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RBJ 75: The public company CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 26, 2013

Al Angrisani
President and CEO, Harris Interactive Inc.
Angrisani became president and CEO of Harris Interactive in 2012 and had been interim CEO since 2011; he also is vice chairman of the company's board of directors. Angrisani served as president and CEO of Greenfield Online from 2005 until it was acquired by Microsoft Corp. in 2008, then provided consulting services to Microsoft related to the acquisition until 2009. Earlier in his career, Angrisani served as assistant secretary and chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Labor and as a vice president of Chase Manhattan Bank.
Martin Birmingham
President and CEO,  Financial Institutions Inc.
Birmingham became president and CEO of Financial Institutions and Five Star Bank in March 2013. Previously he served the company's primary subsidiary, Five Star Bank, as president and chief of community banking and as executive vice president-commercial banking executive and regional president. From March 2005 to January 2006, he was president and CEO of the National Bank of Geneva, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Financial Institutions and merged with its sister banks to form Five Star. Prior to Financial Institutions, Birmingham worked for Fleet Boston Financial/Bank of America, starting as a commercial trainee and ending as president of the Rochester region. Birmingham is chairman of AAA of Central and Western New York, vice chairman of St. John Fisher College and a director of the MCC Foundation, the Rochester Business Alliance, the New York State Business Development Council and St. Ann's Foundation.
Ursula Burns
Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp.
Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a summer intern in mechanical engineering and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, she led several business teams, including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president for corporate strategic services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. Burns was named president in April 2007 and was elected to the company's board of directors. She was named CEO in July 2009 and chairman in May 2010.
Patrick Cunningham
CEO, Manning & Napier Advisors LLC
As CEO of Manning & Napier, Cunningham has primary responsibility to oversee the business and outline the broad vision of the firm. 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. Cunningham has more than 30 years of industry experience, with 20 at Manning & Napier. He earned his B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dana Gavenda
President and CEO, Fairport Savings Bank
Gavenda was elected president and CEO in 2001. He began his career at Rochester Community Savings Bank in 1973 as a management trainee and later was named vice president for retail sales and service for Central Trust Co. In 1986, Gavenda joined First Federal Savings as corporate vice president and region manager with responsibility for a 37-branch network in Upstate New York. Immediately before joining Fairport Savings Bank, Gavenda managed retail banking operations for Wyoming County Bank as vice president and branch administrator. A native of Albion, Gavenda earned a B.S. degree at SUNY College at Brockport and holds an MBA from the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Barry Gilbert
Chairman and CEO, IEC Electronics Corp.
Gilbert has been a director of IEC Electronics since 1993 and board chairman since February 2001. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Gilbert previously was president of the thermal management group of Bowthorpe PLC and corporate vice president and president of the analytical products division of Milton Roy Co., a manufacturer of analytical instrumentation. He has an MBA from the Simon School and a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University.
Michael Hone
President and CEO, Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics
Hone joined the company, whose legal name is Lucid Inc., as CEO in December 2011. From June 2008 through August 2010, he served as president, CEO and a director of American Aerogel. From 2006 to 2008, he was a consultant for Tempus Partners, a business consulting firm of which he was the sole owner. He served as president and chief operating officer at Conseco Insurance Group from 2001 to 2005. He was president and CEO at Centennial Technologies Inc. from 1997 to 2001 and was chairman and CEO of PSC Inc. from 1981 to 1997. Hone is a named inventor or co-inventor on seven patents.
Richard Kaplan
CEO, Torvec Inc.
Kaplan has been president and CEO of Pictometry International Corp., president of Richland Industries Inc., chairman and co-founder of Resnick Media Associates Inc., chairman and co-founder of Blanton Communications Inc., president of RAK Realty Corp., chairman and founder of WorkSmart International Inc. and chairman and founder of Maxim Group Inc. He is chairman of the board of advisers for the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, co-founder and board member of the Rochester Angel Investment Network, a board member of the high-tech incubator at RIT, a trustee of Nazareth College and a board member of the Rochester Business Alliance. He attended RIT and SUNY Buffalo, where he majored in accounting and minored in economics.
Kraig Kayser
President and CEO, Seneca Foods Corp.
