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Joseph V. Vittoria was appointed to the Puradyn Board of Directors as Chairman on February 8, 2000, and to the office of Chief Executive Officer on October 24, 2006. Mr. Vittoria was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travel Services International, Inc. from 1997 until it was sold in 2000.
From 1987 to 1997, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avis, Inc. While at Avis, he was responsible for creating the Avis Employee Stock Ownership Trust, the largest at that time and long considered a model for companies and governments evaluating employee-ownership programs.
His success at Avis led to his selection as the salaried and management representative to the board of the UAL Corporation for its initial four-year term in 1994, when it created its landmark ESOP.
Mr. Vittoria was a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council, a global organization of the Chief Executive Officers of Companies engaged in all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.
Mr. Vittoria has been President of the Alumni Association of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and later a Member of the Board of Overseers of the Business School since 1988 and was the Founding Chairman of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics
Mr. Vittoria was born on Long Island and holds a BS in civil engineering from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Molloy College and an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Roger Williams University. Mr. Vittoria served as an advisory director of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington DC. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of missing children, he was asked to serve as a member of President Reagan’s Child Safety Partnership. He was a Director at the National Center for Disability Services on Long Island.
He and his wife, Luciana, have four children and live in Palm Beach, Florida.
Lieutenant General (Retired) John S. Caldwell, Jr. was appointed to the Puradyn Board of Directors on August 25, 2005, and is also the Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Gen. Caldwell served as the Army’s top-ranking officer for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology when he retired in January 2004. Also served as Director of the 50,000-person Army Acquisition Workforce, responsible for personnel development and training policy and key assignment recommendations. Prior to these positions, Gen. Caldwell served as the Commanding General of the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), in which capacity he developed, fielded and supported lethality, survivability and mobility capabilities for approximately 70% of the Army’s ground force. Served 4 years as the Project Manager, Abrams Tank System, leading R&D, production, quality assurance, procurement and logistical support of the Army’s tank program, a $600 million R&D, $15 billion procurement program with major international components.
General Caldwell currently consults in various capacities, including Senior Vice President, The Spectrum Group. General Caldwell holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science from the US Military Academy, West Point, in New York; Master in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. General Caldwell has been a member of the board of Taser International since 2007.
Gen. Caldwell’s logistic and military background brings to our organization oversight and guidance in the planning and execution of our financial and operational growth plan.
Kevin G. Kroger joined Puradyn July 3, 2000, as President and Chief Operating Officer and was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2000. In December 2000, Mr. Kroger was with Detroit Diesel Corporation from 1989 to the time he joined our company, serving in various executive and Board positions prior to his appointment in 1998 to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Series 55/40/30/Cento Industrial product line. Product. From 1987 to 1989 he was Vice President of R.E.S. Leasing and of VE Corporation. Prior to this, from 1971 to 1987, he held several management positions with Caterpillar Corporation. With significant experience in the heavy-duty engine industry,
Mr. Kroger provides our company with operations oversight and guidance in sales and marketing. Mr. Kroger also holds a degree in engineering which facilitates our research and development area, along with a deeper understanding in configuring our product to the customer’s needs.