Calder Associates is driven by its people. We are a diverse group of professionals with a few things that are always on our minds: passion for our work and continual service and concern for our clients. Select a member of the team from the list below to learn more about us.
Richard Stopa is a business intermediary specializing in information technology, business-to-business services and franchises. He has been involved in mergers and acquisitions work, as well as franchise sales since 1984. Because Richard believes so sincerely in entrepreneurship, he has a keen desire to match up buyers and sellers and see both parties meet their business goals.
Richard’s credentials include over 30 years of business ownership, as well as working in senior level management, sales and marketing positions in the IT industry. During that time, he has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures, in addition to helping many others get a start in the business world. He is experienced in computer distribution, computer reselling, e-commerce and software.
As president of a major national computer franchise organization, Richard was instrumental in building a 600 unit franchise and reseller network across the United States. He served as a senior executive of the company and reported to the CEO. The company’s revenue growth during his eight year tenure went from $25 million to over $2 billion.
Richard has had computer reseller experience through opening and running a 20,000 square foot computer superstore and serving as a founding board member of one of the first computer superstore chains. He has also spent over six years as a CEO and COO of two Internet and e-commerce companies overseeing operations, sales, marketing and software development.
Richard has been an active member of CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association. He currently serves as an ambassador for the association, as well as a member of the special interest group on cloud computing. He has the distinction of having served the association as its chairman of the board, as well as a board member for a number of years. CompTIA is the largest international computer trade association in the world.
Richard is a member of the IBBA, Washington Executives Association, and served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Business Intermediary Association. He has a BS in Management from Davenport University, and has taken courses and earned a certificate from Harvard Business School’s Executive Training Program.
Richard lives and splits time between his homes in Shady Side, MD and Reston, VA with his wife.