SBE Elects Jim Leifer as President

Jim LeiferThe Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, announces the results of the 2017 election for the national board of directors. Jim Leifer, CPBE, was elected as the society’s president. Leifer is senior manager of broadcast operations at American Tower Corporation, Andover, MA.

Regarding the election, President-elect Leifer said, “I look forward to serving the Society and its members. I would first like to thank my friend President Jerry Massey. We all appreciate your efforts and leadership over the last two years. I look forward to continuing your outreach to the military. I also look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the membership so we can expand our membership and outreach to the media professionals among us.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 26 are:

■ Vice President: Robert “RJ” Russell, CPBE; VP engineering and operations, WTXF-TV; Philadelphia, PA

■ Secretary: Wayne Pecena, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, Texas A&M University – KAMU-FM & TV; College Station, TX

■ Treasurer: Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE, senior director, Techwood Engineering; Turner; Atlanta

RJ Russell  Wayne Pecena  Jim BernierServing two-year terms on the board of directors, which also begin Oct. 26 are:

■ Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; managing partner, AC Video Solutions; Roseland, NJ
■ Mark Fehlig, P.E., CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; senior systems engineer, Jampro/Alan Dick Antennas; Walnut Creek, CA
■ Stephen H. Lampen, CBRE; multimedia technology manager/product line manager – entertainment products, Belden; San Francisco
■ Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT; director of engineering, iHeartMedia; Loveland, CO
■ Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; director of engineering, KSE Radio; Denver, CO
■ Kevin Trueblood, CBRE, CBNT; director of engineering, WGCU Public Media; Estero, FL

Andrea Cummis  Mark Fehlig  Stephen Lampen

Kimberly Sacks  Barry Thomas  Kevin Truelblood

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 Oct. 26, 2017, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other five directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; senior systems consultant, Telos Alliance; Nashville, TN; Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT; chief engineer, WSTM/WTVH/WSTQ-Sinclair Broadcast Group, Syracuse, NY; Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO; director of engineering, CBS Radio Sacramento; Sacramento, CA; Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE; director of broadcast operations and engineering, WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV; Miramar, FL; Justin “JT” Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE; regional director of engineering Southwest, Cumulus Media Charleston; Charleston, SC) and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE, who becomes the immediate past president. Jim Bernier had one year remaining in his director term, so a replacement will be appointed to fill the remainder of that term when the new officers and directors are in office.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 25-26, 2017, in Denver in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX).

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SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2017 Election

Each 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 slate of candidates assembled by the Nominations Committee includes:

Officers:
James LeiferPresident – James Leifer, CPBE; Chapter 11, Boston

Vice President – Robert “RJ” Russell, CPBE; Chapter 18, Philadelphia
Secretary – Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99, Bryan, TX

Treasurer – Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5, Atlanta
Treasurer – Charles :Ched” Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE; Chapter 53, South Florida

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
David Bialik, CBT; Chapter 15, New York City

Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; Chapter 15, New York City

Mark G. Fehlig, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT; Chapter 40, San Francisco

Michael Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT; Chapter 17 Minneapolis

Steven H. Lampen, CBRE; Chapter 40, San Francisco

Kimberly K. Sacks, CBT; Chapter 48, Denver

Dave Siegler, CPBE; Chapter 5, Atlanta

Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 48, Denver

Kevin Trueblood, CBPE, CBNT; Chapter 90, Southwest Florida

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to the national Secretary by July 10 will be added to the ballot. The election will take place July 24 through August 23. 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.
For more information about candidacy, contact Secretary Wayne Pecena at wpecena@sbe.org, or Executive Director John Poray at jporay@sbe.org or 317-846-9000.

Ornellas Appointed to Fill SBE Board Vacancy

Jason OrnellasSBE President Jerry Massey has appointed Jason Ornellas, CBRE, CRO, to fill an open position on the SBE Board of Directors. The SBE Executive Committee ratified the appointment during a conference call meeting on March 21. The Board seat opened when Mark Simpson, CPBE, AMD, DRB, CBNE, resigned from the Board. Ornellas fills Simpson’s unexpired term that will end in the fall 2018.

Ornellas is director of engineering at CBS Radio, Sacramento, CA. He has been an SBE member since 2008, first as a Student Member. He was involved with SBE chapters in Indianapolis, San Francisco and New York City before moving to Sacramento. He is a member of Chapter 43 Sacramento.

On the appointment, Massey said, “Jason expressed interest in serving on the Board in previous SBE elections, so it was a natural choice to ask him to join the Board now. I’m glad to have him with us. At the same time, I’m sorry that Mark Simpson has decided to step down, but I understand his reasons.”

Mark Simpson was recently promoted to VP of engineering of Townsquare Media. He was elected to the Board in 2016. He has stepped down from the Board to focus his energy on his new position.

