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Four Honored with Clarkson University's Most Prestigious Alumni Award
Gerow D. Brill of New Freedom, Pa., a sole practitioner attorney in New Freedom; Lisa A. Napolione of Cincinnati, Ohio, director, global research & development, Procter & Gamble, Inc.; Douglas Neugold of Goshen, Conn., president, CEO and chairman of ATMI Inc.; and Robert W. Pomfrey of Fayetteville, N.Y., founder and president/chief executive officer of POMCO Group, have all been honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University.
Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.
Gerow D. Brill
Gerow D. Brill received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University in 1957 and was a member of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. After graduation, Brill continued his education and received an MBA in finance from New York University Graduate School of Business. He received his juris doctorate from Franklin Pierce Law Center and his LLM in taxation from the University of Baltimore Law School.
Today, Brill is a sole practitioner attorney in New Freedom, Pa. He provides patent prosecution and general corporate practices for a limited number of clients, primarily prior corporate employers and universities. Prior to his sole practitioner activities, Brill was director of intellectual property for Macrovision Corporation and vice president of IP for Reveo Inc.
Prior to law school, Brill held positions in marketing and sales for television camera equipment and videotape, within the television industry. In his early career, he spent several years as an engineer and engineering manager at CBS Television Network and Philips Broadcast Equipment. Brill was instrumental to the support system and camera equipment design for television broadcast equipment at CBS.
Brill is an active member of his fraternity and his alma mater, serving as chairman of the Greek Alumni Council, president of the Zeta Phi Building Corporation - AXP Chapter at Clarkson and holding numerous senior positions with the Alpha Chi Rho Education Foundation, as well as president of the fraternity. He is also a member of the Annie Clarkson Society.
In his community, Brill was an elected member of the Shrewsbury Township, Pa., Planning and Zoning Commission, appointed member and chairman of the Southern York County Regional Planning Commission and a member of the Southern York County Rotary Club.
Brill and his wife, Elaine, live in New Freedom, Pa.
Lisa A. Napolione
Lisa A. Napolione received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering with a concentration in biology from Clarkson University in 1987. While at Clarkson, she was a member of the Omega Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.
After graduation, Napolione began her career as a scientist/engineer at Procter & Gamble. She has progressed through a series of positions of increasing responsibility and currently is the research and development global general manager in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her responsibilities include 15 innovation centers and technical labs, including the start-up of the Beijing Innovation Center. She leads the total R&D program for the largest brand at P&G, Pampers/Luvs, with over $10 billion in sales, and leads fiber and particle research across all P&G business units. In addition, Napolione established and owns a new business development portfolio.
Napolione has always been interested and engaged in leadership roles that are affiliated with Clarkson. She is the P&G executive liaison to Clarkson, head of P&G’s Clarkson recruiting team, a past student affairs chair and served on the engineering advisory committee. Napolione has also served two terms on Clarkson’s Board of Trustees.
Napolione is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Technology Committee Sponsor, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Student Mentoring, Master Innovators Sponsor and Trainer, and P&G executive liaison to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Actively involved in her community, Napolione is a team leader with United Way, committee member with Every Child Succeeds Program and YWCA Rising Star.
Napolione and her husband, David Johnson, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two children, Jacob and Sara.
Douglas Neugold received his bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution from Clarkson University in 1982.
Neugold began his career at Johnson Matthey, electronics division, where he held a variety of positions around the world before becoming president of their Semiconductor Packages Group.
In 1998, he joined ATMI as vice president of the NovaSource division. Currently, he is chairman of the board and chief executive officer and responsible for leading ATMI’s worldwide operations.
During Neugold’s tenure, ATMI has created a global presence and is recognized as a leading supplier of materials used in the production of integrated circuits by the worlds most advanced device producers, with an intense focus on building global capabilities in all functions, most notably in development and applications support. In addition to ensuring ATMI maintains and improves on its Microelectronics leadership position, he has been leading efforts to use its core competencies to build businesses focused on taking advantage of many opportunities in the biopharma and energy-related markets.
In 2003, Neugold was elected a director of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the trade association serving the worldwide semiconductor equipment, materials and flat panel display industries, where he currently serves as chairman.
Neugold has been a member of the Clarkson Business Leadership Council for the last six years and an active alumni admissions volunteer.
Neugold resides in Goshen, Conn., with his wife, Judy. They have three children, Clark, Colin and Evan.
Robert W. Pomfrey
Robert W. Pomfrey received his bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Clarkson University in 1977. While at Clarkson, Pomfrey was a member of Tau Delta Kappa Fraternity.
As founder and president/chief executive officer of POMCO Group, Pomfrey directs the overall technology and management operations of the company, helping to build it from an organization with a handful of employees in 1978 to a multimillion dollar company that is among the top-10 third party administrators in the country in terms of size, serving clients across the country. He oversees the daily operations and strategic vision for his company, which has grown to 400 employees in nine locations.
Pomfrey is deeply committed to a variety of community causes, particularly in Eastwood, N.Y., and surrounding areas where POMCO Group calls home. He has closely worked with the Eastwood Neighbors Association and has been instrumental in spearheading Eastwood’s recent neighborhood revitalization efforts.
In recent years, Pomfrey has been an active supporter of many private and civic organizations, including the Say Yes to Education program, which provides free tuition to local students; Jazz in the City; and Signature Music. In addition, he is an active supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis of Central New York, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Syracuse Silver Knights children’s soccer camps and many more local organizations, as well as organizations throughout the state. He also serves on the board of directors for Syracuse Stage and Paper Conversions Inc. and previously served on the Syracuse Opera and the Metropolitan Development Foundation board of directors.
Pomfrey is a regular participant at Central New York, regional and on-campus Clarkson events.
Pomfrey and his wife, Kellie, live in Fayetteville, N.Y., and have three children, Michael, Alyssa and Noelle.
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Photo caption: Four Clarkson University alumni have received the Golden Knight Award from their alma mater. Left to right: Clarkson President Tony Collins; award winners Lisa Napolione, Robert Pomfrey, Gerow Brill; Robert Wright '47; and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky. Wright was the first person to present the award in 1962. Not present for photo: award winner Douglas Neugold.