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MD7 Spotlight

Md7 Relocates Office in Portland, Oregon

By Sean Maddox, Project Manager

Portland, Oregon.  Md7 LLC announces the relocation of its Portland operations. The new office is located at 6645 NE 78th Court, Suite C4.

Christine Bradford, Md7 Project Manager, notes that “the new office location provides us with a professional appearance and is near our clients’ offices.  The environment allows for the staff to work closely with each other for day to day interaction and is convenient for the frequent meetings and visits required to the clients’ offices nearby.”

Md7 began operating in Portland when it acquired Lexcom Development Corp in July of 2015. Louis Levy, founder of Lexcom and current Vice President at Md7, reiterated that “The relocation of the Portland operations has made it much more convenient for our Portland based team members to interact with our clients in the market and is a more comfortable work environment.  ”  

The airport is less than 5 minutes from our location which also allows for ease and convenience of staff flying into Portland for business or meetings in the market.

Founded in 2003, Md7 is turnkey site development and real estate optimization company serving the telecommunications industry. With operations throughout the United States and Europe, Md7 has also expanded into Canada, Northern Africa, and Oceana.


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Giving Back

By Amy Bard, Md7 Counsel

Md7 works on organizing projects year round that exemplify our core value of Giving Back. This holiday season, the Giving Back Committee at Md7 partnered with the Hope Leadership Foundation in their Toys for Hope Toy Drive to collect toys for less-fortunate children in San Diego, California.

The Hope Leadership Foundation provided us with paper “ornaments” listing the age and gender of a child which we used to decorate the holiday tree in our foyer. Employees selected an ornament or ornaments of their choice and returned with unwrapped toys to place under the tree.

I personally found it immensely rewarding to watch, day by day, as more and more “ornaments” disappeared off the tree to be magically replaced by a wonderful variety of toys.

We initially set and successfully achieved our goal of collecting a total of 100 toys. Some toy highlights include some adorable stuffed animals, dolls, razor scooters, a variety of sports equipment, skateboards, RC cars and board games. These toys will be distributed locally at the King Chavez Academy of Excellence on December 17, 2016.

While it is easy to forget how fortunate we are, events like this Toy Drive help remind us how many children in our local community, due to circumstances completely out of their control, may be without a present this holiday season. It is truly wonderful to see the Md7 community come together and collectively help make sure 100 deserving children will get a new toy.

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Md7 Expands Office in Maastricht, Netherlands

Maastricht, Netherlands. Md7 International Telecommunications Limited (MITL) announces that they have moved the location of their Benelux operations centre within the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The new office is located at Wim Duisenbergplantsoen 51, 6221 SE Maastricht.

“This is part of our ongoing growth and expansion as we have increased our service footprint with some of our key customers, and we needed additional room to handle increased staffing. We found a location that is more strategic with respect to our customers so that we can more easily engage in ad hoc, face-to-face meetings and planning sessions” said Michael Habets, Benelux Region Program Manager.

According to Mark Christenson, President of MITL, “Md7 has had a presence in or near Maastricht since 2009, and this is the latest evolution of our ongoing commitment to our customers to ensure that we can provide the optimised level of staffing as well as the most efficient level of engagement for the services being provided.”

In addition to a larger space, the new office provides better infrastructure and facilities that represent the company in the best way. “The new office is bright and open, highly technical and welcoming at the same time – I’m not surprised everyone loves it” said Svenja Preisler, Program Manager from Md7’s Dublin office, who, together with some of her team, recently visited the new premises. The team from Dublin visited Maastricht as part of Md7’s commitment its Core Value of Continuous Improvement and engaged in some workshops to exchange knowledge and align processes and procedures between the Dublin and Maastricht teams.

Key to Md7’s success still is our centralised operational model. With the Benelux office in Maastricht and the headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, Md7 is perfectly positioned to live up to its name and expertly serve our clients all over Europe, Africa and Oceania.”


Md7 Sponsors Opening Reception for Wireless West 2017

Md7 invites you to join us in San Diego, California on April 19, 2017, as we sponsor the opening night networking social of the Wireless West Conference.

Md7 is excited to support the efforts of this amazing conference, which in its inaugural debut last year brought together over 500 wireless professionals from all corners of the industry to share ideas on cutting edge industry issues, particularly those faced in the West Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. The standing room only education sessions were a strong testament to the exceptional topics and speakers presented. We are certain the 2017 conference will be no less impressive.

The Wireless West Conference was created by five west coast wireless associations — the California Wireless Association, Northwest Wireless Association, Arizona Wireless Association, Nevada Wireless Association, and Colorado Wireless Association.

The two-day conference will take place April 19-20, 2017 at the newly renovated Marriott Marquis & Marina. See you there!


Small Cell Zoning: It’s a Problem, We Can Fix It

Please join Md7 Vice President, Tom Leddo, as he moderates the Small Cell Zoning: It’s a Problem, We Can Fix It panel at this year’s Tower & Small Cell Summit, co-located with CTIA Super Mobility 2016. The panel will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, San Polo Meeting Room (Rooms 3401 – 3501).

