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MICHAEL MANDINA
Position: President, Optimax Systems Inc.
Previous business ventures: Founder, Cormac Industries Inc.; general manager, Melles Griot Optical Systems Inc.
Age: 41
Quote: “I’m a very conservative, straightforward person, and I have very strong values about how you should deal with people. I tend to surround myself with people who share those same beliefs. It makes this kind of business much easier to run, though it’s still difficult. I don’t want to ride shotgun over people. People I’ve got to ride shotgun over either quit or they get fired. Peer pressure drives them out because they just don’t fit in.”

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