Endowment Committee

Bernard Borghei serves on the Chairman of the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation Endowment Committee. He is the Executive Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder at Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC. He is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources and emerging technologies.

Mr. Borghei has over 25 years of experience in wireless industries and before co-founding Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he oversaw domestic and international market operations, including a portfolio of more than 6,500 towers and 12,000 managed properties.

Mr. Borghei has also held executive and senior management positions in operations, engineering, sales, supply chain, site development, and customer care at several wireless operators and service providers including SkyBitz, Wireless Facilities, Inc. Western Wireless International, and at Triton PCS where he successfully ran operations across 24 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America.

Mr. Borghei has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Villanova School of Engineering and sits on the National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board of Governors.

Paula Nurnberg serves as the Chief Operating Officer of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association. She works in unison with the Chair, Board of Directors and President & CEO to provide leadership, vision and direction for the NATE Administrative Team, and is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Association. Paula joined NATE as a staff member in 1995, the startup era of the Association, and has held positions in Operations, Events, Member Services, and Publishing including both Marketing and Advertising.



Jim Tracy is the CEO of The Legacy Companies and has over 30 years of experience in Senior Management of commercial construction and engineered products manufacturing. As the CEO and founding partner, Jim’s focus is creating a team vision for the people who execute projects for Legacy’s diverse areas of expertise. Jim has 20 years of experience in tower and power line infrastructure construction, including managing multiple site and extremely remote environment projects.

Jim is an instrument rated Pilot with 1500 hours of flight time in high performance and complex aircraft. He is a frequent author and sought after speaker and lecturer on a wide variety of topics where he is considered a SME. Jim is involved in the leadership of diverse and select organizations which include:

  • NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, Past Board Chairman
  • National Wireless Safety Alliance, Founding Past President
  • Pilot’s for Christ International, West Regional Director
  • The Mission House, Past Vice President and Director

Wade Collins is the Director for Business Development at Flash Technology, an international aviation obstruction lighting OEM located in Franklin, Tennessee. For more than 20 years, Wade and his team have provided turnkey solutions to client companies in the telecom, broadcast, utilities, oil and gas, government and wind energy markets. Wade’s expertise includes FAA compliance, lighting solutions, asset management and field services.

Actively engaged with NATE since 1996, Wade served on the Membership Committee for five years and has facilitated multiple education outreach initiatives for NATE members. At the NATE UNITE 2017 Conference Wade was awarded the Chairman’s Coin for Dedication, Excellence and Service.

Monica Vink is the Marketing Director for Legacy Telecommunications in Gig Harbor, Washington. Monica has 10 years of experience in wireless infrastructure and has held various positions supporting the broadband and wireless industries including Sales, Marketing and Advertising.  

Monica actively supports the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and NATE’s initiatives. She is a member of various industry organizations and wireless associations including Women of NATE and Women in Wireless (WIWA). Monica currently serves as a mentor for Women of NATE’s (WON) Mentoring Program and Treasurer of Minnesota State Wireless Association (MNSWA).  

Monica holds Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing, Advertising and Business Administration from Indiana University. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing & Communications with Emerson College, specializing in Digital Marketing and Data Analytics.  She is an active member of the American Marketing Association.


Andy Haldane has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and he co-founded Tower Engineering Professionals. After he graduated from Clarkson University in 1995, Andy began his career working in various roles which included completing tower mappings, structural analysis, structural modification designs, civil site designs, and post-construction inspections. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in all 50 states and all U.S. territories (DC, PR, Guam, the Marianas Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Queensland, Ireland, and Jamaica. Also, he holds a General Contractor license in North Carolina and California. In addition to being one of our most senior level engineers, he is an ENSA Certified Instructor trained in Tower Climbing Safety & Rescue, an AWS QC1 Certified Weld Inspector, a Grade I ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician and maintains his OSHA 10 Hour Certification along with his American Heart Association CPR and First Aid Certifications. Even in his current role as the CEO, Andy reviews geotechnical, structural, civil and inspection reports and continues to train our tower climbers. His love of climbing has fueled his passion for training and safety within TEP and the industry and Andy continues to take an active role in our safety program. Andy’s reputation, experience and leadership has driven TEP to be well known and respected for our quality of work throughout the industry. When he’s not in the office or at home, you can find Andy on a tower, coaching his kid’s hockey games, or in the TEP gym, located at our headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Shylesh Moras, is a Senior Vice President with Phoenix Tower International based in Boca Raton, FL. As Senior Vice President, Shylesh overses three departments for the company: Operations, Development, and Information Technology. Phoenix Tower International owns and operates in excess of 9,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, theDominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and Peru.

Shylesh has been with Phoenix Tower since 2014 through a period of tremendous growth and was instrumental in helping take the company from a startup operation to an established global tower company, expanding into 15 markets, bringing on 9,000+ tower assets and over 300 employees located around the world.

Shyles has been in the telecommunications industry for 20 years, with his first job being with Morrison Hershfield’s telecommunications division based in their Atlanta, GA offices.

Shylesh attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he received both a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering.