Thomas J. Guzek, age 62, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at his home with his wife at his side.
He was born on June 20, 1958 in Buffalo, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Wojtowicz) Guzek.
Tom was the Managing General Partner and Founder of SolarPark Energy, a leading developer of community-solar projects in western, central, and upstate New York. Prior to founding SolarPark Energy, Tom spent 20 years with Cooper Bussmann, the world leader in circuit-protection products for the electrical, electronic, and automotive markets.
While at Cooper Bussmann, Tom served in a number of executive management roles in both operations and sales and marketing, including 10 years as Vice President of Global Product and Market Development, where he directed the product development and marketing teams in the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia with responsibility for all R&D, product development, product engineering, acquisitions, and brand management. From 1998 through 2000, Tom held the position of Vice President and General Manager of Cooper Electronic Technologies, the newly formed operating unit of Cooper Industries with design, engineering, production, and marketing operations around the globe. In 2001 Tom accepted the role of Chief Marketing and Operations Officer of Tii Network Technologies, a leading manufacturer of POTS telecommunications network products. Under his leadership, Tii developed a proprietary technology used to produce the first POTS smart network interface device called the DigitalCloset™. This product allowed for voice, data, and video to be delivered into the consumer home over existing twisted-pair phone cable and was a finalist as product of the year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2001. After leaving Tii Network Technologies in 2004, Tom created Basic Power Group, a consulting and private equity group concentrating on investments in renewable energy and biotechnology.
Tom is a graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering.
Tom is survived by his wife Anne Cassidy, daughter Stephanie (Mark) Zumwinkel, brother Gary (Diana) Guzek, nieces and numerous cousins and friends.
Tom was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan and President of Bills Nation Saratoga. He also emceed the Buffalo Bills games at Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar in Saratoga Springs.
At the request of the family there will be no calling hours or service at this time.
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