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President and CEO, Gannett Co. Inc.
Dubow, 52, joined Gannett Co. Inc. in 1981 in advertising sales for K*USA-TV in Denver. He held various positions at KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and was named general manager in 1990. In 1992, he became president and general manager of Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, WXIA-TV. Dubow was named president of Gannett Broadcasting in 2000, adding CEO to his title in 2001. He became president and CEO of Gannett in 2005.
Chairman and CEO, IEC Electronics Corp.
Gilbert, 60, has served as CEO of IEC Electronics Corp. since 2002. He has been a director since 1993 and chairman since February 2001. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. From 1991 to 1999, Gilbert was president of the Thermal Management Group of Bowthorpe PLC-currently named Spirent-of Crawley, West Sussex, England. Prior to that, he was corporate vice president and president of the Analytical Products Division of Milton Roy Co., a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation.
Gilbert has served on the advisory boards for a number of local small companies and has served on fundraising committees for several charitable organizations.
He has an MBA from the Simon School and a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University.
President and CEO, Zapata Corp.
Glazer, 45, has served as president and CEO of Zapata Corp. since March 1995 and has served as chairman of the board since March 2002. Glazer also serves as director, president and CEO of Zap.com Corp., Zapata’s 98 percent-owned public shell subsidiary. He is also chairman of Omega Protein Corp., Zapata’s majority-owned subsidiary, and until December 2005 was chairman of Safety Components International Inc., Zapata’s former majority-owned subsidiary. Since June 2005, Glazer has served on the board of directors of Manchester United, an English football club.
He received a J.D. from American University and B.S. and B.A. degrees from Washington University.
CEO and interim chief financial officer, Torvec Inc.
Torvec Inc. co-founder James Gleasman has been chief strategist for the company since its inception, a director since 1998, and CEO and interim chief financial officer since 2005. Gleasman is the principal inventor of infinitely variable transmission and is a co-inventor, with Keith and Vernon Gleasman, of several of the company’s patented inventions. He headed manufacturing of the Torsen Differential throughout South America, including Argentina and Brazil. Gleasman was also a joint venture partner with Clayton Brokerage Co. of St. Louis, has owned a financial consulting business and negotiated with numerous automotive manufacturers and first-tier suppliers, including General Motors, Ford, Daimler-Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Toyota, Shanghai Automotive, Bosch-Rexroth, Eaton and John Deere. Gleasman previously was the principal of two companies formerly owned by the Gleasman family.
President and CEO, Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
Gross, 48, became president and CEO of Monro Muffler Brake Inc. in 1999. Before that, he was president and CEO of Tops Appliance City Inc., a position he took in 1995. From 1990 to 1994, he held numerous senior management positions with Eye Care Centers of America Inc., including president and chief operating officer. From 1987 to 1990, he was an independent consultant. From 1984 to 1987, Gross was a manager of pension investments at American Can Co., and from 1981 to 1984, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP.
Gross is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and the Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America.
Gross earned a bachelor’s degree, and later an MBA in accounting, from the University of Buffalo. His wife is Carol.
Chairman, president and CEO, CPAC Inc.
Hendrickson, 64, was a chemical engineer at Eastman Kodak Co. in 1969 when he left to found CPAC Inc. The company went public in 1981. In addition to holding the top spots at CPAC, he is chairman and CEO of CPAC Equipment Inc., Allied Diagnostic Imaging Resources Inc., CPAC Europe N.V. and the Fuller Brush Co. Inc. He also is chairman, president and managing director of CPAC Italia S.r.1.; chairman and managing director and CPAC Asia Imaging Products Ltd.; and president and managing director of CPAC Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Hendrickson received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Rochester.
Chairman and CEO, Mpower Communications Corp.
Huff, 49, joined Mpower Communications Corp. in 1999 as president and CEO. Prior to joining Mpower, Huff was president and chief operating officer of Frontier Communications and negotiated the merger of that company and Global Crossing Ltd. He joined Frontier Corp. in 1998 as chief financial officer. Huff served more than five years with AT&T Corp. and AT&T Wireless, where he held a number of executive positions, including president for the central United States region. At AT&T Wireless, Huff worked as senior vice president and chief financial officer, and was formerly the financial vice president of AT&T’s mergers and acquisitions group. Huff served more than 10 years with NCR Corp., where he held positions in auditing, accounting, financial planning and operations for domestic and international business units.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University.
President and CEO, Financial Institutions Inc.
Humphrey, 51, started his career at Marine Midland Bank in 1977 as part of the management-training program. After completing that program in 1979, he joined Wyoming County Bank as an assistant to the treasurer. Following a number of promotions, Humphrey was named president and CEO of Wyoming County Bank and remained in that position until 1994, when he was named president and CEO of Financial Institutions Inc.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Trinity College, and in 1983, he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
He and his wife, Sally, have one son, Chris.
President and CEO, Graham Corp.
