Semi-retired tech innovator cites helping others, developing WiFi among his accomplishments

Rob La Gesse’s resume reads like a Hollywood script.

Navy veteran. Mayor. Wi-Fi development team member. Author.

A man of many talents, La Gesse credits his accomplishments to working with great leaders and innovators of technology. That, and caring about others around him.

“My life, from being a medic to a vice president in a publicly-traded company, has been about how I can empower other people,” La Gesse, 59, said. “I call it compassionate leadership. Everything that happened to me happened because I was nice to someone.”

Rob La Gesse relaxes in the garage at home with his Cobra sports car on Oct. 2, 2020.

He grew up in Papineau, Illinois, one of six boys. At 16, his family moved to Corpus Christi. He said it was a memorable trip because they drove through traffic-jammed streets of Memphis on the day of Elvis Presley’s funeral.

College wasn’t a financial option. In 1979, after La Gesse graduated from Mary Carroll High School, he enlisted in the Navy.

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