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Forty Under 40 Class of 1996

Martin Birmingham
President and CEO
Five Star Bank and Financial Institutions Inc.
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”—Winston Churchill
Influenced by: My career has been influenced by significant personal and professional relationships with mentors and supporters over the last 25 years. I would not be where I am today without these relationships.
David Cook
Shareholder (On sabbatical until 2016)
LeClair Ryan P.C.

Michael Cooney 
Partner
Nixon Peabody LLP
Residence: Vienna, Va.
Influenced by: Sue Stewart

Robert
Galbraith Jr. 
Managing partner
Davidson Fink LLP
Residence: Brighton
Rochester in one word: Rudderless

John Hart
Head of the commercial banking credit markets legal group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Residence: Chicago
Favorite quote: “Are you crazy? (You’re worried about drowning.) The fall will probably kill you!”—Butch Cassidy
Influenced by: Hanna Cohn, the late executive director of the Volunteer Legal Services Project

Michael Haymes
Partner
Re/Max Realty Group

Jim Jenkins 
Partner, chair of securities group
Harter Secrest and Emery LLP
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “The world would be much easier if good people had gold stars on their foreheads.”—Jack Jenkins
Influenced by: Charlie Hadeed, chairman, Transcat Inc.

Carl Langsenkamp 
Director, global analyst/public relations
Xerox Corp.
Residence: Penfield
Rochester in one word: Diverse

Laura
Saxby Lynch
Director, corporate communications
Paychex Inc.
Residence: Fairport
Favorite quote: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”—Lao Tzu

Richard Marx
Senior environmental engineer
Nixon Peabody LLP

Dan Mason 
General manager
Rochester Red Wings
Residence: City of Rochester
Favorite quote: “And then some—if you apply these three words to everything you do in your life you will be successful.”— George Toma, the world’s most famous groundskeeper
Influenced by: Naomi Silver and Joe Altobelli

Brian Meath 
Vice president and associate general counsel
Constellation Brands Inc.
Residence: Canandaigua
Favorite quote: “Carpe diem”
William Nojay
Assemblymember
NYS Assembly—District 133

Ronald Pluta 
Managing partner
Calkins Corporate Park LLC
Residence: Rochester
Rochester in one word: Home

James Riedman
Chairman
Phoenix Footwear Group

James Ryan Jr. 
President
Ryco Management
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”—Milton Friedman
Influenced by: Dick Miller. He was president of Case Hoyt when I started there in 1980.

Ronald Sellers 
Lending manager, mortgage banking
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Residence: Rochester
Rochester in one word: Home

Amy Tait 
CEO
Broadstone Real Estate
Residence: City of Rochester
Influenced by: My father, Norman Leenhouts

Cathryn Thomas 
Borough manager
Stroudsburg (Pa.) Borough
Residence: Poconos, Pa.
Favorite quote: “An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.”—Zig Zigla

11/14/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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