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.

SBE Awards: Recognize Excellence

SBE Awards ribbonWho will the next SBE Engineer of the Year award recipient be? It could be you, it could be someone you nominate. This will be the eighth year that the Chapter Engineer of the Year award is nominated by SBE Chapters. The chapter honorees are then entered into consideration for the Robert W. Flanders SBE Engineer of the Year award. Each chapter can establish its own criteria for the chapter award. Individuals can also be nominated directly for the national award. For the national award, nominations need to be submitted to the National Office by June 15.

There are other honors as well. The James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year; the SBE Technology Award; Facility Innovation of the Year; Best Technical Article, Book or Program by an SBE Member; Best Article, Paper or Program by a Student Member; and the Freedom Award are among the accolades. There are also a series of statistical awards.

Of the 13 awards recognizing chapters that are presented each year, a local chapter or SBE member make nominations 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. Please nominate these members and chapters so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

For information about these and any of the SBE National Awards, please visit sbe.org/awards or contact Megan Clappe at mclappe@sbe.org. Recognition by your peers is the highest honor. Honor your colleagues today.

Chapter Awards Nomination Form

Individual Awards Nomination Form

James Leifer, Ralph Beaver Named SBE Fellows

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has elevated James Leifer, CBPE, and Ralph Beaver, CBT, to the membership rank of Fellow. The SBE Board of Directors elected them at its meeting held April 24.

Jim LeiferJames Leifer, who originally joined the SBE in 1986, is the senior manager of broadcast operations for American Tower Corp. He is based in the Boston area. His broadcast career began in South Florida. From 1987 to 2017, he handled engineering responsibilities for various broadcast groups, including Paxson, Ion, and iHeart Media. In 2017 he moved to Massachusetts to join American Tower in his current role.

Jim’s SBE activities began with SBE Chapter 53 South Florida. He served that chapter as chair from 2008 to 2012. In 2009, he was elected to a seat on the SBE Board of Directors for one term, then elected secretary in 2011 for four terms. He was the vice president for two terms (2015 to 2017) and then president from 2017 to 2019. He continues to serve on the SBE Board of Directors as immediate past president.

Ralph BeaverRalph Beaver originally joined the SBE in 1975. He moved to Tampa in 1973, and he has been an active member of Chapter 39 Tampa Bay Area for many years, including work on the chapter’s annual Chapter 39 Broadcast Engineering Symposium. He served on the SBE Board of Directors from 2002 until 2012. During that time, he chaired the EAS Committee for one year, and then chaired the SBE Frequency Coordination Committee, where he worked extensively with the SBE/NFL Game-Day Coordinator program when the two groups worked together. He started working with the NFL in 1999 as the Tampa game-day coordinator and Super Bowl coordinator in 1999. He was named NFL general manager of frequency coordination in 2011. In addition, he is the CEO of Media Alert LLC, a company he founded in 1994.

In the letters supporting Leifer’s nomination, there are several references to him being a talented, competent and technically capable broadcast engineer. More recently, Jim has been involved with projects relating to the TV repack, and nomination supports note that he goes beyond the technical duties of the project with his willingness to help in any way he can. One nomination also noted that Jim is “brilliant in the area of technical regulatory advocacy work involving the FCC.”

Several nomination endorsement letters for Ralph Beaver cite his work on EAS alerting, working with Florida on creating the state’s Child Abduction Alert system, and his extensive work in frequency coordination, first around the Tampa area and then with the National Football League. Among the nomination endorsements, one letter stated that Ralph is “not only an expert at radio broadcasting technology, [but] also a master of spectrum allocations and spectrum compatibility studies.”

“I have worked directly with Jim and followed Ralph’s accomplishments in their various capacities within the SBE, “said Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. “They both possess and regularly demonstrate the skill, attitude, professionalism and dedication to broadcast engineering that are the benchmarks of an SBE Fellow.”

The Fellow honor is the highest membership level in the SBE. Members must have made significant contributions to the broadcast engineering field or the SBE. Candidates are nominated by their peers. Since the Society’s founding 56 years ago, 81 members have been honored with the Fellow rank.
Leifer and Beaver will be recognized for their election to Fellow during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Sept. 23, 2020, in Syracuse, NY, during the annual SBE National Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the SBE 22 Broadcast & Technology Expo.

