Vertical Bridge Bolsters its Broadcast Tower Team with the Addition of Two Leading Industry Executives

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Gary Hess and Mark Stennett Join the Largest Private Tower Company in the US

Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC, a privately-owned real estate investment trust focused on the ownership and management of wireless communication towers in the U.S., today announced the appointment of two veteran industry executives to its leasing and operations teams. Gary Hess, a broadcast industry veteran, was appointed as Vice President of Broadcast Towers Leasing, and Mark Stennett was named Senior Broadcast Engineer.

Bernard Borghei, Senior Vice President of Operations and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge, commented that, “We are excited about the broadcast towers that we now have added to our extensive portfolio of assets and delighted that Gary and Mark, who are long time broadcast industry executives, have joined Vertical Bridge and brought their talent and experience to our organization.” Mike Belski, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Leasing and Co-Founder of Vertical Bridge added, “We are confident that our broadcast tower assets and clients will be in good hands with Gary and Mark on our team. They will be instrumental in promoting a positive customer experience for our current and future tenants.”

In this newly created role, Mr. Hess will oversee the growth and development of Vertical Bridge’s current portfolio of approximately 400 broadcast towers. Mr. Hess most recently operated his own consultancy, Broadcast Tower Management, where he managed all leasing for iHeartRadio and served as Founder and Director of Engineering for American Tower Corporation. Mr. Hess previously served as Director of Engineering for American Radio Systems, a radio station group. Mr. Hess received his Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting and Physics from the University of South Carolina and is active in various professional organizations, including the National Association of Broadcasters and the Cellular Tower Industry Association.

Mark Stennett has worked in engineering roles in the broadcast radio industry for more than 30 years, including chief engineering positions at Chancellor Broadcasting, Capstar Broadcasting, AMFM, Inc., NextMedia Group and Univision Radio. Mr. Stennett has also been named to Radio Ink Magazine’s 35 Most Admired Engineers in Radio. In his new role, Mr. Stennett will oversee technical and operational activities related to all broadcast assets and clients and will support making broadcast assets easily available to other types of clients such as wireless carriers.

About Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC
Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC is a privately-owned real estate investment trust focused on the ownership of wireless communication towers in the U.S. The company owns, operates and manages telecommunications towers, rooftops, and site locations across the country. Vertical Bridge was founded in 2014 by Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC as well as certain key executives from Global Tower Partners, and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information, please visit, or call Erica Robertson at (561) 406-4032.

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