and exercises everywhere!! Thinks he is the golf pro of the office.Thinks he is the golf pro of the office. Adores his wife and both sons talks about them all the time.Adores his wife and both sons talks about them all the time. Great family man !Great family man !
District Chaired the Broward County Coordinating CommitteeChaired the Broward County Coordinating Committee Made presentations on telecommunication operations to FDOT.Made presentations on telecommunication operations to FDOT. Actively works with other utilities and highway consultants to resolve coordination problems.Actively works with other utilities and highway consultants to resolve coordination problems. Is a firm believer in upfront coordination.Is a firm believer in upfront coordination.
Florida Utilities Coordinating Committee Chaired the Telecommunications Interest GroupChaired the Telecommunications Interest Group Served as the Telecommunication Steering Committee representativeServed as the Telecommunication Steering Committee representative Active member of the Joint Use CommitteeActive member of the Joint Use Committee Attendee since 1994Attendee since 1994 Help setup various workshops and participated in the Undergrounding of Utilities & Utility Work Schedule WorkshopsHelp setup various workshops and participated in the Undergrounding of Utilities & Utility Work Schedule Workshops
John J. Farkas Liaison Person of the Year 2004FUCC
Special Thanks Earl Christian Dennis La Belle Cindi Lowen and a host of his fellow workers