UTICA -- The president & CEO of the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) announced Wednesday his plans to retire next year.
The CABVI board of directors said President & CEO Rudy D'Amico plans to retire on Aug. 31, 2019.
"I've been privileged to lead CABVI – to have a role assisting consumers with vision loss achieve countless personal milestones," D'Amico said.
During D'Amico's tenure since May 2008, the organization has:
- Expanded employment services into Onondaga County
- Added more than 100 employees, bringing total employment to 270 – half of whom are blind
- Opened four base supply centers on military bases in northeastern states
- Added innovative vision rehabilitation services
The search for D'Amico's successor, "will commence soon," according to CABVI Board of Directors Chairman Edward P. Welsh.
Welsh said the agency will continue its mission to assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest levels of independence.
Prior to joining CABVI first as vice president of operations in October 2003, then as president & CEO, D'Amico was a local entrepreneur. He retired from the New York Army National Guard in 1993 at the rank of Major.
D'Amico also served on the boards of directors for the following organizations:
- National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind
- New York Vision Rehabilitation Association
- Empire State Employment Resources for the Blind
- The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
- The Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority
Upstate Cerebral Palsy
- Herkimer County Area Development Corporation