Tony Civitella has a new line to add to his resume.
The president and CEO of Transfinder was named Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Syracuse district office on Thursday. Nominated by NBT Bank, Civitella was chosen for the award because of his company’s innovative products, increased sales and employees.
Civitella came to America from Italy when he was 9. He attended Schenectady schools, graduated from Mont Pleasant High School and nearby Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
In 1988, he founded Transfinder, a Schenectady-based company that provides software for K-12 student transportation routing, scheduling and communications. The company’s software allows school districts to streamline bus routes with real-time data and reduce mileage and fuel costs.
Today, Transfinder has more than 1,500 clients in North America and the Caribbean. Staff has grown in the last three years from 45 to 77. Last fall, the company cut the ribbon for a new, 30,000-square-foot headquarters on State Street in Schenectady. On the same day, Civitella was named a Schenectady Patroon, the highest honor the city can bestow.
Earlier this year, he announced record-breaking revenue and sales growth in 2013 and said he was looking to open an office in Europe.
Civitella will receive the Small Business Person of the Year award at SBA’s annual awards luncheon Monday at the Albany Marriott.