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Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Rackspace

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 Graham Weston Biography

Graham Weston is one of the founders of Rackspace and now serves as Chairman of the Board and and CEO.

Born and raised in the San Antonio area, Graham from an early age saw entrepreneurial opportunities in everything around him. He launched his first business venture as a seventh grader, marketing organic pork in newspaper ads that read "Go Hog Wild!" In high school, he built another business that took photos at livestock shows and sold them to contestants.

He attended Texas A&M, where—you guessed it—he launched another business. This one was inspired by his successful appeal of the multiple, conflicting property tax bills levied by various government entities upon his father's small ranch and led him to help other property owners appeal their bills.

Graham went into the real estate business. When prices fell during the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980s, he led his family to buy and develop the Weston Centre, one of the premier office towers in downtown San Antonio. At the same time, he developed a keen interest in the possibilities of the Internet. In 1998, he and a partner provided the original capital for a business idea pitched by three local Trinity University students. They called it "Rackspace.com." Graham joined the enterprise as CEO and remained in that position until 2006, when he became chairman.

He returned to the CEO post in February 2014 upon the retirement of his longtime friend and colleague, Lanham Napier, and will remain in that role until the board concludes a careful search for Napier’s long-term successor.

In 2005, Graham was honored by the City of San Antonio for converting one of his vacant properties, an abandoned shopping mall, into a temporary shelter for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nicknamed the "Hilton of Shelters," by the Denver Post, it housed more than 2,500 refugees. That property has since been extensively repurposed to LEED sustainability standards and serves as Rackspace’s headquarters —a whimsical, open-plan workplace complete with a large playground-style slide between levels and a wall containing the world’s largest word-search puzzle.

Graham is active in the development of new options for urban living, entrepreneurship and entertainment in downtown San Antonio. He helped launch the mayor’s SA2020 initiative, and created Geekdom, which provides a co-working space downtown, along with mentorship and funding for tech startups. Graham also funds the 80/20 Foundation, which invests in programs to encourage entrepreneurship, technology education and development in downtown San Antonio.

Graham was named a "Best Boss" by Fortune Small Business magazine and was recognized as regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

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Graham Weston

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Rackspace

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Graham Weston Biography

Graham Weston is one of the founders of Rackspace and now serves as Chairman of the Board and and CEO.

Born and raised in the San Antonio area, Graham from an early age saw entrepreneurial opportunities in everything around him. He launched his first business venture as a seventh grader, marketing organic pork in newspaper ads that read "Go Hog Wild!" In high school, he built another business that took photos at livestock shows and sold them to contestants.

He attended Texas A&M, where—you guessed it—he launched another business. This one was inspired by his successful appeal of the multiple, conflicting property tax bills levied by various government entities upon his father's small ranch and led him to help other property owners appeal their bills.

Graham went into the real estate business. When prices fell during the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980s, he led his family to buy and develop the Weston Centre, one of the premier office towers in downtown San Antonio. At the same time, he developed a keen interest in the possibilities of the Internet. In 1998, he and a partner provided the original capital for a business idea pitched by three local Trinity University students. They called it "Rackspace.com." Graham joined the enterprise as CEO and remained in that position until 2006, when he became chairman.

He returned to the CEO post in February 2014 upon the retirement of his longtime friend and colleague, Lanham Napier, and will remain in that role until the board concludes a careful search for Napier’s long-term successor.

In 2005, Graham was honored by the City of San Antonio for converting one of his vacant properties, an abandoned shopping mall, into a temporary shelter for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nicknamed the "Hilton of Shelters," by the Denver Post, it housed more than 2,500 refugees. That property has since been extensively repurposed to LEED sustainability standards and serves as Rackspace’s headquarters —a whimsical, open-plan workplace complete with a large playground-style slide between levels and a wall containing the world’s largest word-search puzzle.

Graham is active in the development of new options for urban living, entrepreneurship and entertainment in downtown San Antonio. He helped launch the mayor’s SA2020 initiative, and created Geekdom, which provides a co-working space downtown, along with mentorship and funding for tech startups. Graham also funds the 80/20 Foundation, which invests in programs to encourage entrepreneurship, technology education and development in downtown San Antonio.

Graham was named a "Best Boss" by Fortune Small Business magazine and was recognized as regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

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  • How to book Graham Weston?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Graham Weston for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Graham Weston, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Graham Weston or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Graham Weston?

    Booking fees for Graham Weston, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Graham Weston, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Graham Weston?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Graham Weston for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Graham Weston for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Graham Weston or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Graham Weston or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Graham Weston is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Graham Weston for your event is available upon request. Graham Weston generally travels from San Antonio, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Allyson Kapin, Diane Prince Johnston, Melanie Perkins, Justin McLeod and Clint Jones. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Graham Weston for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Graham Weston Speaker Videos

  • TEDxSanAntonio - Graham Weston - Creating Workplace Cultures ...
    Graham Weston (Rackspace Hosting) at Startup Grind San Antonio ...

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