J.E. Lawrence and Company was formed by a group of partners who have been in business together for more than twenty-five years.
In that time we have seen great success in our businesses by following a set of simple rules that includes a commitment to honesty and trust in dealing with customers and with each other.
In the following biographies, we are proud to feature JEL’s senior managers.
Edward V. Vicinanza
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ed Vicinanza began his career in Sales with IBM but soon became convinced that his future lay in owning his own business. Over the next ten years he started and sold five successful NY-based businesses.
As President of E&E International, Inc. and Slight Edge, LLC. Ed has built a worldwide marketing enterprise by using his strong communications, leadership training and team building skills to successfully expand his businesses throughout the United States and twenty foreign countries. He has also established a training organization to provide support for and sustain his and other independent businesses in those markets.
Ed has attracted and trained sales forces in the US, China, Columbia, Brazil, Russia and Poland. As a result, he is a much-sought speaker on sales and marketing, leadership, team building and personal development.
Ed has numerous affiliations with business organizations and charitable groups including: Chairman of The Hudson Valley Board of Directors for Easter Seals, member of The New York State Board of Directors for Easter Seals and member of The Board of Directors of the URA Business Association.
Ed, his wife Elise and their three children are ex-New Yorkers who now make Florida their home.
Senior Vice President - Marketing and Information Systems
Prior to joining J.E. Lawrence & Company, Glenn Appleyard worked as a senior marketing consultant successfully developing brand- and business-building marketing programs for top Fortune 500 companies and their 'flagship' brands. Working across the full breadth of the marketing mix, he leveraged his strong communications, marketing and creative skills to develop high market recognition and sales for both consumer and business-to-business clients.
Previously, Glenn enjoyed a broad and diversified career that included VP-level Operations positions with three of the top NYC money center banks, Managing Director for The Ryan Partnership and New Business Development for Howard Bedford Nolan, a promotion marketing agency.
Glenn received his MBA from Seton Hall University with a double major in Quantitative Analysis and Marketing. He received his BA degree from the University of New Hampshire. He is a published writer over most of his career and was a featured contributor to a book on Bank Operations Management. Currently, he, his wife and their three children are “Florida Transplants” from their original Connecticut roots.
Vice President, Client Services
Christine Appleyard has enjoyed a diverse career in Sales, Marketing, and Operations.
Her early career included roles in data processing Sales and Marketing for General Electric – where she serviced top NYC ‘money center’ banks such as Citibank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust. This led to computer consultant roles with a mid-size NYC accounting firm and subsequently, with Wang Labs and Rapidata.
Christine later moved into operations roles for a major Connecticut moving firm where she lent her consulting, customer service and process improvement experience to the successful functioning of their “back office.”
Chris is a graduate of Chatham College and currently lives in Florida with her husband and three children.
Vice President of Sales
For the past twenty-five years, Jeff Russo has excelled in senior sales management positions in the imaging and content management space. During that time, he has developed an enviable performance record of exceeding revenue and budget quotas year after year, growing his sales territories by as much as 400% in a five-year period and ranking first in his firm’s National Sales Competition.
Four years ago, as a way to indulge his “entrepreneurial spirit”, Jeff began lending his considerable skills and experience to JEL with similar results. A graduate of Control Data Institute with a major in Computer Repair, Jeff lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Hugh R Ryan
Senior Account Executive
Over the past thirty-three years, Hugh Ryan has held senior positions with FCA-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and several major New York City-area automobile dealerships. He recently formed an auto group, endeavoring to own multiple dealerships. For the past five years, his career-long record of accomplishments has made a substantial contribution to J.E. Lawrence & Company’s considerable growth and success.
Among Hugh’s affiliations is his membership in the National Association of Minority Automotive Dealers (NAMAD) and recognition in the International Who Is Who In Professional Management. A Finance graduate of the University of Connecticut, Hugh, his wife and their two children live in New York.