Microbest has a long history of successful leadership, dating back to the company’s founding. Corporate leadership has developed a company with a well-earned reputation for producing high-quality parts by implementing new efficiencies and upgrading production processes.
Ron Popolizio, Microbest’s President and CEO, has been with the company since 2011. Throughout Ron’s career, he has held CEO and CFO positions serving manufacturing companies in the middle market. Prior to that, Ron worked as an investment banker specializing in the needs of companies ranging in size from start-ups to over 400 employees. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science from Central Connecticut State University, several licenses with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and has his CPA licensure. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring and showing Chrysler muscle cars from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Greg Smith, Vice President of Engineering, has been with Microbest for 7 years. Greg has broad experience in many industries, including aerospace & defense, medical, electronics and firearms. He has held a variety of executive and managerial positions in organizations ranging from small job shops to Fortune 500 companies. Most recently coming to Microbest from Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems, where he was the Mechanical Engineering Manager. He holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island; is a Certified Tool & Die Maker, an apprenticeship requiring 8,000 hours; and has extensive Lean and Six Sigma experience. Greg’s hobbies include beekeeping and restoring vintage cars - currently two 1965 Volvos. His philosophy at Microbest is, “Don’t let ‘perfect’ get in the way of ‘better.’”
Jeff Myer, Vice President of Technology/Systems, was originally hired in 1997 as an Engineering Technician. Jeff has contributed to improvement efforts across all areas of the business, including CNC Programming, Resource/Requirement Planning, Metrology and more. His expertise has been instrumental in many cross-functional initiatives throughout Microbest. He holds an AS in Mechanical Engineering and enjoys running and motorsports outside of work.
Michael Altberg, Vice President of Sales, has been with Microbest for 33 years. Hired in 1987 as a Tool Maker and Secondary Operations Manager, his responsibilities have included Materials Manager, Engineering & Tool Room Supervisor, purchasing, facility maintenance and more. He attended Western Connecticut State University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors boating, hunting, fishing, camping and traveling.
Paul Lemay, Chief Operating Officer, has been with Microbest since 2012. He began his career as a machinist/toolmaker before moving into the engineering and programming areas. One of his favorite quotes comes from Hall of Fame baseball player Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” He brought that same mentality to Microbest, where he has headed several departments including engineering, manufacturing, and quality.
James Tata, Vice President of Quality Assurance, has been with Microbest for over 23 years. James was hired as a Quality Manager from J&L Plastic, where he was a Quality Manager and Plant Manager. In addition to developing and implementing quality training for employees, he received a Certified Continuous Improvement Champion Certification through CONNSTEP, which helps Microbest stay on the leading edge of Lean Manufacturing Methodologies and efficiencies. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Quality Technology.
Teresa Burdick, Vice President of Human Resources, has been with Microbest since 1996. She started her career in the front office and attended night classes to obtain a degree in Business Administration. Throughout her time with Microbest, Teresa has worked to create an HR environment based on a quote from noted author Douglas Adams: “To give real advice, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Teresa is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Emanuela “Ema” Hysenllari, Customer Service/Sales Representative, has 15 years of experience in the business environment. She has a Business Law Degree from Tirana University in Albania. She has been with Microbest since January 2017 and enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time.
Vivian Vasilescu, Microbest’s Controller, recently joined the company in 2020. With over 22 years of experience, Vivian bring us a strong background in hands on financial reporting, accounting and auditing for manufacturing companies. Vivian started her career in Public Accounting while serving clients in various industries. Vivian holds a CPA license as well as a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Sacred Heart University. In her spare time, Vivian enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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