Advisory Committee

Cliff Barbieri is the Chairman of the Tower Family Foundation Advisory Committee and the owner and founder of Advanced Tower Services, Inc. which is based in New Mexico. He began his career in the wireless industry in 1978, as an employee for Motorola. In 1994, Cliff started his own two-way and tower service company and has been active in the tower industry ever since.

Todd Schlekeway serves as the NATE President & CEO. He works in unison with the Chair, Board of Directors and Chief Operating Officer to provide leadership, vision and direction for the Association. Prior to joining NATE, Todd served in the South Dakota Legislature and also worked for seven years as the founder and principal of a public affairs and communications firm.
Victor Drouin serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation. He is the President of Green Mountain Communications, Inc., located in Pembroke, New Hampshire. He began his telecommunications career in 1981 and has owned and operated Green Mountain for over 20 years. Green Mountain’s experienced team has been assessing the challenges faced by businesses and delivering communication solutions that integrate the most advanced technologies. They currently employ approximately 70 industry professionals and primarily service the Northeast Region.
Karen Kyman serves as President of Precision Communications, LLC, which provides tower services ranging from maintenance to turn key installations, focusing on the TV broadcast industry. She was a co-founder of the company in 1993 and served as Vice-President for 20 years. Karen has spearheaded many safety initiatives within Precision Communications and is interested in sharing her experience with others and remains committed to the safety of tower climbers throughout our industry.

John D. Talley was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in the Midwest. He attended Indiana University and ultimately moved west and graduated from California State University, Long Beach. John has played a key role in the growth of his family’s business, Talley, Inc., which was founded in 1983 to serve the needs of wireless communications professionals in a wide range of industries — from local public safety to nationwide cellular and everything in-between. Today, Talley is one of the nation’s largest distributors of wireless infrastructure, communications and mobile products. Talley currently has 10 Distribution Centers throughout the United States servicing the Wireless Infrastructure Industry. John now resides in Northern California and just celebrated Talley, Inc’s 30 years in business.

Greg Burbage, P.E., is a founding principal of 4SE, Inc., a structural engineering firm which is located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Greg has over 26 years of experience in project management and coordination of tower projects in many parts of the U.S. He is a registered engineer in 29 states and his tower experience includes design, structural evaluations, quality control, review of designs for compliance, tower inspections and tower mapping for purposes of obtaining information for analyses. Prior to 4SE, Greg was employed by Shoolbred Engineers, where he was responsible for numerous tower projects. Greg is currently on the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-14 Committee which develops standards for communication and small wind turbine support structures. Greg received a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from Clemson University.

Paul Foster currently serves as co-owner and CEO of QualTek Wireless LLC, a leading regional telecom infrastructure service provider specializing in transport, site development, and small cell solutions for all major telecom carriers in the west and south regions of the U.S. After earning a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Paul served on the product development team of a Silicon Valley start-up. He was also a project manager in the information systems department for a global investment firm.As a trusted adviser and business partner to industry leaders and “next generation” telecom professionals, Paul conveys a depth of industry knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, executive management, and relationship development. Under Paul’s leadership, QualTek Wireless LLC has developed a philosophy that inspires the QualTek Wireless LLC team to perform at their best: happy people who are fully engaged produce quality solutions that drives growth and opportunity, or simply People, Quality, Growth. Paul believes that “the QualTek Wireless LLC family supports our shared philosophy resulting in the industry’s best-in-class execution and service.”Paul is married to Sabrina, and has two sons, Paul Jr. and Charlie. The family is active in youth sports and their local community.

Special Counsel to Advisory Committee

Don Evans Photo Don Evans, a member of the firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, has practiced communications law for more than 30 years in the Washington, D.C. area. He assists broadcast and CMRS clients in the FCC licensing process, compliance with FCC regulations, spectrum auctions, and spectrum purchases and sales.