George Landberg ’61, ’64 MS says his path through life probably would have turned out far differently if he had not received a scholarship to attend the University of Rochester.
As a result, Landberg, an industrial consultant and former CEO of three companies, has given back to the University so others could enjoy the same opportunity.
For example, he and his wife Melody made a generous gift in support of the Robert B. Goergen Hall of Biomedical Engineering and Optics. When their son Peter George Landberg ’87, a chemical engineering graduate of the University, passed away in 1993, family and friends established a scholarship in his memory for junior or senior engineering students at the University.
After graduating from the University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1961, Landberg worked as a development engineer for Alis-Chalmers Mfg. Co. in Norwood, Ohio. He returned to the University in 1963 to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace science.
After completing his master’s, he worked for the Mixing Equipment Company of Rochester for 17 years, starting as project engineer, then becoming manager of research and development and eventually a vice president in various capacities.
From 1985 to 1990, he was president and CEO of Warren Pumps, a manufacturer of a broad line of pumps for industrial and defense applications. Landberg led the management buyout of the company from Houidaille Industries as well as its subsequent sale to IMO Industries.
He was executive vice president, then president and CEO of Valcor Engineering, a manufacturer of fluid and mechanical control components, from 1990 to 1996, and president and CEO of Drexel Industries, a manufacturer of specialized material handling equipment, including very-narrow-aisle forklift trucks, from 1996 to 2001.
Since 2001 he has served as senior advisor for SCOTT-MACON, Ltd., an investment bank for middle market companies. He is also an industrial consultant, assisting small to mid size businesses in developing strategic plans, providing due diligence analysis of business operations for investment banking activities, evaluating technology for applicability to specified markets and operations, and providing guidance to CEOs based on experience and independent analysis using a proprietary operations auditing process.
A former member of the Trustees Alumni Council, he has been active in University of Rochester alumni affairs and also serves on the Visiting Committee of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.