Meet the New Foundation Board Members

Neil F. Rohrer

Vice President, Core Payroll Sales, Eastern U.S., Paychex, Inc.

Rohrer Neil Rohrer was named vice president of Core payroll sales for the Eastern U.S. in September 2010. He is responsible for Core sales in the Eastern U.S., which accounts for one-third of the Core sales organization. In addition, Rohrer is responsible for the national sales support organization, and oversees more than 1,000 employees.

Most recently,Rohrer served as director of marketing for the company. Prior to that, he was director of international business development and helped guide the company's international expansion. Rohrer joined Paychex in 1986 as a Core sales representative.

Rohrer holds a bachelor's degree in management from Villanova University in Philadelphia.

James M. Sydor ’71

President, Stefan Sydor Optics

Sydor As president and owner of Stefan Sydor Optics in Chili, N.Y., James M. Sydor will tell you that “Our world is flat.” That’s because he has helped carve a unique niche in the fabrication of precision quality, flat-surfaced parallel and wedged optics. His business, along with other optics firms in the region, is considered key to our economic recovery—both locally and nationally. His clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense and NASA as well as the motion picture industry.

Jim earned his associate degree in optical technology from Monroe Community College. He discovered optics by first studying photography. He fondly remembers MCC Professor Emeritus Charles Ball (Applied Technologies) and credits Professors Emeriti Robert Novak (Engineering Technologies) and Martin Dvorin (Optical Technology) for guiding him toward a career in optical technology.

Prior to joining his father at Sydor Optics in 1978, Jim was a methods engineer at American Optical's Scientific Instrument Division and later, an optical fabrication department foreman and production planner for the Industrial Borescope Division at American Cystoscope Makers. Jim serves on the board of directors of the American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association and the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster. In addition to hiring MCC graduates, he gives back generously by helping the college promote and grow its optics technology program through support of innovative programs such as the optics summer camp for city high school students. Last summer, Jim turned a company van into a moving billboard for MCC in hopes of making more people aware of the good jobs that are available now in the optics field. 

Jim was inducted into MCC’s Alumni Hall of Fame in December 2012.