Richard T. Sessions

Sessions, Richard T

Department of Management Information Systems
College of Business

San José State University
One Washington Square 
San José, CA 95192-0244




Preferred: (408) 924-3421

Alternate: 408-981-9573 (Cell)

Office Hours

Spring 2018: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 noon to 1:00pm. Before or After class or by appointment

Richard has thirty-five years of high-tech experience as a cube dweller, applications engineer, salesperson, marketer, mentor, $150M business unit general manager, and leader of a $400M marketing organization as well as several start-ups. Current personal project is working with San Jose State University, Silicon Valley tech companies, and social agencies to apply technology to help address the issues of "social exclusion" in our Bay Area communities through an innovative social entrepreneurship program ( Richard is currently the managing partner for Altis Solutions ( a consulting company focused on helping companies identify and capture new market opportunities. Clients have included technology IP, consumer product, and fortune 500 high-tech companies.


  • Bachelor of Science, Cornell Univ-Endowed Colleges, 1971


Richard is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Engineering and is an international lecturer and executive education/graduate school instructor on global new product development, high-tech product portfolio management, and high-intensity strategic planning/execution. He has been a subject matter expert for the American Productivity and Quality Center in Houston for new product development and balanced corporate performance management. Richard is a member of the Industry Advisory Group for Cornell University's Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization. He is also on advisory boards for several startups, is a guest lecturer for Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is on the executive board of the Social Innovation Institute. Richard has been quoted in numerous articles and books on strategic processes and building the unstoppable financial powerhouse as well as has collaborated on several management books including "Beyond the Financials" and an internal A.T. Kearney, Inc management publication targeted for C-level company leadership. He has expereince designing and implementing various Business Intellegence, CRM, and ERP systems. Richard is listed in the 1999 Quality Year Book and holds several utility and business process patents.