Kayser has been president and CEO since 1993 and was vice president and chief financial officer from 1991 to 1993. He was vice president of J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. from 1989 to 1991 and assistant vice president before 1989. He is a director and chairman of the audit committee of Moog Inc. and a trustee of Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell University. Kayser holds a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College and an MBA in finance from Cornell University.
James Lines
President and CEO, Graham Corp.
Lines became president and CEO in January 2008. He had been president and chief operating officer since June 2006. Lines joined Graham in 1984 and served in various capacities: vice president and general manager, vice president of engineering and vice president of sales and marketing. Prior to joining the management team, he served as an application engineer, a sales engineer and a product supervisor. Lines holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from SUNY Buffalo.
Jeffrey Markin
President and CEO, VirtualScopics Inc.
Markin was appointed president and CEO in August 2006. He had joined the company as chief operating officer in May 2006 after 26 years at Eastman Kodak Co. At Kodak, Markin's last position was general manager of output systems and mammography solutions for the health group and corporate officer. Previously, he held leadership positions in the document imaging business, including vice president of marketing for the U.S. and Canada, global general manager of the output business and general manager of the Asia-based services business. Markin also has served on the board of directors for Hermes Precisa Australia, the leading document services company in that country. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Gracia Martore
President and CEO, Gannett Co. Inc.
Martore, who joined Gannett in 1985 as assistant treasurer, became CEO in 2011. In the intervening years she held positions as treasurer, vice president for investor relations, senior vice president, chief financial officer, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Gannett, she worked for 12 years in the banking industry. Martore serves on the Gannett board of directors, as well as the boards of the Associated Press, FM Global and MeadWestvaco Corp. In 2012, she was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune magazine. She is a graduate of Wellesley College with a double major in history and political science.
Anthony Mazzullo
President and CEO, Veramark Technologies Inc.
Mazzullo had been senior vice president of the company when he was appointed president and CEO in January 2008. In 1999, Mazzullo established and served as president and CEO of eTrack Solutions Inc., a professional services company. After eTrack Solutions was sold in 2001 to Manchester Technologies Inc., he continued to serve as president of the Manchester software division. A Rochester native, Mazzullo holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in accounting/finance from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Martin Mucci
President and CEO, Paychex Inc.
Mucci was named president and CEO in 2010. He had joined the company in 2002 as senior vice president of operations. Before joining Paychex, Mucci was CEO of Frontier Telephone of Rochester and president of telephone operations for Frontier Communications, with responsibility for sales, operations, customer service and financial performance of Frontier's 34 local telephone companies. Mucci holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College and is past chairman of its board of trustees. He also has an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business. Mucci is a member of the Upstate New York regional advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the board of Cbeyond Inc., which provides managed communications and information technology services.
Antonio Perez
Chairman and CEO, Eastman Kodak Co.
Perez joined the company as chairman and CEO in 2003, overseeing Kodak's transition from a film-based business to one based primarily on digital technologies. Perez previously was president and CEO of Gemplus International, where he led the effort to take the company public. Before that, he worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. for 25 years in various capacities, including corporate vice president, president of HP's consumer business and president and CEO of HP's inkjet imaging business. He was a member of HP's executive council. Perez is chairman of the Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas International Advisory Board and is a member of the board of trustees of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. An American citizen born in Spain, Perez studied electronic engineering, marketing and business in Spain and France. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Rochester.
Edward Pettinella
President and CEO, Home Properties Inc.
Pettinella has led Home Properties since 2004 and joined the company in 2001 as an executive vice president and director. From 1997 to 2001, he was president of Charter One Bank of New York and executive vice president of Charter One Financial Inc. From 1980 to 1997, he held managerial positions for Rochester Community Savings Bank, including chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Prior to 1980, he worked in the treasurer's office at Ford Motor Credit headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. Pettinella is on the board of directors of Manning & Napier Inc., serving as chairman of the audit committee. He is also a board member of Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise, the Syracuse University School of Business and the National Multi Housing Council, as well as a member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is a graduate of SUNY College at Geneseo and holds an MBA in finance from Syracuse University.
Michael Popielec
President and CEO, Ultralife Corp.
