Rich Notargiacomo is Director, New Ventures and Commercialization at the Venture Creations Incubator and is also an Adjunct Professor at the E. Philip Saunders College of Business. At Venture Creations, Rich works with entrepreneurs and business teams to help develop their businesses. At the Saunders College, Rich has a range of duties including Co-Principal Investigator for the Technology Commercialization Clinic, Co-leader for the Summer Startup program, manager of the Saunders Student Consulting group, and mentor for Executive MBA Capstone Project teams and Applied Entrepreneurship teams.
Prior to joining RIT full time in 2010, Rich was President of Innovation Focus Rochester, LLC, an executive coaching and consulting firm that helped companies grow through innovation and new products. Before starting that firm, Rich was at Eastman Kodak Company working on innovation and new products while holding assignments in many functional areas including product development, marketing, manufacturing and operations, business and product management, strategic planning, and technology management. His experience spans strategy development through commercialization and product discontinuance.
Rich is a past Chairman of the Board and President of the Product Development and Management Association, an international professional association for people engaged in innovation and new products. Rich is a certified New Product Development Professional and holds two patents in Internet-based commerce. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA in Marketing from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a coaching certificate from Coach University. He is also a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Development Program.