Johnson, 44, joined Graham Corp. in November 2004. He announced his resignation in June 2006 and plans to stay with the company through July 2006. Prior to joining Graham, Johnson was senior vice president and general manager of ESAB Welding and Cutting Equipment Inc., a global welding and cutting equipment manufacturer. His career has included extensive experience in the manufacturing sector, including general manager of the ABB Distribution Transformer Division from 1996 to 1999, as well as other senior management positions within the ABB organization. He was an officer in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1990, serving in the submarine fleet.
Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University and an MBA from Rollins College.
He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children.
President and CEO, Paychex Inc.
Judge, 52, is now in his second year as president and CEO of Paychex Inc. Judge succeeded Thomas Golisano, who founded the leading national payroll and human resources services provider in 1971. Judge, a 25-year veteran of IBM Corp., left IBM in 2002 to become president and CEO of Crystal Decisions Inc., a leading business software company. He also succeeded that firm’s founder and CEO. He led Crystal Decisions, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, through five consecutive quarters of revenue growth. In the process of leading efforts to take Crystal Decisions public, the company was approached about a merger opportunity, and Judge instead led the successful acquisition of Crystal by Paris- and California-based Business Objects PLC for $1.2 billion. Judge began his career at IBM in 1976 as a salesman, ultimately rising through the company to become general manager of IBM’s personal computer division, a $10 billion business unit with 11,000 employees.
Judge received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Harvard University. He is currently a member of the Rochester Business Alliance executive committee and a former member of the Rump Group, which merged with RBA in February. Additionally, Judge chaired the successful 2006 Pacesetter Campaign, part of the annual United Way/Red Cross campaign.
President and CEO, Ultralife Batteries Inc.
Kavazanjian, 55, was named president and CEO of Ultralife Batteries Inc. in 1999. He started his career at Digital Equipment Corp., where he worked from 1974 through 1981. He went on to hold various positions at Data General Corp., now EMC Corp., from 1982 through 1991, and served as senior vice president of operations at Kendall Square Research Corp. from 1992 to 1994. Kavazanjian moved on to Xerox Corp., where he held a number of positions, the most recent being corporate vice president and chief technology officer for the Document Solutions Group.
Kavazanjian earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has two daughters: Lucinda and Nicole.
President and CEO, Seneca Foods Corp.
Kayser, 45, has been president and CEO since 1993 and previously was vice president and chief financial officer at Seneca Foods Corp. from 1991 to 1993. Before that, he was vice president at J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. in New York City from 1989 to 1991 and assistant vice president until 1989.
He is a director and chairman of the audit committee of Moog Inc., in East Aurora; trustee of Rochester Institute of Technology; and a member of the advisory council of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.
Kayser earned a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College and an MBA in finance from Cornell University.
CEO, VirtualScopics Inc.
Klimasewski was named CEO of VirtualScopics Inc. in June 2005 and has been a board member since the company’s inception. Before joining the company, Klimasewski served as president and CEO of Transcat Inc., a global distributor of test, measurement and calibration instruments. In 1998, he became chairman of the board of Transcat, and was reappointed president and CEO after stepping down from the position of chairman in 2002. He served in those roles until 2004, when he retired, but remains on Transcat’s board of directors.
Klimasewski was a co-founder of Burleigh Instruments Inc., a privately held manufacturer of precision scientific instrumentation, which was sold in December 2000. He served for 18 years on the board of directors of Laser Power Corp. until its sale in 2000. Currently, Klimasewski serves on the board of the University Technology Seed Fund and is a member of the University of Rochester’s Visiting Committee for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in optical engineering from the University of Rochester.
Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp.
Mulcahy, 53, was named CEO of Xerox Corp. in 2001 and chairman in 2002. She was president and chief operating officer of Xerox from 2000 through 2001. She began her Xerox career as a field sales representative in 1976 and assumed increasingly responsible sales and senior management positions. From 1992 to 1995, Mulcahy was vice president of human resources. She became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998.
In addition to the Xerox board, she is a member of the boards of directors of Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., Target Corp., Catalyst Inc. and Citigroup Inc. and is a member of the Business Council.
Mulcahy earned a B.A. in English and journalism from Marymount College.
President and CEO, Harris Interactive Inc.
Novak was elected CEO of Harris Interactive Inc. in September 2005, after being named acting CEO in May 2005. Prior to that, he held the position of president and chief operating officer.
He joined Harris Interactive in 1999 and has held several senior-level positions since then, including Internet division president, group president of strategic marketing solutions and business and consulting, and president of U.S. operations. From 1996 to 1999, Novak was vice president and general manager of Lightnin Americas, a unit of GSX.
Novak received an M.S. in management from Purdue University’s Krannert Business School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate of General Electric Co.’s nuclear power engineering program and FMC’s corporate analyst training and development program.
