Thanks to early siting entrepreneurs Jeffrey Stoops and Marc Ganzi, Boca Raton, Fla. is fast becoming the hub for tower owners’ corporate offices as witnessed by numerous key players’ offices in a two mile stretch along and off of Congress Ave.
SBA Communications CEO Stoops used to run his company from its corporate office off of Broken Sound Pkwy., almost within shouting distance of Global Tower Partners (GTP) CEO Marc Ganzi.
In 2013, however, SBA was bursting at the seams with multiple locations and purchased a 160,000 square-foot building just up the road that was originally designed for IBM. With a $22.65 million price tag, the four story building required extensive renovations, but is reportedly larger and more technologically advanced than SBA’s two larger competitors, American Tower in Boston and Crown Castle in Houston.
Nonetheless, American Tower has an office in the corporate corridor on Broken Sound Pkwy. where GTP was located after the company acquired GTP in 2013 for $3.3 billion.
Following the sale, Ganzi founded Digital Bridge Holdings and the following year funded tower consolidator Vertical Bridge at their Park of Commerce Dr. location.
Following GTP’s sale, Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions Dagan Kasavana founded Phoenix Tower International and situated his corporate office off of Yamato Rd. in 2013. The company recently acquired the rights to 600 T-Mobile sites for an undisclosed amount.
Crown Castle also has an office on Congress Ave.
Six more towercos on Florida’s West Coast.
Florida is also home to a number of other tower consolidators. Tarpon Towers ll, located in Bradenton, owns approximately 32 towers, according to the FCC’s database, and was founded by Ronald Bizick, ll. Bizick was the Executive VP and COO of Global Signal, but prior to that held the same position at SBA Communications.
Tower owner Grain Management, with 151 company-owned towers, located in Sarasota, was founded by David J. Grain. He previously served as the President of Global Signal until it was sold to Crown Castle International in 2006 for $5.7 billion.
Tampa-based Skyway Towers, whose CEO is Dan Behuniak, owns approximately 61 towers. The company’s Chief Development Officer, Eric Bondurant, used to be SBA Communications’ Director of Business Development.
Newport Richie-based tower company 1 Source Wireless owns 28 towers.
Two smaller tower owners are also located in Florida. Highpoint Tower Technology, located in Sarasota, owns approximately 15 towers and Datapath Tower of St. Petersburg states on their website that they also have 15 structures.
Another major hub for tower companies is in Cary, N.C.
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