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.

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.

SBE Officer, Director Candidates Announced for 2016 Election

Each 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 slate of candidates assembled by the Nominations Committee includes:

Officers:
President – Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT; Chapter 86, Greenville, SC
Vice President – James Leifer, CPBE; Chapter 53, South Florida
Secretary – Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 33, Southwestern Ohio
Treasurer – Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO; Chapter 15, New York, NY

Directors:
(top six vote getters will be elected):
Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNE; Chapter 5, Atlanta
Kirk Harnack, CBRE, CBNE; Chapter 103, Nashville, TN
Brian Oliger, CBT, CBNT; Chapter 37, District of Columbia
Jason Ornellas, Chapter 43, Sacramento
Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 99, Bryan, TX
Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE; Chapter 53, South Florida
Mark Simpson, CPBE, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chapter 32, Tucson
Justin “JT” Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE; Chapter 107, Charelston

Additional candidates may be nominated by the membership. Any eligible member proposed by at least ten members to the national Secretary by July 12 will be added to the ballot. The election will take place July 25 through August 25. 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.
For more information about candidacy, contact Ted Hand at thand@sbe.org or Executive Director John Poray at jporay@sbe.org or 317-846-9000.

Sanchez Appointed to SBE Board of Directors

Marcelo SanchezSBE President Jerry Massey has announced that Carlos Marcelo Sanchez, CPBE, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the national SBE Board of Directors. Sanchez is director of broadcast operations and engineering for WFOR-TV/WBFS-TV in Miami, FL. The Board ratified the appointment during its meeting held on May 13.

The Board vacancy was created as a result of the resignation of Kim Sacks, CBT, who resigned in March of this year. Sanchez will serve the remainder of the unexpired term, which runs through Oct. 27, 2016.

SBE Nominations Committee Seeks Board Candidates

The annual election of officers and directors to the national SBE Board of Directors will take place this summer. The SBE Nominations Committee is seeking 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, 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 2016 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. 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 chairman of the SBE Nominations Committee, R.J. Russell, CPBE, at rjrussell@sbe.org or 215-982-5310. A slate of nominees will be assembled by the committee by April 29. Other qualified members may be nominated by members in good standing no later than July 12.

The election takes place from July 25 through Aug. 25. The election is held online, but SBE members can opt-out of electronic voting and have a paper ballot mailed to them. Candidates elected will be installed into office during the SBE National Meeting in Columbus, OH, on Oct. 27 in conjunction with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters Engineering Conference.

SBE Elects Jerry Massey as President

The Society of Broadcast Engineers announces the results of the 2015 election for the national board of directors. Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, was elected as the society’s president. Massey is the corporate regional engineer, southeast at Entercom Greenville in Greenville, SC.

Upon hearing the election results, President-elect Massey said, “As we prepare to embark on a new year with new SBE officers and board members, I first would like to thank President Joe Snelson for his professional and dedicated leadership of the Society over the past two years. We want to continue in his footsteps by focusing on continuing our advancement in educational opportunities and being an advocate for you the members of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. I look forward to working with the board in the year ahead, and also meeting many members of the SBE.”

Others serving one-year terms as officers, which begin on Oct. 14 are:

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

■ Secretary: Ted Hand, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, director of engineering/operations at CMG-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.

■ 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. 14 are:
■ Mark Fehlig, PE, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNT – Chapter 5, Atlanta
■ Mike Hendrickson, CPBE, CBNT – Chapter 17, Minnesota
■ Ched Keiler, CPBE, 8-VSB, CBNE – Chapter 53, South Florida
■ Jeff Keith, CPBE – Chapter 93, Raleigh, NC
■ Kevin Plumb, CPBE – Chapter 14, Connecticut
■ RJ Russell, CPBE – Chapter 18, Philadelphia, PA

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. 14, 2015, during the SBE Membership Meeting. They will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms (Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Ben Brinitzer, CPBE, AMD; Gary Kline, CBT, CBNT; Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Kim Sacks, CBT; and Eric Schecter, CBRE) as well as Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, who will be the immediate past president.

The SBE National Meeting will be held Oct. 13-14, 2015, in Madison, WI, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Clinic, presented by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the SBE chapters of Wisconsin.

Miss the SBE Membership Meeting? Watch a recording now!

You’re in luck if you missed the fall membership meeting of the SBE in Denver. You can watch it online, now! Thanks to, Advanced Broadcast SolutionsComrexDVEO and Orban for sponsoring the meeting. They made it possibly to view, for those of you who were unable to be in Denver. A big thanks to SBE Immediate Past President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT and SBE Chapter 48 Chairman Tony Roccanova, along with their team, for their great work on the live stream and recording.