ABOUT THE PANEL

Zoning is the Achilles’ Heel of small cell site development. The conflict between municipalities and cell site developers is stifling deployment and slowing wireless growth. This panel will cover common mistakes made in siting small cells and in creating zoning ordinances, as well as how we can improve the relationship between site developers and municipalities in order to move wireless industry densification initiative forward.

SPEAKER INFORMATION

Tom Leddo, Vice President, Md7 (MODERATOR)

Tom Leddo is a wireless industry executive with over twenty years of experience in developing and promoting new business concepts, maximizing business efficiency and negotiating. He has particular expertise in wireless real estate. Prior to Md7, Tom served as a Principal for BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity firm in San Diego, California that focused on wireless infrastructure. Tom also successfully founded and managed two niche tower companies from inception to sale, one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in Mexico City, Mexico. Tom entered the wireless industry in 1995 with Columbia Spectrum Management in Vienna, Virginia by negotiating complex, multi-party microwave relocation agreements on behalf of wireless carriers that secured FCC licenses in the initial PCS auction.

Jeffrey Melching, Partner, Rutan & Tucker LLP

Jeffrey Melching devotes a substantial portion of his practice to municipal law, land use planning and entitlement activities. He is the City Attorney for the City of Irvine and the City of Menifee, and the General Counsel for the Orange County Great Park Corporation. Jeff provides telecommunications advice to various clients throughout California in both entitlement and litigation contexts. Other significant components of Jeff’s practice include telecommunications law, cable law, adoption and implementation of fee programs under the Mitigation Fee Act, and land use litigation involving Constitutional (Free Exercise and/or Free Speech) issues.

Tripp May, Partner, Telecom Law Firm, PC

Tripp May specializes in wireless and broadband infrastructure regulatory and transactional matters for both public agencies and private property owners around the country. Approximately 50% of his practice involves advising local agencies on how to handle wireless permit applications on private property and in the public right of way. He also drafts and updates wireless permit applications, review procedures and code provisions for permitting agencies in states across the country.

Don Bach, VP of Engineering, SAC Wireless

Don Bach has spent the last thirty years working in telecom, beginning with analog two-way radio and public safety radio and working through the cellular revolution/evolution in various technician and engineering roles. Prior to SAC Wireless, Don was an RF Engineer at Nextel and Sprint.

Christopher B. Fisher, Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP

Chris Fisher is Chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP’s Telecommunications Practice where he leads a team of dedicated professionals representing wireless operators, tower companies, and DAS and small cell infrastructure firms. He is President and a founding Board member of the New York State Wireless Association and a member of the WIA Innovation and Technology Council.


Giving Back to School Backpack Drive

By Vanessa Jimenez-Browne, Land Use

At Md7, we strive to incorporate our core values into our daily work product and overall attitude.

When Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around we are keenly reminded to donate our time and money to those less fortunate. During past holidays, we have held competitive food drives, adopted families, and volunteered at various non-profits in the area. But what about the time in between? Times of need may swell around the holidays, but there are certainly communities and individuals that could use a helping hand every other day of the year. Md7 has created a Giving Back outreach committee to spearhead philanthropic efforts to last throughout the entire year.

As a member of the Giving Back outreach committee, it’s been a pleasure learning about the altruistic pursuits that each person harbors. Whether it be caring for homeless, youth, Veterans—to name a few—everyone seemed to have their passion project that drives them to give back to their community. One thing that we knew for certain, we didn’t want to just hand money to big organizations, we were looking to foster partnerships and relationships with local not-for-profits that we could more closely work with throughout the years.

For our Summer 2016 endeavor, we have chosen to participate in SAY San Diego’s Back-to-School Backpack drive. We have received 100 backpacks that need to be filled with a set list of school supplies. Md7 has held a back-to-school backpack drive in the past and it was met with great warmth and success. Not only has this project succeeded in getting Md7 employees involved, it has also presented a wonderful opportunity for their family members to take the initiative and become accountable in putting together a backpack of their own to give to someone in need. We chose SAY San Diego because it is a local organization that emphasizes addressing more than a single need or problem by providing solutions and support for youth and their families in matters relating to low-income needs, mental health, education, etc. We currently have 17 backpacks complete and are on target to complete our goal of 100 total packs by August 5th. We are encouraged by the great success with this project and are already discussing our next ventures and a larger end-of-the-year event!


Two Md7 Team Members Participate in Launch of CalWA Safety Committee

Md7 Land Use Project Manager, Sean Maddox and Md7 General Counsel, Lynn Whitcher both serve on the California Wireless Association (CalWA) Board of Directors. Sean serves as Director and Lynn serves as Director and Board Secretary. Additionally, they have both have active roles in the CalWA Regulatory Committee and the Education Committee. As part of CalWA’s Education Committee efforts, Sean and Lynn have helped CalWA in the formation of a new committee focused on telecom construction and safety.

