WANRack provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and related services nationwide. WANRack specializes in custom built Private Fiber Wide Area Networks (WANs) for K-12 schools. Our focus is to be the premier Private Fiber WAN provider in the Education space.
WANRack’s executive management team has more than 74 years of combined experience in the telecommunications industry with a history of successful completion of large and complex fiber-optic construction projects for school districts, wireless carriers and private enterprises. The executive management team has helped over 146 school districts obtain the benefits of their own Private WAN.
Customer relationships typically include long-term lease agreements (5-20 years) for fiber-optic connectivity between multiple facility locations. WANRack manages all phases of the customer relationship, including RFP response, construction management, network reliability, technical assistance, and customer service, to facilitate a long-term partnership with the customer. WANRack also has significant experience working with federal E-Rate program guidelines for K-12 school districts.
WANRack is regulated by Public Service Commissions of each state in which WANRack operates and also by the Federal Communication Commission, with periodic reporting requirements and service standards. WANRack is a certified E-Rate service provider.
Headquartered in the Kansas City metro area, WANRack executive management has been providing customer-focused communications solutions since 2005. WANRack is privately owned and is backed by the Third20 Private Equity firm and a network of high net worth individuals. WANRack has several existing banking relationships. Bank references available upon request.
Executive Management Team
CEO & Founder
Rob founded WANRack after spending the last 12 years building fiber optic networks for the K-12 market and hearing firsthand challenges with technology, budgets, and personnel. He has experience building over 146 school districts nationwide.
Previously, Rob was one of the original employees of Unite Private Networks (UPN) and the largest non-founding shareholder. As EVP & CMO, he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and business development. He personally sold over 47% of company revenue under his tenure and built record breaking national sales teams. He participated in a successful exit after a Private Equity investment at UPN and founded WANRack to continue delivering Fiber Optic WANs to the K-12 Education vertical.
Rob is a Kauffman Foundation Fasttrac alumnus and holds a BS in Finance and Business Management from Baker University.
After serving as President since 2012, Mr. Oyler was promoted to CEO by the board in August 2016.
Grain Management, LLC
Grain Management, LLC is a leading private equity firm focused on investments in the Communications sector. The Firm was founded in 2007 with the objective of bringing to the industry a differentiated approach characterized by expansive sector knowledge, rigorous analytics, and dedicated, in-house operating and financial professionals. The team is marked by extensive operating history, deep quantitative and analytical proficiency, and regulatory expertise.
Grain has generated outsized returns, partnering with the country’s leading academic institutions, endowments, foundations, and public pension plans to deploy capital across three institutional funds and two co-investment vehicles. The firm is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with an additional office in Sarasota, Florida.
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