Erica Villecco has been involved with NYSWA for over five years – this being her first term as a member of the board of directors. She is the Director of Business Development at V-COMM, LLC an RF Engineering firm, where she’s held her position for just a bit longer than her tenure at the association (six years to be exact).
She may be considered a newcomer as far as her career is concerned, but she’s hardly a newcomer to the industry. You might go as far as to say that wireless is in her blood.
What brought you to the wireless industry initially?
My father has worked in the industry for over 40 years. Needless to say, I grew up around wireless!
What do you see as the greatest opportunity for our industry over the next few years?
Private networking and features/capabilities that will be a part of the next generations. Think 5G/6G. This will no doubt add a wealth of new products and services for existing wireless customers (e.g., network slicing).
What are you most looking forward to contributing to your role as a NYSWA board member this year?
I’m most looking forward to getting to know the other board members, making those connections, and working on NYSWA’s events together.
How has your involvement in the association impacted your career?
Over the years, I have met so many incredible people in the industry that I may not have had the opportunity to otherwise. These connections and relationships have a tremendous impact on my career. Just hearing different and new perspectives is very beneficial.
As our industry looks to the next generation of leaders, what would you share with someone just starting their career in wireless?
Wireless is an ever-evolving industry. There is always something new to learn and there are always new opportunities that will allow you to expand.
What is your passion? What gets you out of bed every day?
What is something about you that most people are surprised to learn?
I actually went to school for design.
What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
Think of yourself as a lifelong learner.