William (Bill) Carlson, President and CEO of Tower Systems, Inc., and heralded as the founding father of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), passed away peacefully at home on Mon., March 25, 2019, leaving a legacy of friendship, leadership, mentoring and a collective belief that through his efforts the wireless construction industry has become one of the most professional and safest occupations in America
In 1995, Bill demonstrated foresight and leadership in bringing together an initial group of 60 fiercely-independent, competitive tower contractors to establish the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a non-profit association to provide uniform safety standards, education, communications, and serve as a unified voice for the wireless and broadcast infrastructure industries.
Today, that organization has grown to 870 member companies consisting of tower construction firms, general contractors, tower owners/vertical realtors, wireless carriers, engineering firms, public safety entities, manufacturers, distributors, technology start-ups and training companies.
Bill was also recognized on a national scale for his contributions to the wireless industry. In September of 2014, the Wireless History Foundation inducted him into the Wireless Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bill’s 2014 induction was historic in that he became the first tower contractor ever to be enshrined into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame. Bill’s honor also represented a significant milestone for NATE and the prominent role the Association plays in the industry.