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Brand Networks, 61 Commercial St, Suite 200, Rochester, NY 14614

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Rochester has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

In February 2013, Business Insider reported that Rochester, NY is the 13th "Most Innovative City in the U.S." With that in mind, we're excited to bring Rochester Startup Weekend to the region.

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Schedule

Friday

Apr 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Pizza Served
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work until 12am.

Saturday

Apr 26
  • Doors Open and Breakfast is served
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Speaker
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 12am.

Sunday

Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (This is self-motivated so don't be afraid to ask!)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive, ask questions
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Buffet Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & After Party
Coaches

Deborah Mourey

Mourey Consulting

Deborah has worked in multiple start-ups in both consulting and co-founding roles. A strategic marketing consultant, she speaks around the county in marketing best practices (including digital, “tradigital” and social media). A college professor, blogger and SCORE mentor. Her consulting practice focuses on working with Business-to-Business and non-profit organizations. Areas of specialization include healthcare, technology, software, e-commerce and community building.

Joe Peacock

GradFly

Joe is cofounder and CTO of GradFly. Some of his accomplishments include winning 2nd place at Hack Princeton, 1st place at Hack Upstate NY, and 2nd place at Startup Weekend Buffalo.

He started his first web freelancing business at age 14. He began taking Computer Engineering courses at age 15 over summers and is now a Sophomore at University of Buffalo getting his degree in Computer Engineering. He recently took Student of the Year award at Info-tech Niagara annual award ceremony. During his spare time, he plays hockey and rows.

Mario Fallone

Counsel, Harter Secrest & Emery

Mario Fallone focuses his practice on venture capital, private equity and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience related to offerings of debt and equity securities, including SEC registered offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S transactions, and private placements.

Prior to joining Harter Secrest & Emery, Mr. Fallone had broad experience as a business professional in the alternative investment space, most notably with venture capital/angel, real estate, and feature film investments.

Harvard Law School, J.D.
Hamilton College, B.A., summa cum laude

Deborah Pearce

CEO, LeaJames, Inc.

Deborah L. Pearce is CEO of LeaJames, Inc., a general management consulting firm. She has served on the Boards of Rochester School for the Deaf, The Harley School, Quad A for Kids, and Harvard alumni clubs. Her professional experience includes executive and leadership positions at United Technologies, General Electric, The MAC Group, and IBM. She has been a guest speaker and lecturer at Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Her higher education began with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Math with a Minor in Computer science from the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and continued with a Master in Business Administration from the Harvard School of Business. She recently completed her doctoral studies in the Doctorate in Executive Leadership program at St. John Fisher College with a research study in the area of innovation in small and medium enterprises.

Julian Baldwin

Immense Analytics

Julian is the Co-founder and Lead Data Scientist at Immense Analytics, a Rochester, NY based firm that develops custom solutions to help businesses store, mine and display their data. In 2013, he was accepted into the High Tech Rochester LaunchPad software accelerator for his work on SnapEval, the only performance evaluation system that makes the process of team management simple and painless. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Top 50 award presented by the Kaufmann Foundation for his work at Innovocracy, an academic crowd-funding platform used by Cornell University and the University of Rochester. In 2011, he was invited to present his research titled “Control of AV Nodal Excitation during Atrial Fibrillation” at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. He graduated with degrees in Bioengineering and Complexity Theory & Philosophy with Honors from Binghamton University where he was a member of the Computational Biology Group.

Luke Guerrero

CTO, Brand Networks

Luke is the VP of Technology for Brand Networks where he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of technology solutions to market. Prior to Brand Networks, Luke was a manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers' CIO Advisory consulting where he provided technology strategy to financial services clients in North America and Asia. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in the field of Computer Science from University of Rochester.

George Ferguson

Media Arts & Innovation, University of Rochester

George Ferguson is the Director of Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation at the University of Rochester. The fun part of his job is developing exciting programs and projects that combine digital media, media arts, performing arts, and computation in innovative ways. Previously he was a faculty member in the Computer Science department where he led a research program to design and develop intelligent assistants that interact naturally to help people solve problems. He received funding over the years from many agencies including NSF, NIH, DARPA, ONR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He was a founding member of the University Center for Future Health.

Mark Lucas

goSudo

Mark is a passionate entrepreneur, and Managing co-Founder at goSudo, a startup based in Rochester, NY. In his current role, Mark leads the overall vision and strategy for goSudo's platform and is responsible for driving sales and growth, developing culture, recruiting talent and raising capital. He brings 10 years experience in tech sales, business and market development, and an unwavering passion for realizing goSudo’s vision.

