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Richard Stopa, Bay Business Advisors

Richard is an experienced business professional with over 30 years of owning businesses and working in senior level management positions for mid-size and large corporations.

He has a proven track record in franchising, retail service businesses, and real estate. He was a senior level executive in the IT industry for over 20 years and worked for companies in computer distribution, reselling computers and services,

e-commerce and software companies.

Richard became a business advisor because he derives great pleasure in helping businesses and individuals achieve their professional goals.  His work as a principal at BBA allows him to capitalize of the lessons he has learned over the past 30 years in both operations and transactional roles. 

 

The summary below highlights Richard's professional experience:

Information Technology:

  • Spent over six years as a CEO and COO of two e-commerce companies: Technology Net, Inc. and eDeposit Corporation. Oversaw all aspects of the operations including sales, marketing, management and software product development.
  • Eleven years experience in the high tech retail and business-to-business formats. Richard was a senior executive and reported to the CEO of a private computer and franchise organization that went public and became a $3 billion company before being purchased by Compaq Computer Corporation. Revenue growth during his tenure went from $25 million to $1.5 billion.
  • Extensive sales and operations experience with Inacomp Computer Centers.  As president of Inacomp America, built a 600 unit franchise and computer reseller network.  Developed marketing, sales and operational programs for Inacomp. Worked with major companies in the computer industry such as IBM, H/P, Compaq and Apple Computer to develop major channel marketing programs in the Inacomp reseller network.

Industry Chairman:  Actively involved in Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) for 10 years, including serving as the elected chairman of the international trade association, currently representing the interests of over 20,000 member companies.

Retail:  Set up, opened and managed a 20,000 square foot retail and warehouse for Inacomp Computer Centers. Grew sales to over $15 million. Founding team member of subsidiary, Computer City, one of the first computer superstore chains.

Real Estate:  Founded and operated Community Management Company, a property management company representing 6,000 condominiums. Former licensed real estate broker in Michigan.

Small Business: Founded and participated in the management of five small businesses.

Venture Finance: Helped raise $12 million in venture capital for TechnologyNet, Inc.

 

Business Affiliations

Mid-Atlantic Business Intermediaries Association -- Present Member, Immediate Past President, Board of Directors

International Business Brokers Association -- Present Member  

CompTIA - Present Member

The ASBC - Present Member

Education

B.S. Management,  Davenport University

Continuing Education Courses:

University of Michigan, Applied Management Institute

Harvard Business School, Executive Training Program

National Association of Homebuilders, Real Estate Marketing and Management  

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