Paterson joined CareGuide, formerly known as Patient Infosystems Inc., in July 2004 and was named CEO in January 2005. He is the former president of the central region of UnitedHealth Group’s AmeriChoice Corp. and was previously CEO of AmeriChoice’s health plans in Pennsylvania. Paterson also has served as executive vice president of the eastern division of Merit Behavioral Care Corp. and as president of Tennessee Behavioral Health.
Paterson has served on the boards of the City of Philadelphia Department of Health and the American Heart Association Southeastern Pennsylvania Region.
He received undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University. Paterson interned at the University of Florida and served on the faculty of the University of Miami early in his career.
President and CEO, Eastman Kodak Co.
Perez joined Eastman Kodak Co. as president and chief operating officer in April 2003. In October 2004, he was elected to the company’s board of directors. He was elected CEO in 2005 and chairman in 2006.
Perez has extensive expertise in digital imaging technology, stemming from a 25-year career at Hewlett-Packard Co., where he was a corporate vice president and a member of the company’s executive council. As president of HP’s consumer business, he spearheaded the company’s efforts in digital imaging and electronic publishing, ultimately generating worldwide revenue of more than $16 billion. Prior to that assignment, Perez served as president and CEO of HP’s inkjet imaging business. During the five years in which Perez led the business, the installed base of inkjet printers grew from 17 million to 100 million worldwide, with total revenue of more than $10 billion. Just prior to joining Kodak, Perez served as an independent consultant for large investment firms, providing counsel on the effect of technology shifts on financial markets. From June 2000 to December 2001, he was president and CEO of Gemplus International S.A., where he led the effort to take the company public. While at Gemplus, he transformed the company into the leading Smart Card-based solution provider in the fast-growing wireless and financial markets. In the first fiscal year, revenue at Gemplus grew 70 percent, from $700 million to $1.2 billion.
Perez is a member of the board of directors of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and a member of the Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the board of trustees of the George Eastman House. He is also a member of the International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong Province, an advisory body for the governor of Guangdong, China.
A native of Spain, Perez studied electronic engineering, marketing and business in Spain and France.
President and CEO, Home Properties Inc.
Pettinella, 54, has served as president and CEO of Home Properties Inc. since 2004. He joined Home Properties in 2001 as an executive vice president and director. From 1997 until 2001, Pettinella served as president of New York State operations for Charter One Bank and executive vice president of Charter One Financial Inc. From 1981 through 1997, he served in various managerial capacities for Rochester Community Savings Bank, including the positions of chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Prior to 1981, Pettinella worked in the treasurer’s office at Ford Motor Credit headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.
He is a member of the boards of United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Rochester Business Alliance Inc., Lifetime Healthcare Cos. Inc., National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, National Multi Housing Council and Syracuse University School of Business. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Pettinella is a graduate of SUNY College at Geneseo and received an MBA in finance from Syracuse University.
President, Monroe Title Insurance Corp.
Podsiadlo, 61, was named president of Monroe Title Insurance Corp. in February 2006, upon the merger of Monroe Title Insurance with Stewart Title Insurance Co. He joined Monroe in 1983 and has held the positions of chief financial officer, vice president of finance and treasurer during his time with company. In 1997, Podsiadlo was elected to the company’s board of directors. He also serves on the boards of Monroe Title Insurance’s subsidiary companies. Prior to joining the company, Podsiadlo was employed be Penn Yan Express Inc. as chief financial officer, vice president of finance, treasurer and director. He also has worked for national CPA firms.
Podsiadlo graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and became a CPA in 1972. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs.
He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Penn Yan. They have two children, Derrick and Lorra.
Chairman and CEO, Constellation Brands Inc.
Sands, 55, joined Constellation Brands Inc. in August 1979 and after serving in various positions in wine production, finance, sales and marketing was appointed executive vice president in 1982. In 1986, he assumed the position of president and chief operating officer. He became CEO in 1993 and was appointed chairman in 1999.
Sands is chairman of the Norman Howard School Foundation, which aims to improve the parental awareness of and early intervention for children with learning disabilities. He also sits on the board of trustees for Rochester Institute of Technology.
He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1974 with a B.A. in psychology. Sands received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social psychology, both from the University of North Carolina, where he published numerous research papers.
Chairman and CEO, Transcat Inc.
Sassano, 56, joined Transcat Inc.’s board of directors in October 2000. Prior to Transcat, he was employed by Bausch & Lomb Inc. from 1973 to 2000; his last position there was president and chief operating officer. He also held positions in Bausch & Lomb as president of the global vision care division and contact lens division, as well as group president and president of Polymer Technology, a high-growth subsidiary of Bausch & Lomb.
He earned a B.A. degree in political science from Eisenhower College and an MBA in marketing from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the board of directors of Rochester Institute of Technology, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and the Eastman Dental Center Foundation.
President and CEO, Performance Technologies Inc.
