The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) inducted five individuals into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during an Awards ceremony that was held on Wednesday, September 12 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The Wireless Hall of Fame event was held in conjunction with the 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas Conference that is taking place this week in Los Angeles.
The Wireless History Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry. The Wireless Hall of Fame program recognizes outstanding achievement across all disciplines of the wireless industry.
With her historic induction, Pat Cipov becomes only the second NATE member tower contractor company executive to be enshrined into the exclusive Wireless Hall of Fame fraternity, following in the footsteps of Bill Carlson’s 2014 induction honor.
In 1995, Pat’s company, Cipov Enterprises, Inc. became one of sixty founding member companies of NATE. As a former technician with experience climbing communication towers, Pat’s industry field knowledge and business acumen quickly helped her ascend the leadership ranks within the Association. Cipov was first elected to the NATE Board of Directors in 2000 and was later elected in 2006 by her peers to serve on the Executive Committee. In 2013, Pat made history by becoming the first woman to serve as Chair of the Association.
In her role as NATE Chairwoman, Pat played a pivotal role in establishing the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force which consisted of top safety and operations executives representing the wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s and turnkey/construction management firms. The groundwork established by the Wireless Industry Safety Task Force later led to the formation of the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA), a 501 c-6 assessment and certification organization. The NWSA’s nationwide and portable credentialing system has been a game-changer in the industry from a workforce development and safety perspective. Pat also has leveraged her platform at NATE to pave the way for the next generation of women to assume leadership roles in the industry and has contributed her time and talents to mentor many of the women from the industry who are now intimately involved in leadership roles at their respective companies and with the Association.
“I am honored and humbled to accept this award and to join past Wireless Hall of Fame inductees who I have long admired and respected,” she said. “ I also want to congratulate the other members of the Wireless Hall of Fame Class of 2018, it is truly an honor to be going into the Hall with such an outstanding group.”
“Wireless has transformed the way the world connects and these individuals have played key roles in that transformation,” said Wireless History Foundation 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.”