February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

In This Issue

Meetings and Events

MTA Updates

>> MTA Annual Convention: Deadlines Approaching

>> MTA Scholarship Applications Due by March 1

>> Make Your Nomination by March 1!

>> MTA Board Nominees – 2013 Board Seat

>> New MN PUC Commissioner

>> MTA Members Meet With Their Legislators

>> Heart Attack Symptoms for Men and Women

People and Companies

MTA Staff

MTA President/CEO:
Brent Christensen
Team Leader:

Jacquie Jaskowiak
Meeting Planner:
Julie Cygan
Member Services:
Chris Swanson
Janey Duntley
Administrative Assistant:
Lindsey Clancy

Stay up-to-date on daily happenings at the MTA offices by following us on Facebook. From peer group meetings to annual conferences and everything in between, get the scoop on what’s happening at our offices!

March 25-27, 2013: 2013 MTA Annual Convention & Trade Show

April 4-5, 2013: Office Managers/Human Resources Peer Group Spring Meeting

April 10-11, 2013: Plant Manager/Superintendent Peer Group Meeting

April 18-19, 2013: Customer Service Peer Group Spring Conference

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MTA Annual Convention: Deadlines Approaching

Don’t miss getting your early bird registration discount by signing up before March 1, 2013. And don't forget to make your hotel reservation by the same date!

The 2013 MTA Convention has something for everyone in the telecom Industry. The breakout sessions cover a wide range of topics regardless of your role is in the telecom industry. The MTA Convention has something for you! You won’t want to miss our Wednesday General Session. This year we are fortunate to have NTCA’s Shirley Bloomfield on stage talking about the national issues of the day with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Be sure to sign up for the Issues Luncheon on Tuesday. This will be your opportunity to learn what is going on at the State level and how it will affect the way you do business.

Don’t miss the action. REGISTER NOW!

Make Your Hotel Reservations

Make your lodging reservations at the newly renovated DoubleTree (the Hyatt Regency group block has been filled), located in downtown Minneapolis. Deadline: March 1, 2013.

MTA will provide a shuttle that will continuously loop between the Doubletree Guest Suites on 1101 LaSalle to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 1300 Nicollet Mall the following dates/times:

Monday, March 25, 2013 – 10:00am-8:30pm
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 7:00am-6:30pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 7:00am-3:30pm

Learn more

Sponsor & Exhibiting Opportunities Are Still Available

CLICK HERE to sponsor or exhibit.

MTA Scholarship Applications Due by March 1

Information about the 2013 MTA Scholarships has been sent to MTA Active member companies. The MTA Foundation will award five scholarships of $2,000 to high school seniors in MTA Member serving areas. Here is a link for more information. MTA Member companies are encouraged to review the material and pass it along to high schools in your service areas. The MTA Foundation will evaluate the applications received and winners will be notified in April.

Make Your Nomination by March 1!

The MTA is looking for nominees for the 2013 Excellence in Service Awards. The MTA has four individual categories and one company award. The individual categories are: Humanitarian, Public Service, Industry Leadership and Associate Member. The company award is for Economic Development. More information can be found online here. The deadline for nomination submissions is March 1, 2013.

MTA Board Nominees – 2013 Board Seat

The Minnesota Telecom Alliance by-laws allow one MTA Associate Member a seat on the MTA Board of Directors. This seat is to be elected from among all MTA Associate Members and have a term of one year. The term will run from the 2013 Annual Convention in March to the Annual Convention in March of 2013. The membership will be considering an amendment to the MTA bylaws to extend the Associate Member Board term from one to three years. If that measure passes, this term will expire at the Annual Convention in 2016.

Below you find a list of the nominees. Please SUBMIT A BALLOT by March 1.

The ballots will be tallied by MTA staff and ratified at the Associate Member meeting at the MTA Annual Convention on March 27. Please note: only one vote per company is allowed.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact MTA at 651-291-7311.


Chad Devier has been with Dakota Supply Group (DSG) for 22 years. He has spent the last 13 years working in the communications department as Account Manager. He's worked with a majority of the MN Telephone Companies during that time. Chad helped with their outside plant, central office, and their daily needs. He's been on the MTA planning committee/convention committee for the past 7 years and the MTA Golf Committee for the last 10 years. Chad has been honored to represent the Associate Members on the MTA board for this past year.

Mike joined HunTel Engineering in February of 2010 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Mike lives in Blair, NE and he has a son, a daughter, a daughter in-law and three wonderful grandchildren. Mike brings more than 26 years of telecom-specific experience including working for operating companies and vendors. His expertise lies in the areas of OSS/BSS, marketing, sales, product development and customer service.

Prior to joining HunTel Engineering, Mike was the President and CEO of Bolt Data Systems. Mike helped start two International Telecommunications companies in Hungary and Mexico. Mike has also served as the Director of Business development for GVNW Consulting, Inc. and as a Principal at TMNG. Earlier in his career, Mike was the president and managing partner of The Fishing Company, LLC, an independent consulting and systems integration Company.