Ralph Dandrea

CEO, ITX Corp.

Ralph Dandrea is the founder and CEO of ITX Corp., a company with expertise in web and mobile application development, technology strategy and consulting, and devoted to solving technological problems through experimentation.

First and foremost an entrepreneur, Dandrea founded ITX to pursue his passion for enabling innovation and solving complex problems. His knack for solving problems using technology has provided him with the ability to implement creative and pioneering solutions for clients.

Dandrea’s philosophies are the underpinnings of the company’s mission, vision, and values. ITX has grown over the years from the telecommunications industry in Rochster, NY to a global company committed to helping people connect with brands through mobile and web applications. Throughout that growth, Dandrea has never stopped finding technological solutions for his clients. As the company and Dandrea have evolved, Dandrea uses his unique way of looking at the world and vast range of experiences to steer the company towards conquering even bigger technology problems.

Taylor Whitney

Founder, Preserving The Past, LLC

Taylor Whitney, President and Founder of Preserving The Past, LLC, worked in film production and film preservation for over 23 years. As Sr. Film Inspection Technician she assisted in the film restoration team of Robert Harris and Jim Katz (Lawrence of Arabia, My Fair Lady) on Rear Window, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Trouble with Harry as well as with such collections as The Sammy Davis Jr., Estate, The Mary Pickford Film Library and The Michael Douglas Film Library as well as with major motion picture studios such as Columbia, Universal, Fox, Paramount, etc. In 1997, Whitney established Preserving The Past, LLC to address a void in the then fast emerging field of film preservation: institutional, university, library, business, household, estates and private organizations.

In 2004, Whitney returned to school to add a formal educational component to her years of expertise in film preservation. Accepted into the inaugural class of a unique program that incorporates museum studies with library science focusing on photography, she earned a Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in collaboration with George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. Preserving The Past, LLC has offices in Rochester, NY and Los Angeles, CA with clients worldwide. Taylor is the 2013 winner of the Alan Stark Award voted by her peers to honor achievement in film preservation.

Mark Sachdev

Aquavation

Marc Sachdev is a co-founder of Aquavation® a social company known for developing a proprietary software app that allows customers to personalize a sports water bottle while giving back to a nationwide list of Charity Partners. Aquavation combines three of Marc’s interests – the maker movement, marketing and cycling. In 2012, seeking to increase proceeds for his 100+ Partners, Marc innovated a sponsored golf offering called Bottle Bingo™ and in the latter part of 2013 Marc lead the company in a ‘pivot’ to introduce a new line of cause marketing offerings for businesses to leverage Aquavation bottles in their conferences, events and campaigns donating to the Aquavation Charity Partners with each bottle made. Marc has held executive positions focused on the marketing and strategic positioning of financial software products and BPO services at large and small firms alike. Marc holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from The Simon Business School.

He enjoys being involved with the startup landscape and is currently a mentor for the HTR LaunchPad program and is a frequent SIIA Codie Awards Judge for the financial software category. His company was named a Top 50 Green Business by USA TODAY citing Aquavation as an “Eco Innovator” and “Earth’s Power Player”.

George Daddis

Omni-ID

George is an experienced CEO & entrepreneur, having founded two successful technology companies. He has extensive experience in building companies, raising capital, and establishing markets for digital and IT technologies.

After receiving his B.S., M.S., and PhD. Degrees from Cornell University in Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics, George began his engineering and management career at Eastman Kodak and subsequently Xerox, building engineering teams for various imaging product lines. These teams focused on quick time-to-market deliveries and “best in class” performance and cost digital product platforms.

In 1998, George founded his first company, InSciTek Microsystems Inc. that provided digital hardware and software design services to Fortune 500 companies such as Sharp Electronics, GE, Kodak, and many other technology companies in the US. In 2003, Allworx Corp was founded from the core of InSciTek and quickly established itself as a national provider of small business VoIP telephone systems – a comprehensive technology firm including R&D, manufacturing, marketing/sales, and customer support functions.

George aggressively grew this VC-backed business to over 75,000 end users with a sales channel of over 900+ dealers throughout North America. In 2007, George successfully sold Allworx Corp to PAETEC, a major national telephone services company headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Prior to joining Omni-ID in 2011, George served as CEO at WorldGate Communications, a publicly-held video telephony firm in Philadelphia.

