Rick Rudman is a seasoned software CEO and an early pioneer in cloud-based subscription software. He has a proven track record of success leading both public and private growth software companies, with experience as an entrepreneur, public company CEO and board member.
Rick is currently Chairman of Tracx, the leading social business cloud for building brands, driving new business and improving customer experience in the new social economy.
From 1992 through 2014 Rick was Chairman and CEO of Vocus (NASDAQ:VOCS), a leading provider of marketing and PR software. Under Rick’s leadership, Vocus achieved over twenty years of 36% average annual growth, growing revenue from under $1M to over $180M, with over 1,500 employees in the US, Europe and Asia. Rick led the company through multiple rounds of venture financing, an IPO and 32 quarters as a public company before achieving a 50% premium for investors when Vocus was acquired in 2014 in an all cash transaction valued at half a billion dollars.
From 1986 through 1992 Rick was SVP of sales and marketing for Dataway Corporation, a privately held software company developing mission critical software for enterprise companies and government agencies such as KPMG, Booz Allen and the U.S. Navy.
Before Dataway, Rick worked as a software engineer for the Barlow Corporation, originally joining as a staff accountant before teaching himself programming and transferring into the technology department.
Rick began his career in the United States Air Force, enlisting after high school and attending the USAF Technical Training School for certifications in electronics, satellite communications and computers. He served in the U.S. and Germany in the 601st ASOC, a mobile close air combat support unit. During his four year tour he received multiple medals and four promotions through the rank of Sergeant.
Rick has served on the board of directors for multiple technology companies and was also Vice Chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Rick received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from University of Maryland, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1990. In 2003 Rick was selected as Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the software category for the Washington, D.C. region, and in 1999 was named the High Tech Council of Maryland’s Entrepreneur of the Year.