John Somers OPC '78 was the 2019 Downtown Reception speaker. He met with students and faculty on campus to discuss his work on the Bailey Green Initiative in Buffalo, NY.

John Somers is president and CEO of Harmac Medical Products, Inc., a contract engineering and manufacturing company of single-use medical devices that has served the global marketplace for more than 35 years. The privately held, Buffalo-based company provides innovative technical solutions and manufacturing services for businesses of all sizes, including leading Fortune 500 med-tech firms.

Somers has overseen the company’s growth, including the addition of manufacturing locations in Ireland and Mexico. Today, Harmac has more than 1,000 employees and has received numerous awards for operations excellence, sustainability and community investment.

Under Somers’ leadership, Harmac created the Bailey Green Initiative, a community-led partnership to improve and support the Bailey-Genesee neighborhood around the company’s headquarters in Buffalo, where many Harmac employees reside. The unique public-private partnership is focused on stabilizing and transforming a neighborhood that has faced considerable challenges and decades of neglect. With additional partners joining Harmac’s efforts, the vision of transforming the neighborhood is becoming a reality.

Somers is the 2018 recipient of the Athlone Institute of Technology’s Distinguished Fellowship award, the institute’s greatest academic honor, for his outstanding leadership, generosity and significant contributions to the County of Roscommon, the Country of Ireland, and for the positive impact he has had on the lives of Harmac’s 1,000 employees and their communities worldwide.

Somers is a board member of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Biocoat Inc., and AdvaMed Accel. He is a prior board member of the Urban League of Buffalo.

He has a BA from Williams College, an MBA from Boston University and has completed the President’s Program in Leadership at Harvard Business School.