Mark R. Burns ([email protected]) is the market manager of utility distribution products at Preformed Line Products (PLP). He supports and develops products for the installation, repair and protection of conductors. Burns has 29 years of experience designing and analyzing complex distribution and transmission systems. He began his utility career at Ohio Edison, now FirstEnergy Corp., working in distribution capacity planning and system design. Burns has a BSEE technology degree from The University of Akron in Ohio.