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Auto-Racing Icon Kyle Petty to Deliver Keynote Address at NATE UNITE 2020


Kyle Petty will deliver the keynote address at the NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. NATE UNITE 2020 will take place February 17-20, 2020 at the Raleigh Convention Center.  NATE UNITE is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive education event in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries. Petty is scheduled to speak during the NATE UNITE 2020 Keynote Luncheon on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Kyle Petty is an auto racing icon, a champion of philanthropy and one of the most popular personalities in all of sports. Petty, a member of NASCAR’s most famous family, has been named or nominated by NASCAR, plus various media outlets and corporations, as Person of the Year, Father of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and the USA’s Most Caring Athlete. He is an inductee in the Philanthropy Hall of Fame, the Humanitarian Hall of Fame and the Little League Hall of Excellence.

“North Carolina is in the heart of NASCAR Country and so it is only fitting that Kyle Petty deliver a keynote address at NATE UNITE 2020,” said NATE’s Trade Show Committee Chairwoman Amanda Stegall of Gulfport, Mississippi. “Kyle is a dynamic, inspirational speaker whose message will be very well received by the conference attendees,” added Stegall.

“Kyle Petty will be a great headliner at NATE UNITE 2020 and joins a long list of distinguished keynote speakers the Association has attracted at our conferences through the years,” stated NATE Events Coordinator Shari Wirkus. “Mr. Petty’s keynote speaker appearance is the icing on the cake of what is shaping up to be an incredible NATE UNITE 2020 line-up of speakers, sessions, luncheons and networking receptions that we have in store for the industry,” added Wirkus.

Companies interested in NATE UNITE 2020 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are encouraged to visit HERE. Individuals attending NATE UNITE 2020 who are interested in participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational powered by NATE’s Wireless Industry Network (WIN) are encouraged to register.  For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com.

Women of NATE Launch Newsletter

By Andy Page Lee

We are excited to give Women of NATE a voice in our new publication Women of NATE Today. This will be published monthly online on the NATE website (look for the WON tab), and emailed directly to you! We look forward to sending you useful information on safety, health, employee development, motivation, profiles of amazing women in our industry, inspirational stories, educational resources, our Mentorship Program, and a calendar of upcoming events.

WON’s mission is to foster an exchange of ideas and expertise in all areas of our industry, so we hope that you will participate in making this a go-to for information and support. If you would like to be profiled in an upcoming issue, or want to nominate someone who should be, have articles about improving position skills, or work for a great company that supports women in tech, please email WON Committee Liaison Rebekah Hauber at [email protected] for consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Andy Page Lee is the Women of NATE (WON) Committee Chairwoman and the Vice President of Operations for Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. in Springtown, Pennsylvania.
If you would like to be profiled in an upcoming issue; nominate someone who should be featured; submit articles about improving position skills; or, work for a great company that supports women in tech; please email WON Committee Liaison Rebekah Hauber at [email protected] for consideration.

Women of NATE Launch Mentorship Program

If you ask some of the world’s most successful people how they made it to where they are, most would mention having guidance from a mentor. At every stage in your career, there is always room for a mentor and mentee relationship to achieve a level of success that offers fulfillment and growth. The Women of NATE (WON) is recruiting mentors and mentees for its mentorship program.

The more you mentor, the better you become. You can develop your listening skills, perspective, self-knowledge, compassion and courage, all wrapped up with integrity and trust – and all of which enable you to become a better leader in your own right.

Do you have an hour or two each month to help empower others? Are you ready to take your career to new heights?

The WON Mentorship Program is open to all NATE Members; female and male!

If you have any questions about the WON Mentorship Program, please contact WON Mentorship Program Leader Christy Hall at 918-781-3336 or [email protected].

CLICK HERE to apply.

In Memory of Wesley ‘Wes’ R. Weis


Wesley ‘Wes’ R. Weis
March 9, 1941 – July 13, 2019

With deep appreciation for a life well spent, NATE honors the life of NATE Founding Member and long-time industry professional, Wesley ‘Wes’ R. Weis, who passed away on July 13, 2019. The NATE community extends our thoughts and prayers to Wes’s wife of 54 years Mimi, his sons Michael (Nina) and Brian (Cheri), and his daughter Kathy (John).

A resident of Old Tappan, New Jersey, Wes founded MIKAB Corporation in 1971. Wes enjoyed sharing with fellow colleagues about how he comprised his company name “MIKAB” which he named after his children Michael, Katherine and Brian. Wes was active in NATE’s OSHA Relations Committee, and was also instrumental in the development of the ANSI/ASSP A10.48 Standard and in the advancement of TIA TR-14.7. In addition, Wes served on NATE’s former Procedures and Tower Safety Subcommittees, and the former NATE Scholarship Committee.

Wes was a member of IBEW local 164, and President and CEO of the Morristown and Erie Railroad. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the WNYP Railroad, the LA&L Railroad and was a member of the Bergenfield-Dumont Rotary. In addition, he was a member and judge for the National Corvette Restorer’s Society and was a member of the National Railway Historical Society.

“Wes was a remarkable guy and professional who had a multifaceted business career,” stated former NATE Chairman and friend Don Doty, of FDH Infrastructure Services, LLC. “Just remembering Wes’ contagious laugh makes me smile. Wes was the consummate behind the scenes guy at NATE. Countless draft documents that were created in the 1990’s and 2000’s had Wes’ fingerprints all over them,” added Doty. “Truly a life well lived. God Bless you Wes.”

“Wes influenced and mentored many people in the industry,” said NATE Chief Operating Officer and friend Paula Nurnberg. “Wes was a constant at NATE in the early years and had a reputation for always greeting colleagues with a smile and following through on his volunteer commitments. He was known for being a quiet and thoughtful volunteer who you could always count on. He was a true friend to those in the industry and NATE who were blessed to know him,” added Nurnberg.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, July 16 at the Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, New Jersey from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X R.C. Church in Old Tappan, New Jersey.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the local IBEW164 Scholarship Fund – 205 Robin Road Suite 315, Paramus, New Jersey 07652, or to the ARC of Bergen/Passaic, 223 Moore Street, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

Therese O’Brien Receives Chairman’s Coin Award at NATE Unite

Tessco Technologies

Therese O’Brien receives the Chairman’s Coin Award from former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy. Photo by Don Bishop

At the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) convention, NATE Unite, Therese O’Brien received the membership organization’s Chairman’s Coin recognizing her contributions to the wireless industry and NATE. O’Brien, a national account executive with Tessco Technologies, received the award at a luncheon on Feb. 6. Each year, the chairman of the NATE board of directors selects individuals who have shown excellent dedication and service to the mission of NATE and to encourage continued involvement.

“We are extremely pleased to see Therese recognized by NATE for her tireless work on behalf the organization and the industry,” said Charles Kriete, Tessco senior vice president of commercial sales, product marketing and supply chain. “It’s a testament to her dedication beyond Tessco, to the wireless industry as a whole, and we couldn’t be prouder to have her as a part of the Tessco team.”

Former NATE Chairman Jim Tracy, who presented the award to O’Brien, said: “Therese is always there, always working, never stopping. She is a wonderful Tessco example of service above self.”

O’Brien’s involvement with NATE spans the organization’s entire history, as she attended the first-ever NATE Conference and Expo. She served on the NATE Trade Show Committee for 13 years and serves on the NATE Member Services Committee, along with her role as the Atlantic Coast regional ambassador for the NATE Wireless Industry Network and as a member of Women of NATE.