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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Air Purification Innovator, Molekule, Enters Japanese Market with Partner Sourcenext, as Global Demand for its Technology Surges

Agreement includes $10M investment to be used for growth initiatives

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Molekule, the company reinventing air purification, today announced that it closed a partnership agreement with Sourcenext, (listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, code: 4344), a market maker for brands in Japan including software, hardware, and IoT products. The agreement signals the next phase of growth for Molekule, which includes global expansion. In a commitment to Molekule’s innovation, Sourcenext has also invested $10 million into the company. The funds will be used for growth initiatives as the company prepares to meet strong global demand for an air purification solution that destroys airborne pollutants, including viruses and chemicals.

Molekule Air Mini+
Molekule Air Mini+

“Molekule’s breakthrough and patented PECO technology is unique in the marketplace, offering a new solution that both captures and destroys air pollutants,” said Nori Matsuda, Founder and

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Compass Diversified to Acquire Performance Fit Innovator BOA Technology

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WESTPORT, Conn. and DENVER, Sep 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Further Expands CODI’s Best-In-Class Portfolio of Niche Market Leading Brands

CODI’s Resources and Deep Consumer Sector Expertise to Support Industry Pioneer’s Continued Product Innovation and Global Growth

Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI) (“CODI” or the “Company”), an owner of leading middle market businesses, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BOA Technology Inc. (“BOA”), creators of the award-winning BOA(R) Fit System, delivering superior fit and performance in the Outdoor, Athletic, Workwear and Medical Bracing markets worldwide, for a purchase price of $454 million (excluding working capital and certain other adjustments upon closing).

BOA was founded in 2001 with a revolutionary performance fit system that transformed how snowboarders “dialed in” their boots and offered a superior alternative to the traditional lace system.

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