Skarzynski has served as president and CEO of Performance Technologies Inc. since November 2005. Prior to joining the company, he served as senior adviser to Hudson Abel Partners LLP, an investment bank in New York. For the previous six years Skarzynski led two companies as CEO: Xebeo, an IP broadband switch acquired by UTStarcom Inc., and Predictive Networks, an application service provider offering a business intelligence and analytics overlay network. From 1992 to 1999 he held executive roles at AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies. Skarzynski has served as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Trade Development in the Department of Commerce and held business development and international sales and marketing roles at Motorola Inc.
He holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree from Georgetown University.
CEO, Biophan Technologies Inc.
Weiner, 58, has been CEO of Biophan Technologies Inc. since co-founding the company in 2000. He began his career at Xerox Corp. in 1975, where he served in a variety of capacities in sales and marketing. In 1985, Weiner founded Microlytics, a Xerox spinoff that developed technology from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Weiner co-founded TextWise in 1993, a company developing natural-language search technologies for the intelligence community. In 1995, Weiner co-founded and became CEO of Manning & Napier Information Services, a Rochester-based company providing patent analytics, prior-art searches and other services. He held this position until 1999, at which time he formed Technology Innovations LLC to develop intellectual property assets. In 2000, Technology Innovations created a subsidiary, Biomed Solutions LLC, to pursue biomedical and nanotechnology opportunities.
Weiner serves on the boards of Biophan, Biomed, Technology Innovations, Speech Compression Technologies L.P., Nanoset LLC, Myotech LLC, TE-Bio LLC and OncoVista Inc.
Weiner is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and the New York Inventor’s Club.
Chairman, president and CEO, Document Security Systems Inc.
White was named chairman, president, CEO and chief financial officer of Document Security Systems Inc. in 2002. His career includes 23 years at Rochester Community Savings Bank, which later was acquired by Charter One Bank. During his tenure, the bank grew from an $800 million private thrift to a $4 billion publicly held institution.
White entered the print industry in the late 1980s by purchasing and operating several printing companies, where he was involved in the switch from traditional offset printing to digital imaging. In the 1990s, White became involved in the development of document security technologies, and later marketed security print products as a division of his privately owned print press operation. Recently, White has been involved in the acquisition of a major plastic manufacturing partner.
He holds a B.S. in accounting and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chairman and CEO, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Zarrella, 56, became chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb Inc. in 2001 after seven years with General Motors Corp., most recently as executive vice president and president of General Motors North America in Detroit. Zarrella previously was at Bausch & Lomb from 1985 through 1994, holding several executive positions, including president of the former international division, and president, chief operating officer and a member of the company’s board of directors. Before joining Bausch & Lomb in 1985, he held various executive positions with Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. and Esmark Corp.
Zarrella is a member of the boards of Avaya Inc., U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the Committee for Economic Development, the University of Rochester Medical Center and the National Italian American Foundation. He is a trustee of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. executive committee.
Born in Waterbury, Conn., Zarrella received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1971 and attended New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
President and CEO, Sentry Group
Brush, 50, has served in a number of executive positions with Sentry Group since joining the company in 1986, culminating with the positions of president and CEO.
Brush is a member of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Rochester’s Child and serves as a trustee on the board of St. Lawrence University.
Brush received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1977 and an MBA from Northwestern University in 1984.
Chairman and CEO, Choice One Communications Inc.
Casey joined Choice Once Communications Inc. as chairman of the board in 2004 and was appointed CEO in 2005. He most recently served as chairman of Kepaca Ltd. Prior to that, he served as vice chairman and CEO at Global Crossing Ltd. Casey served as a managing director and, ultimately, co-head of Merrill Lynch & Co.’s Global Communications Investment Banking Group in London. From 1990 to 1995, Casey was a partner and co-head of the telecommunications and media group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, which he joined after practicing telecommunications law as a partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. in Washington, D.C. Casey has also served as the deputy chief and acting chief at the common carrier bureau and assistant to the chairman and assistant to the chief of the cable television bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.
Casey has a B.A. from Boston College and a law degree from George Washington University Law School.
Chairman and CEO, PaeTec Communications Inc.
Chesonis, 44, serves as chairman and CEO of PaeTec Corp. and its subsidiary, PaeTec Communications Inc. He began his career at Rochester Telephone Corp., now Citizens Communications Co. He went on to serve as president of ACC Corp., the parent company for all ACC-owned operations in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom from 1994 until 1998, and was elected to its board of directors in 1994.
In 2005, PaeTec received the national American Business Ethics Award, sponsored by the Society for Financial Service Professionals. The company also achieved the No. 2 ranking in the 2003 Deloitte Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing public and private technology companies in North America. In the spring of 2004, Chesonis and PaeTec were presented with the Phoenix Award, awarded by the Blackstone Group, to recognize the company for its growth amidst a turbulent downturn period in the telecommunications industry. In 2001, Chesonis was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Chesonis received a B.S. in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration and an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Rochester. He is a frequent speaker at industry forums and business events and was the subject of a feature article in a 2004 issue of Inc. magazine.