“Md7 offers Construction and Construction Management as part of our turnkey site development services. Safety is obviously an important part of that. We are excited to be part of the industry’s efforts to ensure our workers are safe,” said Lynn Whitcher.

CalWA’s new safety initiative could not come at a better time. The industry has seen a welcome focus on tower construction safety and best practices. CalWA joins other industry groups such as The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (“TIRAP”), a joint venture of telecommunications companies, industry associations and the U.S. Department of Labor, and the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) in developing helpful educational materials and safety videos.

We cannot build wireless network infrastructure at the price of worker safety. Md7 is excited to partner with the wireless industry to educate the telecom construction workforce and promote best and safe practices.


Md7 announces new deals for office space in California, Texas and Washington

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 26, 2016

Md7 continues to grow and reaffirm its footprint in the West Region of the United States through thee new deals for office space in San Diego, Austin and Seattle.

San Diego, California

Md7 has extended the lease of its corporate headquarters in San Diego, California, through December 31, 2022. The company’s U.S. operations have been based out of San Diego for over 13 years.

Austin, Texas

Md7 entered into a short-term lease in Austin, Texas to house its rapidly expanding A&E division, while the company develops a more permanent office space scheduled to open in early 2017.

Seattle, Washington

Md7 signed a five-year lease at the Northgate Executive Center in North Seattle, Washington, which will serve as the company’s regional office for the Pacific Northwest. The building manager is currently overseeing the tenant improvements for the space and the company plans to relocate its Seattle based team members to this new office location in June 2016. Md7 expanded into the Seattle, Portland, and Sacramento markets in July of 2015, through the acquisition of Lexcom Development Corporation.

“We are very pleased to extend the lease for our San Diego office through the end of 2022. Torrey View Corporate Center has been an excellent home for our headquarters and many of our team members” noted Michael Gianni, Md7 CEO and Chairman. “We are also very pleased to secure a long-term location in Seattle and excited about our plans to grow in Austin. We believe these new offices reflect our commitment to the PNW and Texas regions as well as our anticipated growth.”

About Md7

Md7, LLC, based in San Diego, California and Dublin, Ireland is a full service cell site development and real estate services company for the wireless telecommunications industry. Its experience and proprietary systems create greater efficiencies and significant cost savings for the largest wireless operators in the world. Md7 has provided a variety of site acquisition and wireless real estate related services in ten different languages, in 13 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Oceana.

To learn more about Md7 please visit www.md7.com.


Company Profile (as Published by Inside Towers)

By Eleanor Snite, Inside Towers

Md7 North America was founded in 2003, and now has operations throughout the United States and in 13 countries in Europe. Tom Leddo, vice president and one of the four founders of Md7, said it was all about the timing. Early in Md7’s launching, cell phone companies were making major acquisitions and Md7 was asked to negotiate leases for literally thousands of sites during a very short time.

“We got good at negotiating,” Leddo said. “Out of the ability to negotiate thousands of leases, we got more business asking us to help build new sites, construction services, zoning, permitting and all that goes with new or existing sites.”

The experience also taught Md7 that the Excel sheets used to manage projects just weren’t the answer. Using their own experience, they developed a custom software system – Live Track. It provides a good workflow and is designed to manage projects for developing and managing every single step and sub-step needed in a project.

Leddo said Md7 has been planning goals for growth in 2016 and forward. One thing is working to increase its presence west of the Rocky Mountains and also in the deep South. The second goal is to significantly increase its ability to broaden the turnkey service. More DAS and engineering services have also been added.

“We also significantly beefed up our construction management division,” Leddo said. “We provide all the services related to the real estate under those towers, getting the towers constructed and getting equipment on the towers.”

Md7 North America, which is headquartered in San Diego, has 17 field offices throughout the country including Austin, Atlanta, Seattle, and Sacramento. It trades on the motto: “Centralized Efficiency, Localized Know-How.” It primarily works with Tier 1 phone companies but has also worked with smaller companies. The company works with 20 carriers in Europe and the European headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland.

Wondering what Md7 means? Leddo gets that a lot and is ready with a response:

  • We are not “seven doctors” – That would be “7 MD’s”.
  • We do not manufacture Cosmeceuticals – That’s “MD-7”.
  • We are not located on Maryland Route 7. – That’s “MD 7”.
  • We do not manufacture an Ultra Long Excursion High Power Dual 18″ Subwoofer – that is JBL.
  • We are not “Moorish Delta 7” (aka MD7) – the UK Hip-Hop group from Birmingham, England.

Leddo continued, “Actually, the name comes from the initials of our Founder and CEO, Michael David Gianni, or MDG. But the “G” was changed to “7” because it is the seventh letter of the alphabet. Eric LeVine, the graphic artist who also designed our logo came up with the name.

 


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