Leo A. Wrobel has 25 years of experience with a host of firms engaged in banking, brokerage, heavy manufacturing, telecommunications services and government. A noted author and technical futurist, Leo is responsible for many technological firsts, including the first microwave "bypass" shot in Dallas (1985). He was also the first person in Dallas to run T1 telephone traffic over a cable television system in an agreement he pioneered in 1985. Leo also served ten years as an elected Mayor and City Councilman of a Dallas suburb (but says he is "better now").
A sought-after speaker, Wrobel has lectured throughout the United States and overseas in Israel, South America, and other locations, as well as appearing on several television news programs, including KLRU's "Austin at Issue." A knowledgeable and effective communicator, he has combined his political and technical savvy in repeated engagements in order to get things done, even at the highest policy levels.
Leo Wrobel served as President and CEO of Dallas-based Premiere Network Services Inc. from 1986 until 2005. Prior to this he was Director, Network Planning and Engineering for Lomas and Nettleton and held technical positions at AT&T in its former Long Lines subsidiary. Leo is a Vietnam Era Veteran (Sgt. U.S.A.F.) and holds degrees in Electronic Systems Technology and Telecommunications Systems Technology and from Los Angeles City College as well as in Business and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Dallas. Leo is a member of the I.E.E.E., Independent Telephone Pioneers of America, Southwestern Bell Pioneers, and other noteworthy organizations.
An active author and technical futurist, he has published ten books and over 300 trade articles on a wide variety of technical subjects, including: Understanding Emerging Network Services, Pricing, and Regulation (© Artech House Books), Managing Emerging Technologies for Competitive Advantage (© 1995 Computer Economics), the Definitive Guide to Business Resumption Planning, (© Artech House Books) and The MIS and LAN Managers Guide to Advanced Telecommunications (© I.E.E.E. Books).