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:

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

(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 or Executive Director John Poray at 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 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.

SBE elects Hogan president

Ralph Hogan

Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE returns as president of the SBE for 2012-13. The society elected 10 members to join the board for the upcoming year.

Results are in for the 2012-13 SBE National Board of Directors after the society’s first online election. Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE remains as president for a second term.

“I am looking forward to continuing the excellent progress the Society has made in the past year and begin exploring the recommendations of the strategic planning committee with the board of directors at our October National Meeting,” said Hogan.

Officers are elected to serve one-year terms on the Society of Broadcast Engineers Board of Directors. Returning to the board as officers are Hogan, director of engineering for KJZZ-FM/KBAQ-FM, Tempe, Ariz. as president; Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB, vice president of engineering at Meredith Corporationin Las Vegas, Nev. as vice president; James Leifer, CPBE, director of engineering & IT at Clear Channel South Florida in Miami, Fla. as secretary; and Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT, corporate regional engineer and DoE at Entercom Communications in Greenville, S.C. as treasurer.

The election of six directors, for two-year terms, includes the return of Tim Anderson, CPBE, DRB, CBNT, manager, strategic radio market and product development, Harris Corporation Broadcast Communications Division in Mason, Ohio; Gary Kline, CBT, CBNT, senior vice president of engineering, Cumulus Media in Atlanta, Ga.; and Scott Mason, CPBE, CBNT, west coast director of engineering, CBS Radio in Los Angeles, Calif.

New to the board as directors are Andrea Cummis, CBT, CTO, senior director of engineering 
and operations, WNET in New York, N.Y.; John Heimerl, CPBE, vice president of strategic technologies, WHRO-TV, WHRO-FM, WHRV-FM in Norfolk, Va.; and Wayne M. Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB AMD, DRB, CBNE, director of engineering, Texas A&M University-Educational Broadcast Services in College Station, Texas.

2012 was the first year the society offered online voting, which saw a 64% increase in ballots cast from the previous year. The total number of ballots cast was 1,313, which were 511 more ballots than in 2011.

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 October 24 during the SBE Membership Meeting. The newly elected will join the other six directors who have another year remaining in their terms as well as immediate past president, Vincent Lopez, CEV, CBNT.

The National Meeting is being held in conjunction with The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX 2012) and the SBE/SMPTE Engineering Boot Camp. The event takes place in the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel in Denver Colorado October 23-24, 2012.

Vote in the SBE election

SBE ElectionThe 2012 SBE Officers and Board of Directors Election is currently underway. An email containing a unique link to online voting has been sent to voting members voting electronically. Paper ballots are being mailed today to members who opted out of electronic voting.

View the list of SBE director and officer candidates here.

If you do not receive an email with voting instructions or a paper ballot by August 1, please email Scott Jones or Hannah Trowbridge or contact them by phone at (317) 846-9000.

Voting closes August 28 at 4:30 p.m. EDT. At the time the voting closes all electronic and paper ballots are due in the SBE National Office by 4:30 p.m. The results will be known on August 28 when all the ballots are counted by the official board of tellers.

Those elected will be inducted into office on October 24 during the SBE National Meeting, which will be held in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Audio/Video Expo (AVX) and the Engineer’s Boot Camp.