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Finger Lakes Features: FLWIB Chair, Rick Plympton

Mr. Plympton is the CEO of Optimax, a precision optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY.  He has provided leadership and vision over the past 25 years needed to grow Optimax from a small start-up to America’s largest precision optics manufacturer.

He is actively involved in supporting regional workforce development and the optics industry. He currently participates as:

Chair, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
Chair, FAME Student Scholarship Committee
Board member, Canandaigua National Bank
Coach, University of Rochester New Ventures Graduate Studies
Treasurer, Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Committee
Member, OSA Industry Development Associates Council

Other recent accolades and participation include:

2019/19 Aspen Institute Fellowship for Job Quality
2013-2019 Finger Lakes Community College Foundation Board
2018 inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame
2012 SBA New York State Business Person of the Year Award

Mr. Plympton holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optics ’87 and an MBA ‘99.

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