Stanton Chase Opens Detroit Office

Stanton Chase has opened an office in Detroit to serve its growing list of corporate clients in the manufacturing, automotive, commercial vehicle, and defense industries.

Rich Kolpasky, a veteran search consultant and former senior executive in the automotive sector, will head up the office as the managing director.

In addition to his expertise in the automotive industry, Kolpasky also has experience in a variety of other sectors, most notably the defense industry, which has a major presence in Michigan. Prior to joining Stanton Chase, Kolpasky was with Korn Ferry and Boyden. Before his career in executive search, he was a senior-level executive within the Tier I automotive segment and held positions in engineering, program management, operations, sales and marketing, and general management.

Kolpasky was also president of North American Seating for Faurecia SA and president of Global Fluid Carrying Systems for TI Automotive. Kolpasky has extensive experience in the defense sector as both a soldier and as a civilian professional. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Field Artillery and is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. Following his military service, he was a principal with Booz-Allen & Hamilton and was involved in numerous ground-based R&D programs as an engineer and program manager.

Kolpasky holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.