RAYMOND “RJ” STAPELL
Program Leader and Guide
Raymond J. Stapell, or “RJ” is a leader who has been tested in a wide variety of life and professional situations. Each time he has used his remarkable leadership skills, acquired and tempered through life experience, to exhibit grace under pressure and secure the best possible outcome in challenging situations.
Mr. Stapell is one of the founders and Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Empirican Group LLC. Empirican provides innovative technology solutions to enhance the quality and effectiveness of clinical research. His principal duties include corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
Mr. Stapell is also a partner at the law firm of Harris Beach PLLC and was the managing partner of the Buffalo office for over 20 years. He also serves on the board of directors of various public and private companies and lectures on leadership to various businesses and MBA candidates.
In addition to his extensive legal career, Mr. Stapell is an avid outdoors man and pilot. He has spent considerable time in remote locations and on multiple excursions in the Rocky Mountains and desert southwest, and shares his insights through these intense training programs in which he utilizes some of the roughest terrain in the country as his classroom to teach critical leadership and teamwork skills.
Mr. Stapell holds the following certifications: