Talking to Rich Grimes you would swear that if he wasn’t in telecom he could be secretary of state. His desire to create alliances between carriers to use DAS networks would transfer well to the world stage.
“Developing intricate, diverse DAS projects with competing interests that need to work together and come up with a common objective — it’s navigating through a lot of storms. I love it. I just love it,” Grimes told AGL Media Group in a phone interview. “You have personalities, budgets and changes that happen all the time. It’s a challenge.”
Grimes will bring that love for challenging wireless projects to InSite Wireless Group, which has appointed the former CEO and co-founder of Capital Tower Group, as the chief operating officer of its DAS and Small Cells Group.
Grimes has more than 16 years of experience in senior leadership positions, including nine years with AT&T, and four years as investment committee chairman of a $400 million asset-valued wireless infrastructure investment company.
“My past experience and expertise includes the carrier side, the infrastructure side and the finance side, as well as the trial by fire of starting up a small infrastructure firm,” Grimes said.
Grimes co-founded Capital Tower Group in 2007 with Rick Clotworthy and Patrick Nally to focus on developing wireless systems at venues such as stadiums, hospitals and resorts, as well as venues for transportation, entertainment and hospitality. Their business covered design and development of in-building DAS and the supporting macrocell environment, telecom project management and telecom portfolio management.
Among its management projects, CTG worked with an AT&T-led carrier team in deploying a wireless system in a 1.7-mile Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel in Seattle. Another AT&T-led carrier team hired CTG to project manage the DAS/macrocell system currently being deployed at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
InSite Wireless Group Picks Up Two More Telecom Properties from CTG
In addition to hiring Grimes, InSite Wireless Group purchased two contractual assets from Capital Tower Group: a privately held wireless infrastructure development and management company, comprising a stealth macrocell/multicarrier DAS system at a five-star resort in Southern California at Rancho Palos Verdes called Terranea; and the Santa Clara University wireless system.
InSite Wireless Group’s 14 years of developing DAS and small cell properties include the Moscone Center, San Francisco; Target Field, Minneapolis; MBTA Subway, Boston; and the Los Angeles Metro Rail.
“InSite Wireless Group, as well as its partners, is very focused on the growth and future strategy of DAS and small cell,” Grimes said. “This is a great opportunity for the next phase of my career. This is going to be long term with InSite Wireless Group, based on the culture, the capability and past performance, with some compelling partners, such as Cox Communications as a minority partner. That brings a unique advantage strategically.”