DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) will induct five honorees into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on September 12th. This year’s inductees are:
- Barry A. Adelman: In the early days of the U.S. wireless industry every issue was novel: the application process, combinations into partnerships and combination of partnerships, vendor agreements, buying infrastructure, and mergers and acquisitions. Although he represented individual wireless clients, Barry served as a powerful and essential representative of the industry as a whole. He was a central figure in creating the framework for an industry that now represents essential 21st Century infrastructure. His leadership and influence in the wireless industry have continued for decades.
- Pat Cipov: 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 National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), 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.
- Alain Maloberti: From 1985 to 1995, Alain served as the first chairman of the European standards group ETSI SMG2, the group that standardized the GSM radio interface. This group faced a highly technical and political challenge in navigating the selection of the narrowband TDMA technology that paved the way for the success of GSM. In addition to his work with the ETSI standards group, Alain held executive roles with France Telecom /Orange, which he joined in 1979, moving to the mobile business in 1983.
- Liz Maxfield: In addition to playing a key role in the preservation of the history of the wireless industry as a founder of Wireless History Foundation and the Foundation’s first Executive Director, Liz was instrumental in the early development of the cellular industry from working on many of the first FCC license filings to facilitating the establishment and operation of inter-carrier information exchanges which help lay the foundation for seamless roaming. Liz retired from her day-to-day role in the Foundation in 2016 but still serves as an instrumental volunteer and board member.
- Ed Reynolds: Over a career spanning several decades, Ed led the implementation of multiple wireless technologies from analog to 4G that shaped the wireless revolution. As Chief Network Officer of Cingular, he was a key member of the team that led the integration of the Cingular and AT&T Wireless networks, successfully integrating two large overlapping networks and creating the largest wireless network at the time. After his retirement, Ed was appointed in 2012 to the initial Board of Directors of FirstNet, where he served until 2018.
“Wireless has transformed the way the world connects and these individuals have played key roles in that transformation,” said WHF Board member Rob Mechaley, CEO of MobileSphere Holdings and chairman of the 2018 selection committee. “The Class of 2018 has made important contributions that fueled the technologic, regulatory and partnering innovations necessary to fuel the wireless revolution.”
The Wireless Hall of Fame dinner will take place at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 12th. Additional information on the Hall of Fame is available on the WHF web site at www.wirelesshistoryfoundation.org. For information about the dinner, including sponsorships and invitations please contact Jenifer Snyder at Jen@wirelesshistoryfoundation.org.
The Wireless History Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry. www.wirelesshistoryfoundation.org