Society of Broadcast Engineers Presents John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement to Mark Persons

The Society of Broadcast Engineers presented its Membership Meeting & Awards Presentation (MMAP) webcast on Sept. 23. The program, held online after the in-person events had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, combined the SBE’s annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet presentations into one online event.

In addition to the previously announced awards, including the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award to RJ Russell, CPBE, of Middletown, DE, and the 2020 James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards to Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, of Elizabeth, CO, and Roland Robinson, CBTE, CBNT, CTO, of Tacoma, WA, the event also recognized other individual and chapter efforts, as well as the two newest SBE Fellows, Ralph Beaver, CBT, and Jim Leifer, CPBE.

Mark Persons receives SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement.The MMAP also added a special surprise event. The SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes and pays tribute to individuals for their dedication, lifelong achievement and outstanding contribution to broadcast engineering. Nominees are SBE members in good standing and have been active for 40 years or more in the broadcast engineering industry or a closely allied field that benefits broadcast engineering. Nominations can be made by any member of the SBE and will include the endorsement of three other SBE members. There is no more than one recipient per calendar year. The recipient for 2020 is Mark Persons, CPBE, AMD, CBNT.
Mark, a life-long resident of Minnesota, followed in the footstep of his father, who was also a radio broadcast engineer. Mark started turning transmitter knobs more than 60 years ago.

While reaching the rank of sergeant in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969, Mark was in charge of an avionics repair shop for the OV-1 Mohawk high-tech surveillance aircraft in Vietnam. After his military service, he spent the next ten years with KVBR radio in Brainerd, MN, where he became chief engineer. In 1977, he opened his own radio engineering consulting business, which he operated for the next 40 years. He married his wife Paula in 1978, and she became instrumental in running the business side of the business out of their home.

Mark has been a respected engineer in Minnesota and the upper Midwest his entire career. He built 12 commercial AM and FM radio stations, and rebuilt, upgraded, maintained and repaired countless other radio stations for clients. He has endeavored to share his knowledge and experience with others in the field. He has written more than 140 articles that have appeared in industry magazines and made more than 25 speeches and presentations at industry conventions, conferences and meetings.

Mark joined the SBE in 1981, and is now a life member. He holds three life certifications from the SBE. Outside of his broadcasting career, Mark is a member of the American Legion, The VFW and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoys amateur radio as WØMH, and photography.
Retired several years ago, he and Paula are mentoring younger broadcast engineers through the SBE Mentor Program. Mentoring is his way of giving back to the industry that kept him employed for more than 50 years.

On receiving the honor during the webcast, Mark said, “This really was a lifetime experience for me. I never had a plan B. I was always going to be a broadcast engineer, and that’s exactly how it came out. I want to continue to contribute to the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Thank you.”

Society of Broadcast Engineers Hires New Executive Director

In January of this year, the SBE announced that Executive Director John Poray would retire at the end of 2020. John has been the society’s executive director for 28 years. In March, the process began to find a candidate to fill the position. (That process is detailed below.)

James RagsdaleAfter receiving and reviewing multiple applications, the field was narrowed to three people. From those three, one was recommended to the SBE Board of Directors, which was reviewed at a board meeting held on Sept. 22. The Board approved the appointment of James Ragsdale of Anderson, IN. Mr. Ragsdale will officially begin work on Jan. 1, 2021.

Most recently, Ragsdale was the VP for finance at Anderson University. Ragsdale also completed his undergraduate degree at Anderson. In that role, he managed the operational budget for the private, liberal arts education institution, participated as member of the university president’s leadership team, and oversaw the business office, human resources, physical plant, police and security, and auxiliary services.

Before his position with Anderson University, he was the senior financial analyst at Ascension Technologies, where he managed the operational and capital budgets for Indiana Market and St. Vincent Health system. Other career work includes treasurer and controller at Church of God Ministries and practice administrator at Anderson Family Practice Associates.

Ragsdale earned his bachelor of arts in business management and public affairs at (then) Anderson College, and his masters of business administration in finance from Indiana University.

On the announcement, SBE President Wayne Pecena said, “Following all the extensive work by many people to arrive at the final selection of Jim Ragsdale to be the SBE’s new executive director, I welcome Jim and look forward to working with him to continue furthering the goals of the SBE and providing superior services to our members. I also want to thank SBE Past President Joe Snelson for his work leading the Executive Director Search Committee, and all the efforts of the EDSC and the Executive Director Search Advisory Group members.”

