After successful executive leadership stints in the cable television and cellular phone businesses, Tom started selling towers in the early 1990s. He was a pioneer in tower brokerage, and is now perhaps the single most experienced tower broker in the nation. Over that period of time he earned the respect of tower companies with his integrity and detailed knowledge of the industry. Tower consolidators trust Tom and respect his deal-making skills and thorough service from the due diligence process, to closing.
Engel has completed more than 300 media related transactions as a buyer, seller, advisor, or broker totaling more than $1 billion and has been involved in raising more than $500 million in debt and equity for various entities. As co-founder of Strategic Tower Advisors, he puts his experience and the relationships he’s developed to work for STA’s clients.
He began his career in the media business in 1972 working for American Television & Communications. He has served as CEO, COO, President, and VP of Bauce Cellular One, Jones Intercable; the Pat Thompson Company, MaxTel, Leonard International, and various Milestone Companies.
Engel has provided expert testimony to the Library of Congress and U.S. Copyrights Tribunal. He has also served as director and president of several communications trade associations, authored many articles in various trade journals, and been a presenter on numerous tower, cellular and cable television panels. His international experience includes Asia, UK, and the South Pacific.
Mr. Engel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.