for the week ending October 13, 2017

Gillespie to Lead NEMR:  Industry veteran Michele Gillespie has been named as the general manager of MTIA member-company NEMR Telecom.  She succeeds Jim Sherburne in the position.  Gillespie joined NEMR  Telecom in 1995, and has served as assistant bookkeeper, accountant and more recently office & accounting manager.  She  graduated from Truman State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance.  Gillespie, her husband Garrett and their two sons live in the Novinger exchange and own a farm in the Pollock exchange in northern Missouri.

Capital Gathering Set for February :  MTIA will hold its annual reception and dinner for all members of the Missouri House & Senate at the Jefferson City Country Club on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  The evening event is a great venue to showcase the association and its member companies to state lawmakers in a relaxed and informal setting.  Legislators will return to Jefferson City on January 3 for the second regular session of the 99th Missouri General Assembly.  Lawmakers will meet weekly, Monday through Thursday,  up to mandatory adjournment on  May 18.

Grounding Class Available:  If you aren’t sending some of your outside plant staff to MATSS next week (and you really should), here is an opportunity for them to get needed training on grounding practices and methods.  The one-day course is being offered October 17 by Transtector Grounding Services  at the IBEW-NECA facility in Jefferson City.  Use this link for more information and registration :  Grounding Class

Industry Partner of the Week:  MTIA member-company Enersys, Inc. provides batteries for IT, UPS, utility, switchgears, security, emergency lighting and general electronics for Missouri’s telecommunications carriers.  For more information, contact Ryan Shadwick, southwest region area manager, at 281-255-3276; or visit them online at

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