Heather Wilkins has been a dedicated and active member of NYSWA for over 19 years, 14 of which she has served on the board of directors. She has served in the telecommunications industry for 20 years, currently as the lead sales and marketing executive for HCI Energy, a position which she assumed in February of this year.
Her goal with HCI is to bolster their energy product set to provide power solutions that support critical communications needs while expanding HCI’s reach globally. Let’s just say she’s got her finger on the pulse of the most relevant telecommunications trends in the industry and she’s excited to accelerate the greening of the industry by leveraging a more sustainable infrastructure.
What brought you to the wireless industry at the start of your career?
My background actually began in legal. When I first dipped a toe in the wireless industry, I was working in real estate and mergers and acquisitions. That’s when I applied for a position at American Tower in their land lease department. Never did I think that would lead to a +20-year career in telecom, but here I am!
What do you see as the greatest opportunity for our industry over the next few years?
In my opinion, it’s the continued use of data and devices and the need for access to connectivity for all.
What are you most looking forward to contributing to your role as a NYSWA board member this year?
I’d like to help more with the events, get involved in developing the panel discussions, and contribute on the regulatory side of the industry and association.
How has your involvement with NSYWA impacted your career?
NYSWA has widened my reach and my views. The board is made up of a diverse group of individuals from various backgrounds and companies, so I’ve been exposed to many different perspectives. Being a part of that, and watching how we’ve grown as an organization, has been extremely rewarding.
As our industry looks to the next generation of leaders, what would you share with someone just starting their career in wireless?
Don’t be shy! The people in our industry are incredibly kind and are always looking to help others succeed. Always ask questions, introduce yourself, and take advantage of the networking opportunities and events.
What is your passion? What gets you out of bed every day?
My daughter Amelia. And, if I were being honest, it’s demonstrating to her that hard work pays off and that you can really achieve so much if you just put your mind to it and team up with the right people.
What is something about you that most people are surprised to learn?
That’s a tough one! Maybe that I have seven siblings.
What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
Trust your instincts.