Educational Sessions on Tap for Day 2 of NATE UNITE 2020


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NATE UNITE 2020 will host the following Educational Sessions on Tuesday, February 18. Click here to register. Three tracks of educational sessions will be featured in the 2020 educational session lineup; Administrative/Business, Technical/Engineering, and Women of NATE.

Industry Best Practices for Hoisting/Winching

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Jim Braden | North American Sales Manager | PACCAR WINCH

Clint Ross | Training Manager | PACCAR WINCH

The Industry Best Practices for Hoisting/Winching educational session will include the following:

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Hoist vs. Recovery Winch Applications
  • Hoisting/Winching Best Practices & Safe Operation Overview (PB308)
  • Proper Hoist Inspection & Annual Maintenance Review
  • Question & Answer Session 

Understanding Compliance Companies

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Moderator: Pam Miller | Program Manager | USA Telecom Insurance Services

Panelists: Stephanie Brewer | Compliance Coordinator | MUTI-Sabre Industries Telecom Services

Jessica Chiniewicz | Risk and Surety Bond Manager | Crown Castle

Danny Shields | CSP Senior Director – Industry Relations | Avetta, LLC

Compliance companies/services are not just for verification of certificates of insurance. With the help of several people in different positions in the telecom industry, our goal is to help others understand why compliance companies are used and what are the advantages and disadvantages to the clients of compliance companies and to the vendors/contractors who are required to use the service if they want to work for specific companies. We hope to eliminate the frustration that many telecom contractors have by helping them to understand compliance companies.

Safety Sleeve Testing: Reviewing the Results and Highlighting the Use Cases and Applications

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Jeremy Buckles | Safety & Compliance Manager International | SBA Communications Corporation

Ken Hill | Program Manager – Safety | Crown Castle

This session will review the overall scope, methodology, and results from the NATE sponsored Safety Sleeve Testing performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute in 2018 and 2019 by the NATE Safety Sleeve Testing Team. The Safety Sleeve Testing Team attempted to push the design limits and standards of the safety sleeves and test outside of the parameters established by ANSI/ASSE Z359. Therefore, most of the tests were performed for replication of real-world use and application. The test results presented should only be used to validate and reinforce existing safety procedures.

Unpacking the Repack: Examining the Current Status of the Broadcast Repack Transition in the U.S.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Moderator: Leslie Stimson | Washington Bureau Chief | Inside Towers

Panelists: Katie Miller | Sr. Manager – Spectrum Policy | T-Mobile

Kathy Stieler | Director | ERI Installations, Inc.

Bob Weller | Vice President for Spectrum Policy | National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

The broadcast repack activities in the industry continue to make progress at an efficient pace as more stations continue to move from their respective pre-auction channels. This informative session will conduct a deep dive on the broadcast repack transition by exploring the success stories and challenges from the unique perspectives of stakeholders representing the broadcasters, wireless carriers and tall-tower contractors.

Panelists will provide updates on the progress of the transition and examine how factors such as the availability of tower crews, antenna/equipment manufacturing output, weather and the complexity of projects have impacted the repack to date. The speakers will also highlight the important elements moving forward that must be accomplished in order to ensure that the last several phases of the repack transition are conducted safely, efficiently and in a timely manner.

When it is Safe to Work Around Federally Protected Migratory Birds

11 a.m. – 12 p.m

Kristen DiRusso | Regulatory Compliance Specialist – Environmental | American Tower Corporation

This session will cover what you should know about working at tower sites with migratory bird nests and what resources are available for retrieving information on species and nest status. We will discuss best practices for scheduling work based on bird activity and how to approach nest removals.

Perpetuation, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Preparing Your Company for Sale

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Moderator: Harry Floyd | Managing Director | NFP Corporate Services (SG), Inc.

Panelists: Todd Boyer | CEO | TowerCo, LLC

Andy Haldane | CEO | Tower Engineering Professionals, Inc.

James M. Tracy | President | Legacy Telecommunications, LLC

Learn from experts and those who learned the hard way. What went well (and not so well) when attempting to grow their businesses? What are the keys to building bench strength? When is it time to raise capital through debt vs. investment? When is it time to sell, and what are the things to watch for? What are the motivations? How was your experience in selling your company? What did you learn? This will be a dynamic discussion with stories from leaders in the industry who have and will lead their companies into the future.

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