ABOUT OUR TEAM
William (Billy) is a native of Memphis, Tennessee who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. After graduation, he moved to Memphis to work at the family business, Majestic Communications, which he helped build into the areas’ largest retailer of Motorola two-way radios. When the business sold in 1995, Billy built on his existing portfolio of radio communications towers by building for wireless carriers. Tower Ventures was founded. As President and CEO, Billy handles the management and oversight of the organization. He was recently re-elected to a second term to the Shelby County School Board and served as its Chairman for two years. Billy is also a past Board Member of the New Memphis Arena Public Building Authority that oversaw the construction of the FedEx Forum. He also became one of the members of the Grizzlies ownership group in 2013. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, a member of the Methodist Hospital Board and member of the Memphis University School Board of Trustees. In 1999, Billy was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” of local community leaders. He was also recently selected as a member of the Memphis chapter of the Society of Entrepreneurs. Billy is an Organizer and Director of the First Capital Bank, a community bank with $250 million in assets. Over the years, Billy became interested in preserving historic buildings in Downtown Memphis. To date, he and his partners have completed new construction, as well as, the preservation of seven buildings that include commercial space and 500 apartments. Billy also has interest and experience in the restaurant industry as a former franchisee of the Ruth’s Chris in Rogers, Arkansas.
Jay has been an advisor and counsel to the Company’s principals for over 25 years. As the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the company, Jay leads the company’s negotiations to develop tower sites through portfolio acquisitions, build-to-suit projects and organic development. This includes structuring private equity joint ventures, traditional commercial debt financing and real estate investment trusts. His areas of responsibility include: legal, oversight of finance and accounting departments, operations, new business development, marketing, leasing oversight and strategic planning.
Executive Vice President, Carrier Leasing
Craig handles Tower Ventures financing, banking relationships, leasing department and business development. Before joining the team, he worked in the Capital Markets Group at NBC where he was a VP for Fixed Income. In 2005, Craig purchased two Memphis-based security businesses, merged their accounts and created Central Defense Security. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Paragon Bank, a Memphis-based Community Bank with over $300 million in assets. Craig serves on the Advisory Board for Trestle Capital Partners a merchant banking firm. In 2005, The Memphis Business Journal selected him as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” of community leaders. Craig was named by the Memphis Business Quarterly as one of the Region’s Power Players in Security in 2014.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael handles financial management of Tower Ventures. He handles financial reporting, investor relations, internal controls, human resources and long-range planning. Before joining the company, he served as the Manager of Financial Reporting for Intrepid Aviation. He now serves on the Financial Advisory Commission and the Industrial Development Board for the City of Germantown, Tennessee. He completed Leadership Germantown in 2016 and the Leadership Memphis FastTrack program in 2008. He is an active member of OLPH parish and is a key contributor in their fundraising for athletics. He received a B.B.A. in Economics and Human Resource Management from the University of Mississippi in 2002 followed by an M.A. in Economics in 2004 and has been an adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Memphis.
Vice President of Construction & Operations
Craig’s areas of responsibility at Tower Ventures include: operations management, new site development, and rooftop management. Craig has spearheaded the development of over 150 towers and has been critical in many acquisitions. His expertise includes regulatory and environmental controls along with tower development, maintenance, and removals. Before joining Tower Ventures, he received a B.A in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Tower Ventures team in 2000 as construction manager.
Tower Ventures offers sites nationwide to cover the needs of any carrier.
495 Tennessee Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Toll Free: 1-800-875-5109