Meet Your #RSW2015 Judges: Don Golini, Theresa Mazzullo and Alex Zapesochny

03/19/2015 | By Kyle Psaty

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Don Golini

Don Golini is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 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 5 countries. QED was acquired in June 2006, by Illinois—based Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NASDAQ: CCMP), and Golini stayed on as President until 2010.

Today, Don serves as Chairman of the Rochester Angel Network (RAN), is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at High Tech of Rochester, serves on various boards and advises several companies in the Rochester area.

Theresa Mazzullo

Theresa Mazzullo has been the CEO of Excell Partners since 2006. She has a 30-year track record in business, finance and entrepreneurship. In her role as CEO of Excell Partners, her duties include portfolio management, governance, compliance, reporting, community integration, finance and fundraising.

Theresa spent six years as President & Principal of EPIC Advisors, Inc a 401(k) retirement plan company with $1.5 billion in retirement plan assets. In her capacity as President, she built an infrastructure that supported annual revenue growth of 20%.  She also directed business-planning process regarding business strategy and tactics in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, administration, operations and information technology to ensure increased profitability and the achievement of the company vision. Ultimately, she led the team to a successful exit in 2005.

Alex Zapesochny

Alex Zapesochny is an attorney and President and CEO of iCardiac Technology. Prior to co-founding iCardiac, he served as General Counsel and Director of Business Development for Lenel Systems, a developer and global supplier of enterprise software, hardware and services for the electronic security industry. The company expanded to serve over 10,000 organizations throughout 75 countries, including over sixty percent of all Fortune 100 companies. The company’s financial growth earned it 39th place on Inc. magazine’s ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing privately-held companies, and Lenel was ultimately acquired for $440 million by United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX).

In private practice, Alex has provided legal and business counsel to early-stage companies.