Gary and Mary West
Gary and Mary West are successful entrepreneurs who founded West Corp. in 1986. The company operates under two segments – Communications Services and Unified Communications – to provide customer contact services, conferencing services, event services, emergency call operations, and notifications and alerts. Intrado supports emergency call operations; Intercall is the world’s largest conference call company; and Televox offers healthcare products and communications support in commercial markets. West Corp. went public in 1996 and, in 2006, was sold for more than $4 billion with Gary and Mary retaining approximately 20-percent ownership. The company employs 35,700 globally with annual sales of $2.6 billion.
Today, Gary and Mary are pioneering philanthropists. Their foundation supports several areas, including senior wellness, service canines, and The West Health Institute, a medical research organization with a mission to lower the cost of healthcare. They also started West Partners, a private investment firm with holdings in private and public companies, including senior living communities and real estate development, as well as created West Family Investments, a Chicago-based hedge fund. Avid horse enthusiasts, Gary and Mary have campaigned several top-class thoroughbreds and were the third-leading owners of thoroughbred racehorses in the U.S in 2013.