SBE Suggests Chapters Suspend In-person Meetings

The safety of our members and their families are our utmost concern. During this time of heightened concern for public health with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the SBE asks that SBE chapters not conduct in-person meetings in March and April, but rather, meet virtually through any capabilities you may have available to you.

One possible source for a remote presentation is the SBE Chapter Speaker List. Several SBE Sustaining Members offer program presentations to chapters. Contact them to see if a remote presentation could be scheduled for your chapter.

SBE Cancels 2020 NAB Show Events

As you most likely have heard, the NAB announced on March 11 that it has “decided not to move forward with the NAB Show in April,” due to the evolving situation involving the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The SBE events and meetings scheduled to coincide with the April NAB Show have been cancelled. This includes the SBE Ennes Workshop held in conjunction with the BEIT Conference. The SBE at PBS TechCon educational programs have also been cancelled.

The NAB has indicated that it is looking at potential alternatives to hold the show at a later date. Like everyone else, the SBE will await further word from the NAB and consider options for taking part.

The SBE 2020 Membership Drive

Join the SBE

Going: Career Advancement
Growing: Professional Development
Knowing: Ongoing Education

Help your colleagues go, grow and know by joining the SBE.

Membership Drive 2020The SBE wants your help in recruiting new members, and you can win rewards for your efforts. Sponsor a new Member, Associate Member or Sustaining Member between March 1 and May 31, 2020, and you will be eligible for the prize drawings. For each approved new member application you sponsor you will earn $5 off your 2021 membership dues, up to $25. If you recruit three or more Regular or Associate Members, or one Sustaining Member, you will also receive an upgrade to SBE MemberPlus for the remainder of the 2020 membership period.

Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2020, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 15, 2020.

New members are welcome throughout the year. Here’s the link to the member application: SBE Membership application

Grand Prize

A trip to the SBE National Meeting held in conjunction with the annual SBE Chapter 22 Broadcast and Technology Expo in Syracuse, NY, Sept. 23, 2020. Prize package includes round trip airfare for one from within the continental US to the meeting; all SBE National Meeting and engineering conference events on Sept. 23; and two nights at the host hotel (Sept. 22-23).

Additional Prizes

From the SBE
SBE logoed t-shirt
Two SBE logoed notebooks
A copy of SBE CertPreview
One free SBE Webinars by SBE registration
One $25 gift certificate for the SBE Store/SBE Bookstore

Donated by Sustaining Members
BGS: two $100 Amazon gift cards
BSW: Audio-Technica ATHM40x headphones
Cavell Mertz & Associates: four $125 SBE Store/SBE Bookstore gift certificates
Comark: six insulated tumber and notepad sets
Comrex: Rugged Geek RG2000 jump starter/booster/power pack
Dielectric: two Dielectric-logoed polo shirts
Fujifilm: Instax camera
Heartland Video Systems: logoed items
LBA Group: two SafeONE personal RF monitors
Orban: 1101e card and breakout cable
Telos Alliance: logoed items
Tieline: two $25 Starbucks gift cards, two Tieline-logoed polo shirts
Wheatstone: FM-55 processor

Additional prizes will be announced as they are provided.

Golden Recruiter Award
This award recognizes a chapter in each size division recruiting the most new members during the Membership Drive.

Category A and B are based on chaper enrollment, Class A represents chapers whose membership is less than the national median. Class B includes chapters with a membership greater than the national median. Plaques will be awarded during the SBE National Awards Dinner on Sept. 23 in Syracuse, NY.

Membership Drive FAQs
Where do I find new members? Prospective members can be non-members attending chapter meetings, fellow engineers at work or other stations, suppliers or educators.

How do I get credit for new members? Direct prospective members to the SBE website to join online or provide them with a copy of the membership application and ask him/her to fill in your name on the line “Sponsor’s Name/Who introduced you to SBE.” Once the new member’s membership application has been approved, your name will be placed in the prize drawing, which takes place in June 2020.