Mike has also held senior management positions with Integris/Groupe Bull, Highpoint International Telecom, and Mid America Computer Corporation (MACC).

Tom Kohlbry is the Senior Account Manager at Onvoy Voice Services, where he has served independent telcos and their subsidiaries and affiliates for over 21 years. Tom helped many telcos get into the long distance business by developing Onvoy’s DBA LD program in 1996, and he has since worked to help improve service and reduce telco costs with many other Onvoy products. Tom has been very involved with the MTA for many years. He was one of the original founders of the Telco Marketing Group, which is now an MTA Peer Group. He is also an active participant at MTA General Manager, Office Manager/HR and Customer Service Peer Group meetings. Tom currently serves on the MTA Events Planning Committee and is a newly-elected member of the MTA Foundation Board of Directors.

Prior to joining MEANS/Onvoy, Tom worked in various sales and marketing positions at Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola USA, MCI Telecommunications, LiTel, and Cellular, Inc. Tom has an undergraduate Marketing degree from Montana State University and an MBA from Babson College in Boston. Tom was born in Duluth and now lives in Edina, MN with his wife Gayle. In his spare time Tom enjoys playing golf, hunting ducks & deer, and downhill skiing.

Tom enjoys communicating with people on issues and opportunities, and he will work hard to serve and represent all Associate and Active members if elected to the MTA Board of Directors.

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New MN PUC Commissioner

On February 12, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Nancy Lange to the Public Utilities Commission. Nancy Lange will replace Phyllis Reha. Ms. Lange’s term will begin on March 4, 2013 and extend through January 7, 2019.

Nancy Lange
Ms. Lange has more than two decades of experience advancing clean energy policies and practices in Minnesota. Currently, she is Manager of Policy and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange. At CEE, Ms. Lange works to advance energy efficiency research and programs and build connections with other professionals working on the next generation of energy solutions.

Prior to joining CEE, Ms. Lange served as Energy Program Director at the Izaak Walton League of America, a national conservation organization dedicated to preserving America’s natural resources, including the advancement of a clean energy economy in the Upper Midwest.

Ms. Lange holds a B.S. from Iowa State University and a M.A. in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minnetonka, MN, with her husband and two daughters.

The Public Utilities Commission is responsible for regulating telephone, electricity, and natural gas services in Minnesota. The mission of the Public Utilities Commission is, "to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, reliable, and efficient utility services at fair and reasonable rates.”

MTA Members Meet With Their Legislators

Close to 70 MTA members attended 2013 Day on the Hill in St. Paul this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The event started on Tuesday afternoon with an issues briefing for members. The MTA staff focused on SF 584, the MTA’s bill to re-write telecom regulation. The House version of the bill will be filed shortly. This bill reduces telecom regulation and creates a more level playing field for telephone service providers. In addition to the MTA legislation, members received briefings on the most current 911 bills and other related legislation.

On Wednesday, members met with legislators on telecom issues and were able to secure five additional co-authors in the Senate and eight in the House. "This is such an important time for our folks to be in St. Paul,” commented MTA President/CEO Brent Christensen, "our success would not be possible if it weren’t for the great relationships our members have with their elected officials.”

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Heart Attack Symptoms for Men and Women

As you may already know, February is American Heart Month, and many of you also know the MTA Safety Program is currently conducting CPR, AED and First Aid training for our member companies. However, what some of us may not know is that the symptoms of a heart attack can be quite different between men and women.

We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene may not be that dramatic. "Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure,” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D.

Many people still think of heart disease as a condition that affects men more than women, but coronary heart disease is the single largest cause of death for women in the United States.

According to Dr. William Daniel, leading cardiologist and chief medical officer of software provider Emerge Clinical Solutions, heart disease is even more dangerous to women because symptoms of a heart attack are often different for women than men. Worse, most women don’t know the symptoms or attribute warning signs to stress or general fatigue. Knowing the signs of an attack, says Dr. Daniel, is the first major step toward preventing heart attacks from being America’s No. 1 killer in women.

The five major symptoms of a heart attack for men and women are:

  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
  • Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
  • Chest pain or discomfort.
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
  • Shortness of breath.

If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.

Because these symptoms vary greatly between men and women, they’re often misunderstood. Media have conditioned us to believe that the telltale sign of a heart attack is extreme chest pain. But in reality, women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, breaking out in a cold sweat, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.

Recognizing the early warning signs of a heart attack, whether severe or subtle, is extremely important in saving lives in both women and men. The following links have more information regarding heart disease, recognizing the symptoms, and what we can do to prevent it. 

Go Red for Women.org 
American Heart Association 
Mayo Clinic 

Take care,
Dan Berg, M.S.
Lead Safet
y Consultant

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