Board of Directors

Jim Tracy 08-14 Jim Tracy serves as the President of the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation. He is a seasoned business professional with over 30 years of experience in Senior Management of commercial construction firms and engineered wood products manufacturing. As a Chief Executive and founding partner of Legacy Telecommunications, Inc., Jim’s focus is the management and direction of the people who execute projects for Legacy’s four business areas. He has over 16 years of experience in communication tower and power line infrastructure construction, including managing multiple award and extremely remote projects. Jim also currently serves as the Chairman on the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) Board of Directors.
Jim Coleman serves as the Vice President of the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation. He has over 40 years of experience working in the tower construction/maintenance industry and holds a General Radio License. Jim is an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a founding member of the Alabama Wireless Association (AWA). In 2004, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and was elected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Board from 2009 – 2013. Jim currently serves as the National Tower Safety Manager for AT&T.
Kari Carlson 2011jpeg Kari L. Carlson serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation. She is the Vice President of Tower Systems, Inc., with locations in Watertown, SD and Winter Park, FL. Kari has 21 years of experience in the tower construction and maintenance industry and is involved in all the day to day operations of running a successful corporation and demonstrates a passion to conduct business with fairness and integrity. She holds a General Contracting License for the State of Florida and a Bachelors Degree of Science from the University of Minnesota. In 2007, Kari was elected by her industry peers to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and served as Secretary/Treasurer until February 2017.

Cliff Barbieri serves on the Board of Directors of the Tower Industry Family Support Chariable Foundation. He is the owner and founder of Advanced Tower Services, Inc. which is based in New Mexico. He began his career in the wireless industry in 1978, as an employee for Motorola. In 1994, Cliff started his own two-way and tower service company and has been active in the tower industry ever since.


Craig Lekutis is the President of Prior to founding the website dedicated to worker safety and the tower siting, engineering and construction industry in 2004, he managed a national contractor program for American Tower Corporation. A former newspaper journalist, Craig has over 30 years of industry experience and was one of the Founding Directors of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). With industry collaboration, Craig has developed widely used interactive software programs that are available on WirelessEstimator at no charge such as the Emergency Services Locator and an interactive best practices Job Hazard Analysis that meets and exceeds all requirements set forth in ANSI/TIA-1019-A’s Checklist for Site Evaluation.