The Selection and Review Process
In March of this year, SBE President Wayne Pecena proposed to the board that a five-person Executive Director Search Committee (EDSC) be formed with the goal of seeking out qualified candidates for the position and presenting a finalist to the board for approval. The tasks of the committee included writing a job description, establishing qualifications, proposing a fair compensation package, posting of the position, interviewing candidates and presenting a finalist to the board for approval.

To provide additional input to the EDSC, President Pecena formed an Executive Director Search Advisory Group to seek input on what should be expected from the SBE executive director in terms of duties and responsibilities, and the qualifications required to meet those objectives. This group of about 20 people consisted of SBE members and headquarters staff. Their input was used by the EDSC to finalize the job description of the executive director.

A field of 28 candidates was narrowed to three finalists, who were all interviewed in person by the committee. The Committee unanimously chose one finalist, James Ragsdale, to recommend to the Board.

SBE Re-Elects Wayne Pecena as President

Wayne PecenaThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2020 election for the national board of directors. Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, was re-elected as the society’s president. Pecena is the associate director of educational broadcast services at Texas A&M University who operates public broadcast stations KAMU FM & TV. He is a member of SBE Chapter 99 in College Station, TX.

Regarding the election, President Pecena said, “I look to my second term as our industry and our personal lives have experienced change and challenge like never before. I want to ensure the Society brings a sense of normalcy to our members. This uniformity is accomplished through our professional development continuing education, certification and frequency coordination programs, while making the right decisions for change in the future to insure continued value to our members.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Sept. 23, are:
• Vice President: Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; Chapter 15 New York; Roseland, NJ
• Secretary: Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 90 Southwest FL; Ft. Myers, FL
• Treasurer: Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB; Chapter 45 Charlotte; Charlotte, NC

Andrea Cummis    Kevin Trueblood    Ted Hand

Serving two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Sept. 23 are:
• Stephen Brown, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI
• Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL
• Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN
• Thomas McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT; Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT
• Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Antelope, CA
• Fred Willard, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; Chapter 37 District of Columbia; Washington, DC

The national board of directors of the SBE is responsible for the development of policy and determines the programs and services the society provides to its more than 5,000 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Sept. 23, 2020, during the SBE Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation. They will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms:
• Mark Fehlig, PE, CPBE, 8-VSB; Chapter 40 San Francisco; Walnut Creek, CA
• Charles “Ched” Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE; Chapter 53 South Florida; Ft. Lauderdale;
• Geary Morrill, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 91 Central Michigan; Saginaw, MI
• Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; Chapter 43 Sacramento; Sacramento, CA
• Chris Tarr, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 28 Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI
• Dan Whealy, CBTE; Chapter 96 Rockford; Waterloo, IA

Jim Leifer, CPBE, of Andover, MA, continues as immediate past president.

The SBE National Meeting and Awards Presentation webcast will be held Sept. 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The event is being held online in 2020 because of the ongoing pandemic.

RJ Russell, Fred Baumgartner and Roland Robinson Receive SBE’s 2020 Top Individual Award Honors

The winner of the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award for 2020 is RJ Russell, CPBE, of Middletown, DE. The award is presented to a member who has excelled in his or her career while furthering the mission of the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. The 2020 James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award has been awarded to two recipients: Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, CBNT, of Elizabeth, CO, and Roland Robinson, CBTE, CBNT, CTO, of Tacoma, WA. The award recognizes outstanding service and excellence in sharing knowledge through teaching other broadcast engineers.

RJ RussellRobert “RJ” Russell has been an SBE member for 21 years. During that time, he has served as director, treasurer, and vice president on the National Board of Directors as well as serving on several national committees. RJ also has held officer positions in various local chapters. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps as a cryptography technician. After service in the military, he worked for several stations, including those owned by Media General, Sinclair, Cordillera, Catamount, Sunbelt, Univision, E.W. Scripps, and Fox.

RJ worked as a broadcast engineering manager on the Sprint Nextel Project from 2004-2008, assisting many television stations with the 2 GHz repack and reimbursement program. While employed by Brigham Young University, RJ was instrumental in the design and construction of a new 100,000 square foot BYU broadcast center and associated transmission paths and signals. RJ has spent many countless hours working on the ATSC 3 project station in Cleveland.

