Meet The Team

Neal P. Elli, President

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.

Chris Judd, Director of Quality, Six Sigma Green Belt

Chris has 25 years of experience in Quality Management and Quality Systems. His responsibilities include managing Empire’s Quality Management System (ISO registrations), and directing the Quality Department in driving Quality, On-Time Delivery, and Customer Satisfaction. Chris is instrumental in New Product Development, Statistics, Engineering Inspection, IQ/OQ/PQ, APQP, and Manufacturing Quality support. Education & Certifications: Advanced Avionics and Ground Support Systems on F-15 fighter jets (United States Air Force); Certified Internal ISO Auditor; ASQ Certifications include CQM, CQE, and CMI. Quality Management coursework at Rochester Institute of Technology and Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY See Chris’ profile on LinkedIn.

Paul Carney, Senior Project Manager

Paul has over 30 years experience in injection molding manufacturing. As a Senior Project Manager, Paul works within the Project Management Team and facilitates all steps of the project until the project is complete. He consults with customers to optimize product design and manufacturability and minimize production cost; is also responsible for in-house mold design and overseeing outsourced mold design. Paul’s experience includes project management, new tool build quoting, DQ-IQ-OQ-PQ Medical Device Validation, design concepts, MoldFlow, Scientific Molding Principles, Solidworks, and Unigraphics. Education & Certifications: Journeyman Moldmaker from New York State Tool and Die, Rochester, NY

Alan Hasman, Application Engineer

Alan has over 30 years of experience in injection molding manufacturing, holding positions as Shift Supervisor, Quality Director, Business Development Manager, and Operations Manager. Alan is an integral part of the Project Management Team with involvement throughout all phases of the project. From concept to completion, Alan works with customers and Empire’s engineers to optimize product design, improve manufacturability, and develop concepts to minimize production costs. His experience spans many industries, including Firearms, Medical, Polymer Optics, Consumer, Packaging, and Electronics. Education & Certifications: Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, United States Air Force School of Applied Sciences; Courses of study at Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, ASM International; Certified ISO Internal Auditor, Dale Carnegie; Instrument Rated Private Pilot See Alan’s profile on LinkedIn.

Jeff Duell, Project Manager

A Journeyman Moldmaker with more than 30 years in the business, Jeff has a varied background that includes mold design, project management, and technical sales experience. As Project Manager at Empire, Jeff facilitates injection molding projects from quoting to completion. He consults with customers to optimize product design and manufacturability and minimize production costs, and he ensures that projects are completed on time and on budget. Education & Certifications: Journeyman Moldmaker; Courses  of study and apprenticeship through Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY