The Wireless History Foundation creates and supports programs connecting members of the wireless industry and enabling them to contribute to the story of wireless. It also helps the general public to understand the events and circumstances underlying the development of wireless communications.
A major program of the Foundation is the Wireless Hall of Fame. The Wireless Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of wireless.
The vision of the Wireless History Foundation is to educate and inspire future generations about the significance and growth of the wireless communications industry.
The Wireless Hall of Fame Program provides public recognition of outstanding individuals across all segments of the wireless industry. Induction into the Wireless Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest honors, acknowledging the leadership, innovation and achievement of each honoree.
2014 Wireless Hall of Fame
Bill Carlson’s career spanned nearly five decades as a wireless infrastructure trailblazer providing tower construction, service and maintenance in the United States and around the globe. Beginning in 1975, he owned and operated Tower Systems, Inc. In 1995, Mr. Carlson demonstrated foresight and leadership in bringing together an initial group of 60 tower contractors to establish the NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, a non-profit association that provides uniform safety standards, improved communications, and a unified voice for the tower industry. NATE has become recognized as the leader in telecommunications construction procedures and practices. Carlson was also instrumental in establishing the NATE/OSHA Regional and National Partnerships which has led to site safety audits at thousands of towers, identification and abatement of hundreds of hazards, and the training of thousands of tower technicians. In 2014, he was the initial recipient of the NATE Lifetime Service Award, which has been renamed the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award in his honor.
2018 Wireless Hall of Fame
Pat Cipov is a tireless advocate for developing standards and promoting a culture of safety in the wireless infrastructure industry. Pat’s driving force is her passion to make sure that every tower technician goes home safely every day. In almost four decades as president of Cipov Enterprises, Inc., Pat has been actively involved in all aspects of ownership and operations of the wireless construction and maintenance of communication towers and antenna systems. A widely recognized industry leader, she has served as Chair of the NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association, and on multiple national association committees. Pat’s influence on diverse components of wireless communications construction and maintenance has left an indelible impact on the safety and quality of the industry.
2021Wireless Hall of Fame
Jim Tracy is the CEO of Legacy Telecommunications. Jim has been a leading force in tower and infrastructure construction, service and maintenance for decades. In addition to his considerable business successes, his drive and determination have been instrumental in advancing safety through his role in the formation of the National Wireless Safety Alliance, a nonprofit assessment and certification organization, and his service, including his role as founding President of the Tower Family Foundation, established to benefit families of workers injured or killed on telecommunications sites. He has also played a key role in elevating industry legislative and regulatory concerns before federal and state governmental entities. Jim was introduced by Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission.