ISE magazine’s monthly columnists combine over 100 years of industry experience to provide ISE readers with the most up-to-date information regarding engineering and deployment of broadband networks.


sharonvollman_0116_100x125Editor’s Note: Sharon Vollman

Sharon Vollman is President, Editorial Director of ISE magazine. She oversees all editorial processes and staff for ISE magazine, the ICT Spotlight e-newsletter,, and leads the educational content development for ISE EXPO and several events. Vollman has created educational partnerships with the major communications and entertainment providers including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and Cincinnati Bell. She has covered the telecom industry since 1996, when she joined ISE magazine as editor. Prior to that she worked in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather and CME. Vollman has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from the University of Iowa.

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OSP Expert: Don McCarty

Don is the OSP Expert columnist for ISE magazine, providing tutorials and valuable training information for the telecom professionals and techs in the field. Don McCarty’s expertise spans over 43 years. Through McCarty Products, he provides on-site training for field technicians, engineers, training personnel and managers of CLECs and ILECs as well as executives and managers of major equipment providers. In his courses, he and his trainers discusses technical issues around cable fault locating in a digital world. McCarty also trains power company technicians and consults with managers about noise problems that occur in the gray area of responsibility between the telcos and the power providers.

McCarty Products is an industry-leading training and consulting organization for troubleshooting and maintaining telephone cable in a digital world. Their comprehensive outside plant training courses combined with training products provide telcos with excellent support to help them increase effectiveness of telephone repair technicians and managers while maximizing their investment test equipment.

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Safety Tactics: Matt Forck

Matt Forck, CSP and JLW, is a former journey lineworker, and is a current board certified safety professional and keynote speaker supporting clients in over 10 countries. Matt works with clients to eliminate mindless shortcuts. His resources include Bucket List: Eliminate Shortcuts Today to Live Your Dreams Tomorrow. To learn more and find other free resources click onto You can follow Matt on Twitter @safestrat.

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Michelle LaBrossKnow How Network: Michelle LaBrosse, PMP

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in over 100 publications and web sites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. Her radio program, Your World Your Way, is a weekly broadcast that is an inspiring and practical look at how Project Management fuels success.

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton.

She lives in Nevada with her family and likes to rejuvenate in Alaska where you’ll often find her kayaking, hiking, and riding her motorcycle.

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THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson is a monthly column that explores the many aspects of motivation from inspiring others (employees, customers, volunteers, even family members), to self-motivation – which is especially important in today’s economy. Everyone, at some time or another, needs to motivate themselves or others. THE UN-COMFORT ZONE talks about how motivation works and how to apply it in a variety of situations.

Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is an author, humorist and innovation consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. Robert is also the author of the humorous children’s book: The Annoying Ghost Kid. For more information on Robert, please visit

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