Pioneering Executive in the Telecom Industry

Shelby Bryan is a pioneer in the telecommunications field who has maintained an international entrepreneurial presence for more than three decades. As founder of Pingtone Communications, he leads a firm established in 2000 that was America’s first VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) enterprises. In the past several years, Shelby Bryan has also co-founded a number of successful startups spanning the insurance, IT, and software sectors.

Mr. Bryan was a co-founder of Millicon International which he served as CEO from 1983-1995. Millicon was granted the first cellular experimental license in the United States. Mr Bryan believed that there was a great opportunity to build an international cellular company and Millicon did so by establishing joint ventures in the countries where cellular licenses were being pursued. During Mr. Bryan’s leadership Millicon obtained 21 licenses around the world, more than all of the Bell operating companies and the European PTT’s combined. Two of these joint ventures, Vodafone and Orange Telecom, became two of the largest companies formed in Europe since WWII.

Ralph Nader's Animal Envy a Thought-Provoking Fable

Shelby Bryan is the founder and former CEO of Pingtone Communications. A graduate of University of Texas School of Law, Shelby Bryan was one of two law students hired by Ralph Nader in 1970 to work on environmental projects.

A political activist, attorney, and former US presidential candidate, Ralph Nader is also a published author. Though the majority of his published work takes a serious approach on democracy and societal issues, Nader's recent book is more lighthearted. The theme of “listen, learn, and respect” is still one of great importance, though it is portrayed to the reader through a horde of talking animal characters.

Animal Envy: A Fable begins with the premise that someone invented a digital translation application that allows animals to speak and be understood across species, including humans. An animal collective consisting of an elephant, owl, and dolphin come together to speak for the animal kingdom, which is given 100 hours of TV air time to convey its message to humans. Ultimately, the story is an allegory for how humans should treat others. An animal fable teaches "us a lot about ourselves because it gets us out of our skin," said Nader on an episode of CBC's Q Radio.