Key Personnel

GSS personnel are experienced in all areas of Environmental Management, Cell Site Development and Construction Management. Each individual is knowledgeable with regulatory agency interaction protocols.

Eugene J. Blazenko

President


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Mr. Blazenko is a senior geologist and principal with over forty years of North American experience in infrastructure and resource development projects.  He specializes in conducting site assessments, project planning and management and assisting clients to meet state and federal regulatory requirements.  Mr. Blazenko has prepared numerous documents and presentations for private and government agencies, has testified as an expert witness and has worked with task force committees for drafting of envi-oriented rules and regulations.  He is proficient in the preparation of all Section 106 and NEPA related submissions.  Mr. Blazenko is certified as a professional geologist in the United States and Canada.

Stephen Blazenko

CEO


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Mr. Blazenko is a geologist who is proficient in geologic field operations and property transfer and development projects.  During his 25+ years with GSS he has gained a vast knowledge of local, state and federal regulations related to many aspects of environmental compliance and regulatory due diligence.  This knowledge covers both telecommunication and other property development endeavors.  His responsibilities include client relations, marketing, project coordination and completion and submission of Phase I projects and other property transfer operations.  He performs site reconnaissance for Phase I projects and has completed the ASTM Technical and Professional Training Course on Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate.  Mr. Blazenko works closely with local, State and Federal Agencies in the completion of Section 106 and NEPA projects and specializes in the negotiation of difficult sites with regulatory agencies.  He has worked closely with the FCC in finding solutions to the rehabilitation of “twilight towers” and other closely with State and Federal agencies as well as Tribal representatives on issues related to the siting of wireless facilities.  Mr. Blazenko has spent the past 19 years building and maintaining relationships with the FCC, Tribal representatives, local, State and Federal Agencies.  He possesses a vast knowledge of tower and wireless site regulations including but not limited to Section 106 of the NHPA and NEPA.  He enjoys a close working relationship with State Historic Preservation Officers across the United States as well as FCC representatives and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.

Brad Wade

Senior Project Manager


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Mr. Wade, a certified groundwater professional, is responsible for supervision of tank removals, over-excavations, soil removal, drilling, sample acquisition, site investigation and report writing.  Mr. Wade is an engineer with established expertise in RBCA evaluations, site management, quality control, safety and personnel management.  He has designed, installed and maintained numerous remediation systems throughout Iowa.  He performs field reconnaissance and report writing for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and has completed the ASTM Technical and Professional Training Course on Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate.

Scott Spence

Senior Project Manager


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Mr. Spence is extremely proficient in the completion and management of all aspects of wireless site development, alteration and construction.  He has extensive experience in conducting pre and post construction inspections, bid walks, utility coordination, construction management and punch list completion.  He is knowledgeable in State regulation related to the placement of tower site generators, compound alteration and expansion including co-location activities.  He coordinates all GSS construction management projects and directly oversees and tracks the daily operations of the GSS construction team.  Mr. Spence has attended the Federal Communications Commission Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance Workshop for Towers & Collocations and Positive Train Control (PTC).

Jarad Prescott

Senior Project Manager


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Mr. Prescott has a degree in civil engineering who is proficient in leaking underground storage tank (LUST) site evaluations and sampling techniques, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), and NEPA/Section 106 coordination and completion.  Mr. Prescott has successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, is an Iowa Certified Groundwater Professional, and is classified as an Environmental Professional as defined by EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule.  His responsibilities include client relations, marketing, project coordination, project tracking, completion of Phase I and Phase II ESAs, NEPAs, and Section 106 evaluations.  Mr. Prescott works closely with local, State and Federal Agencies in the completion of Section 106 and NEPA projects, is very familiar with NEPA and Section 106 requirements, and has attended the Federal Communications Commission Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance Workshop for Towers & Collocations and Positive Train Control (PTC).

Shaun Hemsted

Director of Site Development


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Mr. Hemsted is the Director of Site Development for GSS, Inc. and brings over 16 years of Project Management experience within the Wireless Industry with a high proficiency in Wireless Cell Site Development and Cell Site Construction. He has extensive experience in large scale carrier Network Builds, LTE Deployments & LTE Overlays, Cell Site Modifications, Special Event High Capacity Deployment and Generator Deployments. His responsibilities include client and vendor relations, marketing and the successful management of many large scale projects. Mr. Hemsted has attended the Federal Communications Commission Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance Workshop for Towers & Collocations and Positive Train Control (PTC).

Sam Jotzke

Senior Project Manager


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Mr. Jotzke is extremely proficient in the completion of Phase I site assessments including the performance of field reconnaissance and report writing.  He is knowledgeable in all aspects of Phase I operations and has completed the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation Section 106 Essentials training.  He is also proficient in the daily operations related to fiber optic installation as related to LTE upgrades and works closely with fiber providers, landowners and carriers in the tracking and completion of these projects.  Mr. Jotzke works closely with State and Federal agencies on Phase I, Section 106 and NEPA issues related to the placement and siting of towers and wireless facilities.

CANDACE JOHNSON

OFFICE MANAGER / PROJECT COORDINATOR


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Ms. Johnson is a Project Coordinator with broad experience in planning, managing and overseeing project completion.  Her responsibilities include management of sub-consultant contracts, tracking and reporting project timelines and compiling pertinent project information for final submission to clients.  Ms. Johnson is very familiar with NEPA and Section 106 requirements and state specific SHPO guidelines.  She possesses tremendous knowledge and skills related to tribal negotiations and participation on Section 106 projects.  Ms. Johnson enjoys an impeccable reputation with the FCC and tribal representatives.

