Dave Savolainen Sr. has led the development of Range Corporation (dba Range Telecommunications) since it became a full-time business on April 1, 1974. Mr. Savolainen's technical expertise has allowed Range to offer industry-leading consumer and commercial electronic services including wireless, security, and telephonic services right here in the Upper Peninsula.
Under his leadership, Range has received many awards, both locally and nationally, including Marquette Business of the Year (1996) and the Shining Star Award (a State of Michigan award that recognized Range for providing pagers to people waiting for organ donations, 2010).
Mr. Savolainen has served as the President of SMR WON (a large, national wireless services association) and also has been seated on several technical advisory boards of major electronics manufacturers. In 2005, he was honored by the Radio Club of America during a reception at the NY Athletic Club for his development of personal communications in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His conferral of Sr. Fellow in the Radio Club distinguishes him as the first person in Michigan to receive such an honor.
Dave is proud of his Finnish heritage and has been passionately involved in the Finnish-American community. He is also a lifetime member of the American Legion. Although officially retired from Range, he keeps a close eye on the company. He and his wife winter in Florida where, at 75 years of age, he can be seen playing 1st base in the Sr. Softball League of Englewood (and league manager, of course!).
Dave Jr. grew up around the electronic communications industry. His first tower job included helping build a 300' communications tower in Escanaba, Michigan - at 11 years of age! He has attended Northern Michigan University and received his Electronics Certification from E.F. Johnson Technical School in Owatonna, MN. As Range's Vice President, he enjoys working with the caring and dedicated employees here at Range.
Matt is the 3rd generation Savolainen to make Range his livelihood, and is currently the Operations Manager, specializing in tower services. During his 8 years here at Range, Matt attended NMU and earned a business degree. Matt enjoys the challenge of working on towers and that each site has it's own, unique problem to be solved.
Dave Savolainen Jr. ~ Dave Savolainen Sr. ~ Matt Savolainen
Vice President ~ Founder / President ~ Operations Manager