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RBJ 75: The private company CEOs

Private Companies

Jeffery Davis
President and CEO, Elmer W. Davis Inc.
Davis has been at Elmer W. Davis Inc. since 1979 as an estimator and took control as president and CEO in 1995. Davis sits on the boards of Golisano Children’s Hospital, Holy Childhood and the MCC Foundation. He has a bachelor of science from Ithaca College.
Anthony DiMarzo
President, Mark IV Enterprises
DiMarzo is a Rochester native whose family operated a small grocery store. He earned a degree in finance and real estate at Syracuse University and established Mark IV Construction Co. Inc. with other family members in 1967. Mark IV builds town-home communities, apartment communities and commercial and professional office developments. Over the last 10 years, Mark IV has developed seven Legacy retirement communities in the Rochester area. Mark IV and its affiliated companies also manage their holdings. This year Mark IV added licensed assisted living to offer a continuum of care to its 1,100-plus Legacy independent living residents.
Phil Dolci
President and CEO, Crosman Corp.
Dolci joined Crosman in July 2012 after having been CEO of the Jarden Corp. Leisure and Entertainment Group and president of Jarden’s U.S. Playing Card Co. He was vice president with Sanford L.P., a division of Newell Rubbermaid, and contributed to the growth of such brands as Sharpie and Expo. Prior to that, Dolci spent 14 years in the food industry at ConAgra Foods Inc., Dean Foods and Kraft Foods Inc. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.
Richard Dorschel
President and CEO, The Dorschel Group
Dorschel began his career in 1968 as a new-car salesperson and in 1977 purchased Dorschel Buick from his father, who had started it in 1949. The Dorschel Group now has six locations representing eight new-car franchises, a collision center and two special financing outlets for pre-owned vehicles in Upstate Auto Credit. Dorschel was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2007. He serves on the JPMorgan Chase regional advisory board and is a past board member of Pictometry International. He is a director of the New York State Automobile Dealers Association. He earned a B.A. in business administration/management from the University of Georgia and attended the GM Institute dealer program and the Pat Ryan Institute of auto finance and insurance.
Daniel Edwards
President and CEO, Vision Automotive Group
Edwards and his wife, Margie, opened Empire Ford in 1995. Since then he has expanded to nine dealerships in Rochester, selling vehicles made by Kia, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, GMC and Buick. Edwards is past vice president of the Webster Lions Club and an active member of St. Rita’s Church. He is involved in Camp Smile, Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels and the Webster Soccer Association. Edwards graduated from SUNY College at Oswego with a marketing degree.
William Goodrich
President and CEO,  LeChase Construction Services LLC
Goodrich became CEO of LeChase in 2007. He had been appointed president in 2002 and joined LeChase in 1985. Before that he was a project manager for Construction Advisors East Inc. He also was an assistant project manager for John P. Bell & Son Inc. early in his career. Goodrich is a board member for Hillside Children’s Center, Lifetime Healthcare Cos., NYS Trooper Foundation, Keuka College and American Contractors Insurance Group. Good-rich studied business at SUNY Buffalo and holds a B.S. in business from Roberts Wesleyan College and an AAS in construction engineering technology from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred.
Frank Hamlin III
President and CEO, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Hamlin joined Canandaigua National in 2004 as a member of the board of directors. He is the fifth generation of the Hamlin family to lead the company and is the great-great-grandson of Frank H. Hamlin, who was the first president of the bank in 1887. Prior to joining Canandaigua National, Hamlin was a defense attorney for more than a decade. He is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and received his B.A. from the University of Vermont and his law degree from Albany Law School. He currently serves on the board of directors for Thompson Health System and is a member of the Ontario County Bar Association.
James Hammer
President and CEO, Hammer Packaging Corp.
Hammer began his career at the former Hammer Lithograph in 1969 in sales and customer service. He was promoted to vice president in 1975 and to president and CEO in 1983. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and has served as president of the National Label Printing Industries of America. Under his leadership, the company was recognized as Best Workplace in the Americas by the Printing Industries of America and has received the Rochester Business Ethics Award, as well as being named to the Inc. 5000 and the Rochester Top 100 list of fastest-growing privately held companies. Hammer personally has received the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, the Power of Communication Award and the Herbert Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. He has been inducted into the Rochester and New York Business Halls of Fame and has been named Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Council of Rochester. Most recently he was honored with the Gaudete Medal from St. Bonaventure University. Hammer currently serves on the boards of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester Business Alliance, Doyle Security and Karma Culture and on the JP Morgan Chase regional advisory board. He received his B.A. in marketing from Drake College of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Raymond Helfrich
Vice president, Doan Family of Dealerships
Helfrich has worked to expand Doan into a dealer group with multiple franchises and locations and more than 270 employees. He was a board member of the Greece Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Automobile Dealers Association Inc. and is now a board member and founder of the Doan Charitable Trust. Helfrich also is a member of the Rochester Rotary.
