When Copper Range was founded in 2001, its founders, Dr. Peter Kochevar and Randall Ray were searching for what the marketplace needed.
At that time they made two distinct observations:
- Cloud and cellular systems were in their infant stages
- Internet based business-to-business products were sorely lacking.
Both founders had experience in software and construction, so Copper Range was built on addressing this technology gap through solving problems in the construction industry. Thus, ProjectStore was born to eliminate the hassle of sharing
essential paper-based documentation with all team members and to move business toward the Internet. Each subsequent product in our platform has been developed by finding solutions to problems that were solved by using Internet and
cellular based technologies.
What's in a Name
The name Copper Range came about when both founders, born Michiganders, wanted to pay homage to their home state. Dr. Kochevar has family that mined copper ore in the upper peninsula of Michigan in a region nicknamed Copper Range Country, which was also home
to the famous Copper Range Railroad (www.copperrange.org). Back in the day, railroads were the networks of connecting lines between people, and now this connection comes via the Internet. Our products harness the
power of this instant connector, so what better way to give tribute to the original network?
Expand the Internet of Things (IoT) by creating cloud-based safety and authentication products to find solutions for problems our customers face by utilizing all available technologies at our disposal... and inventing technologies that
are not available.
We will turn Copper Range into a world renowned company through guts, will, and determination. We won't do it alone, our customers will be part of the process, and supporting them will be just as important as our own corporate growth.
We won't stop until every business, large or small, recognizes Copper Range by name as the market leader in cloud-based safety and authentication products. Period.
Randall Ray - Co-Founder, President and CEO
Mr. Ray co-founded Copper Range in 2001 to create Internet based products and solutions for business. Under Mr. Ray's leadership as President and CEO, Copper Range has grown into a leading provider of cloud based safety and authentication
systems with a focus on combining cellular data networks with the Internet. Working alongside Dr. Peter Kochevar, Mr. Ray created a platform of products utilized by hundreds of thousands of users and is listed as co-inventor on
many Copper Range patents. Prior to starting Copper Range, Mr. Ray worked for various companies including Price Waterhouse and STAC. Mr. Ray holds a BBA from Walsh College.
Peter Kochevar, Ph.D - Co-Founder and CTO
Dr. Kochevar holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Cornell University. From 1992 until 1998, Dr. Kochevar was employed
by the Digital Equipment Corporation but worked at the San Diego Supercomputer Center in San Diego, California as a Visiting Scientist. At the Supercomputer Center, he managed a group of researchers in developing interactive data
visualization systems, and he structured collaborative research projects whose results benefited Digital's engineering teams. In June of 1998, he co-founded SharedPlanet, Inc., a company that developed Web-based collaboration software
and services, and was SharedPlanet's Chief Technology Officer. In April 2000, SharedPlanet was purchased by SkyDesk, Inc., a storage services provider based in San Diego. Dr. Kochevar worked for SkyDesk as its Principal Software
Architect until January 2001.