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Rick Plympton

Rick Plympton

CEO Optimax Systems, Inc.

Rick Plympton is the CEO of Optimax, a precision optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY. He has provided leadership and vision over the past 25 years to help grow Optimax from a small start-up to America’s largest precision optics manufacturer.

He is actively involved in supporting regional workforce development and the optics industry. He also serves as

  • Trustee, Optimax Employee Ownership Trust

  • Director, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

  • Interim Chair, Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME)

  • Past Chair, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB)

Other recent honors and participation include:

  • 2018 Aspen Institute Fellowship for Job Quality

  • 2018 inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame

Rick holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optics ’87 and an MBA ‘99.