President and CEO, Crosman Corp.
D’Arcy, a 30-year veteran of the sporting goods industry, joined Crosman Corp. in 2001 as the company’s president and CEO. He currently directs all aspects of the company’s worldwide operations. Prior to joining Crosman, D’Arcy was the president of Boll’e Europe and vice president/general manager of Boll’e North America. Prior to joining that company, D’Arcy served as president of Scott Canada and served as vice president of marketing at Blizzard North America. Earlier in his career, D’Arcy was the president and director of Canadian operations, AMF Canada; the vice president of marketing for RSL Sports Equipment; and territory sales manager of Harvey Dodds Ltd.
Ernest Del Monte
Chairman and CEO, E.J. Del Monte Corp.
Del Monte served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, became a manufacturer of aircraft and missile generators and later went on to become an industrial developer, building and leasing large factories and office buildings. He founded the E.J. Del Monte Corp. and then went on to found Delcrete Building Systems, a division that manufactures hotels, hospitals and correctional facilities. He has been a Marriott International Inc. franchisee since 1974 and is owner and operator of 17 Marriott hotels throughout the Northeast.
Del Monte is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Del Monte attended SUNY at Buffalo. He and his wife, Thelma, have four children: John, Andrea, Vicki and Karen.
President and CEO, the Dorschel Group
Dorschel, 59, entered the car business in 1968 as a new-car salesman. After moving through the ranks, he purchased the dealership from his father, John Dorschel, in 1977.
Richard Dorschel has served on many boards in the community. He has served or is serving on the boards of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Rochester Business Alliance Inc., the J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. local advisory board, GM’s Buick National Dealer Council, Lexus Eastern U.S. Dealer Council and Advertising advisory board and Pictometry International Corp. He is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc.
In 1994, Dorschel received the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. Small Business Person of the Year Award, and in 1997 he was honored at the annual National Auto Dealers Association conference with the Time magazine Quality Dealer Award. He was selected as a General Motors Dealer of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and was the recipient of the prestigious Jack Smith Leadership Award.
Dorschel earned a B.A. in business administration and management from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children: Eric, Tobey and Abby.
President and CEO, ACM Medical Laboratory Inc.
Glenz has served in various capacities at ACM Medical Laboratory Inc., including director and vice president of laboratory operations. Now, as president and CEO, Glenz heads the ACM management team responsible for corporate strategic planning, marketing direction, financial decisions and business development in new areas such as toxicology and global and national clinical trials. He also is a member of the ACM board of directors.
During his tenure at ACM, Glenz pioneered the implementation of its state-of-the-art, award-winning laboratory automation system, streamlining the overall operations of the core reference laboratory and three rapid-response hospital laboratories. Additionally, Glenz has implemented a long-range business plan that will reduce operational costs and develop new products, keeping ACM on the competitive edge in a highly managed care environment.
Glenz holds a B.S. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. A Federal Aviation Agency-licensed private pilot with instrument rating, Glenz enjoys spending his free time flying planes. He lives with his wife and two daughters.
President and CEO, Microwave Data Systems Inc.
Hamdani is the president and CEO of Microwave Data Systems Inc., as well as CarrierComm Inc., Axxcelera Broadband Wireless Inc. and Moseley Wireless Solutions Group, the parent company. Prior to acquiring Moseley in a management buyout in 1992, he held various management positions with General Research Corp., the BBC and Philips Research Laboratories. Hamdani became CEO of Moseley in 1996 and increased revenues and profits in excess of 12 times in the last seven years. He was a pioneer in digital signal processing and spent five years in Africa as a consultant designing and installing telecommunication networks.
After twice being honored as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for technology, Hamdani won the award in 2002.
Hamdani received a B.S. in electrical engineering from ABU Nigeria and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Netherlands University. In addition, he attended the AEA executive management program at Stanford University.
George Hamlin IV
President and CEO, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co.
Hamlin, 65, has been president and CEO of Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Co. since 1979 and Canandaigua National Corp. since its inception in 1984. Before joining the bank in 1978, he was associated with the Rochester law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle.
Hamlin is a board member of the New York State Wine & Culinary Center LLC, the Center for Governmental Research Inc. and the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. He is president of the Canandaigua Area Development Corp. and serves on the Ontario County Revolving Loan Fund. Hamlin is chairman of the Monroe Fund, a venture capital fund underwriting expanding businesses in the Upstate metropolitan market. He is the past chairman of both the New York Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers Association of New York State, and served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1997 to 2002. He is chairman of the board of Thompson Health System and each of its four operating subsidiaries. Hamlin is a director of the University of Rochester Medical Center, chairman of the board of managers for the Eastman School of Music and a trustee of the Rochester Museum and Science Center. He is a settlor of the Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment (Trust), was a member of the acting company of the Bristol Valley Theater for 17 years, a member of “The Club,” a society dedicated to debate papers given by its members with ties to the University of Rochester and a member of the Canandaigua Scientific Association.
