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RBJ 75: Private companies CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 29, 2011

James Brush
President and CEO, Sentry Group
Brush has served in a number of executive positions with SentrySafe since joining the company in 1986.

He was chairman of the 2009 United Way campaign and serves as a trustee of St. Lawrence University. Brush has a B.A. from St. Lawrence and an MBA from Northwestern University.
Eileen Coyle
President and CEO, Monroe Ambulance
Coyle founded Monroe Ambulance in 1975. Her vision was to provide medical services, transportation and education with quality, compassion and integrity. Monroe Ambulance has benefited from her dedication and hard work, as evidenced by its growth and success over the past 35 years.
Patrick Cunningham
CEO, Manning & Napier Advisors Inc.
Cunningham’s primary responsibility is to oversee the business and outline the broad vision of the firm. He is an employee-owner and has nearly 30 years of industry experience, with more than 18 years at Manning & Napier.

Prior to joining the firm, he spent most of his career in engineering, first as an applied engineer, then in engineering management and finally as an owner of an engineering firm. He earned a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kenneth D’Arcy
President and CEO, Crosman Corp.
D’Arcy is a 30-year veteran of the sporting goods industry and joined Crosman in August 2001 as president and CEO. Before that he was president of Bollé Europe and vice president and general manager of Bollé North America. Earlier he was president of Scott Canada and vice president and director of Canadian operations for AMF Canada. He also served as vice president of marketing for Canadian distributor RSL Sports Equipment and began his career in sporting goods as a territory sales manager of Harvey Dodds Ltd.
Ernest Del Monte Sr.
Chairman and CEO, E.J. Del Monte Corp.
Del Monte founded the E.J. Del Monte Corp. in 1953 and 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.

Del Monte served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. Later he became a manufacturer of aircraft and missile generators and went on to become an industrial developer, building and leasing large factories and office buildings.

Del Monte is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Rochester and is an honorary trustee of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He attended SUNY Buffalo.
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 manage their holdings as well as continuing with multifamily developments.
Richard Dorschel
President and CEO, the Dorschel Group
Dorschel began his automotive career in 1968 as a new-car salesman and purchased Dorschel Buick-Toyota from his father in 1977. The Dorschel Group now has six locations representing nine new-car franchises plus pre-owned vehicles, in addition to the Dorschel Collision Center and 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 the board 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, Vision Automotive Group
Edwards and his wife opened Empire Ford in 1995. Since then he has expanded to seven dealerships in Rochester, eight in Buffalo and one in Florida selling vehicles made by Kia, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Mitsubishi.

Edwards is the past vice president of the Webster Lions Club and is an active member of St. Rita’s Church. He is involved in Camp Smile and the Webster soccer association.

Edwards graduated from SUNY College at Oswego with a marketing degree.
Karla Fichter
CEO and co-owner, Diamond Packaging
Fichter began her career at Diamond after graduating from St. Lawrence University in 1985 and has held positions in sales and as national sales manager and executive vice president/director. While co-managing the company with her partners, she managed several top-10 accounts.

Fichter and sister Kirsten Werner acquired full ownership of the family firm in 2007, making it a 100 percent women-owned business.

She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and Women in Packaging.
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, Keuka College and General Building Contractors.

