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 165 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 14 years building fiber optic networks for the K-12 market and hearing firsthand challenges with technology, budgets, and personnel. He has experience selling & building over 165 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.
Michael McKenzie is a Managing Director at Grain Management and brings over twenty years of experience as a private equity investor, industry regulator, strategy executive and attorney. Since joining Grain in 2012, he has led or co-led investments in spectrum, fiber optic networks and diversified wireless infrastructure projects.
Prior to Grain, Michael held top positions at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), where he helped shape U.S. communications policy in areas such as spectrum, broadband deployment, wireless licensing and emerging mobile technologies. Before that, Michael held executive roles in strategy and business development at Microsoft Corp., where he focused on the commercialization of emerging platforms (e.g., Internet, mobile, cloud). He began his career practicing communications and technology law at Silicon Valley’s Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Washington D.C.’s WilmerHale.
Michael graduated with distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. He serves on several boards, including WANRack, LLC, CE Workforce, the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy and Year Up (National Capital Region).
Raghav Nayar is a Vice President on the Investments Team at Grain Management. Raghav’s responsibilities include deal origination, investment underwriting, portfolio performance tracking, and analytical support.
Prior to joining Grain, Raghav was a Vice President in the Asset Finance Group at Morgan Stanley where he spent seven years structuring and executing over $21 billion of divestitures, structured financings, and esoteric securitizations across a variety of assets including cell towers, wireless spectrum, media, and other industries. Raghav graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology Engineering from Thapar University and M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
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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