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ComTrain sets a two-year expiration date on its new certifications

In Training News & Initiatives, Vendor News by Wireless Estimator

In an effort to prevent fraud and require mandatory tower climber retraining, ComTrain, one of the industry’s largest tower training companies, has announced that its new certification cards will expire after two years following their issue. In addition, all new cards will have the holder’s photo to further authenticate it. According to ComTrain President Zane Windham, after conducting surveys at …

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NATE’s Carlson, Miller and Tracy re-elected; Little assumes board seat

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The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released the official results of the 2015 Board of Directors election. Candidates Kari Carlson, Chief Operating Officer of Tower Systems, Inc. in Watertown, S.D. and Winter Park, Fla; Jim Miller, President of EasTex Tower, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Jim Tracy, Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc. in Burley, Wash. …

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California Wireless Association recognizes key companies and members

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The California Wireless Association (Calwa) has announced the recipients of the 2014 Golden State Wireless Awards. The awards acknowledge individuals, companies, and organizations for their efforts and commitment to the wireless industry for the state of California. Receiving the Golden Sponsor Awards were Talley and Crown Castle. Recipients of the Golden State Wireless Award were Joint Venture Silicon Valley and …

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South Wireless Summit will rise again as one of the premiere industry shows

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The South ​Wireless ​Summit, ​an ​annual ​meeting ​hosted ​by ​the ​South ​Wireless ​Summit ​Association, expects record attendance at its conference March 16-18, 2015 in Nashville, TN. The group’s focus, supported by PCIA and participating state wireless association from AL, AR, OK, NC, SC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN and TX, is to educate its members to changes and advancements …

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Leading wireless industry staffing firm Telforce Group adds IT

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TelForce Group, an industry leading staffing company for wireless infrastructure personnel, recently launched a new IT division that will be headquartered in Raleigh, NC.   TelForce Group is headquartered in Nashville, TN. Ron Deese, Founder and CEO of TelForce Group states that with this new division, TelForce Group will be able to provide human capital to all industries. The IT division …

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Vertical Bridge picks up iHeartMedia’s towers for $400 million

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iHeartMedia today announced a deal to sell an undisclosed group of its radio towers to tower owner Vertical Bridge for up to $400 million. The broadcaster will continue to use the towers in a lease arrangement after the purchase closes, which is expected in the first quarter of 2015. iHeartMedia says the sale will help optimize its balance sheet and maximize …

AT&T construction and engineering chief reportedly taking Goodman Networks’ COO job

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Update: December 5, 2014 –  Goodman Networks has announced that Ernie Carey will take the helm of the design, engineering, construction and deployment firm’s operations as its chief operating officer. In a press release, Ron Hill, Goodman Networks’ CEO said, “Throughout his long telecommunications industry career, Carey has successfully managed a variety of vast and complex systems and networks, including responsibility for …