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.
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.
NATE has released a video that was produced as a result of several prominent industry step-bolt testing events that were conducted at the University of Dayton Resarch Institute (UDRI) in Dayton, Ohio. The #ClimberConnection video, entitled “To Tie-Off or Not to Tie-Off,” contains important safety information that the industry’s tower technician workforce needs to know before working on tower structures installed with step-bolts. The informative video was unveiled at the 2019 Wireless West Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The video shows jaw-dropping footage of the static and dynamic drop tests that were performed at the UDRI facility in order to test the strength of step-bolts. The video reinforces the key findings of the testing that 5/8” step bolts, while suitable for climbing, DO NOT have the capacity to be used as an anchorage for any type of personal fall arrest systems.
“The information contained in this video should be utilized by every company and worker in the industry as a training tool as it contains important step-bolt related information derived from our testing ,” said NATE Board of Directors member John Paul Jones, who helped spearhead the testing activities. “I would like to thank all of the manufacturers, tower owner/vertical realtor firms, contractor companies and technicians who collaborated together on these testing initiatives. The results obtained from the testing will ultimately help create a safer environment for the men and women working at elevation on monopole towers,” Jones added.
Click HERE to watch the Step-Bolt Testing 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 Facebookand Twitter pages.
The Climber Connection Volume 4 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 Tower Family Foundation and NATE UNITE 2019 Recap videos that were previously released as part of the Volume 4 edition of the Climber Connection Video Series.
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On Thursday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Mark A. Lies II, Labor and Employment Attorney and Partner with Seyfarth Shaw will conduct a live NATE webinar entitled Preventing and Managing Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Response.
This webinar will provide an overview of:
· Employer’s obligation to have a workplace violence prevention policy under Federal
and State Law;
· How to develop a written workplace violence and active shooter policy;
· How to conduct a threat assessment for potential violence;
· How to conduct discipline and terminations to avoid workplace violence;
· Requirements for an active shooter training policy and associated liabilities or
negligent training; and
· Methods to conduct active shooter training.
To register, please go to:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.