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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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2019 Board of Directors election. The Association announces that Randy Scott, President of Texoma Contracting, Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma was re-elected and will retain a seat on the NATE Board of Directors.
NATE also announces that candidates Victor Drouin, President of Green Mountain Communications, Inc. in Pembroke, New Hampshire; Chris Mallon, President of TowerMRL, Inc. in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; and Michael Young, Chief Operating Officer at Sioux Falls Tower & Communications in Sioux Falls, South Dakota were elected to serve as new members of the Board of Directors.
The four candidates who were elected by their industry peers will officially begin their two-year terms on February 3, 2019 at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
“I would like to congratulate Randy, Victor, Chris and Michael on their successful election and for their willingness to serve on the NATE Board of Directors,“ said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “2019 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for NATE and the industry as 5G deployment continues to scale. The elected Board members will be instrumental in helping shape the policies and agenda that will position the Association for future growth and influence,” added Schlekeway.
The Association also acknowledges the immense contributions of departing Board Members Jim Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Washington and Jim Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of EasTex Tower, LLC in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tracy and Miller will be honored at the NATE UNITE 2019 Conference for their dedicated service.
“Mr. Tracy and Mr. Miller provided innovative and proactive leadership for the Association and our member companies during an evolving and dynamic time in the industry. NATE is where it is at today as an organization due in large part to the immense contributions provided by Jim and Jim and the other leaders who walked before them,” stated Schlekeway.
Representatives of Women of NATE (WON), an organization within the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), recently met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Policy Advisor Evan Swartztrauber at FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. to exchange views on key industry topics.
The topics of discussion included broadening nationwide telecom career path opportunities, workforce development and training, growth of women in technology, and the opportunities afforded, therein. The Commissioner was also provided with first-hand accounts of women in the telecommunications industry.
“It was an honor to meet with Commissioner Carr to discuss Women of NATE programs, initiatives and opportunities,” stated Andy Lee, chairwoman of the Women of NATE. “We appreciate the leadership role Commissioner Carr is holding at the FCC to streamline wireless infrastructure deployments, promote the expansion of rural broadband and support workforce development initiatives,” added Lee.
In attendance at the meeting were: Lee, vice president of operations, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc.; Miranda Allen, CEO, Radiofrequency Safety International; Shama Ray, CEO and owner, Above All Tower Climbing; Therese O’Brien, national account executive, TESSCO Technologies; Heather Gastelum, senior manager, National Tower Safety & Operations, T-Mobile; and Paula Nurnberg, chief operating officer, NATE.
The mission of the WON program is to foster an exchange of ideas, expertise and camaraderie among NATE members at all levels. The organization enables all members of NATE to achieve their full potential and contribute to the future development of NATE and the industry NATE serves. This program offers unique opportunities for men and women at all stages of their careers to convene and discuss their experiences and enables men and women to learn from others through partnerships by further delving into NATE’s professional network. WON is a professional initiative that champions the advancement of men and women across all NATE member disciplines by promoting leadership, recognizing excellence, and positioning women to be at the forefront of the evolving telecommunications industry. WON participation is open to all NATE members.
“Safety was at the forefront of all topics throughout the discussion,” said Allen. “Ultimately, WON wants to provide women equal access, embrace opportunities and ensure all industry personnel come home safely at the end of the day,” added Allen.