TIRAP Executive Board
Scott Kisting, Chair
Scott Kisting is the Executive Vice President of Proactive Telecommunications Solutions LLC. Scott has over 25 years of’ experience in the telecommunications and structural steel industry. When he began in the industry he was a part of a crew working to install raw land sites for broadcast, microwave backhaul, and cellular communications. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the OSHA Training Institute and continues to work with members ANSI/TIA as well as other committees in support of education in the industry. Currently Scott is the chair of the Telecommunications Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Board, and supports the board members and all who provide their time and talent to develop clear and effective communication of the training and education required to install communications systems. Scott has worked on hundreds of structures in all 50 states providing services such as site acquisition, zoning, site design, implementation, and long term asset management. Scott works directly with the clients of Proactive Telecommunications Solutions, LLC to aid them with their standards and response to areas of concern. He is married to Bethany and they have six children. Scott enjoys camping, cooking, and traveling with his family.
David Sams, Vice Chair
David Sams serves as Vice President of Risk Management for SBA Communications Corporation. David joined SBA in September of 2000. He currently has over twenty two years of experience as a Safety and Health Professional in the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. His qualifications include a thorough knowledge of OSHA, DOT, ANSI, EPA, FAA and consensus safety and health standards.
David has spent the last fourteen years in the tower industry where he has developed and implemented a complete risk assessment and safety policy and procedure program specifically designed for Fall Protection Standards and Radio Frequency (RF) recognition, assessment and training. Mr. Sams holds numerous safety and health certifications. He is also an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion.
Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 2009, following the FCC, Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans.
As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America. Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader.
Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University. He has taught U.S. history at Harvard and Stanford.
Beau Aero is the President and Founder of GME Supply, a subsidiary of GMES International. He began his career in the tower industry working at his parents’ manufacturing facility, GlenMartin. In 2005, after years of building experience with tower customers, he founded GME Supply. With over 18 years of on-the-job industry experience, Beau has a unique understanding of the equipment needs of tower erectors and maintenance companies.
Dave Anthony is founder, president and CEO of Shenandoah Tower Service. Operating in the Mid-Atlantic States, STS builds and maintains tower/antenna sites while sustaining one of the best safety records in the industry. Dave has over 35 years of telecommunications experience, prior to which he served in the United States Air Force as a Telecommunications Systems Technician.
Richard Cullum is the Manager of Quality Assurance, Engineering and Operations for Crown Castle USA Inc. In his role, Richard is responsible for developing operational standards and procedures related tower inspections, construction and maintenance repairs and for assuring internal and vendor compliance with such standards. Richard has extensive field experience in tower construction, maintenance and repair and has worked in various aspects of the tower industry for the past twenty-five years. Richard is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds General Contractor licenses in multiple states. In addition, Richard holds multiple safety certifications and qualifications covering topics such as tower climbing and rescue, weld inspection, confined space entry, trenching and first aid.
Kelley Dunne is the current President and Co-Founder of Warriors 4 Wireless (W4W). W4W is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians and qualified servicemen and women eager to transfer the skills they’ve learned in the military to civilian careers. Kelley also held industry leadership roles as CEO of One Economy, CEO and co-founder of Digital Bridge Communications, Executive Vice President of Verizon Avenue, and various other industry leadership roles at OnePoint Communications, AT&T, and Bell Labs. Kelley began his career in the US Army Signal Corps.
Laurie Gebhardt is Verizon Wireless’ HQ Director of Network Engineering & Operations Support and has more than 25 years of network experience in various roles at Verizon Wireless. After beginning her career in Inventory and Asset management, Laurie moved into Operations as a Cellular Technician and then an Operations Manager. From there she moved on to work as a Regional Project Implementation Manager for Northern NJ and a Northeast Area Network Infrastructure Planning Manager before transitioning to her current role as HQ Director of Engineering & Operations Support.
Art Pregler is the Director of National Cell Site Programs for AT&T, responsible for policies, processes, systems, and supplier management related to the deployment and modification of AT&T’s nationwide portfolio of 65,000 cell sites. He has performed in this role for 15 years, currently at the national level, but previously at regional, state, and local levels. Art was responsible for the creation and implementation of AT&T’s “Turf” program, with all of its related sourcing models, contracts, and support systems to annually manage 50,000 capital improvement projects within an annual budget exceeding $4 billion. He continues to oversee this program at a national level. Prior to joining AT&T, Art served 15 years in the Federal Government supporting DOD and NASA. He started his 30-year technology-focused career as a U.S. Air Force Command and Control Officer, and as a Mission Control Specialist, supporting Space Shuttle flight operations, Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI/Star Wars) systems testing, and electronic warfare systems development.
Paul Roberts is the Vice President of Compliance for American Tower Corporation. In this role, Paul administers the Environmental Compliance, FAA/FCC Regulatory Compliance, the Safety and Health initiatives of the company as well as regulatory advocacy. Paul is actively involved in advocacy efforts for the industry and has been a key contributor in helping to shape rulemakings affecting telecom. Prior to his work with American Tower, Paul practiced law as a partner in the firm Monaco & Roberts, served as Chief Operating Officer for Visionfactory, a software development firm, and prior to that as Chief Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
He was also previously a Director at Northrop Grumman supporting development of prototype military aircraft, Manager with Lockheed Martin on the Space Shuttle Program and began his career with the United States Air Force.
Jim Walker-Pontius joined US Cellular in 2000 and is currently a Director of Network Operations residing in Madison WI. Over the past 14 years at US Cellular Jim has served as a Network Switch Engineer, Cellular Technician, Network Field Engineer, Network Operations Manager and as a Regional Switch Manager. Jim has extensive end to end knowledge of the operations and maintenance of wireless communications network systems to include RAN and Core network elements, transport solutions including microwave network elements, and tower structures including associated safety and maintenance procedures. Before joining US Cellular Jim served in the United States Army as a Satellite Systems Communications Operator with the certified instructor indicator and worked on satellite systems in research and development, fixed site installations as well as serving in a tactical deployment unit. Jim completed his service in 2000 as a digital communications instructor at the School of Satellite Communications located at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Advisors to the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program
Jim Maddux is Director of the OSHA Directorate of Construction. Before being appointed to the construction position in 2011, Jim held several leadership positions at OSHA, including Director of the Office of Physical Hazards, the Office of Maritime, the Office of Biological Hazards, the Office of Safety Systems, and Acting Deputy Director for the Directorate of Standards and Guidance.
Jim has been a project director, author and contributor to numerous OSHA standards, guidance, enforcement, and outreach projects. Topics include fall protection, cranes, communication tower safety, personal protective equipment, pandemic influenza, injury and illness recordkeeping, ergonomics, motor vehicle safety, hearing conservation, and maritime safety issues.
Stephanie Brewer, Executive Board Coordinator
Stephanie Brewer is Compliance Coordinator at Midwest Underground Technology, Inc. Joining MUTI in 2007, Stephanie has worked in all of these areas of the organization, including accounting, IT, quality and safety. In addition to compliance coordination, she assists in messaging the culture of safety throughout MUTI. Stephanie has a deep respect for others and enjoys helping people develop and thrive; she brings those qualities to her work with the TIRAP.