President, Lumetrics, Inc.
Years in current role: 19
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The most enjoyable aspect of my job is interacting with talented technologists who consistently develop novel solutions to customer challenges. Another way of saying this is that we have really smart people who can pretty much solve any problem! The day-to-day work with these smart people is what really makes work enjoyable.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Shifting my focus away from the nuts and bolts of running a company towards the challenge of retaining and hiring talented people. Each day I now think about our work culture, our corporate environment, equitable work/life balance, and yet still accomplish our business goals. All of us have many more opportunities for employment so how do we make our company a place where all of us want to be.
What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?
Our biggest success has been navigating a difficult worldwide pandemic that has threatened employee health, caused customer interruptions and disrupted the supply chain. I think when we reflect back on these last 2 years and the disruption to work and life we will wonder how we were able to “get through it”.
My takeaway is to listen to the experts, narrow your focus, eliminate distractions and just keep going. Nike’s tag line of “Just Do It” while cute is really true.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I have been involved with the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics for the past 20+ years. We are truly a grassroots organization that is now recognized worldwide as the preeminent optics, photonics and imaging collection of companies, colleges, government and people in the US. To grow from a bunch of like-minded individuals who would meet at restaurants and ball games to an organization that now has nurtured technology and training programs is very satisfying.