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Startup Grind Kansas City Hosts Ron LeMay (OpenAir Equity Partners & FarmLink)

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Ron LeMay, OpenAir Equity Partners & FarmLink

Ron serves as Chairman and CEO 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.

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.

Other highlights of Ron's career:

Employee #1 and CEO of Sprint's wireless division
President and COO of Sprint Corporation
CEO of Japan Telecom
Chairman and CEO of GoGo Inflight Internet
Partner of October Capital, an early-stage venture capital investment firm, since 1999
Current board of director memberships: GoGo Inflight Internet (GOGO), eRecyclingCorps, and Machinerylink


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By Adam Arredondo, Director of Startup Grind Kansas City

Adam has founded several startups and is an active co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village ( in the first neighborhood in the world to get Google Fiber. Currently, Adam is Director of Entrepreneurship & Co-founder of CEED (, an organization focused on activating entrepreneurs. He was appointed to the Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet ( As a result of all these efforts, he has developed strong connections in the local civic and startups communities.
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Hosted By Abby Tillman, Director of Startup Grind Kansas City

Abby has a background in edtech, marketing, and communications. Throughout her career, Abby has worked for several edtech startups focused on supporting student success, including Epsilen and ConnectEDU. Now, in her role at CEED, she facilitates relationships with educational institutions and programs while exposing students to the highly innovative, energetic, and creative world of entrepreneurship. When she's not attending meetings or staying active in the startup community, she's spending time enjoying KC with her (brand new!) husband.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @AbbyTillwoman (

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Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit ( or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (