TIA Announces 2016 Award Winners at Annual Network of the Future Conference

Arlington, VA. (June 13, 2016) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) – the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high tech communications networks –recently named inductees to its first-ever TIA Hall of Fame and announced the recipient of this year’s TIA CEO award. Individuals were recognized during a ceremony at the TIA 2016: Network of the Future conference, taking place in Dallas, Texas.

The TIA CEO Award will annually pay tribute to an individual for his or her exceptional dedication, leadership and service to the information and communications technology industry. Honored this year was a former structural engineer and tireless advocate for the communications industry, Ernest Jones, P.E.

“Ernest was a dedicated, long-time leader and deeply respected by all who knew him,” said Belcher. “He was a good friend of TIA and his contributions to the tower industry will long be remembered.”

TIA’s technical engineering committee – TR-14 – which is responsible for the Structural Steel Standards for Steel Antenna Towers and Supporting Structures standard, will also honor Ernest’s outstanding industry contribution and his life by dedicating the TIA-322 standard to him when it is published later this year. Jones passed away last fall from a tower accident.

Recipients of the TIA Hall of Fame awards will be selected annually in the areas of Leadership and Standards and Technology to honor those members and industry leaders whose contributions to the profession to advance our global communications networks and service to TIA have been significant and long-standing.

The 2016 TIA Hall of Fame Leadership award was presented to Tim Harden, former AT&T President of Worldwide Supply Chain, who currently serves as CEO of T6 Enterprises. Receiving the 2016 TIA Hall of Fame Standards and Technology award was Fred Lucas, who prior to retirement spent more than 35 years guiding industry standardization both domestically and internationally and chaired several TIA engineering committees.

“Both of our Hall of Fame inductees have exemplified what it means to be a leader and their character, along with a strong foundation of expertise in communications technology, distinguishes them from others in the field,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher.

For more information about TIA Awards visit the website.


Ashley Simmons, 703-907-7704, asimmons@tiaonline.org

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.