Goodrich studied business at SUNY Buffalo and holds a B.S. in business from Roberts Wesleyan College and an A.A.S. in construction engineering technology from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred.
George Hamlin IV
CEO, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Hamlin became president and CEO of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. in 1979 and of Canandaigua National Corp. at its inception in 1984. In 2011 he became chairman and CEO, passing the title of president to son Frank for both companies. Hamlin also is chairman of the Genesee Valley Trust Co. and CNB Mortgage Co. Before joining the bank in 1978, he was associated with the Rochester law firm of Nixon, Hargrave, Devans and Doyle.
Hamlin graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.S. in physics. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1972.
Hamlin served with the Air Force from 1963 to 1969 and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam as a fighter pilot. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He is chairman-elect of the board of the University of Rochester Medical Center, director and chairman emeritus of the Thompson Health and chairman of the board of managers of the Eastman School of Music.
James Hammer
President and CEO, Hammer Packaging Corp.
Hammer began his career at the former Hammer Lithograph in 1969 in the sales and customer service department. 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. He was inducted into the New York Business Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2008. Hammer received Rochester Institute of Technology’s Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award in 2008 and the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 from Printing Industries of America.
Hammer serves on the boards of the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Doyle Security and on the JP Morgan Chase regional advisory board. He received a BBA in marketing from Drake College of Florida.
Thomas Judson Jr.
Chairman and CEO, the Pike Co. 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 Co. Inc. in 1985.
Judson serves on the executive committee and board of trustees of Rochester Institute of Technology and the board of directors of the Business Council of New York State Inc. He is chairman of the Rochester Business Alliance.
Judson received a B.S. from Yale University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Paul Krause
CEO, Element K Corp.
Before being named CEO in 2007, Krause oversaw the online learning products, learning services and print courseware businesses as company president. Since joining Element K in 1996, he has held positions as business manager for courseware publishing and interactive product development, vice president of financial planning and executive vice president.
Krause received his B.S. in business management and marketing from Cornell University and an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
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.
Richard Lozyniak
CEO, North American Breweries
Lozyniak has been CEO of North American Breweries, a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners L.P., since February 2009. He was CEO of Bristol Compressors Inc. of Virginia from 2007 until 2009. Before that he was CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Blue Ridge Paper Productions Inc. in North Carolina from 1999 to 2007.
William Oliveri
President, Flower City Printing Inc.
Oliveri co-founded Flower City Printing in 1970 and has spent his career building it into one of the 100 largest U.S. printing operations. His initial responsibilities with the company focused on production operations, and he has led major expansions of the physical plant and its manufacturing capabilities. One of Oliveri’s key tasks as president is to keep the company on the cutting edge of technology.
Oliveri is a first-generation American and fluent in three languages. He enjoys world travel and often visits printing facilities 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 January 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.
Perrotti serves as chairman of the finance committee for the Association of Manufacturing Technology. He has been director of Hardinge Inc. since 2003. He holds an MBA from the University of Rochester.
William Pollock
President and CEO, Optimation Technology Inc.
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.
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. In 2010 he led a team of volunteers to Kenya to build a dormitory for a family raising nearly 40 orphaned children.
Last year Pollock received the Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award from the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Brent Saunders
CEO, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Saunders was appointed CEO, president and member of the board of directors in March 2010. He had been a senior executive with Schering-Plough, most recently its president of global consumer health care, and was head of integration for Schering-Plough’s merger with Merck & Co. and acquisition of Organon BioSciences.

Saunders serves on boards of directors for ElectroCore LLC, the Overlook Foundation and the American Heart Association. He was recently named to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Upstate Regional Advisory Board.
Saunders has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Temple University School of Business and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Scott Turner
Office managing partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Turner also leads the Nixon Peabody’s energy and environmental practice group and was a founding member of the firm’s environmental practice. He has represented energy clients throughout his career, and much of his work involves the permitting and regulation of electric generating facilities. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has listed Turner as a leader in environmental law since 2004, and he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for environmental law since 2006.

Turner is chairman of the College Council at SUNY College at Brockport, secretary of the Unity Health System board and vice president of the Rochester Historical Society.

He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University.
Dilip Vellodi
Chairman and CEO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Vellodi founded Sutherland in 1986. Today the company employs more than 24,000 people at 23 global delivery centers in the United States, Canada, India, the Philippines, Bulgaria and Mexico.

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 serves on boards for the Mayo Clinic, U.S.-India Business Council and Boys and Girls Club. Vellodi is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Herbert W. VandenBrul 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 and the board of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and is a senior trustee of the University of Rochester. Since 1981, Wegman 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.
Kirsten Werner
President and co-owner, Diamond Packaging
Werner, who owns the business with sister Karla Fichter, has an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. She has served in several roles at Diamond, including president of contract manufacturing, and oversaw the beginning of its clinical trials packaging division.
Werner is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Paperboard Council and the Independent Carton Group. She is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Werner has served on boards of directors for local non-profits, including Compeer Inc.
Louise Woerner
Chairman and CEO, HCR Home Care
Woerner is the founder of HCR, a 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 living woman to be inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Woerner also has received the Archon Award for Service to the Nursing Community and was the first non-nurse inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
Woerner is a director of First Niagara Financial Services Inc and serves on the board of the Hitachi Foundation.
Woerner holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from Trinity University in San Antonio. 
7/29/11 (c) 2011 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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