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Forty Under 40 Class of 2013

Nathaniel Bank
Associate attorney
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Residence: South Wedge
Rochester in one word: Opportunity
Influenced by: Larry Glazer

Kristie Beach
Senior manager
EFP Rotenberg LLP
Residence: Webster
Rochester in one word: Developing
Influenced by: Bob Fox

Guy Beaudoin
Manager; Central and Western New York complex
Charles Schwab Corp.
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”—Abraham Lincoln
Influenced by: Howard Haims

Leonard Brock
Executive for education initiatives; Alliance director, ROC the Future
The Children’s Agenda
Residence: City of Rochester
Rochester in one word: Paradoxical
Influenced by: Matt Augustine

Mona Chitre
Vice president and chief pharmacy officer
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Residence: Victor
Favorite quote: “Just do it”—Nike
Influenced by: The entire Rochester community is filled with outstanding business leaders who have helped reshape Rochester during economic hard times. But I don’t need to look further than my own organization to see examples of leadership that have influenced my career. Specifically, Chris Booth, Dorothy Coleman and Pat Heffernan have taught me how to think strategically and view our business challenges through the lens of what will best help keep our community healthy.

Gregory Coughlin
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Residence: Penfield
Rochester in one word: Supportive

Jason DeLaurentiis
DeMott & Smith CPAs P.C.
Residence: Pittsford

Carey Ann Denefrio
Attorney; Confidential law clerk to Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman
U.S. District Court
Residence: Rochester
Favorite quote: “It never occurred to me to doubt myself.”—Katherine Hepburn

Paul DeSarra
Practice director, business intelligence
Inergex Inc.
Residence: Webster
Favorite quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”—Walt Disney

Michael Doughty
Deputy superintendent
Monroe No. 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services
Residence: Hilton
Favorite quote: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”—Barry Goldwater

Vincent Esposito
Regional director; Empire State Development Corp.
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council
Residence: Irondequoit
Favorite quote: “Courage is grace under pressure.”—Ernest Hemingway
Influenced by: Joe Morelle

Gerald Furciniti
Portfolio manager
QCI Asset Management Inc.
Residence: Fairport
Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”—Henry Ford
Influenced by: Edward Shill, principal and chief investment officer of QCI Asset Management

Felicia Garcia-Hartstein
Director, university volunteer management
University of Rochester
Residence: Brighton
Rochester in one word: Family-oriented

Jason Garlock
Partner, director of investments
Cobblestone Capital Advisors LLC
Residence: Penfield

Kenneth Glazer
Managing partner
Buckingham Properties LLC
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”—Benjamin Franklin
Influenced by: My father, Larry Glazer

Jason Hall
Director of corporate development
Benefit Resource Inc.
Residence: Rochester
Influenced by: Will Hoy

Christopher Harris
Audit manager
Rizzo DiGiacco Hern & Baniewicz CPAs PLLC
Residence: Farmington
Rochester in one word: Smorgasbord
Influenced by: Mary Whittier

Timothy Hern
Rizzo DiGiacco Hern & Baniewicz CPAs PLLC
Residence: Victor
Rochester in one word: Home
Influenced by: John Rizzo

Marc Natale
Executive director
American Heart Association, Rochester Region
Residence: Churchville
Rochester in one word: Know-how
Influenced by: Too many to list! I take something away from every interaction and relationship, which has made me who I am.

Dina Parker
Manager, recruitment
Rochester Regional Health System
Residence: Webster
Favorite quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”—John Adams
Influenced by: Portia James; she taught me how to be a leader in my role at Unity Health. She inspired and challenged me to be a strategic and influential leader.

Thomas Parrish
Executive director
Geva Theatre Center Inc.
Residence: Downtown Rochester
Favorite quote: “This above all: to thine own self be true.”—William Shakespeare, “Hamlet,” Act I, Scene III

Kelly Pronti
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Matthew Ray
Vice president and relationship manager
M&T Bank Corp.
Residence: Victor
Rochester in one word: Opportunity
Influenced by: Dan Burns, regional president, M&T Bank

Mauricio Riveros
Executive vice president
The Pike Co. Inc.

Kate Saracene
Nixon Peabody LLP
Residence: Webster
Favorite quote: “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get, but if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”—Conan O’Brien
Influenced by: Bill Roscoe, former director of industrial relations at Xerox Corp.

Eric Schillinger
Business development relationship manager—East Coast
Xceed Federal Credit Union
Residence: Corn Hill Neighborhood
Favorite quote: “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”—Lord Byron
Influenced by: John Morphy

Mark Simmons
Lieutenant, Chief’s Office; Project coordinator, Reorganization Project
Rochester Police Department
Residence: Greece
Favorite quote: “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”—William Arthur Ward
Influenced by: Retired Police Chief James Sheppard

Meredith Smith
Associate vice president; Government and community relations
Rochester Institute of Technology

Courtney Spitz
The Bonadio Group LLC
Residence: Pittsford

David Tang
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Residence: Perinton
Favorite quote: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”—Alexander Graham Bell
Influenced by: Ritter Shumway

Chad Teeters M.D.
Chief of cardiology, Highland Hospital; Assistant professor of clinical medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Residence: Pittsford
Rochester in one word: Dynamic
Influenced by: Robert McCann M.D., chief of medicine, Highland Hospital

Matt Vahue
Managing director
Principal Financial Group
Residence: Canandaigua
Rochester in one word: Significant

Jeff Valentine
Exium Partners
Residence: Fairport
Rochester in one word: Bifurcated
Influenced by: Mark Peterson

Steven Vogt
Implementation project manager
MediSked LLC
Residence: Penfield
Rochester in one word: Affordable
Influenced by: Arunas Chesonis

Jennifer Wallace
Vice president
First Niagara Risk Management
Residence: Perinton
Favorite quote: “Give thanks and praise the Lord and I will feel all right”—Bob Marley
Influenced by: Suzanne Nasipak Chapman

Robert Werkmeister
Symbolic Inc.
Residence: Victor
Rochester in one word: Home
Influenced by: Pete Bothner, athletic director at Nazareth College of Rochester

Kanika Wright
Equipment manufacturing manager; X-ray Solutions
Carestream Health Inc.
Residence: City of Rochester
Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi

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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