Arlene Harris Background
Arlene Harris is President and Co-Founder of DYNA, LLC. She has over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur, board member, and investor in successful wireless-related businesses. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named the first female inductee into the Wireless Hall of Fame.
Arlene co-founded GreatCall, the maker of Jitterbug, launched in 2006 partnering with Samsung to create a simple and personalized cell phone experience. She is on the Board of Directors of GreatCall. Prior to GreatCall, she founded emergency phone provider SOS Wireless Communication, and billing CRMS leader Subscriber Computing, which was later sold to Corsair, now CyberSource (CYBS). Arlene also invented the world’s first over-the-air program controlled cellular application management system. This offering became the first niche cellular reseller (1986), now known as MVNO, in history. She also co-founded Cellular Business Systems, Inc., which became the largest independent billing and customer service systems builder in the early U.S. cellular industry.
Arlene was first exposed to wireless when she helped operators connect telephone calls on a mobile telephone switchboard at the age of 5 at ICS Communications, her family’s business in LA. As a key leader and IT systems innovator, Arlene helped ICS become the largest paging company in a single area in the world before it was sold to Metromedia in 1983. Arlene’s family and team at ICS also developed the first wireless consumer healthcare application in history, the LifePage program. Arlene helped extend the program to become the National LifePage Program managed by the Personal Communications Industry Association, which provided pagers to tens of thousands of transplant recipients throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She holds several issued patents, and has current patent filings related to communications. Arlene has served as a contributor to government and various industry organizations.