Ron LeMay

CEO of FarmLink, and Managing Director and Co-Founder, Open Air Equity Partners

Ron LeMay serves as Managing Director and co-founder of OpenAir Equity Partners, as well as Chief Executive Officer of its portfolio company, FarmLink. OpenAir Equity Partners concentrates on Internet of Things investments with portfolio companies that focus on connected car, home, aircraft and agricultural machinery businesses. Ron’s unique expertise in the wireless industry has helped place FarmLink at the forefront of transforming agriculture by introducing new economy models – connecting combines six years ago to "sharing economy" machinery solutions and then to advanced data analytics. Previously, Ron served as President – COO of Sprint. 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. He also served as CEO of Japan Telecom, where he orchestrated the company’s turn-around and successful sale. In addition, Ron is the co-founder of GoGo Inflight Internet Services, the leading broadband in-flight Internet service. Ron currently serves on the board of GoGo Inflight Internet Services and HYLA Mobile.

What makes Kansas City a great placed for creativity and innovation?
Its innovative and creative people who possess an uncommon sense of collaboration and mutual support.

When and where are you happiest?
When I am playing with my grandchildren or in my office in the process of solving a problem or watching the Arkansas Razorbacks solve a problem.

What is your favorite place in Kansas City? 
My home.

What is your favorite place outside of Kansas City? 
Bavaria.

What is your most treasured personal possession? 
My wife of 44 years.

What is your favorite fictional hero?
Captain America – my 2 year old grandson version thereof. 

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