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Podcast: 2022 Outlook on Telecom Supply Chain Risk

Veriforce has partnered with procurement expert, Jason Busch, to produce this podcast series, exploring the impacts of fragile supply chains in high-risk markets.

In this podcast, Jason Busch, Founder and CEO of Spend Matters, sits down with telecommunication expert, Todd Schlekeway. As the President and CEO of NATE, the largest telecom contractor association in the United States, Todd brings an informed perspective on the state of the telecom industry and expected changes in 2022. The two discuss how recent supply chain disruptions have impacted the market, the “once in a generation” type of investment in the sector, and the criticality of workforce development.

“In terms of 5G deployment, we are at the early innings of a nine-inning baseball game.”

– Todd Schlekeway | President & CEO of NATE

What you’ll learn in this episode:
  1. Key differences in 2022 vs 2021
  2. Four key drivers shaping the industry this year
  3. Recent supply-chain implications and the effect on contractors
  4. The impact of the skilled workforce shortage
Featured Speakers

Todd Schlekeway | President and CEO of NATE

Todd has been the President and CEO of NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association for the past 10 years. In his role,
Todd provides overall leadership and vision working with the Association’s staff, Board of Directors, Wireless Industry Network, volunteer Standing Committees and approximately 1,065 member companies. At NATE, Todd has also played a leading role in the establishment of the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force, an industry-wide coalition.

Jason Busch | Founder and CEO – Spend Matters

Jason is the founder and CEO of Spend Matters, which he started in 2004. He is regarded as one of the top experts in the world of procurement, finance and supply chain technologies. Jason divides his time in two areas, working with sponsors and executives on corporate strategy including M&A, and due diligence initiatives.

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