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24 June 2024

Celebrating Dan’s Retirement: A Legacy in Fiber Optics


In honor of Dan Bergs retirement, we sat down to discuss his career, the fiber optics industry, his time at Incab America, and any advice he would give to those trying to enter the field.

How did you get started working in the fiber optics industry?

I was working for a company called Anaconda, which was starting a new program in their communications department focused on fiber optics. They hired about six of us to work in their R&D facility to develop fiber optic products, which, back then, was the wave of the future. Since then, I’ve worked in various aspects of the fiber optic industry, primarily with companies looking to enter the fiber optic cable business in the American market. I moved from production to sales until, eventually, I got a call from a recruiter about an opportunity at a new business called Incab America. They were looking for someone to help them get started. I had some experience helping new businesses enter the market, and I assisted Incab in getting good people on board and establishing a strong system of representatives.

What makes you optimistic about Incab’s future in the fiber optics industry?

With the way things are going, I believe Incab is on track to become a real powerhouse in this industry. They have a strong technical group and are getting all the production equipment together, hiring people, and providing training. I think they will ultimately be formidable competitors in the market.

How do you think fiber optics has changed since you started?

When fiber optics first emerged, it was a technology that many people were a little afraid of. It required extensive training for people to understand what fiber optics was all about, how to handle it, and to become comfortable with it. There was definitely a learning curve and a lot of field training. Over time, people became more comfortable with the technology.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get started in fiber optics?

I think it’s a solid, long-term industry that’s going to be around for a long time. If you can learn your side of the business and become proficient at it, you’ll always have value in this industry.

What are your plans for retirement?

Right now, I don’t have any huge plans. I was very fortunate to be able to travel a lot with my wife, so I think for now I’m just going to be a homebody. My main hobbies are audio—I have a very nice system to play my vinyl records—and woodworking. I have a shop where I build things, and it keeps me busy.