Nominations Committee Seeks Board Candidates for 2017 Election

The annual election of officers and directors to the national SBE Board of Directors will take place this summer. The SBE Nominations Committee seeks qualified candidates who are voting members (Member, Senior, Fellow or the designated representative of a SBE Sustaining Member) in good standing (dues paid). Candidates must hold an engineering level of SBE certification (CBT or higher or CBNE) and maintain it the entire duration of service on the Board, if elected. Candidates should have a desire to serve and lead, not only as a member of the board, but through service as a national committee chair or member. Members of the Board represent all members, not any one specific region, state, city or chapter. It is suggested that candidates have previous experience as a leader in his or her local chapter, or other volunteer leadership experience, prior to running for the national SBE Board.

Members of the Board are expected to attend two regularly called meetings each year; in the spring, held during the annual NAB Show, and in the fall, at the annual SBE National Meeting. Other meetings may be called via conference call during the year.

The national SBE board includes 12 directors, four officers and the immediate past president. Directors serve two-year terms and officers serve one-year terms. Six director seats will be contested in 2017 as will all four officer positions. The SBE By-laws limits the number of terms of elected members of the Board. Directors may serve three consecutive terms. The secretary and treasurer may serve up to four consecutive terms and the president and vice president may serve up to two consecutive terms. The maximum number of years anyone may serve on the board is ten consecutive years. The time spent as immediate past president does not count towards the ten-year total.

Members interested in offering their candidacy and serving on the national Board if elected are encouraged to contact the SBE Nominations Committee Chair Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, at jim.bernier@sbe.org or 678-466-0002. A slate of nominees will be assembled by the committee by April 28. Other qualified members may be nominated by members in good standing no later than July 10.

The election takes place from July 24 to Aug. 23. Candidates elected will be installed into office during the SBE National Meeting in Denver, CO, on Oct. 26.

Denver to Host SBE 2017 National Meeting

The Mile High City of Denver, CO, will host the 2017 SBE National Meeting on Oct. 25-26. SBE President Jerry Massey made the announcement at the end of the 2016 SBE Annual Membership Meeting held in Columbus, OH, last October. The National Meeting will be held in conjunction with Audio/Video Expo (AVX) at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel. The host chapter is Chapter 48 of Denver and the Colorado Front Range.

The SBE National Meeting includes the SBE Annual Membership Meeting, the SBE National Awards Reception and Dinner and the SBE Fellows Breakfast. Also meeting during the event will be the national SBE Board of Directors, and the national SBE Certification Committee.

The AVX is a two-day event that includes a trade show with more than 100 media and A/V oriented exhibiting companies, and two dozen workshops and seminars.

The Crowne Plaza DIA is a first class hotel that includes a 60,000 sq. ft convention center and offers free shuttle service to and from Denver International Airport. The SBE National Meeting was last held there in 2012.

More information about the SBE National Meeting will be available beginning in June. Watch for it in The Signal and SBE-news. All members and friends of the SBE are invited to attend. Members in Colorado and neighboring states are particularly encouraged to attend while the SBE National Meeting is close by. Save the dates: Oct. 25-26 for the 2017 SBE National Meeting and AVX.

Lopez Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Vinny LopezSBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT, to fill the open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during its winter meeting on January 28. The Board seat opened when Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, was appointed from the Board to take the office of SBE secretary in December 2016. The Board term will end in the fall 2018.

Lopez, who is chief engineer at WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-Sinclair Broadcast Group, Syracuse, NY, is a member of SBE Chapter 22 Central New York. He is a past president, vice president and secretary of the SBE, and served his first term as a director in 2001. He was elevated to the SBE member grade of Fellow in 2005. He has been the Chapter 22 chair and vice chair and is currently the chapter secretary.

On the appointment, Massey said, “Vinny has an established track record with the SBE, and I’m glad to have him return to service on the Board of Directors. His SBE and industry experience are a valuable asset.”

Nominations Open for 2016 SBE Awards

By Mike Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT
Awards Committee Chair

SBE award ribbonThe time has come to nominate SBE members and chapters for SBE awards. Please consider your chapter and chapter members when you think about these awards. There may be an individual in your chapter who has been an outstanding engineer, educator or mentor for new broadcast engineers. Recognize that person by nominating him or her for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year or the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year awards.

Perhaps someone has written a notable technical article or presented a technical paper at a meeting. The SBE Freedom Award recognizes an individual or group that has performed extraordinary service to the United States through the use of media technology. For the hardware and software side, the SBE Technology Award recognizes the person, group, or company that has developed innovative new technology or systems for media technology.

These are a few of the awards that are presented each year by the SBE. Of the 13 awards that are presented each year, the local chapter or SBE member nominates for 10 of them.

Many SBE members are highly qualified and deserving of recognition. Likewise, many chapters do an excellent job promoting the ideals and goals of the SBE. I urge you to nominate these members and chapters so they can receive the recognition they deserve. Nominate someone or a chapter today.

All the national awards were created to recognize the efforts of members and chapters. Find all the details on the SBE awards at sbe.org/awards. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Certification Director Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org or me at mhendrickson@sbe.org.