In 1995, Hamlin was a recipient of the Finger Lakes Community College Foundation Vision Award for service to the college and the region. In 1996, he was selected Mr. Canandaigua by the Chamber of Commerce. In that year, he also received the Business Ethics Award from the Rotary Club of Canandaigua. In 1997, he was an honoree at the Gideon’s Annual Banquet. In 1998, he was a recipient of the Star Award, given by the Thompson Health System Foundation. In 1999, Hamlin was selected by the editorial board of the Democrat & Chronicle as one of the Ten for 2000 emerging leaders of the Rochester metropolitan area. In 2000, he was designated a Paul Harris Fellow, although he is not a Rotarian. In 2003, Hamlin was honored among the first class of Fifty Over 50 by the Rochester Business Journal.
Hamlin graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.S. degree in physics. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1972. Between college and law school, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1969 mostly throughout Southeast Asia as an F-105 fighter jet pilot, accumulating 100 combat missions over North Vietnam. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross and 10 Air Medals.
Hamlin and his wife, Mary, have three children and two grandchildren. He is a commercial, instrument-rated pilot and is active in the development of the Canandaigua Airport and, with his wife, is owner/operator of Canandaigua Aircraft LLC.
President and CEO, Hammer Packaging Corp.
Hammer, 57, began his career at Hammer Lithograph Corp. in 1969 in the sales and customer service departments. He was promoted to vice president in 1975, and president and CEO in 1983. Under his leadership the company has been named to the Top 100 list of privately held companies in Rochester for the past 15 years.
Hammer is member of the World Presidents Organization and has served as president of National Label Printing Industries of America. He is a member of the board of directors for the Mary Cariola Children’s Center Inc., the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital and the regional advisory board of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Hammer actively supports a variety of local, state and national charitable organizations, including United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; the J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Corporate Challenge; Junior Achievement of Rochester; Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital; Quad A for Kids, which provides funds for an inner-city soccer program; St. Joseph’s Villa of Rochester; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; March of Dimes, Secret Santa Toy Donation; Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.; Teddi T. Sports Festival and Disabled Children of Monroe County.
Hammer is also a supporter of local arts organizations, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc., Geva Theatre Center, Memorial Art Gallery, Strong Museum and Artisan Works.
Hammer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Drake University, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He and his wife, Donna, have three children: Lisa, Jason and Ashley.
Chairman, president and CEO, Birds Eye Foods Inc.
Harrison joined Birds Eye Foods Inc. in 2005, bringing over 27 years of food industry marketing, sales and finance experience. He began his career in 1974 at Unilever Ltd. in the U.K. and in 1981 joined General Foods Corp., where he worked in various marketing positions. Harrison later moved to Dallas to serve as director of international marketing for PespiCo Foods International and returned to the U.K. in 1989 to take a position as vice president for Smith Crisps Ltd. He moved on to Pizza Hut International to provide marketing leadership to operating companies and franchises in 72 countries. In 1993, Harrison became the vice president of marketing at Miller Brewing Co. He joined H.J. Heinz Co. in 1997, working first as president and CEO of Weight Watchers Gourmet Food Co. and later as senior vice president for H.J. Heinz and president and CEO of Heinz Frozen Food Co. Harrison became president and CEO of the company in 2002.
President and CEO, High Falls Brewing Co. LLC
Hubbard, 56, began his career at the Chase Manhattan Bank, where he worked from 1972 through 1985. From 1986 through 1998, he was the CEO of the Alling & Cory Co. He then joined Genesee Corp., where he achieved the positions of president and CEO before participating in a management buyout of the Genesee Brewing Co., which became High Falls Brewing Co. LLC.
Thomas Judson Jr.
Chairman and CEO, the Pike Co. Inc.
Judson began his career in construction working as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873. Having worked through the ranks, Judson became president of the company in 1975. In 1985, he established the Pike Co. Inc.
Judson is active in the community as well as the construction industry. He currently serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of the Rochester Institute of Technology, the board of trustees of the Center for Governmental Research Inc. as executive committee chairman, the executive committee and board of directors of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State, the World President’s Organization and the Rochester Business Alliance executive committee.
Judson received the 2000 Civic Award for Commerce and Industry from the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. and the Rochester Business Journal’s inaugural Fifty Over 50 Award in 2003.
Judson is a native Rochesterian and an alumnus of the Allendale School, Yale University and Cornell University. He and his wife, Ebets, have a son, Rufus, and a daughter, Bess.
Chairman and CEO, Atkell Inc.
Kellmanson, 67, has been with Atkell Inc. since the company’s founding in 1976. He was president of Rochester Atlas Wrecking Co. until 1983.