Official Rules: Only members of the SBE in good standing (national dues paid) are eligible. All applications are subject to approval by the admissions committee per the SBE By-laws. Only sponsorships of new applications for Member, Associate Member and Sustaining Members are eligible for the prize drawings. Each approved application will earn $5 off the recruiter’s 2021 membership dues, up to $25. Each new member application may have only one sponsor. Applications must be received at the SBE National Office between March 1 and May 31, 2020, to be eligible. Drawing for all prizes will be completed by June 15, 2020. Winners will be notified by mail. Grand prize winner may choose $500 cash in lieu of the trip package. There are no other prize substitutions. Winners are responsible for any taxes on prizes. Employees of the SBE and their family members are not eligible to win. Contest void where prohibited. Entrants agree that their name and likeness may be used by the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. for promotional purposes.

SBE Fellow Nominations Are Open

There is still time to recognize a broadcasting peer who has contributed to the success of an SBE chapter or broadcasting. The membership grade of SBE Fellow is the highest in the society, and it honors those who have exhibited a dedication to the advancement of the broadcast engineer, the field of broadcast engineering and the Society of Broadcast Engineers itself. To date, 85 members have been recognized with the honor in the society’s more than 55 years of existence.

To nominate a member, candidates must be proposed in writing by a voting SBE member to the Fellowship Committee. The nomination must include a comprehensive professional history of the nominee and an explanation of why the candidate is deserving of this honor. The nomination must also include the written endorsements of at least five other voting SBE members. Nominations are confidential. No others besides the nominators and the members of the Fellowship Committee should be aware of the nomination. The nominee should not know that he or she has been nominated.

Nominations for 2020 must be received no later than March 27, 2020, for consideration. The Fellowship Committee will bring the names of nominees to the Board of Directors for consideration and election at the April 19, 2020, meeting. The SBE secretary will notify those elected. Recipients will be recognized at the SBE National Awards Dinner on Sept. 23 during the 2020 SBE National Meeting to be held in Syracuse, NY.

Submit your nominations in a single package to Fellowship Committee Chair Troy Pennington, CSRE, CBNT, at tpennington@sbe.org.

Candidates Sought for SBE Election

The SBE’s 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 an 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 as a member of the board and through service as a national committee chair or member. Members of the Board represent all members, not a specific region 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 2020 as will all four officer positions. The SBE By-laws limits the number of terms for elected members of the Board.

If interested, contact SBE Nominations Committee Chair Jim Leifer, CPBE, at jleifer@sbe.org. A nomination slate will be assembled by the committee by May 1. Other qualified members may be nominated by SBE members no later than July 2 by letter to the SBE Secretary. Floor nominations require the endorsement of at least 10 SBE members.

The election runs from July 17 to Aug. 19. Those elected will be installed at the SBE National Meeting in Syracuse, NY, on Sept. 23.

John Poray, SBE Executive Director, to Retire at End of 2020

Wayne Pecena, president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, has announced that long-time executive director of the SBE, John Poray, has shared his plans to retire at the end of 2020. Poray joined the SBE as executive director on Oct. 1, 1992. During his tenure, the SBE has seen growth in membership, and in the society’s certification, education and frequency coordination programs.

John PorayWith the announcement, President Pecena added, “John has been a fixture of the SBE since 1992 who cannot be replaced. We can only seek to find a successor!”

Poray’s entire 43-year career has been in the field of non-profit organization management. Prior to the SBE, he served with the International Headquarters of Kiwanis International, The Apartment Association of Indiana, The Columbus (OH) Apartment Association, and began his career with the Central Ohio Council, Boy Scouts of America. Poray was the first full-time executive director hired by the SBE Board of Directors, led at the time by SBE President Richard Farquhar.

With his announcement, Poray said, “I have been blessed to have had a long and productive relationship with the SBE, working with many great members, national leaders and staff. Together, we have worked to grow the SBE in size and stature and I believe the SBE is positioned well to continue to serve the broadcast and media engineers into the future. I look forward to a busy 2020 for SBE while assisting the Board of Directors with the transition.”

In the coming weeks, President Pecena plans to meet with members of the Board of Directors to begin the search process for the next SBE executive director.