Bluegrass Cellular® President and CEO Elected Vice Chairman of CTIA Board
ELIZABETHTOWN, KY. (August 2013) – Ron Smith, President and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular Inc., has been elected vice chairman of CTIA – The Wireless Association®. Smith, who has now served on CTIA’s Executive Committee for three consecutive years, will serve a one-year term as vice chairman.
“Serving on the Executive Committee these past three years has given me the chance to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry,” said Smith. “To have been elected vice chairman among such company is truly an honor. I look forward to stepping into this new leadership role.”
CTIA is an international industry trade group based in Washington D.C. representing the wireless communications industry. Smith’s involvement with CTIA dates back to 1992, when he was first elected to the Board of Directors. As vice chairman, Smith will represent the interests of regional and rural carriers while addressing the essential issues facing the wireless industry. He will continue to serve as an industry advocate at all levels of government, establish best practices for the telecommunications industry and further the organization’s commitment to wireless and mobile safety.
“CTIA represents consumers as much as it does the industry,” said Smith. “And safety is an important example of that. Cyber security, consumer privacy and child safety precautions are all policies that CTIA advocates for on a national level. Bluegrass has been passionate about these same causes from the get-go, so I’m eager to support them on a broader scale.”
As President and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular, Smith is one of two small carrier sector representatives on the CTIA Executive Committee board. He is also actively involved in other industry organizations, sitting on the Associated Carrier Group Executive Board as well as on the Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) Board of Directors.
Smith, a past chairman of the CCA, brings nearly 25 years of experience in the wireless industry to his new role of CTIA vice chairman. He managed the launch of Bluegrass Cellular in 1991 after a 13-year career with GTE, a legacy company of Verizon. Under his leadership, Bluegrass Cellular was the first to offer analog cellular service to central Kentucky in 1991 and digital cellular service in 1998. Today, Bluegrass provides 4G LTE data services to many rural areas not reached by the networks of larger, national carriers.
About CTIA-The Wireless Association
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.