Michael Matthews is co-founder and President of Tower Acquisition, LLC
Matthews has over twenty years of executive management experience and fifteen plus years as a successful entrepreneur in the wireless industry. Matthews has successfully started six companies as the top executive and co-founding investor. As a focal point to his investment portfolio Mike has developed, managed, and owned hundreds of telecommunications tower assets over a 15 year period.
Prior to Tower Acquisition LLC Mike founded Landmark Site Development in 1998 as a tower development firm and subsequently sold those assets to American Tower (NYSE: AMT) as part of a larger acquisition. Concurrently, Matthews co-founded GWT a niche portfolio of broadcast towers reengineered for broadband wireless carriers. In 2003 Matthews put together a team of investors to fund the debtor in possession of the bankrupt development firm of Global Towers Inc of Boulder, Colorado. Over the past two years Matthews has developed and marked high growth assets acquired from this venture.
Additionally, Matthews was the founder and CEO of Berkshire Wireless, which was acquired by CCI Telecom in 2000 forming one of the largest independent wireless integration firms in North America. Mr. Matthews also founded Optasite, Inc a tower management, operations, and software company performing acquisition and management services for the large-scale tower consolidators. This company was merged with Pinnacle Site Development in 2002 creating one of the largest site development and management firms on the eastern seaboard.
Matthews also co-founded MKB Properties a landholding company for Florida development firms. This entity has purchased and sold over sixty parcels of land over the past 24 months. The firm’s specialty is waterfront and water access properties in remaining undeveloped areas of southwest Florida.
Mr. Matthews began his career at General Electric Co. as a logistical engineer, overseeing critical components of fleet support of the Trident Submarine. In addition, he has operated as the COO and CFO of DWT Technologies. He holds the distinction of being named one of the youngest executive administrators of a Boston law firm and was Director of Administration at Shawmut Design and Construction. Matthews has consulted for the US Armed Forces on the reconstruction of a wireless local loop for the country of Iraq requiring travel to Iraq in support of our troops.
Mr. Matthews holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.
Contact Information: Mike Matthews, 190 Housatonic Street, Lee, MA 01238, (413) 243-3350
Stephen Kotfila is co-founder and Vice President of Tower Acquisition
Stephen G. Kotfila is an industry professional with over 19 years of experience. After serving 6 years as a Radar Maintenance Engineer in the United States Navy he left the military and joined Bell Atlantic Mobile’s Network Operations Division for New England. While at Bell Atlantic Mobile he managed the maintenance and operations of Motorola and Lucent cellular base station radio & switching equipment as well as licensed fixed wireless microwave radio infrastructure and engineering backhaul network architecture. Mr. Kotfila left Bell Atlantic Mobile in 1996 to manage the initial Phase 1 and Phase 2 deployment of Sprint PCS’s nationwide personal communications network in New England. While at Sprint PCS, Mr. Kotfila managed the real estate site acquisition, zoning, site permitting, construction and integration efforts for Sprint’s Connecticut and Western Massachusetts area of operations. Mr. Kotfila departed Sprint PCS in 1999 to take the position of Chief Operating Officer for the wireless systems integrator Berkshire Wireless Inc., based in Lee, Massachusetts. Mr. Kotfila managed the day-to-day operations of Berkshire’s base business, cellular and PCS Systems Integration, while at the same time establishing and growing a Technical Services Division aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband fixed wireless point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems & services. In addition, Mr. Kotfila managed Landmark Site Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Wireless, which operated in the tower site development and ownership arena of the wireless industry. Landmark was subsequently sold to American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) for $17 million dollars in cash. Upon the successful merger of Berkshire Wireless with CCI Telecom, based in San Antonio, Texas, in 2000, Mr. Kotfila left Berkshire Wireless to help found Optasite, Inc., serving as it’s Chief Operating Officer. Optasite built its success by providing high-level site management and maintenance services to the wireless telecom industry. Optasite was merged with Pinnacle Site Development in 2002 creating one of the largest site development and management firms on the eastern seaboard.
Contact Information: Steve Kotfila, 190 Housatonic Street, Lee, MA 01238, (413) 243-3350