He is a former board member of the National Association of Demolition Contractors and the Salvation Army and former chairman of the Jewish Home of Rochester. He is currently a board member of the Jewish Health Care System of Rochester Inc.
Kellmanson earned a B.S. in management from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Elaine, have a son, Jeffrey, a daughter, Lynn, and four grandchildren.
President and CEO, LiDestri Foods Inc.
LiDestri, 59, began his career only two years after coming to America from Italy. Starting at age 16, he worked through high school and his college years as a manufacturing and operations employee for Ragu Foods Inc. He remained at Ragu until 1976, when he was hired to be the general manager at Cantisano Foods Inc. In 1991, LiDestri became its president and six years later, he was named CEO. LiDestri purchased all outstanding shares from the Cantisano family in September 2002. As the sole owner, he recently has changed the name of the company to LiDestri Foods Inc.
LiDestri and his wife, Cynthia, have three children: John, Stefani and Dylan.
Chairman, O’Connell Electric Co.
Parkes, 75, has spent his entire career in electrical contracting. He began working in the warehouse of T.H. Green Electric, when it was located on Water Street, and advanced from apprentice to superintendent. Parkes purchased O’Connell Electric Co. in 1968 and in 1996, he purchased most of the assets of T.H. Green Electric, the company his grandfather founded and lost during the Depression.
Parkes is former president of the Rochester Builders Exchange, Electrical Licensing Board of the City of Rochester, former president and governor of the Finger Lakes chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, co-founder of Mary M. Parkes Asthma and Pulmonary Center at the Genesee Hospital, and a board member of the Pluta Cancer Center. Parkes is a member of the Electri ’21 council as a founder and is a fellow in the Academy of Electrical Contractors. In 1998, the National Electrical Contractors Association presented Parkes the Wendt Award for exemplary leadership and service to the electrical industry. Parkes was elected to the NECA executive committee as vice president, representing District 10 (power line contractor chapters nationwide), serving through 2004. Most recently, Parkes received the 2005 Comstock Award from the National Electrical Contractors Association for his contributions in promoting labor-management harmony and work force safety. Parkes was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2006.
President and CEO, Gleason Corp.
Perrotti has been president and CEO of Gleason Corp. since 2005. Prior to that he held a number of positions within the company, including executive vice president, chief financial officer and vice president of operations for the Rochester plant. Before joining Gleason, Perrotti worked for KPMG LLP, an international public accounting firm.
Perrotti is active in a variety of professional and trade organizations, including the Association of Manufacturing Technology, and is a member of the board of trustees and treasurer of the American Gear Manufacturers Association Foundation. Perrotti is also the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the board of directors of Hardinge Inc., a publicly traded company that performs high-precision metalworking solutions for a global customer base.
Perrotti holds an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and a B.S. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chairman and CEO, Postler & Jaeckle Corp.
Postler founded Postler & Jaeckle Corp. in 1964 with his brother Werner and partner William Jaeckle. His initial responsibilities for the company included those of estimator, installer and field superintendent. Prior to Postler & Jaeckle, he was with Wright and Alexander Co. Inc. in various positions.
Postler spent two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va. He graduated from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and received an honorable discharge.
President and CEO, Century Mold Co. Inc.
Ricotta, 49, assumed the roles of president and CEO at Century Mold Co. Inc. in 2002. Century Mold has almost doubled in size since he joined the injection molding company. Ricotta is also a co-founder of E-chx Inc., a national payroll provider. Ricotta is a co-owner and past president and CEO of Parlec Inc., a proprietary tool manufacturing company with distribution throughout North America, Europe and China. Prior to Parlec, he was chairman and president of Nationwide Precision Products Corp., a $70 million contract manufacturing company.
Ricotta serves as a board member of HSBC’s Rochester regional advisory board and E-chx.
Ricotta attended East Rochester High School and is a 1979 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in business.
CEO, Flower City Printing Inc.
Scheible and his partners founded Flower City Printing Inc. in 1970. Scheible began working in the printing business in his father’s shop, Scheible Press, in Rochester at the age of 14. His father sold the business and retired in 1965, but Scheible stayed on as general manager for the next five years. In 1970, he formed a partnership to establish Flower City Printing.
Scheible is an inventor and race car driver. He has been named Small Business Person of the Year by both the Small Business Council of the Rochester Business Alliance and by the Greece Chamber of Commerce. Scheible is also a charter member of Partners of the Americas.
Harry Trueheart III
Chairman and CEO, Nixon Peabody LLP
Trueheart, 62, a native of Monroe County, joined Nixon Peabody LLP after graduating from law school when it was known as Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle. He now serves as chairman and CEO of Nixon Peabody, which has grown to be a national law firm with more than 650 attorneys, with offices in Rochester, New York City, Buffalo, Albany and Long Island, as well as Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The firm’s administrative headquarters remains in Rochester. Trueheart’s legal practice focuses on business disputes, particularly international dispute resolution. He has handled disputes involving issues in South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He serves in the roles of arbitrator and mediator.
