Ralph Harper, Chief Executive Officer of DPLOYIT, Inc. is a seasoned professional with over 16 years corporate work experience. He has held a number of leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies including Equitable Life Assurance, PepsiCo, and Frito-Lay. Throughout Harper’s corporate career, he has been responsible for proposing, planning, developing, deploying and supporting enterprise technologies and systems worldwide. Harper has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. Harper is a proven leader with an extensive and impressive track record of delivering measurable results. Harper left PepsiCo in 2001.
Harper founded DPLOYIT in July of 2000. However, the company was not fully operational until the Spring of 2002.
Harper placed strict focus on building a strong business and strategic relationships as a way to enhance business development. Those relationships showed signs of paying off as DPLOYIT exceed its revenue goals in the company’s first year of operations.
Under Harper’s leadership, in 2009, DPLOYIT was recognized by INC, Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. In its INC Magazine debut, DPLOYIT landed in the top 20% of 5000 companies recognized.
Harper has been the keynote speaker at the Dallas Fort Worth Minority Business Council on a number of occasions. He spearheaded a seminar for minority business owners which focused on the need to manage and nurture “Business Relationships.” Mr. Harper was also the keynote speaker of a three-part leadership series which focus on 1. Prepared for doing Business with Fortune Companies; 2. Selling to Fortune Companies; and, 3. Maintaining and Supporting Fortune Companies in the Years After the Sale. Harper also was the keynote speaker at the Minority Business Summit hosted by McGraw Hill at their corporate office in Manhattan, NY. Over 50 small business owners attended the summit.
Harper was recently named President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catherine Harper for Keepers, a nonprofit organization he, his siblings, and his aunt, Elma Greggs, founded in honor of his mother, Catherine Louise Harper. Catherine Harper for Keepers places focus on providing a path and means for young children to achieve a minimum of 10,000 hours of information technology training.
Harper has recently added the label “author” to his name as his debut book titled “Stepped Up” “The Urgency for Fatherhood” was released in late summer 2013. “In this emotional debut, Harper shares in detail the unique relationship he forged with his stepson Cody.”