CHAIR

Scott Vance, PE, Engineering Technical Director, B+T Group

Scott Vance, P.E. is the Engineering Technical Director for B+T Group which is a turnkey service provider for engineering , site development and field services.  He graduated Oklahoma State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering.  After graduation he worked designing commercial building structures.  During that time he continued his professional development and earned his engineering licensure in the State of Oklahoma before joining B+T Group in October of 2006.  Scott has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for the past 13 years and has extensive experience in Tower Modification Design.  In addition to being licensed in 14 states, Scott has spent the last several years contributing to the TIA TR-14 Standard Committee, participating in various subcommittees and is currently Chair of Ad Hoc Group 15 (Interaction of Mounting Systems).  As the TIA TR-14 Ad Hoc Chair for mount analysis, Michelle was responsible for leading a group of engineers in the development of Chapter 16 in TIA-222-H. . She has direct experience assisting major carriers and tower owners in the development of their internal A&E standards, and has been an expert panel speaker and moderator at multiple industry events.

VICE CHAIR

Michelle Kang, PE, Geographic Discipline Leader/ Telecommunications, Maser Consulting P.A.

Michelle has over 10 years of experience providing engineering solutions and expertise on all telecommunications structure types for the nation’s leading carriers and tower owners. As Geographic Discipline Leader, she is responsible for growing the business while maintaining existing client relationships, as well as overseeing internal production efforts.
As the TIA TR-14 Ad Hoc Chair for mount analysis, Michelle was responsible for leading a group of engineers in the development of Chapter 16 in TIA-222-H. . She has direct experience assisting major carriers and tower owners in the development of their internal A&E standards, and has been an expert panel speaker and moderator at multiple industry events.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Scott Stekr, Director of Structural Engineering, PerfectVision   

Scott Stekr, P.E.; is the Director of Structural Engineering for PerfectVision.  Scott has been a professional in the telecom industry for over 11 years and has an impressive resume with extensive experience in structural design, conceptual design, and research and development.  He is a licensed P.E. in the state of Colorado.  Scott graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with his Bachelors in Architectural Engineering.   Scott is excited to be a part of the TIF Board and looks forward to serving the industry. 


BOARD MEMBER

Brandon Chapman, Senior Engineer New Product Development Manager, Valmont/Site Pro 1 

As the Senior Engineering and New Product Development Manager for Site Pro 1, Brandon specializes in innovation and design for the always advancing telecommunication industry.  Brandon is a graduate of Purdue University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  His expertise allows him to design cost effective and safe product solutions unique to the industry, as well as help him communicate these designs to customers, clients, and other industry professionals.  A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Brandon prides himself on making sure that each project receives the proper attention and priority in an effort to supply the highest-quality product possible for the industry.    

BOARD MEMBER & GOVERNMENT LIAISON

Scott Kisting, Executive Vice President, Proactive Telecommunications Solutions, LLC

Scott has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and the structural steel industry. Utilizing his industry experience and knowledge, Scott supports his clients at the highest levels for compliance, risk mitigation, and cost transformation initiatives. Scott enjoys supporting at all levels of his client’s organization, from the individuals in the field to, the executive seeking to plan and properly support the organizations they lead.

Scott continues to enjoy supporting education in the industry by engaging with members of ANSI/TIA TR14 group, where he serves as the government liaison as well as supporting other industry initiatives to further education. He began in the industry as 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 creating and conveying the courses used to train OSHA compliance officers in the United States. 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 has supervised and supported a field crew staff that exceeded 350 team members who deployed assets throughout the United States. Scott is a founding member of the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the Planning Advisory Notices (PANs). Scott is concerned with the dignity of each individual and seeks to support clear and effective communication of the training and education required to install and maintain communications systems. Currently, Scott is supporting several working groups developing white papers or best practices.

Scott is married to Bethany and they have six children. He currently has one grandchild whom he spoils at every opportunity. Scott enjoys camping, cooking, and traveling with his family.

BOARD MEMBER

Carlo Franceschino, P.Eng., Vice President of Engineering Solutions, Sabre Industries, Inc.

Carlo leads product development, design and optimization for Sabre’s Telecom Structures division to create efficient lowest-overall-cost solutions, enhance product quality, and improve cost containment efforts through engineering solutions. He has experience in developing standardized tower series, modifications, mounts and components, and finding economical solutions to complex problems. An engineer in the tower industry with more than 20 years of experience, Carlo has been involved in the design, analysis or inspection of over 1,000 towers for the communications industry, ranging from tall broadcast towers to small cell towers for 4G and 5G, and including all types of towers: guyed, self-supporting lattice, monopoles and architectural structures. He is part of TR-14, the committee responsible for the ANSI/TIA-222 tower standard, and participates in white paper and technical groups. Carlo holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University.


BOARD MEMBER

Dale R Heath, Product Line Manager- Steel Division, CommScope 

Steel Product Line Manager for CommScope responsible for strategic planning, sales, marketing, product profitability and life-cycle management including design, development, changes, drawings, BOM’s, obsolescence, packaging, engineering, and testing. 33 years invested in the construction / telecommunication industry with 8 years in site construction / project management and 20 years in manufacturing / product line management and business development.

GENERAL COUNSEL AND LIAISON TO TIA

Andrew Kurtzman, VP and General Counsel TIA

Mr. Kurtzman is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). He has been with TIA for over 20 years and helped it become a leader in standards development. In his role at TIA he  supports the numbering of cellular devices that have been used by over a billion people around the world, the accreditation of TIA by ANSI, and a large and active Board of Directors.  Mr. Kurtzman got his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law. He has a long history supporting numerous small non-profits begin their journey into charitable service. He is the incorporator of the Telecommunications Industry Foundation where he is now an active Board member and liaison to TIA. Mr. Kurtzman is married to Elle Kurtzman who is an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, where she teaches health policy, research, and statistics. They are proud parents to an active teen who inspired Mr. Kurtzman’s patent for a new form of impact protection for athletes. 

BOARD MEMBER

Joshua Huff, J.D. — In-House Counsel, Risk Management Director — Tower Engineering Solutions, LLC

  Joshua Huff, J.D., has been practicing in the telecommunications industry for over 6 years. In addition to acting as in-house counsel, Joshua has a focus on project management and developing efficient reporting strategies to optimize productivity and reduce cost structures. A vital function of his project management focus is identifying (and mitigating) risk factors through comprehensive subcontractor management and structured internal reporting mechanisms. Recently, Joshua participated in an oversight committee for the development of a white paper concerning the impact of new tower installations and modifications on the climbing facilities.

Joshua obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in both Accounting and Real Estate in 2009 from The University of Georgia and received his Juris Doctor from The University of Georgia School of Law in 2012. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has one child with his wife Lauren.


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