David A. Stone is the founder and CEO of First Rate. Stone acts as the visionary for the firm, providing direction for product development and guidance for customer service. Stone 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.
Stone’s 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. Stone 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 officer for several years.
Stone graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and mathematics while earning Varsity letters for football and track. Stone, being very committed to community service, serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth With a Mission, Friends of Youth With a Mission, and Turner 12. David and his wife, Trina, also serve with Youth With a Mission as pioneering members of the Business As Mission movement. Dave speaks around the world on his experience of keeping God first in business and has also written a book: First Rate Living in God’s Company.