Most recently, RJ accepted the critically important position of SBE frequency coordination manager as an independent contractor through his company, TBSI. RJ has a vast and unique knowledge of the frequency coordination process and is the SBE’s major representative to the Department of Defense and its contractors in the SBE-DOD-NAB transition process at 2 GHz. Through the direct involvement of RJ, who is respected very highly by the DOD, FCC and NTIA, the SBE and its members, broadcast licensees, and the DOD have benefited from the careful, meticulous planning that RJ has worked exceptionally hard on to maximize DOD-coordinated use of 2 GHz without constraint on broadcasters. RJ is presently overseeing preparation of a national database of 2 GHz users that will facilitate the work of SBE frequency coordinators, and he has revitalized the program at a difficult time in the history of volunteer frequency coordination.

Fred BaumgartnerFred Baumgartner has been an SBE member for 47 years and has given countless hours to furthering the education of today’s broadcast engineers through his work with the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust for 17 years, he spearheaded the annual Ennes Workshop during the NAB Show, and recently produced the SBE presentation on NextGen TV during the 2019 PBS TechCon. One nominee said of Baumgartner, “He was supportive of my goals re: SBE and helped get me in touch with others in the organization to help me grow in my involvement and education.”

Roland RobinsonRoland Robinson has been an SBE member for 24 years. He is an instructor of classes in broadcasting and video production at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA. Robinson has taught at Bates for more than ten years implementing an SBE-approved certification curriculum in his broadcast classes. The curriculum was recently renewed unanimously by the SBE National Certification Committee, the members being impressed by the curriculum presented by Robinson. Robinson also serves on the Washington State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) and provides a valued service to Washington State broadcasters by creating and maintaining the complex Required Monthly Test (RMT) schedule.

The SBE 2020 Awards Program also recognizes other achievements from SBE members, chapters and SBE sustaining member companies.

MultiCAM Systems has won the SBE Technology Award for the Air Bridge. Air Bridge is a new video solution for including remote guests in shows or conferences. Up to four guests can be live at the same time, and up to 12 guests can be on the waiting list. Users send a link to the guests. Once that link is opened, the guest is connected to the show with the host’s permission.

Chapter and Individual Awards
Chapters are the lifeblood of the SBE, and 2020 marks the seventh year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year Award has highlighted the achievements of members within their chapters. This year, seven chapters selected their own award recipients. Each winner will be presented with a special plaque and be recognized nationally on the SBE website and in a future issue of The Signal. The seven chapter winners also were automatically nominated for the national Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award.

Chapter 37 in Washington, DC, has won the Best Educational Event for the NextGEN TV Summit held Jan. 16, 2020. The event was held in conjunction with SMPTE. Fred Willard, who helped produce the event said, “We were amazed at the number of folks that traveled great distances to attend this event. It was truly regional. Thomas Janner from Rohde and Schwarz flew from Germany just to present.”

Statistical Awards
Percentage Growth of New Members:
Class A: 106 Florida Panhandle; Chapter Chair Mark Johnson, CSRE
Class B: 103 Nashville; Chapter Chair James Campbell, CPBE

Highest Percentage of Certified Members:
Class A: 115 Southern Idaho; Chapter Chair Thomas Kettwi, CBT
Class B: 131 Inland Empire; Chapter Chair James Alexander, CPBE, CBNT; Certification Chair Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNT

Highest Percentage of Member Attendance at Meetings:
Class A: 112 Western Wisconsin; Chapter Chair Todd Zschernitz, CBTE
Class B: 69 Alamo Area; Chapter Chair Christopher Anderson

All the winners will be recognized at the SBE Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held online on Sept. 23. Nominations for the 2021 awards will open in February.

Note: Class awards are determined using the median chapter size as of Dec. 31, 2019, as the dividing line between Class A (fewer than or equal to the median) and Class B (more than the median).

Society of Broadcast Engineers 2020 National Meeting Goes Virtual

The SBE 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo, the partner event, has been cancelled.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers planned to hold its 56th SBE National Meeting in Liverpool, NY, just outside of Syracuse, on Sept. 22 and 23. The event was to be held in conjunction with the SBE 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo, a regional exposition and educational event that restarted in 2019 after a short hiatus. The Expo would have included a media equipment and services tradeshow and multiple technical sessions of interest to all media engineers, technicians, post-production, A/V and media IT professionals.

The in-person expo has been cancelled following restrictions imposed by the state of New York to reduce infections because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because of current conditions, travel for exhibitors and attendees would also have been difficult.

