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RBJ 75: The private company CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 27, 2012

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 36 years.
Kenneth D'Arcy
President and CEO, Crosman Corp.
D'Arcy is a 30-year veteran of the sporting goods industry and joined Crosman in 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 had been 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.
Jeffrey Davis
President and CEO, Elmer W. Davis Inc.
Davis has been at Elmer W. Davis Inc. since 1970 as an estimator and took control as president and CEO in 1995. Davis sits on the boards of Golisano Children's Hospital, School of the Holy Childhood and MCC Foundation. He has a bachelor of science from Ithaca College.
Peter DeMarco
President and CEO, Flower City Printing Inc.
DeMarco joined Flower City Printing in 2012 after supporting the company's leadership development and operational excellence initiatives. He has held prior executive positions as chief operating officer, president, managing director, plant manager, IT director and quality engineer. He has run businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. DeMarco holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy, an M.S. from the University of Southern California, an M.S. from the College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester. He is a Master Black Belt in Lean-Six Sigma. DeMarco teaches business ethics in MBA programs and is an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher 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 manage their holdings as well as continuing with multifamily developments.
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 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.
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. 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 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 Thompson Health and chairman of the board of managers of the Eastman School of Music.
James Hammer
President and CEO, Hammer Packaging Corp.
Hammer, president and CEO of Hammer Packaging, 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. In April of 2012 he was honored with the Gaudete medal from St. Bonaventure University. Hammer serves on the boards of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Doyle Security 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 multi-location, multifranchise dealer group with 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.
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. 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 six locations, two of them in Monroe County.
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. 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
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 predecessor firms, in 1981, after graduation from Smith College and law school at George Washington University.  She has been recognized by the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York for her pro bono leadership with the Hanna S. Cohn Award.  She is currently president of the Jewish Community Federation of Rochester and a delegate to the Global Planning Table of Jewish Federations of North America. Nussbaum was appointed by the chief judge of the New York 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 board member of Cancer Wellness Connections.
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 a 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 August of 2012 he will travel to Kenya with a group of volunteers to build a boys 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.
Mary Catherine 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. She has grown the business to more than 200 employees.
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, 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, Ethi-sphere 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.

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