Management Secrets of Top Westchester CEOs

Local Chief Executives reveal the tactics, strategies, and attitudes that create success.



At the apex of the corporate pyramid, at the very peak of the enterprise, stands the Chief Executive Officer, answerable only to the board of directors, personally responsible for the success—or failure—of a company.       
Westchester CEOs, as you might expect, are a special breed. We asked 10 of them to describe their jobs, tell us what drives them to shoulder the burdens of leadership, and to share the secrets of their success. One spends his day building consensus; another hates the very word. One said his title should really be Chief Fairness Officer while another claimed to actually be Chief Communications Officer. One of our CEOs was told by the President of the United States that he was doing a good job while another is regularly raked over the coals—despite having turned around a failing $900 million institution.

We surveyed the Westchester corporate landscape and chose these CEOs, whose organizations rise above the skyline. They all have management secrets to tell.

Joseph Gulfo
Mela Sciences, Irvington                                                     

Michael Israel
Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla                                

Susan Wayne
Family Services of Westchester, Port Chester                   

Stuart Marwell
Curtis Instruments, Mount Kisco                                             

Matthew M. Mannelly
Prestige Brands, Irvington                                                  

Ed Wohlwender
POP Displays USA LLC, Yonkers                                       

Tony Lembeck
NAI Friedland Realty, Yonkers                                            

Michael Robinson
Broadview Networks, Rye Brook                                        

James Landy
Hudson Valley Bank, Yonkers                                             

Stephen Meyers
Houlihan Lawrence, Bronxville