While the in-person event has been cancelled, the SBE will hold several of its events virtually on Sept. 22 and 23. The SBE Annual Membership Meeting will be combined with the awards ceremony that would have been part of the Annual SBE National Awards Dinner. The membership meeting and awards ceremony will be held online at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept. 23. This will include the induction of officers and directors elected this month, presentation of the individual and chapter awards, including the Robert L. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year, James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year and Technology Award, and induction of the two new SBE Fellows, James Leifer, CPBE, and Ralph Beaver, CBT. There will also be a special presentation of the SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The SBE Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

A Fellows Breakfast is held each year at the SBE National Meeting. Since the group won’t gather in person, a virtual reunion will he held on Sept. 23. The time will be announced later.

All the SBE events will be held online. Details on how to watch the SBE Annual Membership Meeting and National Awards Presentation will be shared via the SBE website, SBE-news email newsletter and social media.

2020 Membership Drive Brings 27 New Members

Membership Drive 2020The 2020 SBE Membership Drive, themed “Going, Growing, Knowing – Join the SBE,” brought in 27 new members. The Drive ran from March through May. Each member who recruited a new member was entered into a drawing to win prizes donated by several SBE Sustaining Members and the SBE. These new members were recruited by 24 existing members, who represented 21 SBE chapters.

The Grand Prize winner, who would have received an expense-paid trip to the SBE National Meeting in Syracuse, NY, this September, is Paul Easter of Rosenberg, TX. With the in-person meeting being cancelled Paul receives the cash prize option of $500. All the prize winners are listed here. Thanks to the SBE Sustaining Members who donated prizes for the Membership Drive.

Recruiters also earned $5 off their 2021 dues renewal for each new member recruited.

The Golden Recruiter Award recognizes the chapters that recruited the most new members during the Drive. Chapters are split into two classes based on the median chapter membership (29 members) of all SBE chapters. The Class A (chapters with 29 and fewer members) winners – a tie – are chapters 107 Charleston and 134 Beaumont/Lake Charles. The Class B (chapters with more than 29 members) winner is chapter 105 Houston.

Watch for details on the 2021 Membership Drive next spring.

Provider and Prize Winner
BGS: $100 Amazon gift card Paul Easter; Rosenberg, TX
BGS: $100 Amazon gift card James Ellett; Savannah, GA
BSW: Audio-Technica ATHM40x headphones William Hackbarth; Duluth, MN
Cavell Mertz & Associates: $125 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificate David Boltz; Castle Rock, CO
Cavell Mertz & Associates: $125 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificate Don Chapman; Houston, TX
Cavell Mertz & Associates: $125 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificate Dana Lyons; Nashville, TN
Cavell Mertz & Associates: $125 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificate Wayne Ozio; Beaumont, TX
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad David Boltz; Castle Rock, CO
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad Paul Easter; Rosenberg, TX
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad William Hackbarth; Duluth, MN
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad John MacGugan; Liberty, MO
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad Wayne Ozio; Beaumont, TX
Comark: insulated tumbler and notepad William Ruck; San Francisco, CA
Comrex: Rugged Geek RG2000 jump starter/booster/power pack David Morgan; Portsmouth, VA
Dielectric: Dielectric-logoed polo shirt Carl Cutforth; Mountain Lakes, NJ
Dielectric: Dielectric-logoed polo shirt Gary Rixner; Scranton, PA
Fujifilm: Instax camera Tim Costley; Pelham, AL
Heartland Video Systems: $100 Amazon gift card, magnet, & brochure Michael Gill; Columbia, SC
Heartland Video Systems: backpack office pack Gary Blievernicht; Dewitt, MI
Heartland Video Systems: blanket and swag David Morgan; Portsmouth, VA
Heartland Video Systems: short sleeve polo shirt, knit cap, and swag Arthur Hoover; Baton Rouge, LA
Heartland Video Systems: wireless charging pad and swag John Lindner; West Falls, NY
LBA Group: SafeONE personal RF monitor Michael Gill; Columbia, SC
LBA Group: SafeONE personal RF monitor Fee Lee; Centreville, VA
Orban: 1101e card and breakout cable Wayne Ozio; Beaumont, TX
SBE: $25 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificate James Ellett; Savannah, GA
SBE: copy of SBE CertPreview Stephen Jaskela; Burnham, ME
SBE: one Webinars by SBE registration Don Chapman; Houston, TX
SBE: SBE-logoed notebook Timothy Coucke; Big Lake, MN
SBE: SBE-logoed notebook William Magliocco; Atlanta, GA
SBE: SBE-logoed t-shirt Dana Lyons; Nashville, TN
SBE: trip to the SBE National Meeting Paul Easter; Rosenberg, TX
Telos Alliance: Telos swag pack Keith Kintner; Kingman, AZ
Telos Alliance: Z/IPStream X/2 license Ted Hand; Charlotte, NC
Tieline: $25 Starbucks gift card Rick Hartman; Oklahoma City, OK
Tieline: $25 Starbucks gift card Wayne Ozio; Beaumont, TX
Tieline: Tieline-logoed polo shirt Easter; Rosenberg, TX
Tieline: Tieline-logoed polo shirt James Ellett; Savannah, GA
Wheatstone: FM-55 Ted Hand; Charlotte, NC

SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2020 Election

ballot boxEach year the SBE membership elects members to serve on the national Board of Directors, the governing body of the society. This includes all four officers for one-year terms and half the 12 directors for two-year terms.

The election takes place July 17 through August 19. Balloting will be via the election website, except for those members who have opted out of electronic voting this year or who have not provided the SBE national office with their email address. They will receive their ballots through the mail.

The Nominations Committee is chaired by Jim Leifer, CPBE. Committee members are Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE, Miramar, FL; Scott Fybush, Rochester, NY; and Steve Brown, CPBE, CBNT, Appleton, WI.

Wayne PecenaNominations Committee Candidate Slate
Officers:
• President: Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE
Chapter 99 Bryan, TX; College Station, TX

• Vice President: Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO
Chapter 15 New York; Bethlehem, PA

• Secretary: Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT
Chapter 90 Southwest Florida; Estero, FL

• Treasurer: Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB
Chapter 45 Charlotte; Charlotte, NC

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
• Stephen Brown, CPBE, CBNT
Chapter 80 Fox Valley; Appleton, WI

• Roswell Clark, CPBE, CBNT
Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area; Clearwater, FL

• Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE
Chapter 103 Nashville; Nashville, TN

• Zhulieta Ibisheva, CBTE, CBT
Chapter 50 Hawaii; Honolulu, HI

• Mark Johnson, CSRE
Chapter 106 Panhandle; Panama City Beach, FL

• Gary Kline, CBT
Chapter 5 Atlanta; Atlanta, GA

• Thomas McGinley, CPBE, AMD, CBNT
Chapter 16 Seattle; Missoula, MT

• Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT
Chapter 43 Sacramento; Antelope, CA

• Fred Willard, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT
Chapter 37 District of Columbia; Washington, DC

Election voting began July 17 and ends August 19. Balloting is via the election website, except for those members who have opted out of electronic voting this year or who have not provided the SBE national office with their email address. They will receive their ballots through the mail.

SBE Releases 2020 Compensation Survey Results

Compensation SurveyFrom April 1 to May 31, 2020, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducted its fifth annual compensation survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. This survey provides a wealth of useful information, and it adds to the baseline being developed for subsequent surveys to establish compensation trends.

The complete results of the survey are available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. It can be accessed through the SBE Bookstore. SBE members will login to view and download the report.

The survey included 24 questions that gathered information about job titles, broadcast market size and compensation in dollars and offered benefits. SBE membership was not required to take the survey. About the survey, SBE President Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, said, “We rely on technical people in the industry to participate so we can provide the most meaningful data. The SBE appreciates the input of those who took the time to complete the survey.”

While all responses remained anonymous, demographic data collected included market size, job category/title, age, years working in broadcasting, salary, benefits received, and any certification held. The data is split into radio or TV and radio results, with greater detail on job category and market size. President Pecena added, “There’s a great deal of information provided in the survey. I hope all SBE members will take advantage of the information and apply it to their situation.”

SBE members can access the survey at this link. SBE login is required.

SBE Begins Search for New Executive Director

The announcement came early this year that, after 28 years as SBE executive director, John Poray would retire on December 31, 2020. To begin the process of identifying a qualified individual to fill the executive director position, SBE President Wayne Pecena appointed Past National President Joe Snelson to chair the SBE Executive Director Search Committee. The committee has been working the past several months doing the ground work to conduct a nationwide search for John’s successor. Today, the committee announced that the executive director position has been posted to several job boards that cater to those who work in the association/non-profit career field.

