Since 2005, Arcadia Towers has provided quality tower sites, build-to-suit, and co-location service our customers in the wireless industry.
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Since our founding in 2005, Arcadia has worked with our wireless service customers to get on air. Whether it is build-to-suit towers, collocation on towers and rooftops, or partnering with rooftop owners and landlords, Arcadia completes projects efficiently and on schedule.
The Arcadia team has collectively developed, owned, managed, and acquired hundreds of wireless towers, ground leases, rooftops, and other wireless infrastructure. We have worked and partnered with commercial wireless carriers, public safety entities, utilities, WISP's, government entities, local telcos, fiber service providers, and data centers.
Great service begins and ends with our experienced professionals.
Bridge the Digital Divide
Build-to-suit, co-location, rooftop management, municipal partnerships, lease buy-outs, and tower acquisitions. Arcadia is your trusted partner.
Bridge the Digital Divide
Arcadia specializes in working with municipalities to add digital infrastructure to communities-at schools, parks, and other public-owned locations. Increase safety and provide connectivity with Arcadia as your trusted partner.
Arcadia Towers is committed to getting the job done, especially when it comes to building critical sites. You can count on us to be professional, timely, efficient and make sure you’re satisfied every step of the way.
Attention to Detail
Arcadia can bring added value to your commercial property by adding wireless leases to your tenant mix. Partner with us to maximize your opportunity for found income. With Arcadia Towers, clients know exactly what to expect - professionalism, efficiency and exceptional results.
Since its founding, Arcadia Towers has been one of the most trusted names in the industry. We cater to the needs of our clients, ensuring the results you need in the timeframes you expect.
Arcadia Towers has a history of confidentially working with tower owners to complete transactions designed to meet their needs, without the work required of completing an auction. Customers find that working with Arcadia they receive the attention to detail not offered by the larger public companies. Arcadia is committed to getting the job done discreetly. You can count on us to be professional, timely, efficient and make sure you’re satisfied every step of the way.
SALE LEASEBACK TRANSACTIONS
Municipalities, utilities, and businesses can free up the value of owned-tower assets through a sale-leaseback transaction. Reinvest funds into areas of critical need. With Arcadia Towers, clients know exactly what to expect - professionalism, efficiency and exceptional results.
ROOFTOP & GROUND LEASE BUYOUTS
Monetize Your Rental Income Stream
Arcadia has a history of working with landowners and real estate owners to monetize their rooftop leases and tower site ground leases. Arcadia can evaluate your lease and determine a fair lump-sum cash payment, reducing your lease risk and providing cash for other immediate needs. Through the process, Arcadia is your trusted partner.
SDC CAPITAL PARTNERS CLOSES INVESTMENT IN ARCADIA TOWERS
Partnership to amplify Arcadia’s growth trajectory in wireless tower development and management for commercial, private, and municipal property owners.
June 29, 2021. Arcadia Towers Group, LLC (“Arcadia”) announced today a newly formed partnership with SDC Capital Partners, LLC (“SDC”). SDC has committed up to $50 million of equity capital to support Arcadia’s growth.
Arcadia is a leading developer, owner, and manager of communication tower infrastructure and rooftop sites that serve as critical locations for commercial, industrial, and public wireless networks. SDC’s investment will support Arcadia’s growth across the company’s four strategic initiatives: municipal & school district partnerships; acquisitions of existing tower assets; carrier build-to-suit services; and rooftop management for commercial real estate owners.
“We are thrilled to welcome SDC as an investor and trusted advisor,” says Sam Johnston, Arcadia’s co-founder and CEO. “The SDC team brings a wealth of operating experience and focus on digital infrastructure that aligns with Arcadia’s long-term strategic plan. SDC’s investment allows us to aggressively develop and acquire the wireless sites needed by our carrier-customers as they deploy new spectrum and densify their networks, to fulfill the promise of 5G technolo- gy,” adds Johnston. “We look forward to partnering with municipalities, school districts, real estate owners, and tower developers to help achieve that promise.”
“Sam and team have an established history and exceptional reputation as successful developers and operators
of communications infrastructure, both with wireless carriers as well as the communities in which they do business,” said Alexander Kelloff, Partner at SDC. “With the deployment of 5G and continued network investment across the communications ecosystem, it’s an exciting era for the wireless industry and Arcadia. We look forward to helping accel- erate Arcadia’s growth.”
Experienced industry leaders, John Rolander and Scott Billups join Arcadia’s management team. Rolander serves as Chief Development Officer, responsible for the company’s private public partnership program with school districts and municipalities. Rolander most recently served as a Managing Director of Capital Markets and Municipal Underwriting in the public finance industry. Billups serves as CFO and oversees the company’s financial and M&A activities. He has served in the CFO role for multiple private equity-backed portfolio companies in the financial services industry and has experience as a senior finance executive with public companies.
ABOUT ARCADIA TOWERS GROUP
Arcadia Towers Group, LLC is a leading wireless infrastructure company, focused on the development and management of tower and rooftop sites to serve the needs of wireless service providers. Arcadia partners with commercial, private, and municipal property owners to maximize the value of under-utilized real estate assets through long-term wireless site leases. Based in Cincinnati, OH and with more than 25 years in the tower industry, Arcadia’s principals have experience across all phases of tower development including collocation, build-to-suit, site management, rooftop management, acquisitions, and tower development programs.
