The 2017 Nathaniel Rochester Society Award Honors Joseph M. Lobozzo II ’95 MBA

Joseph M. Lobozzo II founded JML Optical Industries, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of precision optical components and systems, in 1972. Mr. Lobozzo served as president and CEO until he sold the company in 2011. While there, Mr. Lobozzo grew JML from the ground up to employ almost 100 workers and drive sales to over $15 million.

His relationship with Rochester Institute of Technology began when he earned his executive MBA from the university in 1995, and has expanded to include several awards, donations, and board and committee memberships over the years.  Since earning his EMBA, Mr. Lobozzo has served on the RIT Board of Trustees (1999-2013) as a member of the finance core, executive, campaign steering, and university relations core committees.  In addition, he has served on the advisory boards for the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, RIT’s High Technology Incubator, and the Saunders College of Business (SCB) Executive MBA program, and several terms on the Dean’s Council for the Saunders College. Mr. Lobozzo also served as vice chair of RIT’s Powered by the Future capital campaign, and established the Lobozzo Executive MBA Challenge Scholarship during that time.

Mr. Lobozzo’s support for RIT is marked by years of personal giving, including a gift that led to the establishment of the Joseph M. Lobozzo, II Photonics and Optical Characterization Laboratory in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.  For his years of business success and service to the university, Mr. Lobozzo earned the Saunders College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award in 2003, and the RIT Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2006.