NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association has named Sam McGuire to chair its Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee. McGuire, who is the senior director of strategy at 5×5 Technologies, succeeds Bryan McKernan from Consortiq, who accepted a position with the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
According to NATE, McGuire has has spent most of his career working for early- to mid-stage startups. The association also said McGuire has worked as a tower technician, traveling the country with his brother, spending nearly a year in the field, climbing and conducting structural inspections on more than 500 towers.
Since then, McGuire has focused solely on bringing new technologies to the industry, NATE said. In addition to chairing the NATE UAS Committee, McGuire chairs the TIA Drones Ad Hoc Group under the TR-14 Committee. NATE said that at 5×5 Technologies McGuire works with wireless industry stakeholders to deploy drone and image analytics technologies to better assess, understand and manage critical infrastructure.
McGuire said in a prepared statement that he looks forward to building upon McKernan’s leadership and stewardship.
“These are exciting times in the commercial drone sector, and NATE has a great opportunity to leverage the expertise of its UAS Committee members and member companies to capitalize on the dynamic potential of this technology to expand use cases in the wireless infrastructure industry,” he said.