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Kestenbaum to Retire from Hudson Technologies

PEARL RIVER, N.Y.  — Hudson Technologies, Inc. announced that Jay Kestenbaum will be retiring effective July 1, 2021. Jay currently serves as senior vice president of business development.

Jay came to Hudson Technologies, in October 2017, with the acquisition of Airgas Refrigerants in the role of senior vice president of sales and purchasing. Since that time, he has worked closely with the late Kevin Zugibe (founder of Hudson Technologies) and Brian Coleman, president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors, assisting with the integration process.

Jay Kestenbaum’s father started Refrigeration Sales Co., Inc., in 1954, as a refrigerant gas supplier. His niche was free next day delivery of any refrigerant from coast to coast, pioneering this approach to refrigerant supply. As a result, Jay and his brother, Jerry Kestenbaum, grew up in this industry.

Jay received his BS in General Business from New York University and an MBA in Accounting from New York University Graduate School of Business. He began his career with Price Waterhouse as a public accountant in the mid-1970s. He later received his CPA and in 1978, joined his father’s company as vice president.

Sometime after his father, Leonard Kestenbaum retired, Jay and his brother Jerry changed the company name to REFRON Inc. and served as joint proprietors in the roles of president and vice president, respectively. In 2008, Airgas, Inc. acquired REFRON, however Jay’s passion for this industry kept him engaged and he agreed to lead their sales and purchasing teams for their newly formed division, Airgas Refrigerants, Inc. He continued in this role from 2008 until October 2017.

Hudson Technologies, Inc. thanks Jay for his 40 plus years of service to the industry. More importantly, for his contribution over the past three plus years to the organization. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement where he will have the opportunity to spend time with his family of seven children, their spouses and many grandchildren.