Ed Bizari

Launch NY   |   LinkedIn

Ed Bizari is Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Upstate NY venture development organization Launch NY. Previously, Ed was an accomplished Sales, Marketing and Business executive with nearly 30 years of global experience working with emerging technologies. Over the course of his career, Ed has held positions with Fortune 500 as well as start-up companies in the areas of software, telecommunications, and health services. He’s held executive level positions in the area of sales, marketing, and product management and has a comprehensive understanding of scalable growth and bringing new products and technologies to market.

He's worked in the private as well as government/military sectors, with a significant percentage business in Europe and Asia. Ed also serves as a mentor/adviser in regional Pre-Seed Workshops, Startup Weekends, and HTR LaunchPad, a Rochester, NY-based lean start-up incubator program facilitated by High Tech Rochester. Ed holds an MBA and a BSEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Richard Riedman

Riedman Workflow Design

Rich has been involved in the start up of numerous companies including Riedman Workflow Design, Riedman Communications and Small Business Systems. He has worked with numerous other companies providing sale strategies, marketing and promotional advice and consulting to other small businesses and not for profit organizations utilizing his 17 years of experience in leading and advising sales team for IBM.

Scott Ladin

Product & Market Management Professional   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Marketing and cycling - different endeavors, yet the attributes of participants are profoundly similar: passionate, focused, driven, strategic and tactical. Scott Ladin has personified these characteristics throughout his extensive marketing career and volunteer activities.

Mr. Ladin has over 25 years marketing experience in the telecommunications industry. Most recently holding several senior global marketing positions at Level 3 (formerly Global Crossing) where he was responsible for launching new products and managing products throughout their life cycle. Prior to joining Global Crossing, Mr. Ladin was a National Distributor Manager for Sprint, and held a variety product management and marketing positions during his many years at Nortel Networks.

Scott Ladin has been a cycling advocate in the Rochester community for many years. He was recently recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement for his leadership of the 2013 Tour de Cure. Currently, he serves as the Development Committee Chair Person for the 2014 Multiple Sclerosis Bike MS programs, and refurbishes donated bicycles for R-Community Bikes.

Mr. Ladin has holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Jeff Powers

Patent Attorney

Jeff is a registered patent attorney having practiced law for over 15 years in a firm setting and as in-house counsel at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Jeff has assisted clients in achieving goals by strategically and cost-effectively building patent portfolios, analyzing competitors’ portfolios to minimize patent-related risks, and licensing of technologies. Jeff has worked on inventions in various technology areas including photonics, electronics,
software and mechanical arts.

For eight years as in-house patent counsel for Bausch & Lomb Inc., Jeff was responsible for counseling the business on a gamut of matters related to development and launch of new products. At Bausch & Lomb, his responsibilities included managing and prosecuting a large, global patent portfolio for their surgical business unit., licensing of technologies, identifying and addressing risks associated with new product launches, and educating a large R&D staff on patent, trade secret and confidentiality matters.

Don Golini

QED Technologies

Don Golini is a successful entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the development, management and commercialization of new technologies. As president and founder of QED Technologies, Don took a novel finishing process from a university laboratory to worldwide commercial success. Today, QED develops, manufactures, and markets precision finishing and metrology equipment for the optics industry. QED grew from 5 to more than 50 employees with personnel in the U.S., Germany, France, Japan, and Australia. QED was acquired in June 2006, by Illinois based Cabot Microelectronics Corporation and Golini stayed on as President until 2010.

Prior to founding QED, Don managed a research program at the Center for Optics Manufacturing, University of Rochester and worked on large optics manufacturing and R&D at Itek Optical Systems in Lexington, Mass.

Today Don serves as Chairman of the Rochester Angel Network manages a $3.5M Venture Fund for Rochester Institute of Technology is an Adjunct Professor at the UR Simon School of Business, serves on various boards, and advises several companies in the Rochester area. He received his B.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester and M.S. in Electro-Optics from Tufts University.

Dale Canning

Raland Compliance Partners

Dale Canning is a Managing Partner of Raland Compliance Partners, and aside from his executive duties, manages sales for, and directs the development activities of the Communications Division for the company.

