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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.
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. 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.
Alan J. Sandler serves as the Company’s principal financial officer, Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Secretary to the Board. Mr. Sandler joined our company in June 1998 and has served in various other positions including President (June 1998 until January 2000), Chief Operating Officer (June 1998 to January 2000), Chief Financial Officer (June 1998 to March 2001 and August 2001 to March 2002), Principal Financial Officer (April 2010 to present) and Director (June 1998 to December 2004).
Prior to joining our company, from 1995 until 1997 Mr. Sandler served as President and Chief Executive Officer to Hood Depot, Inc., a national restaurant supply manufacturer/distributor. From 1979 to 1995 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Sandler & Sons Dental Supply Company, a regional dental supply and equipment distributor. Previous to this position he was a Vice President of Gardner Advertising Company, a national advertising agency, from 1965 to 1979.