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TeleSpan’s Elliot Gold Retires

This post is authored by Jerry Pompa, Compunetix Senior Vice President and Manager of the Communications Systems Division

Although I didn’t know it at the time, on March 8, 2013 I sat on the last panel session of the last TeleSpan’s Future of Conferencing Workshop (at least as we know it). I was speaking on behalf of Compunetix at the 8th annual event. When asked my first question on the panel I first joked with Elliot, “Eillot, I have known you for more than 20 years and this is the first time I see you wearing a jacket and tie (both black).”  I continued in jest, “Elliot, you are in Vegas and your beautiful wife, Shirley, is not here, what are you up to?”  No one in attendance knew, but after our panel session Elliot donned the rest of his outfit. Adding a black fedora and sunglasses to the black suit he proceeded to dance like the Blues Brothers while a PowerPoint slide behind him announced “Elliot officially retires March 8, 2013.”

For over 30 years, Elliot Gold has had his finger on the pulse of the telecommunications industry. With every merger, every shift in focus, every new technology, every trend, Elliot was the famous “Crystal Bald” who predicted, tracked, and helped shape our marketplace into what it is today. It is with mixed emotions that I recognize his retirement from TeleSpan, the publishing company that has informed with its newsletter, educated us with its books, and enriched us with its conferences. On one hand I’m pleased he’ll be able to be “Handsome Elliot, Husband of Beautiful Shirley” full-time, but his presence in the teleconferencing and videoconferencing world is irreplaceable.

Elliot is a bit of a Renaissance man, beginning his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA followed up by a two year stint as a freelance photographer for Time Magazine. He is the author of two books about subjects outside of the teleconferencing industry; one entitled Rememories – The Music and the Memories that Shaped Our Lives. The other brings light to the sensitive subject of losing a son to war titled A Mother’s Tears. Elliot jointly authored over a half-dozen books on teleconferencing equipment and services, as well as his annual reports on the growth and direction of the conferencing industry.

Elliot has been a devoted husband to Shirley and ever present father to his sons Nicholas and Daniel.  Elliot and I had the common bond of being former scout leaders with our boys and always talked about our summer camp and Philmont Scout Ranch experiences. I have known Elliot for over 20 years and am proud and honored to say that I am one of the Telespan Pace Award recipients. Most importantly, I prefer to think of myself as one of his friends. I wish Elliot all the best in what’s to come in his retirement. You will be missed by our industry Elliot, but this is not “good-bye,” it is just a new chapter.

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