Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability (STAR) are the foundation for NATE members participating in this initiative for improving safety and recognizing qualified contractors.
NATE to Host Midwest Regional Meeting on September 25, 2015.
For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2015
New Orleans Saints and National Association of Tower Erectors
Team Up for NATE UNITE 2016 Events
Mercedes-Benz Superdome Welcome Reception and Coach Sean Payton Keynote Address Highlight NATE UNITE 2016 Festivities; Premier Sponsorship Opportunities Available
(New Orleans, LA) - The National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that they are teaming up for several high-profile events that will be held in conjunction with the NATE UNITE 2016 annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. NATE UNITE 2016 will take place February 22-25, 2016 and is widely regarded as the premier event in the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries.
“We are very excited to partner with a first-class NFL franchise like the New Orleans Saints for NATE UNITE 2016,” said NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “The Saints are as important to the fabric and culture of New Orleans as Mardi Gras, jazz music and beignets. This partnership will provide a unique, bayou flavor to NATE UNITE 2016,” Schlekeway added.
The Association will kick-off NATE UNITE 2016 by hosting a Welcome Reception at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 22, 2016. Attendees of the NATE UNITE 2016 Welcome Reception, which will be held in the spacious 13,000 square feet Mercedes-Benz Club Lounge, will be served authentic New Orleans cocktails, cuisine and desserts in a relaxing setting that is conducive to networking. Additionally, members of the Saintsations, the official dance team of the New Orleans Saints, will be on hand to greet and enhance the experience of reception attendees.
The dynamic partnership agreement also includes a Keynote Speaker appearance by Super Bowl winning Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. Coach Sean Payton is slated to provide a motivational address during the NATE Keynote Luncheon at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, February 24. Coach Payton will also be made available for a brief autograph and photo session immediately following the keynote address.
“The New Orleans Saints are looking forward to hosting the NATE UNITE Welcome Reception at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome next year. This event along with Coach Payton’s Keynote Address should make this a memorable and authentic New Orleans experience for all attendees,” said Saints Vice President of Partnerships Jean-Paul Dardenne.
“As a native to the New Orleans region and life-long fan of the Saints, I am thrilled to welcome Coach Sean Payton as the NATE UNITE 2016 Keynote Speaker and cordially invite conference attendees to the reception at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. I am confident that NATE UNITE 2016 participants will come to love the Big Easy as much as I do,” stated NATE Trade Show Committee member Amanda Stegall from MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi.
As part of the announcement, NATE and the New Orleans Saints also unveiled premier sponsorship packages that are available for companies interested in sponsoring the NATE UNITE 2016 Welcome Reception at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the NATE Keynote Luncheon with Coach Sean Payton. Four $15,000 Welcome Reception sponsorships are available and four $12,500 NATE Keynote Luncheon -- Coach Sean Payton sponsorships are available. The sponsorship packages are expected to be in high demand and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“The NFL brand is one of the most iconic and marketable brands in the world and the NATE UNITE 2016 - New Orleans Saints sponsorship packages are a tremendous opportunity for companies in our industry to gain unprecedented exposure,” said NATE Trade Show Committee Chairman Joel Hightower of Hightower Communications, Inc. in LaGrange, North Carolina.
Companies and stakeholders interested in sponsoring the NATE UNITE 2016 - New Orleans Saints packages are encouraged to call 888-882-5865 (U.S.) or 605-882-5865 or visit www.natehome.com.
Coach Sean Payton Biography
Sean Payton is the current head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois University and played professionally in 1987 and 1988. He began his coaching career as offensive assistant for San Diego State University and had several assistant coaching positions in collegiate and NFL teams before being named as the 10th full-time coach in Saints history in 2006. He was named AP NFL Coach of the Year in 2006. In 2009, the New Orleans Saints won their first Super Bowl behind the leadership of Coach Payton.
About National Association of Tower Erectors
National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a not-for-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry providing a unified voice for tower erection, service and maintenance companies. Today the Association boasts over 815 member companies located throughout the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.
July/August 2015• Volume 21 • Issue 4