Richard Brock co-founded and serves as CEO of LeadLife Solutions, a provider of an on-demand lead management solution that drives revenue by bundling state-of-the-art marketing automation technology with lead management experts to maximize sales opportunities. He also founded and served as Chairman/President/CEO of Firstwave Technologies, Inc., formerly Brock International, Inc., a pioneer in the Sales Force Automation market and a leading provider of web-based Customer Relationship Management applications and is considered by some to be the founding father of CRM. In 1993, Firstwave Technologies was the first CRM company to complete an IPO and in 2002 was recognized as being the Best Performing Stock by CBS MarketWatch.com. Richard’s entrepreneurial spirit resulted in Firstwave establishing an international presence and serving over 20,000 users in over 20 countries.
Richard has also played a significant role in the mentoring, development and management of many technologies companies, including serving as a director for several private and publicly held companies. His entrepreneurial spirit began soon after obtaining his MBA when he developed one of the first computerized accounting systems for CPAs and turned it into a software business serving more than 10,000 CPA firms (25% of the market).
Richard has assumed numerous industry leadership positions and has received many accolades throughout his entrepreneurial career. He served as the first Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia, President and Board Member of the Business & Technology Alliance, President of the Entrepreneur’s Division and Board Member of the Information Technology Association of America, President and Board Member of the Southeast Software Association, Chairman of Georgia High Technology Month and Board Member of the Technology Executives’ Roundtable. Richard was named Georgia’s High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 1990 and was named as one of the “10 Most Influential People in CRM” by Sales and Marketing Automation magazine in 1999.
A Certified Public Accountant, Richard received his MBA from Louisiana State University and his BS from Spring Hill College.