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Tessco’s Therese O’Brien Honored with Chairman’s Coin Award at NATE Unite

Tessco’s Therese O’Brien was honored with the Chairman’s Coin recognizing her contributions to the wireless industry and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) at the organization’s annual event, NATE Unite, in Grapevine, Texas.

O’Brien was presented with the Chairman’s Coin at an awards luncheon on February 6. Each year, the Chairman of the NATE Board of Directors selects “individuals who have shown excellent dedication and service to the mission of NATE and to encourage continued involvement.”

“We are extremely pleased to see Therese recognized by NATE for her tireless work on behalf the organization and the industry,” said Charles Kriete, Tessco Sr. VP of Commercial Sales, Product Marketing & Supply Chain. “It’s a testament to her dedication beyond Tessco, to the wireless industry as a whole, and we couldn’t be prouder to have her as a part of the Tessco team.”

“Therese is always there, always working, never stopping,” said former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy, who presented the award. “She is a wonderful Tessco example of service above self.”

O’Brien’s involvement with NATE spans the organization’s entire history, as she attended the first ever NATE Conference and Expo. She has previously served on the NATE Trade Show Committee for 13 years and currently serves on the NATE Member Services Committee, along with her role as the Atlantic Coast Regional Ambassador for NATE WIN and a member of the Women of NATE.

Coleman, Moore Honored at NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon

NATE honored Jim Coleman, National Tower Safety Manager at AT&T in Birmingham, Alabama and Pat Moore, Operations Team at Stainless in Cedar Park, Texas during the Awards Luncheon at NATE UNIE 2019 in Grapevine, Texas.

Coleman was honored as the recipient of the Bill CarlsonLifetime Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the success of the NATE mission and has served the Association continually for a minimum of 15 years.

Coleman has more than 47 years of telecommunications and broadcast experience. From 1977 to 2012, Jim served as the President/Broadcast Engineer for Southern Broadcast Services, Inc. in Pelham, Alabama where he owned, managed and conducted day-to-day operations in all phases of construction of self-supporting towers, guyed towers and monopoles, conducted work on structures up to 2000’ and was responsible for erecting structures up to 1500’.  From
June 2012 to February 2013 he served as Member/President of Southern Broadcast Services, LLC. From June 2013 to October 2014 Jim held the position of Vice President for MUTI/Sabre Industries Telecom Services in Champaign, Illinois. Since October 2014, he has served as the National Tower Safety Manager for AT&T in Birmingham, Alabama.

Coleman was elected to and served on the NATE Board of Directors from 2004-2013, serving as the Chairman of NATE from 2009-2013. Mr. Coleman also currently serves as the Vice President of the Tower Family Foundation Board of Directors and as Chairman of the National Wireless Safety Alliance Foreman Task Force.

“On behalf of the entire NATE community, we would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Jim Coleman on receiving this much deserved recognition,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “I witnessed first-hand the instrumental leadership role Jim played during his tenure as Chairman helping set in motion key initiatives and policies that have led to this era of unprecedented growth and influence the Association is experiencing today. Through his many years of involvement with NATE, Jim has embodied the leadership traits and a commitment to safety that the award’s namesake, Bill Carlson, would be extremely proud of,” added Schlekeway.

Pat Moore was honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This notable award recognizes a past or present standing committee member who has demonstrated direct and individual contributions to the mission of NATE and whose performance has proven so exceptional that it profoundly affects the success of the Association.

Moore has been in the tower industry for 42 years. Educated in Austin, Texas, Pat began in the tower industry in November 1976 and worked in the field until late 1983. At that time, Pat and long-time friend and colleague, Don Doty, started their own tower maintenance and construction business. Pat and Don were Founding Members of NATE in 1995.

Moore is one of the original members of the NATE Safety & Education Committee and has remained active on that committee since the Association was established. Additionally, Mr. Moore was also actively involved in the development and implementation of the ANSI/ASSP A10.48-2016 Standard – Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communication Structuresand currently serves on the National Wireless Safety Alliance Board of Governors.

During the Awards Luncheon, NATE also honored Beau Aero, president and founder of GME SupplyCo in Columbia, Missouri, Therese O’Brien, national account executive at TESSCO Technologies in Hunt Valley, Maryland and James Ruedlinger, senior VP of engineering for ERI Installations, in Chandler, Indiana with the prestigious Chairman’s Coin award. The Chairman’s Coin is an award recognizing individuals who have provided excellent dedication and service to the mission of NATE and to encourage continued involvement.

Departing members of the NATE Board of Directors Jim Tracy of Burley, Washington and Jim Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado were also recognized for their years of service to the Association at the luncheon.

“Today was a great day for NATE as we were able to honor these dedicated individuals who have all contributed greatly to NATE’s legacy,” stated NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “I am proud to be serving an organization like NATE that recognizes the selfless men and women who are willing to roll up their sleeves for a cause that collectively benefits an entire industry,” Miller added.