Kevin Hobert
CEO, Carestream Health Inc.
Hobert formerly was president of the Health Group for Eastman Kodak Co. and had been a Kodak senior vice president since 2005. Before that he was general manager for digital capture systems and vice president of the Health Group. Under his leadership, the computed radiography business achieved the No. 2 position worldwide, a digital radiography business was established and breast cancer computer-aided detection was introduced to the market. Hobert joined Kodak in 2002 from General Electric Medical Systems with 11 years’ experience in the medical imaging market. Hobert holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Wisconsin.
Thomas Judson Jr.
Chairman and CEO, the Pike Company Inc.
Judson began his career in construction during school summer breaks as a laborer and carpenter apprentice for John B. Pike & Son Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873. Judson became president of the company in 1975 and established the Pike Company Inc. in 1985. He serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology and the Rochester Business Alliance and on the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State Inc. Judson received his B.S. from Yale University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Giovanni LiDestri
President and CEO, LiDestri Foods Inc.
LiDestri began his career only two years after coming to America from Italy. Starting at age 16, he worked through high school and college as a manufacturing and operations employee for Ragu Foods Inc. He remained at Ragu until 1976, when he was hired to be 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 and changed the name of the company. LiDestri Foods Inc. currently has five locations, two in Monroe County.
Richard Lozyniak
CEO, North American Breweries
Lozyniak has been CEO of North American Breweries, owned by Florida Ice & Farm Co., since February 2009. Before that he had been with GE Capital from 1984 until 1999, was CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Blue Ridge Paper Productions Inc. in North Carolina from 1999 to 2007, and was CEO of Bristol Compressors Inc. of Virginia from 2007 until 2009.
Carolyn Nussbaum
Office managing partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Nussbaum is the managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Rochester office and practices law full-time as a commercial litigator, specializing in corporate, securities and shareholder disputes. She has been with the firm since joining Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP, one of Nixon Peabody’s predecessors, in 1981, after graduation from Smith College and law school at George Washington University. She has received the Hanna S. Cohn Award for pro bono leadership from the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York and the Nathaniel Award for her leadership in the legal community. She recently completed her term as president of the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester and is a board member of Jewish Federations of North America. Nussbaum was appointed by the chief judge of the state Court of Appeals as a member of the Independent Judicial Qualification Commission and also serves as a judicial appointee to the Character and Fitness Committee in the 7th Judicial Department and the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. She is a founding board member of Cancer Wellness Connections and is former chairwoman of the Volunteer Legal Services Project of Rochester.
William Oliveri
Partner, chairman and president, Flower City Printing Inc.
Oliveri was a co-founder of Flower City Printing in 1970 and has spent his career building it into one of the nation’s 100 largest printing operations. His initial responsibilities focused on production, and he has been responsible for major expansions of the physical plant and its manufacturing capabilities. In more recent years he has assumed various administrative functions. One of Oliveri’s priorities is to spearhead efforts to keep the company on the cutting edge of technology so it can better serve its national base of retail and packaging customers. Oliveri is a first-generation American and is fluent in three languages. He enjoys world travel and often visits printing facilities on his travels to establish networks and see various techniques in practice.
Angela Panzarella
President, ACM Medical Laboratories Inc.
Panzarella is responsible for overall operation of ACM’s full-service testing laboratories in the United States and United Kingdom, including its global clinical trials central laboratories. She has two decades of experience in executive leadership and strategic business development in regional, national and global markets. Before joining ACM, Panzarella worked at Bausch & Lomb Inc. as corporate vice president of global vision care and president for Canada and Latin America. Panzarella is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and has a law degree from Albany Law School of Union College.
John Perrotti
President and CEO, Gleason Corp.
Perrotti has been president and CEO since 2005 and had been executive vice president and chief financial officer. He became vice president and controller in 1993, vice president of finance in 1995 and treasurer in 1997. He is active in professional and trade organizations and is chairman of the audit committee and a member of the board of directors of Hardinge Inc., a publicly traded supplier of precision metalworking solutions. He has been a Hardinge director since 2003. He holds a B.S. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
William Pollock
President and CEO, Optimation Technology Inc. and Kingsbury Corp.