Pecena Appointed to Fill SBE Secretary Vacancy

SBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, as national secretary on the SBE national Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during a conference call meeting held December 12. The position of national secretary was vacated when Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE, resigned to focus on a new career direction as a commercial airline pilot.

Wayne PecenaPecena, who is director of engineering at Texas A&M University and a member of Chapter 99, has been a member of the SBE Board for four years and was elected to a third director term earlier this year. He chairs the SBE Education Committee and will continue to do so while serving as secretary. Pecena vacates his director seat to assume the secretary role.

Anderson was elected national secretary this past summer and had served as a director on the Board for six years. For most of those years, he served as chair of the membership committee.

On the appointment, Massey said, “We’re certainly sorry that Tim is leaving the Board, but it’s understandable as he pursues his new career path. We’ll miss his insight and contributions to the SBE’s national efforts. At the same time, Wayne has been, and I expect will continue to be, a valuable asset to the SBE and especially our education efforts. I welcome him to his new position.”

President Massey has also appointed board director Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, senior director of broadcast engineering at Turner Entertainment Networks and a member of Chapter 5 in Atlanta, to serve on the Executive Committee.

New SBE Facebook Group: SBE Chapters

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, has created a new group on Facebook called SBE Chapters. Sharing information and experiences is a great path to a more active SBE membership. This group is the official place to post a photo and description of what your SBE chapter is doing. Did you host a terrific presenter? Is your chapter doing something interesting, educational, or just plain fun? This group is the spot to share photos from these SBE chapter events.

SBE Re-Elects Jerry Massey as President

The Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2016 election for the national board of directors. Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, was re-elected as the society’s president. Massey is the regional technical operations director, Southeast for Entercom Communications, and the director of technical operations, MIS, sustainability for Entercom Greenville.

Regarding the election results, President Massey said, “I set several goals when I was elected president last year, and I look forward to working with the board and our members to see these goals to completion.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 27 are:

■ Vice President: Jim Leifer, CPBE, director of engineering and IT at iHeartMedia/South Florida, Boynton Beach, FL.

■ Secretary: Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; manager of business and product development, radio transmission, GatesAir; Covington, KY.

■ Treasurer: Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO, managing partner, AC Video Solutions, Roseland, NJ.

    Serving two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 27 are:

■ Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Senior Director, Broadcast Engineering, Turner Entertainment Networks; Alpharetta, GA
■ Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Director of Multimedia Education, Telos Alliance; Nashville, TN
■ Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Director of Engineering , Texas A&M University – KAMU FM & TV; College Station, TX
■ Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE; Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering, WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV; Miramar, FL
■ Mark Simpson, CPBE, AMD, DRB, CBNE; VP Engineering, Townsquare Media; Tucson, AZ
■ Justin “JT” Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE; Regional Director of Engineering Southwest, Cumulus Media Charleston; Charleston, SC

   
    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 5,100 members. Those elected will begin their terms on Oct. 27, 2016, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Mark Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; senior engineer, RF spectrum; Osborn Engineering; Snellville, GA; Michael Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT; chief engineer; American Public Media Group/Minnesota Public Radio/Classical South Florida; Lakeville, MN; Ched Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE; senior engineer; ISC/E Three; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jeff Keith, CPBE; senior product development engineer; Wheatstone Corporation; New Bern, NC; Kevin Plumb, CPBE; vice president, video/audio platform technologies; ESPN Technology; Trumbull, CT; RJ Russell, CPBE; VP of engineering; Fox 29 Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA) as well as Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, who is the immediate past president.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 26-27, 2015, in Columbus, OH, in conjunction with the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference, presented by the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the Ohio chapters of the SBE, and the Ohio chapter of SMPTE.

SBE Announces Winners of 2016 National Awards

The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces the recipients of the 2016 SBE National Awards. The awards recognize excellence and achievement by individual members, SBE chapters and Sustaining Member companies. The two highest individual awards are the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year and the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year.

Mike HendricksonPresented to a member who has excelled in his or her career while furthering the mission of the SBE, the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year is awarded to Michael Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT, of Lakeville, MN. Hendrickson is a former SBE Chapter 17 chair, and currently a member of the SBE National Board of Directors.

Cheryl LustenbergerThe recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award is recognized for outstanding service and excellence in sharing knowledge through teaching other broadcast engineers. The winner of the award is Cheryl Lustenberger, CBNT, CTO, of Chapter 11 in Boston. Lustenberger is the assistant manager at the Tufte Television Facilities at Emerson College and has been instrumental in creating a fun and educational environment to students interested in broadcast engineering.

Mike Hendrickson has been in the broadcast engineering industry for more than 35 years. Recently retired, Mike was elected to the national SBE Board of Directors in 2015. Prior to retirement, Mike was chief engineer for American Public Media and was responsible for the upgrade of Minnesota Public Radio stations in Minnesota and several stations in Florida. In addition to being a former chapter chairman of Chapter 17, Mike has held several offices. Mike wrote an early version of a database that contained entries of most of the 950MHz aural studio/transmitter link assignments in the area. He is remembered by some SBE members for the demonstration of this database at an SBE meeting in the early 1980s, when a static discharge from bad carpet to the computer ended the database demo!