Popielec became president and CEO and a director of the company in 2010. He has more than 27 years of experience in domestic and international industrial businesses. Prior to joining Ultralife, Popielec had been group president for applied technologies at Carlisle Cos. Inc. and chief operating officer, Americas, with Danka Business Systems PLC. From 1985 to 2002, Popielec held positions of increasing responsibility at General Electric Co., finally as a corporate officer and president and CEO of GE Power Controls, the European arm of GE Industrial Systems. Popielec has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.
Michael Reed
CEO, GateHouse Media Inc.
Reed became CEO of GateHouse Media in February 2006. He had been president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. since 1999 and its chief financial officer from 1997 to 1999. Before that he worked for Park Communications Inc., a media company based in Ithaca. Reed is on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Jeff Ronaldi
CEO, Document Security Systems Inc.
Ronaldi has 25 years of experience in managing technology businesses, including ImageExpo, a division of SPX Corp.; Concentric Networks, now XO Communications; and UUNET, now part of Verizon. He also served as CEO of At Turtle Bay, an intellectual property licensing firm, Ronaldi was responsible for strategy and managed the company's $50 million investment. Prior to a merger with DSS, he was CEO of Lexington Technology Group.
Lee Rudow
President and CEO, Transcat Inc.
Rudow joined Transcat in 2011 as chief operating officer and was appointed president in 2012. He became CEO on July 1, 2013, succeeding Charles Hadeed. From 2008 to 2011, Rudow was a vice president for Simco Electronics Inc. From 2006 to 2008, he was president and CEO of Davis Calibration Inc.; he served as president and CEO of its related business and predecessor, Davis Inotek Corp., from 1996 to 2006 and was president of Davis Instruments Corp. from 1986 to 1996.
Robert Sands
President and CEO, Constellation Brands Inc.
Sands joined Constellation Brands in 1986 as general counsel overseeing the company's legal affairs, particularly acquisitions. He became president and CEO in 2007. He is also a member of Constellation's board of directors. Prior to joining Constellation, Sands was an associate with the Rochester law firm of Harter, Secrest & Emery. Sands is chairman of the board of the New York Wine & Culinary Center, a member of the board of trustees of Rochester General Health System, a member of the board and executive committee of the Rochester Business Alliance and a member of the board of trustees of Thompson Health. In 2008, he was named an inaugural member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Upstate Regional Advisory Board.
William Schmitz
President and CEO, Arista Power Inc.
Schmitz joined Arista Power when it began trading publicly in 2009, bringing an extensive management and engineering background to the energy solutions company. Before joining Arista Power, Schmitz held several leadership positions, including chief operating officer, at Ultralife Corp. from 1999 to 2009. Prior to 1999, he was director of new product development for Bausch & Lomb's global eyewear business, which included the Ray-Ban brand. Schmitz holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.S. in operations management from the University of Rochester.
John Slusser
Chairman, president and CEO, PT
Slusser is a founder of PT and has been president and CEO since 2006. He has been a director since the company's formation in 1981 and its chairman of the board since 2001. From 1981 through 1995, Slusser held various operational management positions within PT, including president and CEO, and from 2003 to 2005 he was chief strategic officer. From 1995 until 2000, he was chairman of the board and CEO of InformationView Solutions Corp. Since 2000, Slusser has also served as president of Radio Daze LLC, a vintage electronics company. Prior to founding PT, Slusser worked in research and development at Computer Consoles Inc., now a division of Nortel Networks. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Paul Travers
CEO, President and Director, Vuzix Corp.
Travers founded Vuzix and has served as president and CEO and as a member of the board of directors since 1997. Prior to the formation of Vuzix, Travers founded e-Tek Labs Inc. and Forte Technologies Inc. He has more than 20 years' experience in consumer electronics and 13 years in the fields of wearable displays for video, mobile computing and virtual and augmented reality. He holds an associate degree in engineering science from SUNY College of Technology at Canton and a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.
John Van Heel
CEO, Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
Van Heel was elected to the company's board of directors in August 2012 and appointed CEO in October 2012. He had been president since 2008 and was secretary of the company from 2004 to 2012. Since joining Monro in 2002, he had been vice president for finance, senior vice president for store support, and executive vice president for store support and chief administrative officer. From 2000 to 2002, he was vice president for finance and chief financial officer of RCG Companies Inc. and its subsidiaries. From 1989 to 2000, Van Heel was a director in the acquisition consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working in New York City, Rochester and Milan, Italy.

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

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