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National Wireless Safety Alliance Announces Inaugural Board of Governors

Industry-Wide Board of Governors to Develop Policy and Provide Oversight for NWSA’s Assessment and Certification Programs

(Overland Park, Kansas) – The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s inaugural Board of Governors today in an industry-wide announcement. NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that is under development 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 structures.

The NWSA Board of Governors roster consists of accomplished representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and will be tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various Committees that will serve under the NWSA Board of Governors.

The Inaugural NWSA Board of Governors includes the following individuals:

 

 

AJ Manion
Manion Stigger, LLP
Legal

Art Pregler
AT&T
National Carrier

Beau Aero
GME Supply Company
Distributor

Brandon Chapman
Valmont Site-Pro 1
Engineer

Brian Wiedower
Sprint
National Carrier

Chris Mallon
Tower MRL
Small Contractor

Danny Bishop
The Crosby Group
Equipment Manufacturer

David Sams
SBA Communications Corporation
Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor

Dean Hane
Multi Agency Communications Center 911
Public Safety

Dieter Schifferdecker
Ericsson
OEM

Don Doty
FDH Velocitel
Large General Contractor

Duane MacEntee
Tower Innovations
Structural Manufacturer/Fabrication

Ed Owens
Broken Arrow Communications
Tower Technician

Eric Bicknese
Vertical Limit
Small Contractor

 
 

Eric Munsell 
Black & Veatch
Large General Contractor

Dr. Gemma Frock
Aiken Technical College
Community College

Heather Gastellum
T-Mobile/T-Mobile Towers
National Carrier/Tower Owner

Jim Williamson
SAC Wireless
Large General Contractor

Jocko Vermillion
Safety Controls Technology
Occupational Safety & Heatlh

Kevin Denis
Gravitec
Trainer

Kevin Schmidt
Sioux Falls Tower & Communications
Tower Technician

Mike Powers
Atlas Tower Companies
Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor

Monica Gambino
Crown Castle
Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor

Patrick Shea
All Risks, Inc.
Insurance

Phil Larsen
HAZON Solutions, LLC
Technology

Ron Lewis
U.S. Cellular
Regional Carrier

Sonya Roshek
MyCom USA
DAS/Small Cells

Yana Patton
USDA Forest Service
Government Agency

 

 

  
  

To view the official photos of the NWSA Board of Governors, visit the Board of Governor’s page on the organization’s website at: http://nws-a.org/board-of-governors/.

“The inaugural Board of Governors consists of talented individuals representing the diversity of the wireless industry landscape,” said NWSA consultant Chuck Slagle, a former Sprint Environmental Health and Safety Executive. “The selected Governors have the requisite level of experience and expertise necessary to help guide the NWSA’s assessment and certification programs through the critical stages of development and to the marketplace,” added Slagle.

The Board of Governors will be formally seated next week during the inaugural NWSA meetings that will be held in Denver, Colorado on August 12-13, 2015.

“The diverse backgrounds of the individuals represented on the Board of Governors will be an incredible asset to NWSA and serve the organization very well as it prepares its assessment and certification programs to go through the ANSI/ISO 17024 accreditation process,” stated Joel Oliva, NCCCO’s Director of Operations and Program Development. Oliva will be collaborating closely with the Board of Governors and will be directly involved in NWSA’s program development and test administration phase.

The NWSA organization is the result of collaborative efforts between a broad coalition of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, companies and stakeholders representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s, turnkey management firms, small contractors, tower technicians and industry associations. Industry leaders have pledged to provide timely and relevant updates to the industry as key benchmarks are achieved in the establishment of the NWSA national assessment and certification program.

Wireless industry workers, companies and organizations are encouraged to view the NWSA website today by visiting www.nws-a.org to learn more about the organization.

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About National Wireless Safety Alliance

NWSA is a non-profit organization that has been 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 structures.