20-40 Visionaries — Young Turks Set the Pace
“There is always so much more to accomplish, especially in this business,” Menefee says. “No matter what I achieve, I never feel it is enough. Taking a company to the next level is a never-ending process. You get to one goal and 100 more become available.”
He and his wife, Lisa, have been married for five years. They have an English Bulldog named Pudge.
Vera Muzzillo, 39
Co-CEO, Proforma, Cleveland
Vera Muzzillo didn’t need the printing industry. The 1986 Notre Dame graduate—a winner of the Raymond P. Kent Award for top performance by a finance major and a national Business Honors Society inductee—was already excelling in the world of finance.
She spent two terms with Comerica Bank, reaching the level of vice president for large corporate and middle market commercial lending and investment banking, managing a portfolio of several hundred million dollars. She also served as a business consultant and was involved in investment banking ventures.
Still, her husband, Greg, founded Proforma, and the company fostered an atmosphere that she finds appealing. “I enjoyed the banking industry immensely and learned a great deal from my experience,” she says. “However, Proforma is a family and a company that is vested in people’s dreams, and I felt I had come home when I joined Proforma.”
Muzzillo joined Proforma in 2001 in a business consulting capacity, then migrated into the oversight of banking, credit, cash management and operations. As co-CEO, she has honed her delegating, team building and communication skills.
She credits husband Greg with having a profound impact on her, professionally and personally. “He is an amazing visionary and a great leader,” Muzzillo says. “He motivates, inspires and creates, and he gives people the tools to change their lives for the better.
“The wisdom that he has imparted includes the philosophy that everything is possible, and that lateral thinking can change the world. He believes in taking risks and remaining positive,” she continues. “And he has shown me that it is not always the odds that result in success, but rather a person’s attitude and creativity that can make a difference.”