Thomas A. (Tam) Murray – Chairman
Founder & Managing Member, Community Wireless Structures
Community Wireless Structures (CWS) has developed sites in Northern and Central Virginia since 1997. CWS seeks to develop wireless infrastructure in areas where zoning restrictions are high and demand for service is growing. Prior to wireless, Tam Murray worked in commercial real estate brokerage from 1985 through 1998 leasing and selling office buildings in the Edge Cities of Northern Virginia. Mr. Murray holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School (1985) and a degree in history from Williams College (1979). Mr. Murray joined the WIA board in February of 2003.
Steven Marshall – Vice Chairman & Secretary
Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division, American Tower Corporation
Steven Marshall was named Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division in March 2009. He initially joined American Tower as the Executive Vice President, International Business Development in November 2007. Prior to joining American Tower, Marshall was the CEO of National Grid Wireless, the market leading telecommunications and broadcast infrastructure provider in the United Kingdom. During this period, he also served on the boards of Digital UK, the government body responsible for analogue to digital switchover in the UK, and on the board of Freeview, the UK free-to-air digital broadcasting organization. Prior to this, Marshall was Executive Chairman of Intelig, the alternative national long distance telecommunications operator in Brasil; non-executive chairman of Silica Networks in Argentina and a non-executive Director of Manquéhue Net, Chile. Intelig was a joint venture between Sprint, France Telecom and National Grid Plc. Before these appointments, Marshall was responsible for National Grid Plc’s international business development. He has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Building and Civil Engineering from Manchester University, England and an MBA from Manchester Business School, England.
David E. Weisman – Treasurer
President & Chief Executive Officer, Insite Wireless Group, LLC
Mr. Weisman has been involved in the wireless industry for over 25 years as an attorney, investor, and an executive. He was most recently President and CEO of Mountain Union Telecom, LLC. Previously, he served as a partner for a Washington, D.C. based law firm where he was general counsel to PCIA. He also serves as Vice President of the Radio Club of America. Previously, Mr. Weisman was a founding member of FFC Communications, a company that owned and operated specialized mobile radio networks in Texas and Florida. He was also a founding member and investor in the tower entities: Vista Telecom, Inc. and in Mid-Pacific Wireless and Telegraph Inc. which were strategic partners of Telecom Towers, LLC. Mr. Weisman received his law degree from George Washington University with honors, an LLM in taxation from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
Richard J. Byrne
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TowerCo, LLC
Richard Byrne is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of TowerCo, LLC based in Cary, NC. Formed in 2004 TowerCo’s objective is to meet the infrastructure needs of wireless service providers by developing, owning and leasing communications towers. Today, TowerCo has over 3,000 towers and exclusive contracts to build towers directly for carriers throughout the U.S. Prior to forming TowerCo, Byrne served as President of the tower division of SpectraSite Communications, which grew from 125 towers to more than 8,000 in four years. He served as national director of business development at Nextel Communications Inc. where he was responsible for the industry’s first major sale of towers and Build-To-Suit transaction. He began his career in wireless at McCaw Cellular in the New York market prior to its acquisition by AT&T.
CEO and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge
Alex Gellman is the Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the U.S.
Prior to co-founding Vertical Bridge, Mr. Gellman was President and COO of Global Tower Partners, the largest privately-held tower company in the United States. Mr. Gellman was instrumental in the sale of Global Tower Partners to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for over $4.8 billion. Previously, Mr. Gellman has been involved in a number of successful ventures, including Sonitrol Corporation, a leading provider of verified electronic security in North America where he served as President and COO until its sale to Stanley Works.
Mr. Gellman also co-founded Apex Site Management, the largest third-party manager of wireless and wireline communications sites in the U.S. Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications to create the largest telecommunications site portfolio in the United States. Following the merger, Mr. Gellman served as President and CEO of SpectraSite-Transco Communications, Ltd., a joint venture between SpectraSite and British Gas to develop tower sites in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Gellman previously served as Vice President – Development and a co-founder of Horizon Cellular Group, a start-up backed by McCaw Cellular to acquire, develop and operate rural cellular franchises in the eastern United States.
Mr. Gellman earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Biology from Tufts University.
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for T-Mobile US
In September, 2015, Kathleen O’Brien Ham was promoted to Senior Vice President, Government Affairs for T-Mobile US, Inc. She manages T-Mobile’s regulatory and legislative activities at both the federal and state levels.
Previously, as Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs, she managed a team that advocated for T-Mobile on public policy and regulatory issues. They regularly engaged with the FCC and other government agencies on spectrum, consumer, public safety, and competition matters. She led efforts to acquire radio spectrum for next generation wireless services, including in government bands that required clearing users to make way for commercial services.
Prior to T-Mobile, she worked for fourteen years at the FCC in a number of top policy positions, including Deputy Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She was the first Chief of the FCC’s Spectrum Auctions Program where she was responsible for the first PCS spectrum auctions. She also served on the FCC’s Spectrum Management Task Force and was involved in the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee that negotiated the reallocation of 3G wireless spectrum from government to commercial use.
A graduate of Catholic University Law School, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
W. Benjamin Moreland
Executive Vice Chairman, Crown Castle International
Benjamin (Ben) Moreland was appointed Executive Vice Chairman of Crown Castle in June 2016. Crown Castle (NYSE: CCI), a provider of wireless infrastructure in the US, operates over 40,000 towers and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) facilities supported by over 15,000 miles of fiber, and was added to the S&P 500 in 2012. Prior to his current role, Mr. Moreland served as President and CEO from July 2008 until May 2016 and Chief Financial Officer from 2000. He joined Crown Castle in 1999 after 15 years with Chase Manhattan Bank, primarily in corporate finance and real estate investment banking. Mr. Moreland is a board member and former Chairman of the Board of PCIA-The Wireless Infrastructure Association and serves on the Boards of Directors of Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN), the Greater Houston Partnership and Houston Methodist Hospital. He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Executive Board (NAREIT) and is a member of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Moreland holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Houston.
Jeffrey A. Stoops
President & Chief Executive Officer, SBA Communications Corporation
Jeffrey A. Stoops is President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of SBA Communications Corporation. He has been CEO since January 1, 2002. He was appointed President in April, 2000 and has been a director since August 1999. Mr. Stoops served as CFO from December 1998 to April 2000. He joined the company in March 1997 as Senior Vice-President responsible for finance, capital market activities, mergers and acquisitions, and legal matters of the company. Prior to joining SBA Communications, Mr. Stoops was a partner with Gunster, Yoakley, a Florida based law firm, where he practiced for thirteen years in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions areas. He received his Bachelors of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from Florida State University.
President & Chief Executive Officer, WIA
Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & CEO of the Wireless Infrastructure Association. WIA represents over 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion. Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the FCC he achieved bipartisan progress on issues including broadband expansion, widening access to the Internet and media diversity. In 2009, following the FCC, , Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service. There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans. He spearheaded the strategic investment of nearly $7 billion under the Recovery Act into rural broadband and water infrastructure, as part of annual budgets of up to $15 billion. As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America. Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader. Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University. He attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and served as a Teaching Fellow in history at Harvard University and a Teaching Assistant at Stanford University. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover. He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. An avid musician, he has performed with artists from local garage bands to members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the Washington, D.C. area.