Michael J. Rizzolo
President and CEO
Michael Rizzolo learned sign language from several Deaf neighbors and became an interpreter while attending college at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). After graduation, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf hired Michael as a manager of Interpreting Services. This endeavor has been his profession and vocation ever since, and he openly expresses his love for it. But, after 12 years of managing and teaching, Michael was ready to welcome a new challenge.
Michael started Interpretek over 25 years ago with the goal of improving the quality of interpreting services for all stakeholders. The company focused on upgrading the services experienced by their Deaf and hearing consumers, the professional interpreters, and the employees of the company.
“I am proud to say we have successfully accomplished all three of these objectives. We are very proud of what we have built and continue to accomplish together,” says Michael. “We called ourselves Interpretek because we could see the impact that technology was going to play in the delivery of access services. We could not have predicted just how significant that would be.”
With every passing year the impact continues to grow and now Interpretek provides services all over the country and sometimes around the world. Michael is fortunate to have created a wonderful team of true professionals. Each colleague is committed to service excellence and enjoys the creativity required to bring quality services to the communities and customers served.
“I have the best job in the world!”