Vertical Bridge Executive Team Donates Over $1.1 Million to Warriors4Wireless and Tower Family Foundation
Vertical Bridge Executive Team Donates Over $1.1 Million From Their Personal Funds to Warriors4Wireless and the Tower Family Foundation
(Boca Raton, FL) – Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC (“Vertical Bridge”), the largest privately owned and operated communications infrastructure company in the United States, announced today that its executive team has donated over $1.1 million from their personal funds to Warriors4Wireless and the Tower Family Foundation. The donations were made in support of the work that these non-profit organizations do to help veterans enter the telecommunications industry and to support the families of those injured on the job.
“We set out to build a firm where commitment to philanthropy was core to our business of building the wireless infrastructure supporting current and next gen communications technology,” said Alex Gellman, CEO and Co-Founder. “As a company, over the past seven-plus years we have been able to support hundreds of organizations that our employees, partners, and clients care about through the Vertical Bridge Charitable Network, and as leaders we wanted to directly support the incredible work these two organizations do for the people in our industry.”
Warriors4Wireless was formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians, and the thousands of qualified service men and women eager to transfer the skills they have learned in the military. The organization provides training, advanced certification, and transitional support to veterans, so they have the building blocks they need for a career in the telecommunications industry. “Our veterans leave military service or return from deployments with tremendous skills but face difficulties re-entering the workforce,” added Gellman. “It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 open positions will need to be filled in the next 18-36 months to support the nationwide 5G buildout. Warriors4Wireless helps our servicemen and women bring their skills to a growing industry.”
The Tower Family Foundation provides financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker. “Tower workers are an important backbone of our industry, and The Tower Family Foundation’s dedication to helping them and their families is admirable,” said Bernard Borghei, Executive Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder, who currently serves on the Tower Family Foundation Board of Directors and is also Chairman of the Foundation’s Endowment Committee. “We are proud to be able to support this worthy cause, and I am honored to serve alongside my colleagues in the industry on the Board of this vital organization.”
In 2020, Vertical Bridge donated over $1.5 million to 149 causes chosen by its employees. Since its inception, the company has given more than $7.65 million and contributed nearly 4,000 volunteer hours to 501(c)(3) organizations selected by its employees.
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to visit the nonprofits’ websites at TowerFamilyFoundation.org and Warriors4Wireless.org to learn more about the benefactor organizations and make an online contribution.
About Tower Family Foundation
The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on-the-job-related activities that tower workers are involved in on a daily basis. The intent of the donation is to provide a funding “bridge” to the affected families to help pay for immediate needs and help defray other related costs that families experience in a post-accident or fatality situation.
Warriors4Wireless is a charitable organization existing solely to help veterans find decent paying careers in the growing 5G workforce. We have invested well over $1,000,000 of contributed funds to lower veteran expenses while they train to join this promising career field. We have connected more than 2,700 veterans to 5G workforce career opportunities, and we stand ready to support veterans from all military services.
About Vertical Bridge
Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC is the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure and locations in the United States, with a portfolio of more than 308,000 sites, including over 8,000 owned and master-leased towers and the nation’s largest and tallest collection of broadcast tower sites. The Company’s portfolio spreads across all 50 states and Puerto Rico and is comprised of towers, rooftops, billboards, utility attachments, convenience stores and other locations in support of wireless network deployments. In addition to colocation, Vertical Bridge offers build-to-suit, edge data centers and in-building wireless network solutions.
Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Vertical Bridge was founded in 2014 and is led by a senior management team with over 300 years of collective experience in tower infrastructure and related sectors. Vertical Bridge is certified CarbonNeutral® and in 2020, became the first tower company in the world to reach net-zero emissions. For more information, please visit https://www.verticalbridge.com/.
Contact: Todd Schlekeway