Ron serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FarmLink. Ron has spent more than 40 years pioneering new opportunities for traditional and emerging industries as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He brings a unique perspective to FarmLink’s leadership team that was achieved through diverse executive leadership experiences and spanning the full spectrum of
Ron serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FarmLink. Ron has spent more than 40 years pioneering new opportunities for traditional and emerging industries as a corporate executive, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He brings a unique perspective to FarmLink’s leadership team that was achieved through diverse executive leadership experiences and spanning the full spectrum of company development. In addition to his role with FarmLink, Ron is the managing director and co-founder of OpenAir Equity Partners, where he recognizes innovation and guides up-and-coming companies in successfully applying technology in the marketplace. Prior to starting OpenAir Equity Partners, he spent decades in senior leadership roles with Sprint (President and COO), AT&T and Southwestern Bell, working in an environment known for innovation and budding technologies. As the first employee and CEO of Sprint PCS, Ron guided the company from start-up to $10B in annual revenue faster than any company in U.S. history. After leaving Sprint in 2003, Ron became a partner with Ripplewood Holdings, where he helped orchestrate the turn-around of Japan Telecom as its CEO. Ron also was instrumental in the formation of GoGo In flight Internet Services, the leading broadband in-flight Internet service, serving as CEO and now Chairman. He currently serves on the boards of Allstate (ALL), GoGo In flight Internet Services (GOGO), eRecyclingCorps and MachineryLink.
Chairman and CEO @ Ron serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FarmLink. Ron brings a unique perspective to FarmLink’s leadership team that was achieved through diverse executive leadership experiences and spanning the full spectrum of company development. From January 2010 to Present (5 years 3 months) Kansas City, Missouri AreaManaging Director @ OpenAir Equity Partners is a venture capital and private equity firm solely focused on the wireless, communications and mobile Internet sectors. The management team is comprised of wireless pioneers and experts who couple their industry expertise with savvy and sound investment acumen. Over the past several years, OpenAir partners have achieved individual and collective success in private ventures, growth capital and leveraged buyouts, and managing private company investments. The OpenAir operating philosophy – borne out by the company’s portfolio – is an extremely focused approach to investing. OpenAir invests only in that market sector where the team’s experience, knowledge and contacts, and ability to navigate through the complex wireless and communications ecosystem will power ventures and companies to success. At OpenAir, the investment goes far beyond capital with a hands-on and collaborative approach for the entrepreneurs and company leaders with whom the team works. OpenAir invests in or helps build only those companies that demonstrate the promise of making a substantial impact in their respective industries. From 2009 to Present (6 years) Chairman @ From 2009 to Present (6 years) Chairman @ As the leader in airborne communications for over 15 years, Aircell worked hard to provide a revolutionary new broadband Internet service (Go-Go) that changes inflight communications and brings Wi-Fi to commercial airline and business passengers. After winning the FCC auction for air-to-ground broadband frequencies in 2006, Aircell is now the exclusive provider of Wi-Fi communications to airlines, business aviation, military, government, and specialty aircraft across North America. From July 2006 to Present (8 years 9 months) Chairman @ October Capital makes venture capital and growth equity investments in emerging high growth businesses. We are interested in technology-driven solutions that are transformative in nature. From October 1999 to Present (15 years 6 months) Chairman @ From September 2005 to August 2009 (4 years) Industrial Partner @ Ripplewood is an American private equity firm based in New York that focuses on leveraged buyouts, late stage venture, growth capital, management buyouts, leveraged recapitalizations and other illiquid investments. The company's main interests range from telecommunications to banking to entertainment. The firm manages more than $10 billion in capital. From 2003 to 2009 (6 years) Chief Executive Officer @ From November 2003 to July 2004 (9 months) President COO @ From 1996 to 2003 (7 years) Chairman & CEO @ From July 1997 to October 1997 (4 months)
BSBA @ Southern Arkansas UniversityJD @ University of Arkansas Ronald LeMay is skilled in: Private Equity, Investments, Venture Capital, Mergers, Entrepreneurship, Telecommunications, Start-ups, Wireless, Strategic Partnerships, Portfolio Management, Equities, Leadership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy, Financial Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Business Development, Executive Management, Due Diligence, Product Management, Mobile Devices, Business Strategy, Go-to-market Strategy, Corporate Development, Management, Business Planning, Capital, M&A experience, Cross-functional Team..., Product Marketing, Angel Investing, P&L Management, Management Consulting, International Business, SaaS, Valuation, Mobile Technology, Turn Around Management, Corporate Finance, Acquisition Integration, Turnaround Experience, WiFi