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Heroes of Telecom Awards Celebrate Unsung Telecom Services Leaders

By J. Sharpe Smith, Senior Editor


At the inaugural Heroes of Telecom awards dinner, sponsored by Sitetracker, Alicia Manzi, Segra, was recognized for Project Manager of the Year. The dinner, held on center ice at the the T-Mobile Area in Las Vegas last night, was attended by 200 people from the telecom services industry.

Sitetracker’s Tim May called project managers the unsung heroes of the telecom industry being responsible for moving their companies forward in the building of networks.

Other finalists in this category were James Francisco, Advantage Engineers; Tom Ladik, Advantage Engineers; Joseph Viola, AT&T; and Rowena Okialda, Modus.

Tower Engineering Professionals (TEP) won Best Company Culture.

“[TEP] is guided by hardworking individuals that lead by example. This ignites hard work at all levels of management and production throughout the organization,” Sitetracker’s Guiseppi Incitti said. “At the same time, there is one on one personal time with the team and management. There are team building exercises, ping pong tournaments, hot dog eating contests and a climate that encourages long-term employment and long-term friendships.”

The dinner took place on the ice at a hockey rink in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Other finalists for Best Company Culture were The CBR Group, Leaf Communications, Modus, Tilman, SAC Wireless, Vertical Bridge, Zenfi, Airosmith; and United Fiber and Data.

Modus was recognized for its achievements with the Corporate Responsibility award. “Modus was the first telecom services company that has been recognized as a Certified B Corporation, which means it operates in a sustainable, inclusive manner,” said Sitetracker’s Brett Cupta. “Modus was three bottom lines: the profit, the people and the planet.”

Lorrie Pope, president, Congruex, was named Most Influential Woman in Telecom. “I was astounded to read about the initiatives the incredible finalists in this category are leading. Each one of these women are incredibly influential in the lives of those around them.” said Sitetracker’s Irene Scher. “Lorrie was the first woman to be hired by a rapidly growing company, which now has 1,200 employees.”

Other finalists were Kim Martin, TEP; Iris Dawson, InRange; Rowena Okialda, Modus; Theresa Baker, T-Mobile; and Carolyn Hardwick, Squan.

Broder posing with Sitetracker’s David George

Vertical Bridge was the Judges Choice award winner. In giving the award, Sitetracker’s Brett Chester quoted some of the nominations, “We are empowered, forward thinking. We show our people that we believe in them. We let them make decisions and to let them learn from their mistakes. Small failures lead to big successes.”

Tilson was named Most Innovative Company for bringing creativity to all aspects of its business, how it handles its internal processes and how it adopts new technologies.

“It has been a wonderful journey at Tilson. We have been on a great growth curve. We are growing across the country,” said Josh Broder, Tilson CEO. “I am excited to be part of this telecom family that is going to be deploying 5G this year, next year and for many years after that. It will be a good ride.”

Finalists in the Most Innovative Company award were ZenFi Technologies, TEP, Congruex, Tilson, Modus, United Fiber and Data; and Keypoint Communications.