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Forty Under 40 Class of 2008

Karen Braun
Research manager
PARC, a Xerox corporation
Residence: Fairport
Favorite quote: “Do something, even if it’s wrong.”—Richard Rybarczyk, my dad

Todd Butler
President and CEO
Advertising Council of Rochester
Residence: Greece
Favorite quote: “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”—Mark Twain
Influenced by: Gayle Rathbun, former executive director, Seneca Park Zoo Society (she now resides in Florida)

Gregory Connors
Managing partner
Connors & Ferris LLP
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “Where else would you rather be than right here, right now?”—Marv Levy
Influenced by: Brett Costello

Anthony Daniele
President and owner
Daniele Family Cos.
Residence: Pittsford
Influenced by: Mario Daniele (My father)

Malik Evans
Business growth program mananger
ESL Federal Credit Union
Residence: Rochester
Favorite quote: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”—Vince Lombardi
Influenced by: There are so many business people in Rochester that I grew up admiring. E.J. Del Monte was someone I watched for years; his story of starting his business in his basement and then growing and branching out into a successful enterprise is very inspring. His entrepreneural mind set is something we should all strive for.

Diane Gardner
Chief tax officer
Kodak Alaris
Residence: Penfield
Favorite quote: “You’re always a little bit stronger than you think you are.”—Robin Roberts

Becky Gillette
Financial advisor
Edward Jones
Residence: Brockport
Rochester in one word: Variety
Favorite quote: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”—Mahatma Gandhi
Influenced by: Kelly Olczak

Therese Hannigan
Interim director, RIT Online
Rochester Institute of Technology

Chandy Kemp
Senior counsel
Harris Beach PLLC
Residence: Le Roy
Favorite quote: “We can secure other people’s approval if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that.”—Mark Twain

Jeffrey Knauss
Asia Pacific communication manager
Xerox Corp.
Residence: Singapore
Favorite quote: “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs

Greta Kolcon
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “Boldness be my friend!”—William Shakespeare, “Cymbeline”

David Kresock
Partner and owner
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Residence: Elba
Rochester in one word: Opportunity
Influenced by: Jack Eisenberg

Paul LeFrois Jr.
Manager, outsource accounting
Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.
Residence: Ogden
Favorite quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”—Erma Bombeck
Influenced by: Jonathan Sacks

Nicole Marro
Senior counsel
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Residence: Victor
Favorite quote: “Hate is a lack of imagination.”—Graham Greene, “The Power and the Glory”

Robert Morgan
Chief operating officer
Upstate Roofing & Painting Inc.
Residence: Gananda
Favorite quote: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”—Peter Drucker
Influenced by: David Pastore, CEO Upstate Roofing & Painting.

Mark Murphy
Greenlight Networks
Residence: Penfield
Favorite quote: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.”—Lou Holtz

Christine Palmiere
Director, strategic projects, global supply chain
CooperVision Inc.
Residence: Victor
Favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead

Michelle Pedzich
Senior vice president, human resources
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Residence: Canandaigua
Favorite quote: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”—Irish proverb

Andrew Raus
Vice president of strategy and development
Bergmann Associates P.C.
Residence: Rochester
Favorite quote: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir man’s blood and probably themselves will never be realized.”—Daniel Burnham
Influenced by: Phil Clark gave me my first shot out of graduate school—enough rope to hone my entrepreneurial skills but not hang myself while learning from my mistakes. Tom Mitchell—through example showing the importance of integrity, ethics and fairness when leading a company.

David Robertson
Linchpin Strategy
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “Leave things better than when you found them.”—Ernest Robertson (my father)
Influenced by: Dick Kaplan

Brian Sampson
Executive director
Unshackle Upstate
Residence: Irondequoit
Favorite quote: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”—John F. Kennedy
Influenced by: Brian Hickey and David Klein

Timothy Saur
Managing director and CEO
Durst Phototechnik North America
Residence: Victor
Rochester in one word: Adequate

Stephanie Schaeffer
Vice president, chief legal officer and secretary
Paychex Inc.
Residence: Pittsford
Rochester in one word: Vibrant!
Influenced by: Too many to list.

Randall Shepard
The Bonadio Group LLP
Residence: Fairport
Rochester in one word: Challenged
Influenced by: Ken Pink and Mario Urso

Thomas Tette
Managing partner
Allied Financial Partners
Residence: Spencerport
Favorite quote: “‘Failing forward’ is the ability to get back up after you’ve been knocked down, learn from your mistake, and move forward in a better direction.”—John Maxwell
Influenced by: Michael Daly

James Waters Jr.
Senior professional development specialist
City of Rochester
Residence: Monroe County
Rochester in one word: Unique

Michael Wiedemer
Senior vice president, national sales director
First American Equipment Finance
Residence: Penfield
Influenced by: Bill Verhelle

Jason Wood
woodcpa plus P.C.
Residence: Pittsford
Rochester in one word: Home
Influenced by: Robert Uthman

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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