David A. Stone – the founder and president of First Rate. He acts as the visionary for the firm, providing direction for product development and guidance for customer service. Dave launched First Rate in 1991 with the vision of providing a dynamic set of analysis tools that offer Web-based performance solutions. Since then, the company has enjoyed significant annual growth in revenue, which can be partly attributed to its reputation in the industry for building strong personal relationships with clients. His experience, before establishing First Rate, includes eight years at National FSI and SEI Investments where he worked as a programmer, developer, and product manager. He has also worked as an application consultant at ComShare. He embarked on his career in 1979 at Banker’s Trust of South Carolina in the management training program. After successfully completing the program, Stone worked as an investment office for several years. Dave graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and mathematics, while earning Varsity letters for football and track. Dave, being very committed to community service, serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth With A Mission, Friends of Youth With Mission, and Turner 12. He recently received the Tom Landry Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to honor him for his contributions and efforts for the organization. He also serves as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 545 at Arlington’s Most Blessed Catholic Church.
The Journal Interview: David A. Stone