EWA Announces Passing of Joseph Vestal
Friday, July 17, 2020 | Comments

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced the July 14 passing of Joseph B. Vestal, a former officer, executive committee member and member of the EWA board of directors. Vestal’s accomplishments included the founding of FleetTalk Management Services after a long and influential management career with Motorola, including a pioneering role in development of the 800/900 MHz SMR industry.

Vestal also provided critical guidance and support that led to the consolidation of the Industrial Telecommunications Association (ITA) and the American Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), which resulted in the formation of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance in 2005.

“Joe Vestal’s contributions to our industry are legion,” said EWA President Mark Crosby. “He was an inspiring entrepreneur and leader who mentored many current leaders in private wireless. When Mr. Vestal spoke, it was best that you paid attention.”

In recognition of Vestal’s entrepreneurial contributions to the wireless industry, EWA established the EWA-Joseph B. Vestal Endowed Scholarship at Old Dominion University (ODU), his alma mater, in 2011. The scholarship awards financial aid to full-time ODU students enrolled in electrical engineering technology or information systems management studies who intend to pursue a professional career in wireless applications or telecommunications. Providing such support to students was one of his passions, and every year he led the selection process.

In honor of the life of Vestal, EWA will be making a donation to the Vestal Scholarship in his name.

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On 7/23/20, Frank Cody said:
Joe was my first manager at Motorola. He was always knowledgeable and a true gentleman. A class act He contributed so much to the industry and will be missed.

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