Feb. 18–21, the National Association of Tower Erectors will hold its 18th annual
convention in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, a space
that boasts 253,226 square feet of exhibit space.
on March 31, 1995, NATE is a non-profit trade association headquartered in
Watertown, S.D. It focuses on tower erection, maintenance and service
the mid-’90s, NATE has grown to reach 580 member companies not just in the
United States but also the Bahamas, Canada, India, Guam, Jamaica, Romania,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates
and the United Kingdom.
In a statement, Jim Coleman, NATE chairman, encouraged
anyone who is interested in the world of tower erectors to attend: “If you are not a NATE
member and are interested in joining, come check us out. We believe you will
like what you find.”
to the NATE website, the conference will include two tracks of focused
educational sessions: “Technical” and “Leadership.”
promises access to new products and technology; a networking opportunity;
discussions of new technological advancements and recent standards issues; and
an opportunity to strengthen your company’s commitment to safety, always a big
topic among people in the tower business.
NATE member who is registered for the NATE 2013 Conference & Exposition can
register for OSHA’s 10-hour training course, which hones in on “unique hazards
and concerns facing the telecommunications industry,” according to the
description on NATE’s website.
size for the $65 course is limited to 100 people and will be first-come,
If You Go
What: NATE 2013 Conference & Exposition
Who: Companies and individuals involved with or interested in the broadcast and telecommunications tower erection, service and maintenance industry
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center
When: Feb. 18–21
How Much: $259–$599
convention will also offer workshops and courses on RF safety, PIM testing,
proper microwave antennae installations, new regulations and standards, and
High-profile speakers at the conference will
include Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association, a
position the former NFL player has held since 2003.
has donned many hats in his varied career. Prior to his position with CTIA,
Largent served for more than seven years as a member of Congress, representing
Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.
Executive Director Todd Schlekeway said in a statement that, “Mr.
Largent’s accomplished background as an executive in the wireless
communications industry, as a former member of Congress, and as a Hall of Fame
NFL receiver will be subjects of immense interest to our conference attendees.”
| Program Sampler|
• OSHA 10-Hour Training Course
• RF Safety Course
• PIM Testing
• Proper Microwave Antenna Installations
• TIA Inspections
• Fall Protection Regulations & Standards
• Controlling Hazardous Energy at Cell Sites and Radio Towers
highlighted speaker will be Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of PCIA-The
Wireless Infrastructure Association, familiar to radio readers as a
commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009.
took on the PCIA role in September, following a stint as 17th administrator of
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, a position for
which he was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S.
Senate in July 2009.
Feb. 8, the registration fee is $259 for members, $599 for non-members. A list
of exhibitors, schedule and speaker bios can be found at the NATE website, natehome.com.