Q&A: Randy Henderson, President/CEO of CSAi

The challenges in the industry are also what keep this space so exciting. I’ve always said one of the intriguing things about this industry is that no two days are alike.

Are there any messages CSAi would like to communicate?

CSAi is a uniquely qualified engineering, site acquisition, fiber and project management firm, specializing in telecommunications infrastructure and large venue design. CSAi has provided telecommunications infrastructure solutions spanning five continents and all 50 states. CSAi has provided a multitude of services, from pre-planning through post construction site maintenance, delivering robust solutions to all the major carriers, OEM’s, Big 3 tower owners/operators, US Coast Guard and US Navy during our 20+ year history.

Our large venue engineering designs consist of such high profile locations as the Denver International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Pepsi Center, Empower Field at Mile High, Coors Field, Denver Convention Center, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The University of Utah, Boise State University and the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center.

CSAi’s Program Management deliveries have included due diligence for a 7100+ site acquisition, a 6800+ site audit, a 1900+ site opto installation and a global Very Low Frequency (VLF) network spanning four continents.

What does CSAi do in the wireless industry?

CSAi offers Site Acquisition, A/E, Construction Management, as well as Project and Program Management.

With COVID, are large venue projects on hold?

CSAi has been fortunate to continue working on large venue projects during the COVID pandemic. While traditional gatherings at venues such as stadiums have been minimized there is still a need for large venue design and engineering in places such as airports and universities.

Please tell us about yourself and what hobbies you have outside of work?

I have two children. My daughter is a software engineer living in the Bay area and my son is a college freshman on a dual baseball/cross country scholarship. My primary residence is in Oklahoma and I thoroughly enjoy traveling, sporting events, golf and live music. I’ve been fortunate to visit 45 states, 12 countries and 5 continents.

Some of my favorite travels include the world’s highest bungee, swimming with sharks, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, driving a NASCAR, skydiving in Australia and visiting the Roman Coliseum.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I mostly enjoy coaching and empowering employees to reach their full potential in a manner that not only provides professional satisfaction, but also a work environment that affords them a healthy balance in their lives.

What’s the biggest positive impact you see CSAi making in the wireless industry?

CSAi provides the services to the carriers and venues that allow individuals to stay connected to their loved ones and to the world.

What challenges is the wireless industry facing and do you have any ideas how to address these challenges?

The challenges in the industry are also what keep this space so exciting. I’ve always said one of the intriguing things about this industry is that no two days are alike.

The wireless industry has been such a fast paced industry since day one that standards have never really been established that are universally accepted. For instance, an industry such as automotive and its manufacturing core has evolved over the last 100+ years and indirectly formed more of a collaborative effort amongst competitors.

The wireless industry, on the other hand, has dramatic differences on how things are handled whether it be from the carrier, OEM or jurisdictional perspective. As 5G, the rapid growth of small cells and the evolution of IoT continue to evolve I see this trend to continue and likely increase.

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