Acapulco, Mexico – For the 9th year in a row, the AMITRA Engineer of the Year Award has been presented to a member of the Mexican professional broadcast engineers association by LBA Technology’s own Javier Castillo.

Leonardo Dircio (l) receiving award from Javier Castillo
Leonardo Dircio (l) receiving award from Javier Castillo

Leonardo Dircio was named the 2011 recipient of the award in ceremonies Aug 17-21 at the annual convention in the Acapulco Crowne Plaza. Bestowed by AMITRA, the annual award includes a monetary prize given by LBA Technology as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to the following year’s AMITRA convention. Winner of the 2010 award was Eusebio Mejia.

Dircio is an engineer with Ultravision in Puebla, Mexico. He was recognized by his peers for a long career as a radio engineer. In making the presentation, Castillo said it was “an honor to present this award to a founding member of AMITRA and to an excellent engineer with whom we have worked.”

The award, which recognizes meritorious work in broadcast and communications engineering, was suggested by Castillo after years of working among Mexican engineers. He introduced LBA Technology to the international marketplace 25 years ago and is the company’s international account executive. The native of Nicaragua holds an MBA in finance.

In a separate ceremony, Castillo called Sergio Rojano to the front of the banquet hall for an unscheduled moment in the spotlight. A letter was read to Rojano from Lawrence Behr, CEO of LBA Group Inc. Behr thanked Rojano for his marketing and engineering work over the last 25 years. Castillo presented Rojano with a cup of gratitude bearing the inscription, “Thank you for opening the door to Mexico.”

Rojano was the first international representative for LBA Technology. The company now has 12 representatives in Mexico and about 25 percent of the AM market in the country uses LBA antenna systems. Rojano’s AM radio station in Huahuchinango in the state of Puebla was one of the first to use the LBA Tunipole antenna.

“Sergio’s work allowed LBA to be positioned today as a leader in AM antenna systems in the Mexican market,” Castillo said.

About The Author

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection, and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional engineering consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates, and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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