Mr. Priest recently retired as the chief executive officer of Davis-Ulmer Sprinkle Co., Inc. He started his career with the company in 1989 and moved through the ranks serving as a fabricator, designer, superintendent, and sprinkler fitter, and also working in purchasing and sales. Mr. Priest was named vice president in 1997, chief operating officer in 2003, and then chief executive officer in 2016.
Davis-Ulmer was founded in 1946 and is a full-service provider of fire sprinkler, suppression, alarm, and security systems through its fifteen offices serving the northeastern United States and employs over 800 people.
In addition to serving as a College trustee, Mr. Priest also serves as a board member for the Advocates for Upstate University Medical.
Mr. Priest and his wife, Meg, have a daughter who is an alumna of Cazenovia College (Meg) and a son (Matt). In his free time, he enjoys traveling, fishing, and snowmobiling.