Mr. LeGare became CEO of Proactive Communications, Inc. in 2006 after serving as the company's Chief Operating Officer and Operations Manager. Under Mr. LeGare's leadership as CEO, PCI became the first U.S. IT company to work directly with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior. Prior to joining PCI, Mr. LeGare was Senior Consultant and Operations Manager for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade of TRW/Northrop-Grumman. Mr. LeGare served various command and staff positions for the U.S. Army worldwide, including Infantry Battalion Commander. Mr. LeGare earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point; a Master of Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has authored and contributed to military and professional journals and books. His latest contribution is a chapter on Iraqi entrepreneurship in the IC2 Institute book Global Perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization.
As Chief Operations Officer, Larry Hall drives the strategic and operational activities for Proactive Communications. Through Mr. Hall's leadership and focus on customer service, PCI has more than tripled in size and revenue in two years. Mr Hall has led the company to expand products and services, enabling more secure and efficient networks and increased value to PCI's customers. Shortly after joining the company, he spent 2007 installing and operating the world's largest secure satellite VoIP network in Iraq. During that engagement, he lived and worked in extreme and hostile environments while coordinating with the U.S. military and the newly formed Iraqi government. Mr. Hall is a former U.S. Army officer, having served over 20 years as a communications/combat arms officer. During this time, he served as a Battalion Commander in the Army's Information Operations Brigade, the Chief Security Officer for the Army Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT), and as Chief of Global Operations for the Army Network and Security Center (ANOCS). Mr. Hall earned a M.A. degree in Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.
Jay Copeland serves as PCI's Chief Financial Officer, where his duties include banking, insurance, and budgeting activities, as well as planning and executing all major financial decisions. In 2006, he led PCI's conversion from a solely owned business to a 100% employee owned corporation. Mr. Copeland has been a CPA for more than 32 years and has been with PCI for seven years. Prior to PCI, Mr. Copeland worked in finance for various companies including Texlan Oil Company and Exxon. He currently serves as a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Texas Society of CPAs. Mr. Copeland attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a BBA in Accounting.
As Chief Technical Officer, George Ragsdale drives the strategic and technical initiatives for Proactive Communications. Mr. Ragsdale has designed and deployed multiple datacenters and mission critical networks, including the world's largest secure satellite VoIP network in Iraq consisting of 36,000 secure sleeves. He has lived and worked in extreme and hostile environments while coordinating mission critical projects. Mr. Ragsdale's strategic initiatives have led PCI to become a licensed voice interconnect and VoIP services provider. He is a former business owner that served commercial, state, and government agencies including the State of Texas and the City of Houston. Mr. Ragsdale has 18 years experience and has installed and overseen datacenter, teleport, and NOC operations across hundreds of sites and locations across six countries. He earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Trinity University, a B.S. in International Business from Colorado Tech, and a MBA with dual focuses in IT Management and Project Management from Colorado Tech.