CARMEN KEITH

PROJECT COORDINATOR


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Ms. Keith is a project coordinator with significant experience in Section 106 and Phase I ESA completion.  Her responsibilities include coordination and corresponding with State and Federal Agencies, Native American Tribes, project set-up, project mapping and liaison work with State SHPO offices.  Ms. Keith is very familiar with Phase I and Section 106 requirements and state specific SHPO guidelines as well as the FCC e106 system.

ANDREA MCCOOL

PROJECT COORDINATOR


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Ms. McCool is a project coordinator with significant experience in Section 106, NEPA and Phase I ESA coordination and completion.  Her responsibilities include coordination and corresponding with State and Federal Agencies, project mapping, procuring and management of sub-contractors and liaison work with State SHPO offices.  Ms. McCool is very familiar with NEPA and Section 106 requirements and state specific SHPO guidelines and has completed the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation Section 106 Essentials training.

ANGELA FRENCH

ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER - BIOLOGIST


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Ms. French is an Associate Project Manager – Biologist with significant experience related to Natural Resource consultation, Section 106, NEPA and Phase I ESA.  Her responsibilities include completing informal biological assessments along with coordinating and communicating with Native American Tribes.  Ms. French is very familiar with Section 106 and NEPA requirements including identifying potential issues with natural resources or threatened/endangered species.

 

ANN SPOERL

CONTROLLER


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Ms. Spoerl manages all GSS daily operations of the accounting department including accounts payable, accounts receivable and related inquiries.  Ms. Spoerl has extensive experience and training in computer based accounting and is extremely proficient in tax-related matters and has a Legal Specialist Degree.  She also assists in personnel and office management duties.

NIKKI GOUGHNOUR

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE COORDINATOR


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Mrs. Goughnour handles the accounts payable and related duties.  Her responsibilities include new vendor set up, daily payables, processing weekly payments and assisting with the billing.  She also assists with the coordination with State and Federal Agencies, Native American Tribes and liaison work with State SHPO offices.  Mrs. Goughnour has an Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising.

PATRICK TEFF

Project Manager


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Mr. Teff has a BA in Environmental Science and is extremely proficient in the completion of Phase I site assessments including the performance of field reconnaissance and report writing. He has extensive experience in project planning and coordination, pre and post construction inspections, and ensuring comprehensive environmental compliance throughout all phases of site development and construction. His responsibilities include project coordination, project tracking, project mapping, completion of Phase I and Phase II ESAs, NEPAs, and Section 106 evaluations.  Mr. Teff works closely with local, State and Federal Agencies in the completion of Section 106 and NEPA projects, and is very familiar with NEPA and Section 106 requirements.

 

 

MATT DICKSON

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS


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Mr. Dickson is the Director of Operations for GSS, Inc. and brings nearly a decade of involvement in the wireless industry with experience working for national carriers as a compliance specialist and has also served various roles as a consultant at the vendor level. He has a deep knowledge of state and federal guidelines pertaining to RF safety, NEPA, Section 106, and Phase I ESA’s. Mr. Dickson works closely with clients to ensure report timelines are met, discuss potential services and solutions, and establish contractual guidelines.  He is heavily involved in business development at GSS, working with both existing and future clients.

 

 

PRASAD KUPPURANGAN

PROJECT MANAGER - RF ENGINEERING


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Mr. Kuppurangan has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering.  He is proficient in RF/Wireless Design, Analysis, Optimization and Enhancement.  His responsibilities include leading the work of GSS partner wireless design engineers, overseeing frequency specifications, accuracy checks, solution analysis and access point/cell site deployment.  This also includes link budget analysis, system dimensioning for coverage and capacity, traffic analysis, site identification, zoning support frequency planning, interference investigation and optimization support.  Prasad’s work focuses on Wi-Fi, Small Cell and LTE/CDMA projects.

JENNIE SCHWALL

PROJECT COORDINATOR


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Mrs. Schwall is a project coordinator with experience in Section 106 reviews.  Her responsibilities include coordination with State and Federal Agencies, Native American Tribes, project set up, project mapping and liaison work with State SHPO offices.  Mrs. Schwall is familiar with the FCC’s e106 and Tower Construction Notification Systems.  She also assists in the Accounting Department and has an Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration.

HEATHER REYNOLDS

ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER - BIOLOGIST


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Ms. Reynolds is an Associate Project Manager – Biologist with a strong background as a Quality Analyst focusing on process improvement.  Her responsibilities include coordination with State and Federal Agencies, Native American Tribes, project set up, project mapping and liaison work with State SHPO offices.  Ms. Reynolds has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and brings years of experience as a Laboratory Technician in the Oil & Gas Industry evaluating and testing fracturing fluids, sand control screens, soil, water and shale.

KIMBERLY RIEBKES

ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER


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Ms. Riebkes is an Associate Project Manager with over 15 years in Project Coordination and Operations within the telecommunications and wireless industries.  Ms. Riebkes has performed several aspects of project management including scheduling, job costing, invoicing and vendor relations.  Ms. Riebkes has an Associate Degree as a Systems Analyst.