Calvin C LaRoche, now semi-retired, is a proven leader with 35 years of management experience including significant general management responsibilities. Cal co-founded DC Ventures and Associates, LLC, which invests in early stage technology companies.
Cal also advises senior management in the development and execution of successful growth strategies. During his long management career, he has developed in depth skills and experience in strategy, planning, sales, marketing, international business, and governance for not-for-profit organizations.
Until its acquisition by Harris Corporation in July 2004, Cal was Chief Operating Officer at The Orkand Corporation, a marquee federal information technology services provider. Cal joined The Orkand Corporation in May 2000 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and assumed the COO position in September 2001. He provided oversight for the company’s operating units, business development activities and support staffs; a total organization of over 1,100 employees. While Chief Operating Officer, the Orkand Corporation’s revenue grew by 20% to $90 million. Most recently, he successfully managed the acquisition process for The Orkand Corporation.
Prior to joining The Orkand Corporation, Cal was a Senior Vice President for SkyTel Communications Inc., a leader in the paging and wireless messaging industry, serving almost 2 million customers worldwide. He joined SkyTel in June 1994, serving as the Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyTel’s international operations. He was responsible for the expansion of the company’s wireless messaging business outside of the United States. Under Cal’s leadership, SkyTel’s international operations grew to over 550,000 subscribers and $98 million of revenue with a 95% growth rate.
Next, Cal was responsible for the development a wholesale subsidiary for SkyTel. The U.S. wholesale business clients included over 100 U.S. telecommunication carriers and Internet Service Providers. Through his leadership, this business line grew to over 400,000 subscribers with over $110 million of revenue. Cal was a leader in the acquisition process for SkyTel during its acquisition by WorldCom in 1999.
Prior to joining SkyTel, Cal was a Director of Strategic Development for IBM at the company’s headquarters in Armonk, New York. During a 24-year career with IBM, he directed an information systems sales and marketing organization consisting of 1,200 professionals. Cal later had worldwide responsibility for IBM’s advertising and promotion. He then became a founding partner in the creation and management of IBM Consulting Group, a multi-country IT and business process re-engineering consulting business. Finally, he led the development of IBM’s strategic plans for its services
Cal is a Chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Cal is also chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees for Norwood School, an independent K-8 school in Bethesda, MD. He is currently Chairman of the Beta Mu, Boule’ Foundation Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Central State University in Ohio. He is also a graduate of IBM’s Advanced Business Institute with a concentration in Financial Management.