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 has announced that Board of Directors’ members Jimmy Miller, John Paul (JP) Jones and Kevin Dougherty were elected to serve on the Association’s Executive Committee for the upcoming year. The Association made the announcement on the first day of the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference and Trade Show in Grapevine, Texas.
Jimmy Miller, President and CEO of MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi, was elected to serve in the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Miller becomes the seventh Chairman in NATE’s twenty-four year history as an organization. Miller has served on the NATE Board of Directors for eight years. Miller is also a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee, Financial Investment Committee and is an active participant on the Association’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee, where he served as the first Chairman.
John Paul (JP) Jones, President of Tower & Turbine Technologies LLC in Cedar Park, Texas, was elected to serve in the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jones has served on the NATE Board of Directors for five years. Jones also currently serves as the Chairman of the OSHA Relations Committee, as a member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and is active on the UAS Committee.
Kevin Dougherty, CEO of MILLENNIA CONTRACTING, INC. in New Castle, Delaware, was re-elected to serve in the position of Secretary/Treasurer on the Executive Committee. Dougherty has been a member of the NATE Board of Directors for 3 years and has fulfilled a variety of other leadership roles during his tenure with NATE, including service on the OSHA Relations Committee, STAR Initiative Ad-Hoc Committee and Workforce Development Group.
“I would like to congratulate Jimmy, JP and Kevin on being elected by their colleagues on the NATE Board of Directors to serve on the Executive Committee,” stated Chief Operating Officer Paula Nurnberg. “NATE continues to grow and evolve as an organization and the Association’s leadership is doing an incredible job presiding over very exciting and innovative times in the industry,” added Nurnberg.
NATE also plans to formally honor departing Board members Jim Tracy and Jim Miller for their leadership and years of service to the Association during the NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6.
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr are confirmed to deliver keynote addresses at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas. NATE UNITE 2019 will take place February 4-7, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center and is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive educational event and trade show in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries.
Chairman Pai is slated to speak on Wednesday, February 6 during the NATE UNITE 2019 Awards Luncheon sponsored by T-Mobile. Pai was designated Chairman of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as a Commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then-President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.
Comm. Carr is scheduled to deliver keynote remarks on the evening of Monday, February 4 to kick-off the NATE UNITE 2019 Welcome Reception sponsored by Ericsson and the Texas State Wireless Association. Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017. On January 2, 2019, Carr was reconfirmed as Commissioner by the U.S. Senate for a full term.
“On behalf of the Association’s over 815 member companies, we look forward to welcoming Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr to NATE UNITE 2019,” stated NATE Trade Show Committee Chairman Joel Hightower of Hightower Communications, Inc. in LaGrange, North Carolina. “During their tenure of service at the FCC, Chairman Pai and Commissioner Carr have gone above and beyond to conduct visits to tower-sites to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the vital role that tower technician crews and the contractor infrastructure community both play in elevating wireless and enabling a connected society. During these keynote addresses, NATE UNITE 2019 attendees will be able to hear first-hand the important role the FCC is playing to help pave the way for a 5G future, close the digital divide by expanding rural broadband deployment opportunities and ensure a safe and efficient broadcast repack transition,” added Hightower.
Former Duck Dynasty TV personality, outdoorsman and author Willie Robertson will also be on hand at the conference and is slated to deliver a keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2019 Keynote Luncheon sponsored by SBA Communications.
Todd Schlekeway, Executive Director and Paula Nurnberg, Chief Operating Officer of NATE, have agreed to multi-year contract extensions that will keep them directing the National Association of Tower Erectors, the nation’s leading grassroots communications infrastructure organization.
“The wireless industry is extremely fortunate to have Todd and Paula directing the management of our organization,” said Jim Tracy, NATE Chairman and CEO of Legacy Telecommunications, LLC. “Their outstanding leadership has contributed to a continual growth trajectory of success. They have remained true to the core mission of Safety First, Safety Always; honoring our history with a clear vision for our industry’s future. NATE has become an influential powerhouse in the wireless industry under their leadership and we are grateful that they have agreed to extend their obligations.”
Schlekeway joined NATE in 2012 and oversees the Association’s political advocacy efforts, key industry initiatives and coalition outreach. Under his leadership, NATE has increased its influence attracting a record level of members, reflecting the growing status of tower infrastructure to the U.S. economy. Todd has also been the catalyst for the movement of NATE into arenas affecting its membership ranging from Unmanned Aerial Systems, emerging technologies and small cells to enhanced collaboration with the FCC.
Prior to NATE, Schlekeway served for two terms in South Dakota’s state legislature where he represented his district in both the State House and the State Senate. Schlekeway also worked for seven years as the founder and principal of a public affairs and communications firm called Full Court Strategies Group, LLC and worked on the 2004-2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
“The sky is the limit for NATE and I am ecstatic to continue representing the Association in this leadership capacity,” said Schlekeway. “As 5G deployment begins to scale in 2019, continuity among our executive team will enable NATE to continue playing a leading role positively impacting the wireless ecosystem through the Association’s policy advocacy, resources development and grassroots outreach.”
Paula Nurnberg joined NATE as a staff member in 1995, the startup era of the Association. She has held virtually every position and role that NATE has ever created. “Under Paula’s direction, this group has weathered many storms and come out stronger as an Association. Her perseverance is a testament to her character and determination. Paula has been the glue of NATE for over two decades,” said long time NATE Board Member Jimmy Miller from MillerCo, Inc. of Gulfport, Mississippi. Paula has been the Chief Operating Officer of NATE since 2011.
Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Nurnberg held positions in Operations, Events, Member Services, and publishing including both Marketing and Advertising. Paula was also instrumental in the development of many programs including the NATE Wireless Industry Network and Women of NATE. She has continually earned expanded roles and responsibilities throughout her career at NATE.
“I am honored to continue serving NATE where I started my career over twenty years ago,” stated Nurnberg. “Throughout the years NATE has become my home away from home because of the loyal and passionate members and leaders within the Association. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many wonderful individuals assisting in the growth and development of the wireless industry with the ultimate goal of bringing everyone home safely at the end of each day. I look forward to continue aiding to build on NATE’s tradition of safety, standards and education.”
NATE has unveiled a video entitled “Job Hazard Analysis: Reducing Your Risk” that highlights the important elements of conducting a JHA at a communications tower site. The video is the last video to make its debut in Volume 3 of the Association’s renowned Climber Connection series.
The educational video includes an interview with an experienced industry safety manager who articulates the proactive inspection, documentation and processes involved with implementing a JHA prior to work commencing at a tower site. The video also highlights several prominent NATE resources and the information contained in the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 Standard as essential guides to utilize when conducting a JHA.
“Proactively mandating thorough job hazard analysis steps on a daily basis is an integral part of keeping our company’s technicians safe on the job,” said Amy Dolce, Safety Manager at SAI Group in Salem, New Hampshire. “This video does an outstanding job of reinforcing why it is crucial for each company and worker to closely adhere to JHA protocols and not take short-cuts that could potentially compromise safety,” added Dolce.
Click HERE to watch the Job Hazard Analysis 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.
The Climber Connection Volume 3 campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s workforce.
Visit HERE to watch the NWSA Certification, Super Bowl LII Hype, NATE UNITE 2018 Recap, Dropped Object Prevention, Tower Rescue and Tower Modifications videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 3 edition of the Climber Connection Video Series.
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