TowerCo CEO Joins Wireless Industry Association Board of Directors

Monday, February 02, 2009

Cary, N.C. (February 2, 2009) — PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association announced today the appointment of Richard J. Byrne to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Byrne is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of TowerCo, LLC, owners of more than 3,000 communications towers. Prior to forming TowerCo, Byrne served as president of the tower division of SpectraSite Communications, which owned over 8,000 towers. Previously, he served as national director of business development at Nextel Communications Inc., where he was responsible for the industry’s first major sale of 2,000 towers and a 1,700-site build-to-suit commitment.

“PCIA is pleased to add Richard to our Board of Directors,” said Michael Fitch, president and CEO of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. “Richard has extensive experience in our industry. His insight makes him a valuable addition to the association Board, and I look forward to working with him.”

About PCIA

PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association is a nonprofit national trade association representing the companies that make up the wireless telecommunications infrastructure industry. Its members include the carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms that own and manage more than 120,000 telecommunications facilities throughout the world. To learn more, visit

About TowerCo

TowerCo is the fifth largest independent tower operating company in the United States. Founded in 2004 by industry veterans Richard Byrne (CEO) and Scot Lloyd (COO) along with Tailwind Capital, the Cary, N.C.-based company meets the infrastructure needs of wireless service providers by developing, owning and leasing communication towers. TowerCo owns over 3,000 towers and has exclusive contracts to build towers directly for carriers throughout the United States. Soros Strategic Partners invested in TowerCo in 2005 along with Vulcan Capital and Stone Tower Capital in 2007. For additional information, please visit