Former Imtra CEO and Nat Bishop died after a 15-year battle with melanoma. He was 69.
“Nat will be sorely missed,” CEO Eric Braitmayer said in a statement. “He had an incredible impact on our company culture and was trusted and valued by everyone who had the privilege of working with him.”
Bishop joined Imtra in May 1974 and retired at the end of 2013. He spearheaded the company’s expansion effort by opening its southeast operation in Clearwater, Fla., which proved to be pivotal for growth and profitability.
After returning to New England in 1985, Bishop led Imtra subsidiary Maximum — a boutique manufacturer of weather instrumentation. As a member of the Imtra leadership team, he was responsible for numerous acquisitions and growth activities.
Named CEO in 1997, Bishop took the company through the economic of the Great Recession and prepared Imtra for the future. After retiring, he remained an active member of the board of directors.
“He led us through times of great growth and change, as well as through some of our most challenging moments, and did it all equally well, with grace and humor,” Braitmayer said. “I know I speak for the entire company when I say we are all better for having worked with and known Nat.”