Horst K. Saalbach
Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1938, Horst
K Saalbach fled as a 17-year-old to West Germany. After immigrating
to the United States in 1959, he worked in the construction
industry in New York to finance his engineering studies at
the MEC Institute, where he earned a degree in Architectural
Design. He completed a Marketing Degree from Long Island University,
in addition to studies at NYU for a teaching degree and advanced
management studies at Yale and Wharton.
After becoming an American citizen in 1964,
he worked for several international engineering-consulting
firms before becoming President of FESTO Corporation in 1978.
Under his direction, FESTO USA, manufacturers of state of
the art pneumatic and electronic components and systems, has
expanded to include headquarters in Hauppauge and ten regional
operations, and has become a market leader in automation.
After twenty-two years Dr. Saalbach has retired as President
and has assumed the position of Vice Chairman of the Board
providing his long experience and guidance to the company.Dr.
Saalbach is a member of the Carl Duisberg Society and a Board
Member of the Wirtschaftsrunde (German Economic Roundtable).
He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory. He was also recognized as Business
Leader of 1995 by Suffolk County Executive, Robert Gaffney.
Dr. Saalbach was a member of the USA-UDSSR
Trade Council from 1976-1978. He is a 25-year member of the
German-American Chamber of Commerce, the National Fluid Power
Association and the Deutsche Verein. He has also been a Board
Member of NACFAM (National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing)
for ten years and has recently been appointed to their Board
of Directors in Washington, D.C.
In May 2004 Dr. Saalbach received the prestigious
Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor. This award honors
individuals, who, through struggle, sacrifice and success
have contributed to help build America.
His priorities have focused on academic values
and principles manifested in the "Didactic" (education)
Division at FESTO Corporation. Dr. Saalbach is also past President
of the Farmingdale Foundation and a Board Member for over
twenty years, assisting Farmingdale University with industry
perspectives and fundraising support. In this capacity, he
was the recipient of the Rams Hom Recognition Award, symbolic
of his significant contributions and devotion to both Farmingdale
University and its student body. A Proclamation of Recognition
and an Honorary Ph.D. were bestowed upon him by Governor Pataki
of the State of New York for his continued support and enhancement
of quality in education. In addition he is responsible for
the establishment of a new $15 million dollar incubator program
at Farmingdale, which was achieved in conjunction with Cold
Spring Harbor Laboratory, of which he is a member of the Advisory
Council for over ten years.
Over the last eighteen months Dr. Saalbach
has committed himself, along with the American Ambassador
to Germany, Daniel Coats, to visit high schools and colleges
in the seven new eastern states. He arranged for the Wirtschaftsrunde
from New York to visit Berlin, the Bundestag, the German foreign
mission and he raised funds from the Wirtschaftsrunde to support
a German American student and teacher exchange program, which
is ongoing and brings Dr. Saalbach regularly to Germany.
Furthermore, Dr. Saalbach is supporting his
hometown academic institution in Leipzig, Germany, presenting
papers at the HTWK (Hochschule Fuer Technick, Wirtschaft Und
Kultur Leipzig (FH)). Also, qualified students are offered
master programs which are financed by the Gottlieb/Stoll Foundation
in Esslingen. He has provided job opportunities for many of
the students from Leipzig at his company in Hauppauge, Long
Island. He also works along with the Carl Duisberg Society
to place students in other companies in the United States.
Dr. Saalbach has always proudly displayed
his German heritage and more specifically his place of birth,
the City of Leipzig.
Dr. Saalbach lives in Florida with his wife,
Elfriede. They have four daughters - Arlene, Janet, Bettina
and Stephanie - and three grandchildren - Christina, Katherine
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