Roger OBrien West Palm Beach, Florida
Leadership Coach, Performance Coach, Business Coach
MBA, The Wharton School
Mr. O’Brien is President of O’Brien Associates, a general management consulting firm providing advisory and implementation services with special focus on interim general management, strategic planning, organization development, performance coaching & executive search. Founded in 1999, the firm has offices in Rochester NY and Singer Island FL. O’Brien holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from New York University and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. O’Brien’s background includes a role in helping to turn-around Ultralife Batteries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ULBI) as Chief Operating Officer for this manufacturer of advanced battery power sources. Earlier, he was CEO as well as a major shareholder of Holotek Ltd., a high-tech company focused on the design, development, manufacture and sales of laser imaging systems worldwide. He successfully negotiated the sale of the company to an OEM customer.
O’Brien was an early investor and Director of Odyssey Software and assisted in the cash sale of the company to Symantec for 6.5 times revenue. O’Brien’s corporate background also includes a role as an early officer of Sun Microsystems during a period when the company grew from $500 million to $2 billion in sales. Earlier, Mr. O’Brien served as Chief Financial Officer for a $750 million unit of Tenneco Automotive. O’Brien’s previous experience includes financial management positions at Xerox Corp and in the venture capital sector of Exxon Corp. O’Brien began his career as a staff physicist for Combustion Engineering, developing advanced nuclear power reactors.
Mr. O’Brien is a member of the Board of Directors of 22nd Century Group (Nasdaq: XXii) and Bristol-ID Technologies, Inc. He is an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is a graduate instructor in the US & Croatia.
O’Brien is an avid tennis player, married with three adult children. He is a US Army veteran.
Jessica Raines, then Vice President and corporate officer, Rochester Gas & Electric. We asked Roger to completely change the culture from one of top-down, autocratic leadership to one where people were working together as a team. If it weren't done, the company wouldn't have survived. And he succeeded. People are now stepping out of their comfortable roles and offices and taking on new challenges.Jessica Raines