Pennsylvania Wireless Association

The Voice of the Wireless Industry in Pennsylvania...

Board of Directors

Phil Burtner, President

Mr. Burtner is a managing member of NB&C Engineering Services, LLC, a leading telecommunications consulting firm serving the Eastern United States. Since its launch in 2011, NB&C Engineering Services has gained a significant market share of the telecommunications consulting services sector from Boston to the Carolinas, because they have carefully developed a talented team of service-oriented professionals.

 Mr. Burtner has extensive telecommunications experience, having been involved in the development of over 5,000 wireless telecommunications sites throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, working with every major carrier. He has expertise in all types of communications facilities, including rooftop and stealth installations, collocations, raw land tower sites, in-building antenna systems, and fiber optic installations. He supervises all aspects of planning, engineering and construction of these facilities, from site selection and coordination of due diligence investigations, thru zoning and permitting, to construction management and close-out. Mr. Burtner gained his track record of success from leadership positions he held with Advantage Engineers, CMX, Damiano & Long and URS Corporation. Mr. Burtner earned a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He is a licensed PE in 14 states. Phil is a life-member of Trout Unlimited serving on the Monocacy Chapter Board of Directors, and he is President of the Monocacy Creek Watershed Association in Bethlehem, PA

Barbara Burba, Vice President

Michael W. Damiano

Michael is a Principal of Damiano Consulting Associates, a registered Pennsylvania corporation that offers consulting services to the wireless industry. These services include site acquisition, engineering review, and project management. Formerly he managed PPL Infrastructure Services, LLC a subsidiary of the PPL Corporation that offered collocation solutions to the wireless industry by utilizing electrical transmission and substation infrastructure.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a MBA in Finance from DeSales University. In addition to Damiano Consulting Associates, Michael is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Wireless Association, founding and associate Board Member of the Utilisite Council, and participates as a Board member in several other private companies.

Jim Fryer
Marketing & PR Chairman
Jim is the Managing Editor of Inside Towers, the only daily newletter serving the tower industry.  He also founded Fryer's Site Guide, the first comprehensive database of tower sites on the market and later adapted it to it's electronic version: Fryer's TowerSource. Fryer's company won the "Excellence in Business Award" for consecutive years at the Tower Summit Conference also publishing the Tower Owner Buyer's Guide and Fryer's Tower Market Report. As an industry analyst, Fryer has been quoted widely in trade publications and national media alike. Time Magazine called him "the tower industry's chief data tracker". Jim now consults with major tower companies such as Crown Castle, is a contributing editor to AGL Magazine and on the board of the Pennsylvania Wireless Association. Jim is a former general manager of the Pittsburgh Business Times and regional publisher with McGraw-Hill and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  GO MIZZOU!

Lisa Rider - Board Member

Lisa Rider is a telecommunications Project Engineer in Crown Castle’s Canonsburg, Pennsylvania office.  Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running. With approximately 40,000 towers and 27,500 route miles of fiber supporting small cells, Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure with a significant presence in the top 100 US markets.  Lisa’s background includes project management and preparation of site development projects for design, grading, storm water management, and erosion and sediment control for various types of site development in many states.  Lisa also coordinates the local IMPACT chapter for the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF). She holds a BSCE from Widener University, and has her FE certification, and is pleased to be part of the Pennsylvania Wireless Association. 

Melissa Cooke - Board Member

Sarb Bassi - Board Member

Chris Schubert - Board Member

Sarb Bassi - Board Member

Chris Pleibel

Since graduating from Kutztown University in 1991, I have grown in the professional world through unique experiences, opportunities and achieving a MBA. Every job from the restaurant industry, beverage wholesaling, tactical and administrative volunteer in a local fire department, and various others have helped me form a technique to perpetuate my career path where I continually seek to improve and be better prepared for future challenges to overcome.

My career in wireless started in 1999 at Summit Manufacturing with two quick stops at MTS Wireless Components and Andrew Corporation with a long and beneficial tenure with Primus Electronics. Most recently, I have accepted the position of National Director of sales at Perfect-10 Wireless, a distributor of wireless products to support infrastructure communication construction.

It is a true honor to be involved with the Pennsylvania Wireless Association since its inception. The PWA has grown into one of the most active associations with one of the country’s largest membership base and the country’s most dynamic and dedicated board of directors. Please embrace the PWA be as active as possible to make the most of the association and this great industry.

Chris Pleibel 610.745.4491

Committee Chairpersons

David Ricci - PWA Western Committee

David Ricci is one of the valued Project Managers at Wireless Services, Inc. (WSI), a general contracting and testing company that provides standard and custom turn-key solutions for the wireless industry. He is a loyal employee of 13 years (with 18 total years in the industry) who began as a tower hand and advanced to Project Manager responsible for coordinating projects and managing all aspects of the tower division of the company. Based out of Pittsburgh, PA, WSI is a preferred contractor for Crown Castle and Verizon Wireless, making Dave responsible for clients’ jobsites in numerous surrounding and nearby states. He is a certified Project Coordinator who specializes in DAS and test equipment, while keeping abreast of new products from leading industry equipment providers, with certifications from Anritsu and JDSU. Away from the office, he is a family man with a wife and 2 children, as well as an avid golfer. 

Jeffery DeLucia - PWA Western Committee

Jeffery De Lucia is a telecommunications Project Manager for Advantage Engineers in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office.  In keeping pace with this ever‐changing industry, Advantage Engineers offers a client‐focused approach to delivering high‐quality, efficient engineering and consulting services for telecommunications networks.  Jeff has been involved with telecommunications projects covering territories from the Midwest to the east coast for over 20 years since starting in the industry as a civil designer for Aerial Communications, now T‐Mobile USA Inc.  His vast design, implementation, and construction experience on various telecommunications projects has provided him with a deep understanding and established presence throughout the industry Jeff is thrilled to work on growing the Pennsylvania Wireless Association within the Western region.

Marc Geddio - Education Committee Co-Chair

My background of the past 25 years has been diversified between Architecture & Engineering, Telecom General Contractor, International and Domestic Construction Management, 3rd Party Logistics, Telecommunications, and most recently, over the last 5 years, National Business Development.   Working for: bTransparent Wireless Group, based in NYC, TXR for Clearwire, Telecom Transport Management  As a long term member of the PWA, my assignments have been weighed toward operational leadership, demanding scalable skills and talents, e.g., customer satisfaction, strategic planning, lean purchasing and value-based engineering. My peers describe me as a consistent achiever who is future oriented and focused on results. Since 2012, I operate as a National Strategic Sales Manager servicing the Northern regions of the US, covering 30 States.