With deep appreciation for a life well spent, NATE honors the life of NATE Founding Member and long-time industry professional, Wesley ‘Wes’ R. Weis, who passed away on July 13, 2019. The NATE community extends our thoughts and prayers to Wes’s wife of 54 years Mimi, his sons Michael (Nina) and Brian (Cheri), and his daughter Kathy (John).
A resident of Old Tappan, New Jersey, Wes founded MIKAB Corporation in 1971. Wes enjoyed sharing with fellow colleagues about how he comprised his company name “MIKAB” which he named after his children Michael, Katherine and Brian. Wes was active in NATE’s OSHA Relations Committee, and was also instrumental in the development of the ANSI/ASSP A10.48 Standard and in the advancement of TIA TR-14.7. In addition, Wes served on NATE’s former Procedures and Tower Safety Subcommittees, and the former NATE Scholarship Committee.
Wes was a member of IBEW local 164, and President and CEO of the Morristown and Erie Railroad. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the WNYP Railroad, the LA&L Railroad and was a member of the Bergenfield-Dumont Rotary. In addition, he was a member and judge for the National Corvette Restorer’s Society and was a member of the National Railway Historical Society.
“Wes was a remarkable guy and professional who had a multifaceted business career,” stated former NATE Chairman and friend Don Doty, of FDH Infrastructure Services, LLC. “Just remembering Wes’ contagious laugh makes me smile. Wes was the consummate behind the scenes guy at NATE. Countless draft documents that were created in the 1990’s and 2000’s had Wes’ fingerprints all over them,” added Doty. “Truly a life well lived. God Bless you Wes.”
“Wes influenced and mentored many people in the industry,” said NATE Chief Operating Officer and friend Paula Nurnberg. “Wes was a constant at NATE in the early years and had a reputation for always greeting colleagues with a smile and following through on his volunteer commitments. He was known for being a quiet and thoughtful volunteer who you could always count on. He was a true friend to those in the industry and NATE who were blessed to know him,” added Nurnberg.
Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, July 16 at the Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, New Jersey from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X R.C. Church in Old Tappan, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the local IBEW164 Scholarship Fund – 205 Robin Road Suite 315, Paramus, New Jersey 07652, or to the ARC of Bergen/Passaic, 223 Moore Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.
At the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) convention, NATE Unite, Therese O’Brien received the membership organization’s Chairman’s Coin recognizing her contributions to the wireless industry and NATE. O’Brien, a national account executive with Tessco Technologies, received the award at a luncheon on Feb. 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 senior vice president of commercial sales, product marketing and 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.”
Former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy, who presented the award to O’Brien, said: “Therese is always there, always working, never stopping. 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 served on the NATE Trade Show Committee for 13 years and serves on the NATE Member Services Committee, along with her role as the Atlantic Coast regional ambassador for the NATE Wireless Industry Network and as a member of Women of NATE.
More than 70 representatives from NATE member companies converged in Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the Association’s inaugural Congressional Fly-In event on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, May 15, NATE members demonstrated their grassroots prowess by participating in approximately 130 individual meetings with Members of Congress and their respective policy staff.
During the meetings, NATE members advocated for the industry’s priorities such as workforce development, rural broadband, spectrum access, tower safety and reducing regulations on small businesses. To read the 2019 NATE Member Congressional Fly-In Legislative & Regulatory Briefing Paper, click HERE.
NATE thanks our member participants, industry coalition partners, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and Congressional Staff for helping make the inaugural Fly-In event a success.
NATE has released a News Bulletin video designed to promote the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 workforce development legislation that has been introduced in the 116thCongress. The video’s debut coincides with the start of the inaugural NATE Member Congressional Fly-In event which is taking place this week in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2019.
The bi-partisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) from Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) from Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, amends the Communications Act of 1934 to provide funding for job training to enhance communications tower service. Specifically, the bill would direct the Federal Communications Commission to carry out a grant program to make grants to community colleges, post-secondary vocational and technical schools and any organization that provides career and technical education to veterans to establish or expand job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The legislation would authorize $20 million per year for the next three fiscal years.
The informative video includes participant testimonials from an event NATE and Crown Castle hosted with Congressman Loebsack at a communications tower-site in LeClaire, Iowa. During the event, Loebsack participated in a tour of the site and received information on the network equipment that is installed on the tower. The Congressman also visited with employers and technicians about the workforce development challenges currently confronting the industry.
“NATE enthusiastically endorses the Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019 bill as a means to develop a future pipeline of workers who are trained to possess the diverse skill-sets necessary to deploy the world-class, next generation networks and infrastructure in the wireless, broadcast, public safety and utility sectors,” said Christy Hall from Texoma Contracting, Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma. “Obtaining a funding mechanism to develop these industry-specific programs at the community college, vocational institute and military transition levels would really move the needle from a workforce standpoint. NATE’s nationwide footprint consisting of over 880 member companies can have a major impact at the grassroots level to garner support and we are committed to getting this legislation across the goal line and signed into law,” added Hall, who is a constituent of Congressman Mullin.
Visit HERE to watch the NATE News Bulletin video. The Association’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) is encouraging all companies, workers and stakeholders in the industry to contact their respective Members of Congress to urge support for the bill. U.S. Representatives can be located and contacted HERE and U.S. Senators can be identified and contacted HERE.
NATE unveiled a commemoration declaring Wednesday, May 8, 2019 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day. It is the third consecutive year that a day has been set aside by NATE to coincide with OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down Week in order to pay tribute to the important work that tower technicians conduct on a daily basis to enable a mobile society.
“NATE is excited to declare Wednesday, May 8, 2019 as Tower Technician Appreciation Day in order to honor the men and women who make mobility possible by connecting American citizens, businesses and industries,” said NATE Chairman Jimmy Miller from Gulfport, Mississippi. “Today’s technicians are the industry’s most precious resource and possess diverse skill-sets that enable them to work at elevation on macro towers and conduct small cell installations on utility poles, street lights, street furniture and other structures in urban areas and right-of-way locations,” added Miller, who recently accompanied a delegation of tower technicians to a White House event hosted by President Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
NATE encourages member companies and industry stakeholders to use Wednesday, May 8 as a day of commemoration to host events within their respective organizations to pay tribute to the technicians they employ. To download and print the official Tower Technician Appreciation Day Proclamation, visit HERE.