Who We Are
The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to preserve and promote the history of the wireless industry. Wireless products and services are continually and dramatically changing the way people worldwide live, work and play. The Foundation was formed by wireless pioneers to preserve the lessons of wireless for the benefit of future entrepreneurs and innovators.
With the assistance of partner organizations and sponsors, WHF was launched on October 13, 2008, the anniversary of the official commercialization of cellular technology in the United States. The kick-off event was held exactly 25 years after the first cellular system opened for business in Chicago. The festivities attracted wireless pioneers and industry luminaries from the past five decades.
WHF chronicles the achievements of individuals, the contributions of numerous organizations, and the evolution of markets and technology, all of which fueled the growth of wireless communications and continue to add convenience, productivity, and enrichment to everyday life.
Arlene Harris - Ms. Harris is President and Co-Founder of DYNA LLC She has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, and investor in successful wireless-related businesses. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named the first female inductee into the Wireless Hall of Fame.
Robert G. Mechaley, Jr. - Mr. Mechaley is a 35 year veteran telecommunications/ wireless technologist, inventor and entrepreneur. His involvement in wireless began when he earned his first amateur radio license at age 11. An early member of the McCaw Cellular executive team, Mr. Mechaley founded Radioframe Networks, and co-founded Clearwire and Mobilesphere. He has more than 60 patents or patents pending.
Charles C. Townsend - Mr. Townsend is the General Partner and CEO of Aloha Partners II. Aloha Partners is the 8th largest owner of wireless spectrum in the United States, with wireless licenses in 12 of the top 50 markets. He has served on the Board of Directors of CTIA – The Wireless Association since 1988. Prior to founding Aloha Partners, Mr. Townsend was the CEO of Atlantic Cellular which was the 4th largest cellular operator in New England.
Liz Maxfield - Ms. Maxfield is Executive Director of the Wireless History Foundation. She served as Senior Vice President of CTIA – The Wireless Association from its inception in 1984 until 1998. She founded CIBERNET Corporation, CTIA’s subsidiary for financial settlements, and served as its President from 1988 to 1997. Prior to CTIA, Ms. Maxfield worked as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and in private practice with a communications law firm. She serves as an advisor to the University of Texas Austin Technology Incubator, and is a previous advisory board member of the University of Oklahoma Wireless EMC Center.
Linda Lievens - Ms. Lievens serves as Program Coordinator for the Wireless History Foundation. In the early 1990’s, she ran the Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Austin office of Ernst & Young. Ms. Lievens has extensive volunteer experience with civic and educational organizations.