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Snyder, Vermillion and Wilder Honored at NATE UNITE 2017 Awards Luncheon

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) honored Craig Snyder, President of Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jocko Vermillion, Vice-President of Safety Management Services for CITCA LLC and Steve Wilder, Co-Owner and Founding Member of CITCA LLC, during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 28, at NATE UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Craig Snyder was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the success of the NATE mission and has served the Association continually for a minimum of 15 years.

In 1995, Craig was one of a group of four competing tower contractors to form the National Association of Tower Erectors. After its formulation, he served on the Board of Directors for eleven years concluding his last four years of service as Chairman of the Board. Continue Reading

Frank Parker: Tower Climber, Videographer  

The tower community is full of quirky, funny, wonderful characters and none fit that description better than Frank Parker.  Sadly, Frank passed away on March 10, off-site of the job he loved.  Not only was he a husband, a loving son, father, and grandfather, he was known for his warmth and humor and his “Break Time” videos with his sock monkey “How High.”  Cheers Frank.  This Fanta is for you!

To contribute to his funeral expenses a GoFundMe site has been established.

Former FCC Alerting Chief Joins RapidSOS Board

The FCC’s former chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, is joining the RapidSOS advisory board. The company is developing technology to predict and preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm’s way, and link data from any connected device directly to first responders in an emergency. RapidSOS announced in January it’s partnering with public safety agencies that use GeoComm Public Safety Answering Point mapping systems with accurate location that will include accurate handset location from smartphone location sensors embedded into 9-1-1 calls — even without using a smartphone app.

An expert on cybersecurity and public safety communications, Simpson also brings with him 20+ years of experience at the Department of Defense. At the Commission, he was involved in leading efforts to advance Wireless Emergency Alerts and next-gen 911.

RapidSOS says Simpson will bring his experience to bear on the company’s efforts to deploy the NGS911 Clearinghouse, which provides enhanced data to Public Safety Answering Points nationwide. The company says in its announcement the technology it’s developing will result in faster, more effective emergency response, leading to fewer deaths, less property damage and lower healthcare treatment costs.

Simpson joins former FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick and Blair Levin, who oversaw the development of the FCC’s national broadband plan, on the advisory board.

Black & Veatch Executive Martin Travers Joins NWSA Board of Directors

The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced yesterday that Martin Travers, Group President of Black & Veatch, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Travers was nominated and appointed during the NWSA Board of Directors meeting held in Fort Worth, Texas on March 2.

NWSA 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. Continue Reading

Marissa Shorenstein Promoted to Senior VP at AT&T

Marissa Shorenstein, who has for the last five years was the company’s president at AT&T New York, has been elevated to a senior vice president post. She will continue overseeing external affairs for the company in New York and will manage state and legislative regulatory issues from Maine to Virginia, including Washington, D.C.

“Marissa has served as an indispensable member of the AT&T team, using her broad knowledge of New York to guide our local legislative work. All the while, she has led our company in supporting important causes,” said David Condit, President – State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc. “We look forward to seeing Marissa bring that same drive, expertise and passion up and down the East Coast.”

Before joining AT&T, Shorenstein ran a strategic communications and consulting services firm and was a former communications aide to Gov. David Paterson and the 2010 gubernatorial campaign of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Snyder, Vermillion and Wilder Honored at NATE UNITE 2017 Awards Luncheon

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) honored Craig Snyder, President of Sioux Falls Tower & Communications, Jocko Vermillion, Vice-President of Safety Management Services for CITCA LLC and Steve Wilder, Co-Owner and Founding Member of CITCA LLC, during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 28, at NATE UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Craig Snyder was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the success of the NATE mission and has served the Association continually for a minimum of 15 years.

Inside Towers Teams Up with Mobile Sports Report

Inside Towers is thrilled to announce a partnership with Mobile Sports Report. Mobile Sports Report is the premier site for news and analysis of stadium technology, including WiFi, DAS, Stadium Apps, Fan Engagement, and Sports Analytics. Look for us in their upcoming Stadium Tech Report, which will be published in Mid-March. And download the current report here.

“We look forward to supplying our readers with more in-depth coverage of this market that impacts every sports fan in the country,” said Inside Towers Managing Editor Jim Fryer.

Mobile Sports Report aggressively covers the intersection of mobile technologies and sports in an unbiased, editorial fashion. In an age when just about every pro athlete is on Twitter and just about everyone has a cell phone with internet access, sports fans are closer to the action than they ever have been before. But even as fans log in to social/mobile sports sites by the millions, and use their devices for information at stadiums, figuring out how to make this new relationship successful for teams, schools, vendors, advertisers and broadcasters is still a work in progress. Continue Reading

Legacy Hires Adam Mills as CFO

Legacy Telecommunications appointed Adam Mills as Chief Financial Officer effective March 1. Mills joins Legacy from a regional hospitality firm where, since 2011, he has been Director of Accounting over two brands with thirteen separate locations. He also has experience in the audit arena and as a staff accountant. Prior to that, Mr. Mills served in the U.S. Army after earning a degree in accounting from the University of Utah.

Legacy’s brand portfolio includes Legacy Telecommunications, Legacy Power, RF Solutions and Legacy Remote Services. Founded in 2000, the wireless infrastructure firm operates in and is a licensed general and/or electrical contractor in ten western states.

 

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