Pollock, the founder of Optimation, is a licensed professional engineer and holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pollock has served on advisory boards for the Rochester Business Alliance, New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Control Systems Integrators Association, Rochester Engineering Society, High Tech Business Council, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred and Roberts Wesleyan College. He is on the board of WXXI Public Broadcasting. Before starting Optimation in 1985, he was a high school teacher, an associate professor at SUNY Alfred and an engineer for Eastman Kodak Co. Pollock periodically works on community development projects in Africa. Last summer he traveled to Kenya with a group of volunteers to build a dormitory at an orphanage. In 2010, Pollock received the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Brent Saunders
CEO, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Saunders has been president and CEO of Bausch & Lomb since March 2010. He has significant health care industry expertise and is known for leading business transformations and integrations. Most recently he held the position of president of global consumer health care at Schering‑Plough and was named head of integration for the company’s merger with Merck & Co. and for Schering‑Plough’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences. Saunders serves on the boards of directors of Forest Laboratories and the Overlook Foundation. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Upstate Regional Advisory Board. Saunders earned his MBA from Temple University School of Business, his J.D. from Temple University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
George Scharr
Partner, vice chairman and chief financial officer, Flower City Printing Inc.
Scharr started as controller for Flower City Printing in 1983 and was promoted to CFO in 1999. He is a stockholder/partner in the business and its parent company, Flower City Group Inc. Scharr graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in business and accounting and earned an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, majoring in finance and applied economics. Scharr also started, taught and managed the Becker CPA Review Course in Rochester and Buffalo for nine years. He has served on several non-profit boards, including those of Writers & Books (as president and former treasurer) and Garth Fagan Dance (as vice chairman). He also has served as chairman of the Monroe County Workforce Investment Board. Scharr is a past president and former historian of the Rochester Squash Racquets Association. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Linda Rice, a physician.
James Spitz Jr.
CEO, Harris Beach PLLC
Spitz serves on the firm’s educational institutions industry team and practices in the labor and employment law practice group. He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and listed in New York Super Lawyers. Spitz is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the New York Association of Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State. He is president of the board of the Keeping Education Extraordinary in Pittsford Foundation. Spitz earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, an MBA from Syracuse University and a law degree with honors from Syracuse University College of Law.
Mary C. "Kitty" Van Bortel
President and CEO, Van Bortel Group
Van Bortel began her automotive career in 1975. She worked as a salesperson for several area dealerships, including Bill Gordon Chevrolet and Holtz Automotive Group, before branching out on her own in 1985. She sold used cars until she was granted the Subaru of America Inc. franchise in the early 1990s. In 2001 Van Bortel added the Ford Motor Co. franchise, opening a second storefront on Route 96 in Victor. In 2010 she bought the former Fairport Ford and moved the entire Ford operation to its East Rochester location. Van Bortel purchased McLouth Chevrolet in Macedon in January 2013, expanding the business to more than 250 employees.
Dilip Vellodi
Chairman and CEO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Vellodi founded Sutherland in 1986. Today the company employs more than 30,000 people at more than 40 global delivery centers in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Vellodi began his career as a consultant to Merck and later joined Xerox Corp., where he held assignments in operations, strategic planning and market development. He is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors and has served on several boards, including those of the Mayo Clinic, US/India Business Council, Boys and Girls Club, Allendale Columbia School, Nazareth College and the Humane Society. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. He has a B.S. in economics from Loyola University and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Danny Wegman
CEO, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
Wegman joined his family’s business in 1964, becoming a store manager in 1969. In 1971, he directed implementation of the planning and scheduling process, and in 1976 he was named president. He became CEO in 2005. Wegman serves on the board of directors of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, co-chairs the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, is on the board of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and is a senior trustee of the University of Rochester. Since 1981, he has served on the Food Marketing Institute’s board of directors, and he is past chairman of its task force on food safety. In October 2008, Ethisphere magazine named Wegman to its list of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics." Wegman graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.
Louise Woerner
Executive chairman, HCR Home Care
Woerner is the founder of HCR, a certified home health care company headquartered in Rochester. She has received the Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award and a Presidential Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and she is the first woman to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Woerner also received the Archon Award for Service to the Nursing Community from Sigma Theta Tau International and was the first non-nurse inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Woerner holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Trinity University in San Antonio. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Nazareth College in 2010.

7/26/13: RBJ 75 Special Supplement (c) 2013 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email [email protected].


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