SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Joseph Rossi, vice president of global sales at Transfinder, has been named a 40 Under Forty award winner by the Albany Business Review.
Rossi, who was promoted in January from director of global sales, joins a group of young business executives from such companies as General Electric, Pitney Bowes and AngioDynamics.
"It's an honor to be in the company of such a prestigious group of business leaders," Rossi said. "To me, the award is recognition not just of the work I've done but the great company that has afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow as a businessman."
Rossi joined Transfinder after graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. His first day on the job was Sept. 10, 2001. Officials said the events of 9/11 caused Transfinder, like other businesses, to change its business model, and Rossi assisted Antonio Civitella, Transfinder's president and CEO, during this transition.
Civitella, a 40 Under Forty recipient in 2003, said, "Rossi has shown strong leadership skills ever since he came to the company."
Transfinder, a pupil transportation management solutions company, had just a dozen employees at the time Rossi was hired. Today, Transfinder has nearly 80 employees and expects to have 90 employees by the end of the year, officials said.
"I promoted Joe this year because I expect great things from him and the team he leads," Civitella said. "He continues to deliver. It's exciting to work alongside him every day."
Transfinder recorded its 14th consecutive record-breaking year in 2013, with revenue of $8.6 million, up 10% from the previous year.
Officials said Rossi will join his fellow 40 Under Forty honorees at a luncheon on May 15 at the downtown Hilton Albany.