NATE Wireless Industry Network will hold the Pacific Regional Conference, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel and NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend. The cost to attend the Pacific Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, April 13, 2018.
The conference will kick off with a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) session on becoming NWSA certified conducted by Executive Director Duane MacEntee. This session will educate attendees on NWSA’s transformative and nationwide certification programs available to the communications tower industry workforce and will guide participants through the steps required to obtain NWSA credentials.
Additional presentations at the Pacific Regional Conference include a panel discussion on Small Cell Deployment moderated by Ryan Dixon, Vice President of Advanced Tower Components; a session presented by Eric Ringer, Co-Founder and Senior Product Manager of Skyward, a Drone/UAS development company; and a session entitled The Myth Behind the Certificate of Insurance – Are You Really Covered? presented by John McGarvey, Vice President of BB&T Insurance Services.
The Wireless Industry Network is a national and international initiative that provides local support, involvement and communications for the wireless industry. This program is coordinated by National Association of Tower Erectors, a non-profit trade association. The goal of WIN is to expand the reach of important messages and resources for safety, quality, standards and education for all wireless organizations and the wireless industry.
NATE has released a #ClimberConversation video highlighting the physical rigors and challenges that make communications tower work rewarding. The #ClimberConversation video is a companion series to the Association’s popular #ClimberConnection campaign and is a vital component of NATE’s workforce development outreach to promote the profession and attract new workers into the industry.
The video, entitled “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership”, includes testimonial footage of tower technicians talking about the physically demanding, adrenaline-flowing and gratifying aspects of working in the industry.
Click HERE to watch the “I Don’t Need a Gym Membership” 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 #ClimberConversation. NATE also encourages industry workers to share their comments through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the Wireless Industry Network (WIN) will be hosting the Pacific Regional Conference on Thursday, April 26, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This conference is being held the day after the Susan Harwood – OSHA Grant Rigger Awareness Safety Training also at the Sheraton Portland Airport hotel and will focus on key industry safety initiatives and offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for attendees.
“As a longtime member of NATE, we are excited to welcome NATE to the City of Roses and the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the Pacific Regional Conference on April 26,” said Tony Strenke, President of Advanced Tower Components, LLC and NATE WIN Oregon State Liaison. “We look forward to learning about new industry trends and networking with colleagues, both old and new,” added Strenke.
“This event will offer great educational and networking opportunities as speakers from all facets of the wireless telecom ecosystem will present programs on the hottest industry topics,” stated NATE WIN Director Scott Krouse. Presentations will include workforce development strategies, small cell and DAS applications and other topics yet to be announced.
NATE members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend this conference. The cost to attend the Pacific Regional Conference is $75 per person and includes lunch. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by completing the Registration Form on the NATE website. All completed registration forms and payments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE, Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, April 13, 2018.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. CLICK HERE to become a sponsor for the NATE WIN Pacific Regional Conference.
NATE unveiled a video highlighting the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) worker certification programs as the second to debut in Volume 3 of the Association’s critically acclaimed Climber Connection series. The video release announcement took place live from the 2018 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Orlando, Florida.
The video, entitled “NWSA: A New Badge of Honor” focuses on the transformative and portable certification offerings now available in the marketplace to the communications tower workforce. The fast-paced video also provides a comprehensive overview of the steps and processes involved for workers to achieve NWSA certification.
“NWSA’s nationwide, portable and verifiable worker certification programs are a game changer for the industry,” said Justin Pitts from East Coast Communications who is a NWSA Accredited Practical Examiner and certified worker. “This video does a great job educating industry employers and employees on the benefits associated with NWSA credentials and the steps involved in order to ultimately achieve certification,” added Pitts.
Click HERE to watch the NWSA Certification 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.
NATE UNITE 2018 is renowned as the annual event specifically focused on companies and individuals involved with, or interested in, broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service and maintenance. Recognized as a vital forum for those who design, engineer, construct, service and maintain broadcast and communications structures, NATE UNITE 2018 facilitates the exchange of ideas and experiences; the ability to actively participate in a variety of educational sessions and optional courses; and provides a tremendous opportunity to revitalize and strengthen your company’s commitment to safety, while networking with peers, colleagues, technical experts and friends, all in one facility.
The Administrative|Business Track of educational sessions will offer attendees in-depth discussions on how effectively manage and mentor employees in order to achieve a successful culture of safety within their company. Individuals attending the educational sessions will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of participation.
The following educational session/speaker lineup has been confirmed for the Administrative|Business Track:
Educational Session 4: Strategies for Implementing Effective Company Employee Substance Abuse Programs
Monday, February 19 | 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Presenter: Judy Swartley, Red Planet Substance Abuse Testing, Inc.
Educational Session 6: Avoiding Costly Insurance Mistakes
Tuesday, February 20 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presenter: Matt Moseley, Nationwide
Educational Session 9: Subcontractor Approval and Management
Tuesday, February 20 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presenters: Royce Burnett and Chandra Reimond, Avetta
Educational Session 12: Sharing Secrets for Success
Wednesday, February 21 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Presenters: Pat Cipov, Cipov Enterprises, Inc.; Betty Ann Coleman, SBS Properties; Bruce Eades, USA Telecom Insurance Services
Educational Session 13: Women in the Tower Industry
Wednesday, February 21 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Moderator: Andrea (Andy) Lee, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc.
Panelists: Heather Gastelum, T-Mobile; Danielle Meyers, MillerCo, Inc.; Jeanne Piercey, Pier Structural Engineering Corp.
Educational Session 17: National Wireless Safety Alliance
Wednesday, February 21 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Moderator: J.Sharpe Smith, AGL Media Group
Panelists: Benjamin Afton, Black & Veatch, Kevin Schmidt, Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Brian Wiedower, Sprint Corporation
Participants are also able to maximize their time at NATE UNITE 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee by receiving additional training all in one location. At this year’s NATE event, the optional courses being offered include: Advanced Rigging Concepts, Design, Installation, Testing and Maintenance of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Lighting, and UAS Part 107 Test Prep. All courses have a limited number of participants and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.