The Focus: Smart Strategies, Technology Innovations, and Business Opportunities
It’s hard to find a Wireless Event that benefits industry participants and the local community, but that is exactly what made the CCA (Competitive Carrier Association’s) Mobile Carriers Show 2016 a complete success. The show was held in downtown Nashville, TN at the Music City Center. It’s the only North America Wireless event to focus exclusively on Smart Strategies, Technology Innovations, and Business Opportunities for carriers. With over 100 carriers in attendance, representing over 100 million customers, it was a great opportunity for Kathrein to network with key carriers and discuss the best ways of meeting their needs, as well as their customers, in this ever changing industry.
The conference sessions centered on 5G, IoT, Small Cells and bridging Cellular Networks with the benefits of WiFi Access Points. One of the highlights of the show was the Volunteer Day, which presented a great opportunity for attendees to roll-up their sleeves and work side-by-side with friends (new and old), peers, competitors, and most importantly, to give back to the Nashville community.
It’s All About the Kids
This year’s event was for the benefit of the [http://napieres.mnps.org/pages/Napier_Enhanced_Option] Napier Elementary School in downtown Nashville. Located in the center of a low income area, the school serves as a “Safe Zone” not only for the students, but also for the surrounding community, a multi-generational poverty/99% minority population. During his introductory comments, Steve Berry, President/CEO of CCA, explained that through volunteer donations and CCA funding, a total of $10,000 was donated to Napier Elementary School. It would have taken many months of applying for grant money to accomplish what the volunteers were able to complete in a single day. Activities included:
- Mulching around trees, shrubs, the playground area and the entrance to the school
- Painting the gym equipment in playground area
- Stenciling and painting basketball court lines, number learning games such as Hopscotch and Four-Square
- Building a 3-D Learning Tree for the school’s front entrance interior
- Assembling Word Books (enabling every student to issued their own book of core words)
Jay Clark, Regional Sales Rep for Kathrein, shoveled and hauled mulch and assisted with refurbishing the basketball court. “We even got creative and added an “N” at the center of the basketball court. With some engineers present, it was a perfect design…” Once the outdoor projects were completed, Jay joined in on the Word Book assembly that took place in the cafeteria, all to the beat of Johnny Cash cranking on a boom box.
Congratulations to Steve Berry and the CCA staff, fellow volunteers, and the students, families and staff of Napier Elementary. The show not only was very well received by the companies attending, but made a powerful impact on Napier Elementary School, in the heart of Nashville.