Meet The Team

Neal P. Elli


Neal co-founded Empire in 1992 after developing a substantial record of achieving growth and P&L results for technology-driven manufacturing companies. He has a track record of successes in business development, market opportunity analysis, technical sales, and general and project management in plastic injection mold and tooling, custom automated equipment, precision machining and metal stamping. He brings operational knowledge, sales and marketing skills, and a strong management background to the Empire organization. Neal is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company, and serves as the primary spokesperson with customers and the community. Education & Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY. Neal has made technical presentations for SPE & AG Research Technical Conferences on Micro Molding and is a member of the SPE See Neal’s profile on LinkedIn.

Lewis Ridgeway

Director of Business Development

Lewis joined the Empire team in early 2019 with over 20 years of industry experience. Holding a life science degree, having military leadership training and years of sales and management experience gives him a unique set of skills that brings a lot of value to the Empire team. Lewis’ business background is in medical devices including inhalation therapy and surgical devices. He also has experience with consumer and industrial products. His wealth of industry knowledge and experience has been critical in guiding Empire’s strategy and earning new business. When Lewis is not working, you can find him cycling, hunting, and golfing.

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Phone: 252-377-2972

Alan Hasman

Business Development / Firearms Specialist

Alan has been with Empire for 8 years and in the industry for over 40 years, holding multiple positions in that time from operator to business development manager. His immense experience has given him a unique perspective in almost all facers of the molding process. Alan is skilled at identifying needs of customers, providing program management and engineering assistance to customers during R&D. As a NRA member, Alan’s love for the firearms market makes him an ideal partner to discuss polymer firearm frames and parts. When Alan is not working, he enjoys flying aircraft as an instrument rated private pilot.

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Phone: 585-324-7109

Joe Buonocore

Chief Operating Officer

Joe’s career started out as a machine operator while pursuing a degree in education with a minor in coaching and health. It was during this time Joe was exposed and trained in all facets of the precision injection molding business. Joe has held various leadership positions in his career over the past thirty years; his molding experience has been in precision injection molding, primarily in the automotive industry. He has had full profit and loss responsibilities for a multi-national global injection molding company. The continuous improvement philosophy combined with developing engineering solutions at the beginning of every project has been a key to the success in those companies Joe had been responsible for. Joe lives in Rochester with his wife of thirty-nine years, Lise and two daughters.