Mark W. Bitz - is the owner and operator of Central New York Feeds, Inc. He was formerly owner and President of Plainville Turkey Farm, Inc. and founder and former owner of Central New York Crops, LLC. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, CNY 40 Under 40 recipient, and a Purdue University Alumni of Distinction. Very active in the community, Mark has served on several boards, including the National Turkey Federation, Syracuse Metropolitan Development, Cornell’s Cooperative Extension, Food Science, Key Bank of CNY Advisory, and Greater Syracuse and Northwest YMCA boards. He is writing his second book, Thrive: The Essential Perspectives and Practices that Enable Us to Flourish.

Katherine Calkins-Lindahl - is Co-CEO of Rochester Midland Corporation, a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for food sanitation, industrial cleaning and water treatment, as well as specialty institutional cleaning and personal care products. Through her career at RMC, a family business founded in 1888, Katherine has served as vice president of two divisions, as well as senior vice president of the Distributed Products Division and executive vice president and president of the Specialty Chemicals Division. She also worked on special committees, projects, and strategic planning. Also active in her community, Katherine has been involved in numerous groups/activities such as:

  • Liver Foundation
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Rochester Business Classic
  • Country Club of Rochester (Board of Stewards)
  • Board Member of Rochester Rehabilitation Enterprises

Randall L. Clark - is President and Chairman of the Board of Dunn Tire, LLC. Prior to leading the acquisition of Dunn Tire, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pratt & Lambert. He has had a long career in the tire manufacturing industry, where he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dunlop North America. In 2012, Randall was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Clark has held positions on numerous boards, some of which include:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lifetime Healthcare Companies, member of the Governing Board since 2003
  • Chairman of the Univera Healthcare Regional Advisory Board
  • Director and past Chairman of Merchants Mutual Insurance Company
  • Past Chairman of AAA Western New York
  • Chairman of the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
  • Director and past Chairman of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce
  • Director of two publicly traded companies: Computer Task Group and Taylor Devices

Dr. Neil Hair - is an Associate Professor of Marketing from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and the Interim Executive Director of RIT's Innovative Learning Institute. He holds Chartered Marketer Status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD from Cranfield as well as degrees from Sheffield and Cardiff Business Schools in the United Kingdom. His research and consulting activities include understanding perceptions of advertising and customer value in popular online social networks like Facebook and Pinterest, personal branding in virtual space, virtual ethnography in popular worlds such as Second Life, and most recently a Cisco sponsored global study on social media use for collaboration and innovation looking at over 100 of the world's thought leaders operating in this space. He is also passionate about his role as a facilitator, having recently won RIT's highest teaching award for new faculty in 2006-07 and RIT's highest teaching award for online learning in 2007-08. Dr. Hair was the 2012 recipient of RIT's highest teaching honor, The Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. Most recently his teaching interests involve developing the world's first program on the commercialization of virtual worlds, massively open online courses and creating immersive online student learning experience.

James E. Hammer - is President and CEO of Hammer Packaging, a fourth-generation family business founded in 1912. He began his career at then Hammer Lithograph in 1969 in the sales and customer service department. He was promoted to Vice President in 1975 and President and CEO in 1983. Under Jim's leadership, the company has been awarded Best Workplace in America and Rochester Business Ethics Awards, and was named to the Inc. 5000 and Rochester Top 100 list of fastest growing privately held companies. Jim has received numerous distinctions, including the Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, Power of Communication Award, and the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award from RIT. Jim was also inducted into the Rochester and New York Business Halls of Fame, and received Business Person of the Year distinction from the Rochester Small Business Council. Jim currently serves on the following boards:

  • James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • JPMorgan Chase Regional Board of Advisors
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Rochester Business Alliance


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