ABOUT SDC CAPITAL PARTNERS
SDC Capital Partners, LLC is a global digital infrastructure investment firm. SDC invests in data centers, fiber networks, wireless infrastructure and associated businesses with a focus on opportunities to leverage its deep operational expertise in partnership with exceptional teams to create value.
THE ARCADIA TEAM
Building the Wireless Future
Arcadia Towers Group, LLC ("Arcadia Towers") is led by professionals with over 90 years combined experience in the tower, financial services, and securities industries.
Sam Johnston currently serves as President and CEO of Arcadia Towers Group, LLC. Sam co-founded Arcadia Towers, LLC in 2005, which sold its portfolio of 22 tower assets to American Tower (NYSE:AMT) for $17 million in 2012. In 2014, Sam founded Arcadia Towers II, LLC, which sold its portfolio of 12 sites to InSite Wireless for $8 million in 2019. Prior to Arcadia, Sam co-founded and was Managing Director of Lattice Communications, LLC. Founded in 1997, Lattice acquired and developed in excess of 350 tower sites in 15 states. Lattice sold to Global Signal (former NYSE: GSL) in December of 2004 for $115 million. At Lattice, Sam was responsible for leasing, marketing, sourcing new tower development, and performing site and market due diligence for acquisitions. Prior to forming Lattice, Johnston held advertising sales, operations, and management positions within the cable TV industry. Sam received a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College ('88).
Chief Financial Officer
Scott is a co-founder and serves as Chief Financial Officer for Arcadia Towers Group, LLC. Scott brings with him more than 28 years of experience in key financial and management roles at a wide variety of companies including NBC Universal and GE Aviation, both subsidiaries of General Electric, where he served in numerous financial leadership roles. He is an accomplished leader with a strong international, financial, business development, and executive management background and has a proven track record of both managerial and financial stewardship in large, small, and Public/Private Equity businesses throughout various stages of their corporate life cycle. Prior to Arcadia, Scott served as CFO at Fiduciary Services Group and FTJ FundChoice respectively where he led the successful sale of the latter as part of a private equity backed exit strategy. In that role, he helped lead business development and strategy to maximize enterprise value. Scott received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting from Miami University and his M.B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles.
Partner, Chief Development Officer
John is a co-founding partner and serves Chief Development Officer for Arcadia Towers Group, LLC. John leads development opportunities in the public sector by helping schools, cities, counties and government entities monetize public-private partnerships with on-site digital infrastructure solutions. As schools experience expanding needs for rapid and robust content delivery, safety driven communications, andPrior to Arcadia, John held senior level management positions in the fixed income securities industry, where he focused primarily on municipal bonds serving K-12 schools, local governments, counties, and states. John most recently served as Managing Director with Hilltop Securities, one of the nation's largest advisors to municipalities. Prior to Hilltop, John spent 18 years with Fifth Third Securities, Inc. as Head of Public Finance and Head of Fixed Income Trading & Underwriting. During the preceding 11 years, John was a partner with Mesirow Financial Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. In his career, John has managed over 3,000 issues totaling in excess of $100 billion, acted as co-manager on thousands of issues and senior manager of large syndicates. Rolander is licensed as a Registered Representative (Series 7 & 63), a Municipal Principal (Series 53) and a General Securities Principal (Series 24). John received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Iowa ('84).
FACTS ABOUT RF SAFETY
Arcadia is often asked by our friends, neighbors, and property owners about proximity to towers and radio frequency (RF) safety. Many false claims (and even conspiracy theories) have circulated about RF and links to cancer and other health issues. As rumors spread, consumers have, rightfully so, become concerned about possible negative health issues related to wireless use. In determining the safety of RF, it is important to separate facts from misinformation.
The wireless industry is heavily regulated, from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) to state and local laws.
The FCC is required by NEPA to evaluate the effect of RF on consumers and workers by FCC regulated equipment. This equipment includes cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, bluetooth enabled devices, cellular equipment, and other devices, all of which emit RF. Beginning in 2013, the FCC spent six years studying claims of the effects from RF limits from these devices. In 2019, the FCC, in consultation with the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, found that the current RF limits established by the FCC does not support adverse health effects in humans.
Despite the results of the research from this study, some interest groups have interpreted reports to conclude that wireless devices may be linked to cancer and other illnesses. While these claims have gained much public attention, no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses.
Today, there are numerous examples of cell towers in our neighborhoods located on or in proximity to municipal buildings, schools, parks, homes, commercial properties, malls, churches, industrial parks, stadiums and public venues. RF transmitters are safely located on cell towers, rooftops, water tanks, light standards, utility poles, inside malls and airports, and even inside church steeples.
Arcadia's sites and our customers' equipment are required to operate within all federal, state, and local rules and regulations, including those related to health and public safety. RF safety and education is a priority for Arcadia.
We have provided the information below to help our friends, neighbors, consumers, schools, parents, municipalities, and real estate owners to make informed, educated decisions regarding RF health and safety.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us via the Get In Touch form below.
The FDA is, by law, responsible for consulting with federal agencies on testing and evaluating electronic product radio frequency emissions and making available scientific information on the hazards.