MTA News Bytes

October 27, 2017

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

Action Items

>> Save the Date! 2018 MTA Annual Convention

>> Have You Completed the EAS Survey?

Informational items

>> NFL Offers On-Location Experience Opportunity to MTA Members

>> Calling All Collectors!

Peer Group Bulletin

>> New! 2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities!

>> Upcoming Peer Group Events

Safety Corner

>> Walk Safely on Ice

People and Companies

>> Arvig Wins “Excellence in Marketing” Award

>> CHR Welcomes Industry Leader Bill Gerski

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent J. Christensen
Event Planners:
Julie Cygan Diamond
Ashley Crunstedt
Carissa Wolf
Member Services:
Jeanne DeMartino

Anna Wrisky
Administrative Assistant:
Anne Christensen

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Meetings and Events

November 20, 2017: Administrative Assistant Peer Group Fall Conference
AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Wahpeton, ND

December 6-7, 2017: Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting
Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud

March 26-28, 2018: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

March 18-20, 2019: MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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MTA Updates


2018 MTA Annual Convention

2018 MTA Convention Save the Date

We are now planning the Annual Convention and Trade Show, March 26-28, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Watch for more details soon!

Have You Completed the EAS Survey?

The FCC is requiring state emergency management/homeland security authorities to assess the multilingual alerting capabilities of all EAS participants (radio/television stations, cable, wireline providers, etc.). If you have not already done so, please complete this brief survey by NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 6, 2017 so we can provide the FCC with the data in a timely manner.  

Here is the link to the survey: 

Please note that EAS participants are not required to provide alerts in languages other than English unless their primary broadcast language is non-English (e.g., Spanish, Hmong, Somali). The FCC has no plans to expand EAS alerting to include multiple languages at this time. The information gleaned from the survey is intended solely to provide the Commission with a broad assessment of how many EAS participants are providing multilingual alerts and what factors determine whether EAS participants engage in multilingual alerting.

Please answer the questions candidly. There are no right or wrong responses. You may need to engage other staff (programming, engineering, etc.) to complete the survey. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your prompt response (and thanks if you have already completed the survey).

Jim du Bois | President/CEO | Minnesota Broadcasters Association | cell 612.308.2364
3033 Excelsior Boulevard | Minneapolis, MN 55416
612.926.8123 | fax 612.926.9761 |

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NFL Offers On-Location Experience Opportunity to MTA Members

With Super Bowl Lll set to kick off in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, we are thrilled to pass along an offer from NFL On-Location Experiences to our Minnesota Telecom Alliance members for advanced access to purchase the best Super Bowl tickets and hospitality packages directly through the NFL. To learn more about this special opportunity for you or your business, please contact our Minnesota Telecom Alliance personal representative with NFL On-Location Experiences: Jeff Kauzlarich - 763-334-6974 or

>> Download as a PDF flyer

Calling All Collectors!

The Stearns County Pioneer Club (SCPC) a non-profit 501(c)3, is in the process of adding a new exhibit that many of you might find very interesting.  This exhibit will feature the evolution of communications over the past century.  Included in the exhibit will be a post office and a telegraph/telephone office. 

SCPC is dedicated to preserving the history, artifacts and stories of our rural pioneering past and we are asking for your help.  SCPC is looking for donations to make just that happen with this exhibit and any and all will be considered.  Items such as vintage phones, old test equipment, lineman’s apparel and tools and of course an old cord/switchboard would be great!  Also, electro-mechanical, step-by-step or x-y switching equipment is desired. Old photos, directories, instruction pamphlets and other memorabilia from the industry are welcome as well.  Again, SCPC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we are willing to recognize donators to the exhibit if so desired.  This is the perfect chance to show off your collection or clean out the office basement or warehouse and impress upon the over 12,000 visitors the club gets annually how our industry has impacted rural America and continues to do so.  Feel free to visit our web page, to learn more about the club.

If you are interested in learning more about the exhibit or making a donation, please feel free to reach out to me at the contact information below.

Thanks in advance for your support.

Tom Eveslage
320-524-4146 - Office
- Cell


Peer Group Bulletin
All MTA members are welcome to join a Peer Group

New! 2018 MTA Peer Group Investment Opportunities Now Available!

MTA’s core purpose is to enhance the success and viability of its telecommunications industry members. You are an important part of helping us fulfill this mission. Here is your opportunity to maximize the impact of your event sponsorships for 2018.

>> Download the 2018 Peer Group Investment Opportunities for full details

Upcoming Peer Group Events

Administrative Assistant Peer Group 2017 Fall Conference

November 20, 2017 | AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Wahpeton, North Dakota

Rates: $99 per person

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
2029 210 Drive | Wahpeton, North Dakota  58075
Call 701-642-8365; ask for Allison. Room block name: MN Administrative Assistants Peer Group

>> Full Details and Registration

Plant Manager & Superintendent Peer Group Meeting

December 6-7, 2017 | Holiday Inn & Suites, St. Cloud, Minnesota 

Rates: $150 members or nonmembers

Holiday Inn & Suites
75 S 37th Ave. | St. Cloud, Minnesota  5630

Room block ends November 24, 2017 — call 1-800-315-2621 to make reservations.

