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RIT boasts connections with Top 100 group

This year’s list of the Rochester Top 100 companies again features several local companies with connections to RIT. Nearly one-third of the companies on the list have leaders who are RIT alumni or trustees or employ RIT co-op students.

In a poll conducted by Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, leaders from Top 100 companies listed connections with local colleges as one of the many reasons to conduct business here.

“The proximity to RIT, University of Rochester, Xerox Corp. and Eastman Kodak Co. is priceless,” says John Lacagnina, RIT alumnus and CEO of ColorCentric Corp., ranked number 41 on the list. “These partnerships help us stay ahead of the technology curve.”

The Rochester Top 100, now in its 21st year, ranks privately held companies based on revenue growth of the last three years. Companies must have at least $1 million in revenue for each of the past three years, and rankings take into account both dollar and percentage growth. The listing is sponsored by Rochester Business Alliance.

“The presence of RIT in the Top 100 underscores the important role the university plays in driving our regional economy,” says Debbie Stendardi, RIT vice president for government and community relations. “Our co-op partners in particular are helping to attract and retain the best and brightest talent for Rochester.”

RIT’s connections include:

  • Allen Casey ’73 (electrical), president of M/E Engineering P.C., ranked number 17.
  • Richard Schickler ’98 (business administration), president and CEO of R.J. Schickler Inc., ranked number 23.
  • Jerry Valentine ’87 (electrical engineering), president of Surmotech Inc., ranked number 28.
  • Tom Thomson ’80 (computer information systems), president of consillium1 LLC, ranked number 35.
  • John Lacagnina ’69 (electrical), chief executive officer of ColorCentric Corp., ranked number 41.
  • Richard Aab, member of the RIT Board of Trustees, chairman and CEO of E-CHX Inc., ranked number 46.
  • Phillip Ferranti Jr. ’78 ’80 (business administration), CEO of The Technology Co., ranked number 56.
  • Michael Rizzolo ’78 (social work) ’86 (human services management), chief executive officer of Interpretek, ranked number 60.
  • John Perrotti ’80 ’82 (accounting), president and CEO of Gleason Corp., ranked number 63.
  • Thomas Judson Jr., member of the RIT Board of Trustees, chairman and CEO of The Pike Co., ranked number 65.
  • Daniel Bowllan ’87 (mechanical engineering), president of IBC Engineering, ranked number 87.
  • Jack Arend ’59 (management), chief executive officer of Redman Construction Inc., ranked number 99.
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