Snelson reports that the committee will accept candidates’ resumes through the month of June and that initial interviews will begin in July. The Committee hopes to have a final candidate to present to the Board of Directors for approval by September 22, when the Board meets during the SBE National Meeting in Syracuse, NY. The target date for the new executive director to begin work is no later than January 1, 2021.

In April, the SBE Board of Directors approved a job description and requirements that call for a visionary with a proven track record of management skills who will continue to lead SBE forward in a time of rapid change in the broadcast and telecommunications industry. The executive director is expected to develop plans and strategies with the Board that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization and to develop and promote services for the benefit of SBE members.

Responsibilities of the executive director also include managing the administration of the SBE, including services, financial resources, staff and property. He or she implements board policies, serves as the primary contact with industry partners and promotes the society’s advocacy program, building industry and governmental alliances. The executive director also serves as the treasurer of the Society’s 501(c)3 foundation, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust.

Information about the SBE executive director position can be found at the SBE website. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee Chair at Executivedirectorsearch@sbe.org by June 30. The SBE is an equal opportunity employer.

Serving with Snelson on the search committee are Pecena, SBE Vice President Andrea Cummis, Immediate Past President Jim Leifer, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay.

Ennes Educational Trust Creates New Scholarship to Recognize Gino Ricciardelli

Trust also increases scholarship amount and agrees to fund an updated SBE CertPreview

Ennes Educational Foundation TrustThe Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, the educational foundation that grants scholarships and funds presentation of broadcast engineering-related educational programs, seminars and workshops, and helps underwrite costs with publishing technical books and manuals, has added a new scholarship to its current offerings. Gino RicciardelliThe new scholarship is in recognition of Gino Ricciardelli, an SBE Charter, Life and Fellow member who died in 2018. Ricciardelli, a long-time supporter of the SBE and the Ennes Educational Trust, and member of SBE Chapter 1, willed a significant part of his estate to the Trust.

With the new addition, the Trust now offers five scholarships:

• John H. Battison SBE Founder’s Scholarship (open to anyone)
• Harold E. Ennes Scholarship (open to anyone)
• Robert D. Greenberg Scholarship (open to anyone)
• Gino Ricciardelli Scholarship (open to anyone)
• Youth Scholarship (specifically for graduating high school seniors)

The addition was made at the trustees’ meeting on May 19, 2020. In addition, the trustees also voted to increase the amount of each scholarship from $1,500 to $2,500. Scholarships are awarded annually based on eligible applications received by July 1.

Ennes Trustee Dale Scherbring, CPBE, provided insight into creating the new scholarship. “Gino was a great example of a dedicated broadcast engineer. His leadership throughout his career will be honored by using his generous financial gift to continue to grow and educate youth and professionals in the broadcast Industry. I am honored to assist in recognizing Gino Ricciardelli.”

On the creation of the scholarship, Paul Kaminski, CBT, chair of SBE Chapter 1 Binghamton, said, “Gino was instrumental in making the transition from analog to digital television in the Binghamton market. At an age when many engineers would have retired, his contributions to the process made that transition easier for all involved. His legacy of professionalism, competence and dedication will live on through the Ennes Scholarship that bears his name.”

Separately, the Trust also approved a proposal to fund a new version the SBE Certification sample test software called SBE CertPreview. While the SBE Certification Committee develops the new ATSC 3.0 Specialist Certification, it will also need to add sample test questions for CertPreview, which is due for a program update.
About the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust
The Harold Ennes Scholarship Fund Trust was initiated by Indianapolis Chapter 25 in 1980 in memory of Harold E. Ennes, author of many textbooks for broadcast and broadcast-related communications training and a member of the Indianapolis chapter. Ennes (pronounced “ENN-ess”) was a member of the SBE’s national Certification Committee and made many contributions to the early development of the Certification Program. To encourage greater growth, the Scholarship Trust was transferred by Chapter 25 to the SBE national organization to administer in 1981. The name of the Trust was changed in 1995 to the “Harold Ennes Educational Foundation Trust” to fully embrace its expanded role.

Three trustees are appointed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors and are responsible for the operation of the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust. They are Douglas W. Garlinger, CPBE, CBNT, Fishers, IN; Tony Peterle, CPBE, Miami, FL; and Dale Scherbring, CPBE, Timonium, MD. The Trustees appoint a scholarship committee to select the recipients of the Ennes Scholarships each year. More information about the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust is available at sbe.org/ennes.