Historically, real estate and physical infrastructure account for trillions of dollars’ worth of investment globally each year.
Digital Infrastructure is becoming an ever-larger component of the investment perimeter of both infrastructure funds that manage third-party capital and those pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and other institutions that make direct investments into the asset class.
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Carolyn Brandon formed strategic consulting firm Whitworth Analytics LLC in 2011 to provide decision support and strategic policy counsel to companies in the high tech, broadband, and wireless sectors. She also is a senior industry and innovation fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy where she focuses on competition and regulatory policy as applied to networked industries and emerging markets.
Prior to forming Whitworth Analytics, Brandon served as vice president, policy for CTIA-The Wireless Association where she worked for five years with CTIA’s more than 200 members to develop strategic, national public policies for the U.S. commercial wireless industry. Brandon focused on policy matters impacting industry structure, competition, innovation, and technology development.
Before joining CTIA in 2004, Brandon was a partner in the Washington, D.C. boutique law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP where for 12 years she represented wireless telecommunications providers in proceedings and transactions before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions, U.S. bankruptcy courts, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Board Member, Windstream
Director, Digital Realty
Senior Advisor, Blackstone
Mr. LaPerch was President and Chief Executive Officer of AboveNet, a publicly traded provider of high bandwidth fiber-optic connectivity solutions, where he managed the company through its Chapter 11 reorganization. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. LaPerch is a current Windstream board member and member of the Digital Realty Trust board.
President & CEO
Jim is a visionary and thought-leader in the communications and digital infrastructure industry and brings extensive leadership experience from across the entire telecommunications ecosystem to ExteNet.
Co-President, Peppertree Capital Management
Prior to forming Peppertree, he was a partner with Tregan Partners where he focused on telecommunications and media. Previously, Howard was a co-founder of OmniAmerica, Inc., one of the first publicly-held tower companies. Prior to the formation of OmniAmerica, he spent more than ten years as a transactional attorney with Thompson Hine LLP, the latter years as a partner.
Howard earned his BS degree from The Ohio State University and his JD from Cornell Law School.
Peppertree Capital Management, Inc. is a private equity firm focused on making investments in growing communication infrastructure companies, both in the United States and internationally.
Peppertree’s core investment thesis is that the demand for data will overwhelm the wireless networks for the foreseeable future. Our mission is to discover ways to capitalize on that thesis, including by investing in companies that own the towers, the wireless spectrum and the fiber networks that make your mobile phone work.
CEO, Digital Colony, President & CEO, Colony Capital
Marc C. Ganzi is President and Chief Executive Officer of Colony Capital, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Colony. He is also a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Bridge Holdings, a leading global investor and owner of mobile and internet infrastructure.
In July 2019, Digital Bridge was acquired by Colony Capital to become the premier platform for digital infrastructure and real estate investment, and Mr. Ganzi was announced as Colony Capital CEO, Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.’s successor. At the time of the acquisition, Digital Bridge managed nearly $20 billion of global digital infrastructure assets, directly, through Digital Colony Partners, and pro forma for Digital Colony Partners’ pending acquisition of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO).
Prior to Digital Bridge, Mr. Ganzi was the founder and CEO of Global Tower Partners (“GTP”), which grew from inception in 2003 to become one of the largest privately-owned tower companies in the U.S. when it was sold to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for $4.8 billion. At GTP, Mr. Ganzi executed a series of strategic acquisitions, build-to-suit agreements with wireless carriers and financings in the credit markets.
Prior to the formation of GTP, Mr. Ganzi worked as a consulting partner for DB Capital Partners in New York City from 2000 to 2002 where he was tasked with overseeing the institution’s investments in the Latin American tower sector. Prior to his tenure at DB Capital, Mr. Ganzi was the President and co-founder of Apex Site Management, one of the largest third-party managers of wireless and wireline communication sites in the United States. Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications in 2000 to create one of the largest telecommunications site portfolios in the United States at the time.
Mr. Ganzi has served on the boards of numerous corporations, including: Apex Site Management, Global Tower Partners, Olympus Outdoor Media, Mexico Tower Partners, Vertical Bridge, DataBank, Vantage Data Centers, Andean Telecom Partners and ExteNet Systems.
Mr. Ganzi received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business in 1993. He was a Board Member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association from 2008 to 2017 and served as Chairman from 2009 to 2011. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission, and he currently serves on the board of the Aspen Valley Ski Club.