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NATE Elects 2019 Board of Directors

Randy Scott Re-Elected; Victor Drouin, Chris Mallon and Michael Young Elected to Serve on NATE Board

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.

Women of NATE Holds Meeting with FCC Commissioner

Miranda Allen, CEO, Radiofrequency Safety International; Therese O’Brien, National Account Executive, TESSCO Technologies; Heather Gastelum, Sr. Manager, National Tower Safety & Operations, T-Mobile; FCC Comm. Brendan Carr; Paula Nurnberg, Chief Operating Officer, NATE; Andy Lee, Vice President of Operations, Lee Antenna & Line Service; and Shama Ray, CEO and Owner, Above All Tower Climbing.

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.

National Wireless Safety Alliance Announces Board of Governors Leadership Appointments

AT&T’s Coleman and American Tower Corporation’s Roberts to Serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman; Barker, Cullum and Wilkerson to Join NWSA Board of Governors

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced today that Jim Coleman, National Tower Safety Manager at AT&T and Paul Roberts, Vice President of Compliance at American Tower Corporation, have been appointed to serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively, of the organization’s Board of Governors.

NWSA also announced that J. John Barker, Partner of Barker MacEntee PLLC, Richard Cullum, Director of Safety at Crown Castle, and Nick Wilkerson, Director of Safety at SBA Communications Corporation, have been added as new members of the Alliance’s Board of Governors.

Additionally, NWSA announced that five incumbent Governors were recently ratified by the organization’s Board of Directors to serve a new 5-year term through October 31, 2023. The reappointed Governors include Chris Mallon, TowerMRL, Inc., Kevin Schmidt, Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jose Tarafa, MasTec Network Solutions, Gary Trent, US Cellular and Jocko Vermillion, CITCA.

“NWSA is excited to have both Jim and Paul serve in their new leadership roles with the Board of Governors and we are also thrilled to add the talents of Jay, Richard and Nick as Governors,” said Executive Director Duane MacEntee. “Additionally, the ratification of the five incumbent Governors to serve another 5-year term will help provide continuity at a critical time in order for NWSA to continue developing and offering our national, portable and independent worker certification programs,” added MacEntee.

NWSA, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization established to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace risk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard communication structures.

The NWSA Board of Governors consists of representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and is tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various committees that will serve under their jurisdiction.

NWSA currently offers two industry-wide certification programs: Telecommunications Tower Technician 1 (TTT-1) and Telecommunications Tower Technician 2 (TTT-2). Additionally, the NWSA Telecommunication Tower Foreman certification is slated to be unveiled during the first quarter of 2019. This new certification will create a credentialing system for industry workers who supervise crews that work on communications structures, whether they are antenna and line crews, construction crews, or structural modification crews.

Other assessment and certification programs NWSA will likely unveil in the future include Rigging, Small Cell/DAS Technician, Structural Modifications, Gin Pole Operations and Broadcast Tall Tower Technician.

Industry workers, companies and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the NWSA website at www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization and how to begin the process of obtaining certification.


Women of NATE Unveils Association Mentorship Program

Women of NATE (WON) is proud to announce the debut of our innovative mentoring program designed to help all NATE members climb higher together. The WON Mentorship Program is designed to foster an exchange of ideas, expertise, and camaraderie among NATE members at all levels. From emerging professionals to industry veterans, participants can grow both professionally and personally by learning from each other’s perspectives, discussing professional issues and supporting their peers in the resolution of their challenges.

If you look back in your career, you may remember a handful of people who had a huge impact on you. Who took an interest in you? Who did you look to for advice? This is a mentor. The formal definition of a mentor is someone who offers their knowledge, wisdom and advice to someone with less experience. It might not have been a formal mentoring program, but they were your mentors.

“Every great mentor I’ve had has taught me to find my voice, stretch my mind to possibilities, learn to dream and unearth my highest potential,” stated Women of NATE Committee Chairwoman Andrea (Andy) Lee. “Women of NATE is honored to launch the WON Mentorship Program. This is an excellent opportunity to develop relationships for professional development,” added Lee.

Mentoring improves employee satisfaction and retention, makes your company more appealing to recruits and trains your leaders. This mentoring program is FREE to all NATE members. With the demand for skilled employees increasing, it’s critical we assist NATE members in attracting, retaining and growing their teams.

“I am so excited we are launching this program. If you ask any successful person, all of them had someone who helped them. We all need mentors and to continue helping others thru being a mentor,” stated WON Mentorship Team Leader Miranda Allen. “I firmly believe we receive what we give so I’m looking forward to being both a mentor and mentee,” added Allen.

This goal-oriented program is designed for participants to speak via phone one to two times a month for a year. During these calls, mentors and mentees will work through goals and establish new goals based on the call. Interested participants are asked to fill out a short questionnaire and return it to the NATE office.

Both the mentor and mentee receive substantial benefits. In every field, a mentor can be the difference-maker in a career. The majority of accomplished professionals can point to a specific person who invested time, energy and support in helping them navigate the workplace.

Applications for mentors are currently being accepted. To learn more about this program or to apply HERE.

NATE Debuts #ClimberConnection Tower Modifications Video

By The Editors of AGL

Tower Technicians and Companies Encouraged to Share the Video on Social Media Platforms

NATE today unveiled a video entitled “Tower Modifications: It’s All About the Sequence” that focuses on the do’s and dont’s of performing proper tower modifications. The video was unveiled as part of Volume 3 of the Association’s acclaimed Climber Connection series.

The informative video includes an interview with an experienced industry construction manager who articulates the importance of strictly adhering to the appropriate sequencing when conducting tower modification activities on communication structures, highlighting the information contained in the ANSI/ASSE A10.48 and ANSI/TIA 322 Standards related to tower modifications and emphasizing working in accordance with rigging plans for tower modification work.

“The release of this video is timely as tower modification activities continue to be on the rise throughout the industry as structures age,” said Ross Royer from NATE member company Tower MRL, Inc. in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “I would encourage all tower crews to utilize this video as guide to ensure that they perform tower modification activities consistent with applicable industry standards and in a safe and quality manner,” added Royer.

Click HERE to watch the Tower Modifications 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.