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Safety Corner

Walk Safely on Ice

walk safe this winter

It is far from funny. I cringe every time I see or hear that someone slipped and fell on the ice. It might feel a bit early for retailers to start their annual blitz of Christmas commercials, but it’s not too early to start thinking about winter safety.

Each year many people end up breaking bones and busting open their heads as they lose their balance and hit the ice. Slips and falls on ice and snow was the number one safety incident that occurred last year throughout all the companies in the MTA Safety Program.

Winter-related slips and falls have a significant negative impact on businesses each year, resulting in time off work, temporary employee costs, overtime for existing employees and increased insurance costs. To avoid these costs this winter, employers need to be extra vigilant and employees should exercise extreme caution in the months ahead.

Simple Tips to Avoid Injury

  • Walk slowly and deliberately (like a penguin) and wear boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
  • Be prepared for black-ice formation after melting occurs.
  • Exercise caution when getting in and out of vehicles.
  • Watch for slippery floors when entering buildings.
  • Avoid carrying items. Keep hands empty so arms are free to move for stabilization. Use backpacks if possible.
  • Have designated walkways that are clear prior to employees coming to work.

Walk on ice

Stay Safe,
Aaron Wilfahrt
Safety Consultant

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People Companies

Arvig Wins “Excellence in Marketing” Award

Arvig, the area’s leading broadband provider, was awarded the “Excellence in Marketing” Community Award by Continuum, the exclusive provider of a vertically integrated IT management platform that enables providers to scale rapidly and profitably.

Continuum has more than 5,800+ partners worldwide, and Arvig was one of 16 partners presented with awards this year.

Arvig's Robby Olson and Michael Baso accept the award on stage with
Continuum CEO Michael George

Jill Brandt (top row - fifth person in from left) and Michael Baso and Robby Olson (second row, fifth and sixth from left, respectively) representing Arvig. 

“We are honored to receive this award from Continuum,” said Lisa Greene, Director of Marketing at Arvig. “It’s not something we expected, especially as a small provider among much larger companies. Our entire marketing team has worked hard to develop engaging marketing campaigns to connect with potential customers who can benefit from our services. I’m proud to see their research, planning, and creativity recognized.”

Arvig was presented with the award at Continuum’s annual user conference, Navigate 2017 in Las Vegas. The Excellence in Marketing award recognizes the partner with the best marketing campaigns and use of Continuum’s marketing tools. On behalf of the Arvig marketing team, Michael Baso and Robby Olson accepted the award on stage with Continuum CEO Michael George.

“Effective marketing and lead generation pose significant challenges in the [managed service provider] market today, and we’re always looking for those businesses that are doing things differently and driving real results,” said Mary Crogan, Continuum’s VP of Marketing. “Arvig is one of those businesses that has clearly raised the bar and we’re thrilled to honor their accomplishments with this award.”

Arvig has been working with Continuum for nearly three years. The partnership allows Arvig to provide robust managed IT services to businesses, including proactive network monitoring and management, and backup and disaster recovery services.

For more information on Arvig’s managed IT services, visit Additional details about the Navigate 2017 conference and the full list of award winners can be found here.

CHR Welcomes Industry Leader Bill Gerski

CHR Solutions has announced that Bill Gerski has joined the CHR Team as Vice President Business Development, Engineering Services. Gerski will assist telecoms, electric co-ops, wireless, cable TV operators, and broadband companies across the United States.

"I am thrilled to be part of the CHR team. I’ve spent my entire career helping Telecommunications companies create efficiencies to grow their businesses. I look forward to continuing that tradition by providing best-in-class Engineering and Network solutions to CHR’s current and future clients,” said Bill Gerski.

Gerski has served the telecommunications and broadband industries for over 40 years and has devoted much of his career to sales and strategic business development. Most recently, Gerski served as Vice President, Sales for Huawei Technologies. Prior to that, he assisted independent and rural Telcos and Electric companies at positions with Dish Network and NRTC (National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative). During his career, Gerski has held executive marketing and sales positions at Time Warner, Viacom, Adelphia, Bell Atlantic and Golden Sky Systems. Gerski is also a frequent speaker and volunteer at state, regional and national trade associations.

Mike Beecher, Executive Vice President of Engineering Services said, “Bill’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to CHR Solutions. CHR Engineering has developed innovative and cost effective methods to assist our clients in building out their broadband networks. These methods have allowed our clients to accelerate their path to ROI. I can’t think of anyone better than Bill to help get that message out to existing and future clients."

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