Steven O. Vondran – Chairman
Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division, American Tower Corporation
Steven Vondran is Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division at American Tower. Mr. Vondran joined American Tower in 2000 as a member of the Corporate legal team and served in a variety of positions until August 2004 when he was appointed Senior Vice President of U.S. Leasing Operations. In August 2010, Mr. Vondran was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the US Tower Division and served in that role until August 2018 when he was appointed to his current position. Prior to joining American Tower, Mr. Vondran was an associate at the law firm of Lewellen & Frazier LLP, also served as a telecommunications consultant with the firm of Young & Associates, Inc., and was a Law Clerk to the Hon. John Stroud on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. He received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Hendrix College.
David E. Weisman – Vice Chairman
President & Chief Executive Officer of 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.
Jeffrey A. Stoops – Secretary
President & Chief Executive Officer of 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.
Jay A. Brown – Treasurer
President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Castle International
Jay A. Brown was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in June 2016. Mr. Brown was Crown Castle’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 to May 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as Treasurer of Crown Castle from May 2004. Since joining Crown Castle in August 1999, he has served in a number of positions in corporate development and corporate finance. Prior to joining Crown Castle, Mr. Brown worked for a start-up health care company and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Brown holds a BBA from Baylor 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.
Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Communications
Ed Farscht was a senior executive at AAT Communications, Bear Stearns, CIBC World Markets and Citibank where he was involved in both investment banking and principal investments. Mr. Farscht has been involved with the wireless tower industry since 1996 and with the wireless services industry since 1986. He joined the Board of Directors of WIA in 2017.
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.
Thomas A. (Tam) Murray
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.
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.