2016 marks the fourth 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 certificate and will be recognized nationally on the SBE website and in a future issue of The Signal. The nine chapter winners also were automatically nominated for the national Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year Award.

Cheryl Lustenberger has spent the last nine years educating future broadcast engineers at Tufte Television Studios at Emerson College. Having previously worked at several network affiliates in Massachusetts before coming back to her alma mater as staff, she was always happy to help students learn about the technology behind the productions they were developing and carrying out. In addition to formal workshops on safety, rigging and technology, Cheryl makes herself available to students via personal workshops on most any subject. One Emerson College student commented, “Her devotion to lifelong learning and teaching sets an example for students who will have to keep up with a rapidly changing industry.”

Blackmagic Design is awarded the 2016 SBE Technology Award for its URSA Studio Viewfinder, which turns the URSA mini, a compact lightweight Super 35 digital film camera, into a true professional studio camera.

Norman PortilloNorman Portillo, CBT, CTO, has won the newly added Freedom Award. Portillo previously won the Educator of the Year award in 2014 and has continued that education and training throughout the military community with his move from the Defense Information School in Maryland to Fort Bragg, NC. Norman recently established an SBE Chapter at Fort Bragg, Chapter 147. He currently serves as the chairman of that chapter. His supervisor, Jeremiah Green commented, “I have seen him personally reach out to the military community about the SBE’s programs and benefits. The command has also recognized his success and relies on him to connect the bridge between civilian and military training. Where the most Army military broadcast engineers are stationed, they now have a home where they can have training and certification opportunities.”

Chapter Awards
Best Chapter Communication
Chapter 24 of Madison, WI

Best Regional Convention or Conference
SBE Chapters of Wisconsin, and the 2015 Broadcasters Clinic

Several SBE National Awards recognize chapters for growth in membership, percentage of certified members and highest average attendance at chapter meetings. These awards are based on statistics kept at the national office, as submitted by chapters. Two awards for each category are presented, based on chapter enrollment. Class A represents chapters whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median.

Greatest Growth in New Members
A: Chapter 96, Rockford, IL, Chapter Chairman Ben Pflederer
B: Chapter 7, Jacksonville, FL, Chapter Chairman Craig Butler, CSRTE

Most Certified Chapter
A: Chapter 118, Montgomery, AL, Chapter Chairman Wiely Boswell, CBRE, CBNE; Certification Chairman, Charlie Grider, CBRE, CBNT
B: Chapter 131, Inland Empire, CA, Chapter Chairman, Wayne Murphy, CPBE, CBNE; Certification Chairman, Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE

Highest Average Member Attendance
A: Chapter 145, Magic Valley, ID, Chapter Chairman Thomas Lowther, CSRTE, CBNT
B: Chapter 34, Albuquerque, NM, Chapter Chairman William Harris, CPBE, AMD, CBNT

Nominations for the 2017 awards will open in February.

All the awards will be presented during the SBE National Awards Dinner on October 27, at the SBE National Meeting in Columbus, OH. The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference, which is presented by the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, the Ohio chapters of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and the Ohio section of SMPTE.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio engineers and those in related fields. The SBE has more than 5,100 members in 115 chapters across the United States and in Hong Kong. There are also members in more than 30 other countries. Most chapters meet monthly and offer educational programs and an opportunity to network with other engineers. The SBE offers the largest and most recognized certification program for broadcast engineers, operators and technicians, with more than 4,500 certifications currently active.

SBE Reports First Compensation Survey Results

From April 1 to May 13, 2016, the Society of Broadcast Engineers conducted a survey to determine salary levels and benefits among broadcast and media technology engineers. This first survey provides a wealth of useful information, and it also establishes a baseline for subsequent surveys to establish compensation trends.

clipboardThe complete results of the survey are available at no charge to SBE members as a benefit of membership. A link to the survey is posted on the SBE website. SBE members will login to view the report.

The survey included 23 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 Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, said, “The SBE is pleased with the overall participation in the survey, and we look forward to greater participation in subsequent years. While other surveys have been conducted in the past, the SBE Compensation Survey broadly encompasses radio, TV and other media rather than focusing on only one segment.”

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 results, with greater detail on job category and market size. Presiden Massey added, “The survey shows that individuals who hold SBE Certification on average earn a higher salary than those who do not hold SBE Certification. This is a trend we have seen in other surveys, and continues to show true.”

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

SBE Launches Chapter Training Video Series

The SBE has produced the first in a series of videos designed to inform and orient new and aspiring chapter chairmen and other officers and leaders about local chapter operations. The first video, titled Structure and Responsibilities, is available on the Chapters/Administration page of the SBE website. It is based on information contained in the SBE Chapter Manual.

Chapters can also use the video to help potential chapter leaders understand chapter responsibilities and how a chapter works. View the video in the chapter administration section of the SBE website or on the SBE YouTube channel.