ALFRED, N.Y., April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the founder of Sealing Devices, Inc., in Lancaster, NY, Terry S. Galanis, Sr. '40, knows the value of taking care of his employees, something he has been doing for the past 56 years since he started the business in his garage with a $157 investment.
Even at the age of 101, Galanis goes to his office as often as he can, greeting employees by name, and asking about their families. He hand-writes birthday cards to each of them.
The philosophy of taking care of employees has paid off for Galanis, and his son, Terry S. Galanis, Jr., who took over as president and chief executive officer in 1984. Their company has grown into a multi-million-dollar-a-year business, with nearly 300 employees.
Now Galanis is helping his alma mater take care of its employees, too.
To celebrate his 101st birthday in February, Galanis, a 1940 alumnus of Alfred University with a degree in ceramic engineering, made a $1 million gift to the University, with a note to President Mark Zupan: "Use some of this to do something nice for your employees." Earlier today, at an employee meeting in Nevins Theater, Zupan announced the university will award a one-time payment to all full-time and part-time, regular non-bargaining unit employees hired before July 1, 2018 "in appreciation of all that you do…Alfred University is committed to taking better care of our people and thanks Mr. Galanis for enabling us to take this step toward doing so."
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Cutline: Alfred University President Mark Zupan (right foreground) announced a gift from Terry S. Galanis, Sr., a 1940 alumnus, during a campus-wide meeting Tuesday.
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