Tower Family Foundation, NATE Announce 2019 Ernie Jones Memorial Scholarship Winner

The Tower Family Foundation and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) have jointly announced that Austin Uhr, a junior civil engineering student from Evansville, Indiana has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarship at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The official announcement was made at the NATE Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6 during the annual NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

During his time as a student at the University of Evansville, Austin Uhr has distinguished himself in the engineering with interests in the areas of construction and structures. This past summer Uhr, served as a construction intern for a local consulting company and is actively seeking a summer 2019 internship in the field of structural design.

“Austin is a dedicated student who submits projects and classwork of the highest degree,” stated Dr. James Allen, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville. “In his structural design projects, he strives for creative designs that serve their intended function, while maintaining a keen eye on constructability issues. He is not afraid of any challenge placed before him and is always willing to work with his classmates. Austin is at the top of his class academically, but especially excels in courses related to construction and UE’s structural analysis and design sequences. We think his work ethic and diligence best embody the spirit of Ernie Jones as the recipient of this memorial scholarship,” added Dr. Allen.

Ernie was a structural engineer who worked in the broadcast tower industry for 30 years. During his career, Mr. Jones served as a Professional Engineer and President of Consolidated Engineering, Inc. and a Vice-President of Structural Engineering at Electronics Research, Inc. Ernie was also a participating member of the TR-14.7 Committee of the Telecommunications Industry Association and Electronics Industry Association since 1986 where he assisted with writing and approving the ANSI-TIA/EIA 222 standard which is the American National Standard for Steel Antenna Towers and Antenna Supporting Structures.

The Ernie Jones Memorial Civil Engineering Scholarshipawards a $2,500 scholarship annually to a junior or senior level civil engineering student at the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

NATE Debuts Climber Connection Volume 4 Video Series at NATE UNITE 2019 Conference

#ClimberConnection Volume 4 Video Shines Spotlight on the Impact of the Tower Family Foundation Non-Profit Organization


(Grapevine, Texas) – NATE today unveiled a video highlighting the Tower Family Foundation non-profit organization as the first to debut in Volume 4 of the Association’s critically acclaimed Climber Connection series. The video release took place live at the NATE UNITE 2019 Keynote Luncheon in Grapevine, Texas. The NATE UNITE 2019 Keynote Luncheon, sponsored by SBA Communications, included a keynote address from actor and businessman Willie Robertson, best known for his appearances on the popular reality TV series Duck Dynasty.

The heart-warming video, entitled “Tower Family Foundation: A Helping Hand” focuses on the incredible impact the foundation plays in providing financial resources and scholarships to industry workers and families in the aftermath of a work-related accident or fatality. Specifically, the video includes the touching personal story of how the Tower Family Foundation helped tower climber Randy Smith from Rolla, Kansas after he experienced an injury while working at a tower site in rural Kansas.

“This video tugs at the heart strings and is a powerful narrative of how the Tower Family Foundation steps in to support workers and families at their most vulnerable stage,” said Foundation President Jim Tracy from Burley, Washington. “Randy’s story is similar to the countless other workers and families the Foundation has supported since our inception in 2014 and we look forward to continuing to provide this support with the help of the industry moving forward,” added Tracy.

Click HERE to watch the Tower Family Foundation Video. NATE encourages tower technicians and industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments on the video through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

NATE UNITE 2019 Announces Exhibit Hall Educational Sessions

The following educational session/speaker lineup has been confirmed for the 20-minute educational sessions conducted in the exhibit hall for NATE UNITE 2019 in Grapevine, Texas:

Tool Tethering and the New ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Standard
Tuesday, February 5 I 4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Presenter: Nate Bohmbach, Ergodyne

The ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 Dropped Objects Prevention Equipment standard formalizes tethering systems as a best practice for falling object safety. Join us to get answers to commonly asked questions surrounding the standard and learn how your company can integrate it into your safety program.

Street and Travel Safety​
Tuesday, February 5 I 5:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Presenter: Steve Wilder, CITCA LLC

This session will focus on safety awareness, at the office, in the field, and while traveling. Steve has trained thousands of workers in street safety and personal safety in the workplace, and has written one book and numerous articles on Workplace Violence prevention.

How to Properly Inspect Your Harness
Wednesday, February 6 | 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Presenter: Travis Ross, Pacific Safety Solutions LLC

This session will review the proper procedure for inspecting a full body harness and also inspecting your co-workers harness. The session will also cover function, as well as condition of the harness.

Sweep vs. PIM
Wednesday, February 6 | 3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Presenter: Humberto (Bert) Sepulveda, Infinite Electronics

But it passes sweep, why do I need to test PIM?
• Two different tests.
• Two different equipment units.
• What do each measure?
• Why is it necessary?

Ways Around Tying Off to Step Pegs
Wednesday, February 6 I 4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Presenter: Sean Cooper, ERI Installations, Inc.

The session will discuss various tools and techniques to avoid tying off to step pegs, not only on monopoles but any structure. A running slideshow of the 2016 Dayton testing which proved conclusively that no 5/8” step bolts are an adequate anchor will be shown. Additionally, examples of current tools available that help ensure we never have an excuse to not tie-off 100% of the time will be shown.