Albert W. Ondis founded Astro-Med, Inc. in 1969 and served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors until his passing in July of 2011. He held multiple patents related to the business of the company, including patents pertaining to data acquisition recording and variable information printing. Mr. Ondis was a board member of several educational and non-profit organizations. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and was a trustee of Bryant University for 9 years, the maximum term of service. He served as a director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council for 15 years. Mr. Ondis was a graduate of Boston University with a BA in Political Science.