Samuel S. Bergami Jr. '85 EMBA, '02 Hon.
Mr. Bergami is president, CEO and co-owner of Alinabal Holdings Corp., the parent company of Alinabal Inc.
Mr. Bergami began his career at Alinabal Inc. in 1966 as a tool and die apprentice, subsequently rising through the company to become plant manager, vice president of manufacturing, and group president. The company comprises Practical Automation Inc.; Daco Instrument Co.; and Sterling Screw Machine Co. and two Strategic Business Units: the Motion Transfer Device Group and the Engineered Products Group. Alinabal Holdings Corp. employs 350 employees and is based in Connecticut. In 1976, Mr. Bergami founded Saber Electrical Supply in Milford, Conn., and held ownership in that company until 1994. Mr. Bergami also founded Milford Electrical Contractors in 1985, based in Milford and operated by his partner and son, Samuel Bergami III.
During the past 30 years, Mr. Bergami has been involved in numerous community organizations and has received many awards for his contributions. He also has been recognized for his business acumen and significant contributions to the business community. The Milford Chamber of Commerce named him "Businessperson of the Year" in 1993, and the Connecticut Small Business Administration honored him with the "Small Business Person of the Year" award in 1996. In 1998, Success Magazine ranked Mr. Bergami and Alinabal Holdings Corp. No. 48 out of 100 top entrepreneurial organizations in the country. He was inducted into the Southwest New England Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in May 2007. Mr. Bergami is a trustee of the Milford Bank, director and treasurer of Milford Hospital, chairman and co-founder of the Milford Columbus Committee, treasurer of Milford Progress Inc., a member of the Milford Police Commission, past vice chair of the Milford Finance Board, past president and member of Milford Kiwanis, past president and member of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Milford United Way, and the chairman of the board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).
Mr. Bergami, who served as chair of the Board of Governors of the University of New Haven from 2006 to 2012, earned an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven in 1985. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the University of New Haven in in May 2002. He was a recipient of the University of New Haven’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999 and was honored with the University’s President’s Award in 2012.
Among his numerous contributions to the University, he has funded the Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Samuel S. Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology in Maxcy Hall, the University's main administration building, and the Bergami Family Fitness Center in the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center. He has also endowed the Vincent C. Wachter Scholarship, emerging as one of the University's most generous and consistent supporters.
Mr. Bergami and his wife Lois Stapleton Bergami have three children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Milford, Conn.