Dale has a 25 year history in the business of Communications, in particular for training analysis and development for technical and scientific disciplines. He has managed or directly produced thousands of hours of training media in various modalities (stand up, e-Learning, video), including product and service training, in-field product support, Good Manufacturing Process training for pharmaceutical manufacturers, and human resource development for high technology, Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to its merger Raland in 2009, Dale was President and CEO of Premier Technical Services, Inc. A co-founder of Premier, Dale held various executive positions in the company. He was instrumental in the growth and management of the company from the first day of operations, over 20 years ago.

With a unique combination of skills, Dale prides himself on being a business executive with a great deal of technical acumen, particularly in the areas of highly technical, scientific and regulated subject areas. He has produced award-winning video programs, designed and scripted a vast array of multimedia programs, and managed millions of dollars worth of media development. Dale is a 1988 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the San Diego Campus of National University, from which he received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration, and is a veteran of the US Navy where he achieved a designation as a Master Training Specialist.

Hernan Chiosso

VP of Global Talent, ITX Corp.

Hernan’s career is fueled by curiosity and began some 30 years ago as a young child programming games in Rosario, Argentina. Through the years, Hernan tested out different levels of interest, from design, systems engineering, advertising and eventually back to programming. His various career paths finally led him to his true passion: cultivating relationships of the unique IT people.

Hernan has been part of the ITX team for 15 years and acting as VP of Global Talent for the past few years. His objective is to help ITX shape its strategy and procure and develop the talent required to implement it. His constant desire to learn and experience new and exciting cultures makes him a thought-leader in his industry. Hernan keeps ITX moving forward by growing and shaping a team of highly skilled professionals that can truly move, touch and inspire the world.

Wayne Knox

The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester

Wayne H. Knox obtained BS (1979) and PhD degrees (1984) at The Institute of Optics , University of Rochester. He went to Bell Labs in Holmdel NJ in 1984 and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow, was promoted to Member of Technical Staff in 1985 and to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1990. In 1997, he became Director of the Advanced Photonics Research Department where he was responsible for forward-looking research in a number of advanced technologies. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a Fellow and Life member of the American Physical Society. In 1990 he won the National Academy of Sciences W.O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research. In 1999 he won the Richtmyer Award for Physics teaching from the American Association of Physics Teachers. He has authored over 160 publications and has forty US patents granted and ten more pending, and has chaired many international professional society meetings and served on many committees. In April 2001 he returned to the Institute of Optics as Director and Professor of Optics and served in that capacity until June 2011. He received the 2011 Leadership Award from the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, and in addition to his Professor appointments also served as Associate Dean of Education and New Initiatives in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester 2011-2013. He carries out a research program in ultrafast laser technology, microfiber physics and devices, biomedical optics, femtosecond micromachining and vision science and is active in optics education and outreach. In his consulting work, he has been expert witness in four cases involving optical technologies, and advisor to startup companies, investment firms, law firms, etc. See www.whknox.com for more.

Steve Curran

Executive Director, Pod Digital

Pod’s founder and creative director has been delivering award-winning entertainment and marketing since 1988. Before starting Pod, he was the co-founder and creative director of e-tractions, a Boston-based online promotions company, and vice president/creative director of Gametek where he oversaw the development of numerous best-selling titles for Nintendo, Sega, Sony and Playstation. He has directed website designs for clients such as Warner Brothers, History Channel, Atlantic Records, National Geographic, and many others. He is the author of Motion Graphics: Design for Television and Film, and Convergence Design for Interactive Television, Broadband and Wireless. He is contributing author to the book Connected Marketing, writing about branded games and entertainment.

Bob Spinelli

RIT

Bob has spent 35+ years in health care and consulting. His business relationships include: Investor – Roc Brewing Co., Partner – Health Settings Leasing, Partner – Wraps Plus, Investor MFF, Advisor to several organization including Health Settings Network, Founder – Pathways to Entrepreneurial Success, President of MedaCheck, North Medical HMO, DMJ Services and others. Currently doing adjunct work and teaching entrepreneurship at SJF, RIT and MCC. Continue to mentor over 40 former students and their start up businesses. Serving on The Boards of Yates ARC and Ontario Insurance Company and have served in the past on United Way Committees, Community Soccer programs, Cub Scouts and similar activities.

