Director - Regulatory Compliance
Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC
Richard Hickey was introduced to FAA / FCC regulatory compliance in 1996 at Flash Technology as FAA Development Representative, later serving in various management roles including High Intensity / Airport / International Sales Manager, Product Manager, Broadcast Sales Manager, and Director of Business Development- Broadcast, Telecom, and Utility Infrastructure. Richard then served as Chief Compliance Officer at First Light Resources and Business Development Manager at Hilights, Inc. He currently serves as Director of Regulatory Compliance at Vertical Bridge, REIT.
Richard has designed lighting and other tower electrical systems within the applicable guidelines of the FAA, FCC, ICAO, TP 312/382, DGAC, NEC, NFPA, and IEEE standards for many global applications. His expertise has been solicited for many high-profile projects including a nation-wide communication project for the Egyptian Ministry of Aviation, the Suez and Panama Canals, wind farms in Austria and Germany, catenary spans in the U.S. and Belgium, a U.S. Observatory in the Antarctic, the former World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Trump Spire in Chicago, Sutro Tower, and many of the tallest bridges, buildings, and broadcast towers around the world.
Prior speaking events include NAB, NATE, UTC, IEEE, IWCE, SBE, several state broadcast associations, and other regional events. Industry positions held include Compliance Co-Chair of ENTELC 2013 – 2016, Vendor Representative to the UtiliSite Council Board of Directors (UTC Chairman’s Award 2013).
Contributing Author / Consultant to many publications including the NAB Engineering Handbook, 10th & 11th Editions, and Entelec (Silver Scribe Award) “Tower Compliance: Federal, State, and Local Statutes for Lighting, Marking, and Monitoring”