RICK DARTER:
 
RICK DARTER




 
 
 
 
 
Co-founder, CEO, and President of Rave Computer in Sterling Heights. Darter has more than 32 years of leadership experience in the computer industry and drives the comprehensive and strategic direction of Rave. He has helped lead significant business growth in the military, OEM, and independent software vendor markets, where the company has more than doubled its Michigan-based business in 2009 alone. Rave, a privately held company, specializes in computer hardware consulting, integration, and support. It became Macomb-Oakland University (OU) INCubator's first corporate partner and anchor tenant in 2009 with a new headquarters in the Defense Corridor and Technology Advancement SmartZone of Sterling Heights. Darter is instrumental in creating an aggressive plan that supports Rave Computerís diversification and growth opportunities and which has resulted in consistent growth in annual profits for 22 years. Prior to co-founding Rave Computer, Darter co-founded and was vice president of sales and marketing for McIntyres Mini Computer. In 1996 he co-founded Rave IT Solutions, which offered information technology consulting services to end-users, and served as the companyís president until 2001. In 1990 Darter also co-founded Rave Financial Services Inc., which leased computer equipment, and was its president until 2001. He is active on the board of directors for Danas Technologies and the advisory board of directors for the Macomb OU INCubator, a business incubator that drives innovation and job growth for Michigan. Darter is also a member of National Defense Industrial Association of the United States Army, and Women in Defense. Previously, Darter served on the zoning board of appeals in Bruce Township for 17 years and was active in politics and the local school board. He holds a sports pilot license and is a certified power parachute instructor and certified scuba diver. He is a member of the RCAF and Eagles Power Parachute clubs, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 3690.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "Dad. Heís very outgoing and loves people. He was in sales his entire life and always approached every situation as an opportunity. He was never intimidated by any situation and found a way to make friends anywhere he went. And I stepped into those shoes. Also, my first manager when I got into business. He was so terrible and treated people so poorly that I remember saying that Iíd never want to be that way. Itís been a great influence to this day."

LAST BOOK READ: "Wa notztís by Walter Schmid, one of Europeís most successful entrepreneurs. Itís about how to get where you are going and includes 60 simple lessons on how to succeed in business."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Easygoing, outgoing, honest."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Constant change and constant innovation, improvement, and growth. The computer technology industry is exciting. Thereís always something new, faster, or something enabling."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My GPS."

FAVORITE PLACE: "My cottage."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Power parachuting. Iím a power parachute instructor. Also, boating and fishing."

FAVORITE FOOD: "I like Thai food, sushi, and I love a good steak."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Wood carving."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "Somebody who had a positive influence and made a positive difference in peopleís lives."


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.