Trueheart is a trustee of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and past chairman of the board of trustees of the WXXI Public Broadcasting Council.
He received a B.A. degree from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Business Executive Program. He and his wife, Karen, have two adult children: Eric and Kathryn.
Chairman and CEO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Vellodi, 50, began his career as a consultant to Merck & Co. Inc. He then joined Xerox Corp., where he held several assignments in operations, sales, strategic planning and market development. As founder of Sutherland Global Services Inc., he has grown the organization from a regional startup into a global business process outsourcing company with operations in the United States, Canada, India and the Philippines. Under his direction, the company has achieved a compounded annual growth rate of more than 40 percent.
Vellodi is active in several philanthropic and civic organizations and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997 and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award.
Vellodi received his bachelor’s degree in economics with mathematics and statistics from Loyola University and holds an MBA from Rutgers University. He is married and has three children.
President and CEO, Diamond Packaging
Voss, 69, spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an infantry commanding officer and has been in the packaging industry for nearly 40 years. He joined Diamond Packaging in 1965 after working at the Oxford Paper Co., where he became knowledgeable about paper and printing. In 1973, Voss bought controlling interest of the company, which by then had reached $750,000 in sales and 13 employees. In 1978, the company had grown to 23 employees and moved to its present 90,000-square-foot facility on Commerce Drive in Henrietta. Within its first year in the new building, Diamond had exceeded $1.8 million in sales. Today, Diamond Packaging employs 225 people and provides packaging products and services to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies.
Voss is a sponsor of the Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc. and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc. He is also a member of the Monroe County Manufacturing Partnership Consortium. He is past chairman of the National Paperbox Association and a director on the board of the Paperboard Packaging Council.
Voss received a BBA in industrial management from Clarkson College of Technology. He and his wife, Gretchen, have four children: Karla, Lisa, Eric and Kirsten.
CEO, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Wegman, 59, joined the family business in 1964, becoming a store manager in 1969. In 1971, he directed the implementation of the planning and scheduling process, and in 1976, he was named president. He was named CEO in 2005.
Wegman currently is a member of the city of Rochester Bi-Racial Partnership and the Rochester Business Alliance Healthcare Task Force. He serves on the board of directors of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and is a senior trustee on the University of Rochester’s board of trustees. Since 1987, he has served on the Food Marketing Institute’s board of directors and is currently the chairman of the FMI nominating committee. He is also the chairman of the board of governors of Uniform Code Council Inc. In the past, he has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and is past chairman of the United Way Fundraising Campaign. He was honorary chairman of the New York State Special Olympics Summer Games from 1998 through 2002, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure (Syracuse) in 2004. He was chairman of the board of FMI from 1999 to 2001, and was also past chairman of the FMI food safety task force, the FMI efficient consumer response executive committee and the FMI member services committee. He also served on the FMI industry relations committee.
Wegman was named 1997 Friend of the Extension by Cornell Cooperative Extension for Wegmans’ support of integrated pest management. In 1998, he was named to Self magazine’s list of 25 Most Influential Food People, and in 2000, he was recognized by the Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc. for promoting mental wellness within the community, hiring mentally and physically disabled individuals and funding related community projects. In 2004, he was named to Supermarket News’ list of Power Players: 50 People Whose Actions Drive the Food Industry. He also received the Sydney R. Rabb Award from FMI, given annually in recognition of “exceptional service to the community, consumers and the industry.” Most recently, in 2005 he was named as Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance by the American Society for Training and Development.
Wegman graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
Chairman and CEO, HCR
Woerner founded HCR, a certified home health organization, in 1978 with three employees. The company now employs 489.
Woerner has received numerous honors, including an entrepreneurship award from the president of the United States. She was the first living woman to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame and has been recognized for excellence in leadership by Women Executives in State Government. She was the first non-nurse to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
Woerner has completed the two-term limit on the New York Federal Reserve and serves on the board of directors for First Niagara Financial Services as the chair of the audit committee and a member of both the compensation and foundation committees. She is a director of Health Now Inc., serving as the chair of the compensation committee and a member of both the governance and quality committees. Additionally, Woener serves on the executive and nominating committees of the Center for Governmental Research Inc. board and on the investment committee of the AAA of Western and Central New York board. She recently co-chaired the budget team for Monroe County and was a founder of Women United, a new model of fundraising for the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.
Woerner holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S., cum laude, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
07/14/06 (C) Rochester Business Journal
Correction published July 14, 2006:
In the Rochester’s Top 50 supplement to this week’s issue, a chart listing private company employment-and articles referring to the chart-contained an error. Diamond Packaging’s 2006 total employment is 225, down 10 percent from the prior year.