Rob Ayres has worked in technology, telecom, and wireless for over sixteen years and has led a wide array of strategic partnering efforts in the public safety, state, local, and education segments. In his current role as a manager for the education solutions practice at AT&T, he is a subject matter expert on how wireless technology can impact educational entitiesÃ¢Â€Â™ core instructional, research, and business processes.
He is responsible for building on AT&TÃ¢Â€Â™s deep commitment to education by partnering on the delivery of mobility software solutions for higher education and K-12 (K-20) that have a significant, positive impact on value of investment modeling, instructional outcomes, campus safety, and community building & engagement.
Prior to joining AT&T, Rob occupied various management positions at several telecom companies like Nextel from 1998 to 2005, and Sprint, from 2006 to 2011. At the latter, he was a key member of the integrated solutions group, where he led strategy efforts around higher education and partner ecosystem development in K-12. He successfully deployed and supported large scale mobile, converged, & infrastructure solutions for a variety of educational institutions utilizing mobile and IP-based services.
He has been regularly featured as a speaker at many well-known education industry conferences and seminars, including; Educause (ELI), the Association for Information Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and many statesÃ¢Â€Â™ Technology Forums. He has served on ACUTAÃ¢Â€Â™s corporate advisory committee and remains involved in formal and informal council throughout the education community.