Lou McAlister is an entrepreneur, sales and marketing strategist, and technology enthusiast. He has worked in Fortune 500 and small cap technology companies, as well as startups.
He was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Communications Research where he worked extensively on operations systems strategic planning and systems analysis for large telecommunications services companies. Subsequently, he designed enterprise data networks that employed the latest routing, compression, and bandwidth management techniques that were available.
He opened a regional sales office for a Silicon Valley technology company in St. Louis in 1992. From that position, he became Director of Carrier Sales and managed global sales to one of the world’s leading telecommunications firms.
In 1997, Lou co-founded Navigator Telecommunications, which became one of the largest competitive local exchange companies in the country. Navigator served customers in 31 states. While at Navigator, he led development of a unique wireless data service for remote consumer transaction terminals.
Lou has been involved in the development of companies in the health/fitness, Internet services and wireless data communications industries.
He has a BA from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and an MS in telecommunications management from NYU-Polytechnic. Lou taught telecommunications management in the graduate program at Washington University in St. Louis and is the author of the book, No Substitutes.
He is married and has three sons. He is an avid cyclist and splits time between Little Rock and San Francisco.