Ken Wasnock

With a 20-year track record of building, buying and growing successful companies, Ken Wasnock is a accomplished strategist, entrepreneur and business leader. Most recently Ken served as CEO of Axzo Press, a company he acquired from Thomson Publishing in 2007, and subsequently sold to Soros Private Equity in 2008. Under Kens continued vision and leadership, Axzo has established itself as a leading provider of career and professional development learning content worldwide. Axzo’s high quality instructional design has allowed the company to garner greater than 50% market penetration within community colleges and corporate training centers. In 2011 Axzo Press introduced Calibrate, an advanced prescriptive learning platform that dramatically reduces learning times, while significantly increasing knowledge retention and pass rates. Calibrate has been adopted by the Federal Government, and several Fortune 500 companies. In March of 2014, Axzo was acquired by Logical Operations, a global leader in training and development content.

Ken sits on the boards several industry board, advisory panels, and think tanks including CompTIA and EC-
Council. Additionally, Ken has served on the boards of many non-profits and charitable organizations. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Brockport. He resides in Canandaigua, New York with his fiancée, and their five children.

Richard Glaser

Merrill Lynch

Mr. Glaser started as an investment banker in Merrill Lynch's mergers and acquisitions department in the mid-’80s. He spent most of his career in venture capital as a partner in several New York City-based funds affiliated with Lepercq, de Neuflize, Hudson Ventures and Village Ventures. He now works directly with entrepreneurs and businesses owners as a financial advisor with a leading securities firm. In 2012, he co-founded Innovocracy.org to promote commercialization of concepts and technology developed by student and faculty entrepreneurs at leading research universities.

Mr. Glaser was an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he taught entrepreneurship. He co-founded and was president of Digital Rochester and was an original board member of the Greater Rochester Enterprise. He started RochesterGrowth, a community of regional entrepreneurs, and RochesterCFO, a community of regional financial executives. He also served as a board member of the Venture Investors Association of New York and as annual giving chair of Haverford College.

He currently serves on the Rochester Angel Network Board of Directors, Saunders College of Business at RIT’s Dean’s Advisory Council, the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Working Group, and Rochester Startup Weekend’s Planning Committee. He serves as a mentor to numerous start-ups. He is also an organizer, instructor and mentor for HTR LaunchPad, an accelerator that uses “lean start-up” to foster development of new companies.

Mr. Glaser graduated Haverford College and received a Masters degree from Columbia University's School of International Affairs, specializing in international business. He attended the London School of Economics and studied Chinese at Middlebury College.

Sean Flaherty

Executive Vice President of Strategy, ITX Corp.

Sean has been preparing for his role at ITX since the age of 11, when he began computer programming. This early interest continued throughout high school and led him to begin his own software engineering firm in 1998. A year and a half later, Sean merged his firm with ITX, a company that now proudly provides a broad range of IT services and consulting.

His thirst for discovering the unknown and willingness to take risks has allowed him to serve hundreds of companies over the last decade. One of Sean’s passions at ITX is leading Strategy Workshops around the country for companies who are passionate about their brand and looking to create disruptive strategies to better serve their markets. Sean fearlessly steers ITX into the unknown in constantly searching for bigger and better technology solutions.

Matthew Doyle

Development Lead, Brand Integrity

Matt is the Development Lead at Brand Integrity, where he manages a group of elite developers. While his background is in architecture and development, his primary focus is on the usability and consistency of the products which Brand Integrity build.

Matt has always sought out smaller teams, so Matt has a lot of experience in taking a smaller amount of resources and turning it into world class software.

He graduated from RIT in 2007, where he was a tutor and teacher’s assistant.

Teri Coaxum

Chief Council, Region II Advocate   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Teri Coaxum is the regional advocate for region II, covering the states of New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Coaxum is the chief counsel for advocacy’s direct link to small business owners, state and local government agencies, state legislators, trade associations, and small business organizations throughout the region. Coaxum was appointed to her post in January 2011.

Prior to her appointment, Coaxum was the deputy state director from 2004 to 2010 for Senator Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.)

Bill Schmitz

CEO, Arista Power

William A. Schmitz joined Arista Powers when the company went public in November 2009. Mr. Schmitz brings an extensive management and engineering background to Arista.

From 2002 until joining Artisa Power in 2009, Mr. Schmitz served as chief operating officer of Ultralife Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of power and communications systems worldwide. During his tenure there, annual revenue increased from $32.5 million to $254 million.

Prior to joining Ultralife, Mr. Schmitz served as director of new product development for Bausch & Lomb's global eyewear business, which included the Ray-Ban brand, from 1995-1999.

Mr. Schmitz holds a M.S. in Operations Management from the University of Rochester and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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