Chief Executive Officer
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, Proactive became the first American IT company to work directly with the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.
Prior to joining Proactive, Mr. LeGare was Senior Consultant and Operations Manager for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade of TRW/Northrop-Grumman. Mr. LeGare also held various command and staff positions in the U.S. Army, including Infantry Battalion Commander.
A regular contributor to professional journals and the author of several books, Mr. LeGare’s latest work on Iraqi entrepreneurship is featured in the IC2 Institute book Global Perspectives on Technology Transfer and Commercialization.
Mr. LeGare earned his BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MS from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Chief Operations Officer
As Chief Operations Officer, Larry Hall drives the strategic and operational activities for Proactive. With his strong focus on customer service, Proactive has more than tripled in size and revenue in two years.
Under Mr. Hall’s leadership, Proactive has expanded its product and service offerings, creating more secure and efficient networks and increasing value for Proactive’s customers. Shortly after joining the company, he spent a full year in Iraq coordinating with the U.S. military and the newly formed Iraqi government to install and operate the world's largest secure satellite VoIP network.
Mr. Hall is a former U.S. Army officer with 20 years of service as a communications and combat arms officer. During his military career, 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 his BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and his MA in Computer Resource Management from Webster University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jay Copeland serves as Proactive 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 Proactive’s conversion from a sole proprietorship to a 100% employee-owned corporation.
Throughout his 32-year CPA career, Mr. Copeland worked 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 his BBA in Accounting.
Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Technical Officer, George Ragsdale drives the strategic and technical initiatives for Proactive. Mr. Ragsdale spearheaded Proactive’s move to become a licensed voice interconnect and VoIP services provider. He also played a key role in designing and deploying multiple data centers and mission critical networks, including the world's largest secure satellite VoIP network in Iraq. He is no stranger to living in extreme, and often hostile, environments while coordinating mission critical projects.
As a former business owner with 18 years of experience serving commercial, state, and government agencies—including the State of Texas and the City of Houston—Mr. Ragsdale has installed and overseen data center, teleport, and NOC operations across hundreds of sites in six countries.
He earned his BS in Computer Science from Trinity University, a BS in International Business from Colorado Tech, and an MBA with dual focus in IT Management and Project Management from Colorado Tech.