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‘Bug guy’ takes charge at Geneva agricultural station (access required)

Streamlining and interdisciplinary work. Those appear to be main objectives of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station’s newest director, Jan Nyrop, 62, who did the job on an interim basis starting in March 2017 and was appointed permanently in ...

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Eagle’s focus on quality keeps safety eyewear on top (access required)

Charlie Eagle smiles when he recalls his nickname at work. It’s a compliment, after all. “They joke about me being the Energizer bunny around here … go, go, go,” says the 46-year-old vice president of Art-Craft Optical Co. Inc. “It’s ...

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Dean Jones brings fresh thinking to a brewing institution (access required)

  In many ways, the Genesee Brewing Co. is much like any other brewery. The warm, slightly saccharine scent of steeping malts drifts through its corridors; the shimmering stainless steel tanks are perched atop cement floors and vats of spent ...

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Amerks’ Rob Minter strives to give hockey fans a time to remember (access required)

  When he completed high school and headed off to Shepherd University, Rob Minter knew he wasn’t destined for a career on the ball diamonds of Major League Baseball. Scouts were clamoring about guys named Justin Verlander, Jared Weaver and ...

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Innovative Solutions owner takes unorthodox approach to management (access required)

Many IT companies stick to the beaten path when it comes to growing and developing their business. But Innovative Solutions’ owner and CEO Justin Copie has a vision for the company that is just that: Innovative. Business owners often mistake ...

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Sam Filler is spreading the word on New York wine (access required)

What does living on the Upper West Side of New York City have to do with being the executive director of New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which is headquartered in Canandaigua? Plenty, it turns out. Sam Filler, who became the new ...

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Manikowski takes dynamic approach to Ontario County growth (access required)

  Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that speaks volumes about who you are. When Michael Manikowski joined the Ontario County Office of Economic Development three decades ago, then-county administrator John Hicks put him through a subtle test. “When he ...

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Monroe County’s public health chief works to reduce opioid crisis (access required)

The modern landscape of public health is one riddled with trials. From classic hurdles such as poverty to more contemporary issues such as the opioid epidemic, it’s a field constantly facing new challenges and barriers to break through. For Michael ...

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Steve Metzger rises through ranks at LaBella Associates (access required)

For a good four years, starting in 1999, Steve Metzger spent the majority of his workweeks bringing to fruition the terminal building at the Port of Rochester. As vice president and director of civil engineering for LaBella Associates, Metzger was ...

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Profile: Dixon takes on new role (access required)

Cressida Dixon, chair of the trust and estates department at Bond, Schoeneck & King, is now deputy managing member of the Rochester office. “I’m very excited about taking on new opportunities on the management side. This is a great opportunity ...

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Jerry Grant: The man with computer drive (access required)

Jerry Grant juggles a demanding schedule as the owner of a private computer consulting business and part-time digital forensics investigator for the Federal Public Defender’s Office, but he claims he’s never worked a day in his life. Grant, who has ...

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Neal Evans is Rochester’s Mr. GM (access required)

It may be hard to fathom, but imagine a manufacturer losing 30,000 years of experience in one fell swoop. That’s what happened following Delphi Automotive Systems’ 2005 bankruptcy filing, which resulted in more than 1,000 early retirements. And that was ...

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A life of compassion at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center (access required)

In the kitchen of her home off Lake Avenue, Christine Wagner scurries between her oven and the half dozen trays of unbaked bread resting on countertops, preparing for their journey to the annual church bake sale. In the center of ...

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Giovenco parleys curiosity, talent to reach top spot at Bergmann

  You read Pete Giovenco’s request to the 400-plus employees of Bergmann in his quarterly in-house newsletter and you don’t envision the warm smile, the down-to-earth demeanor and the raised-by-Italian-immigrants work ethic he possesses. You also don’t see someone who ...

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Home care has a powerful advocate in Elizabeth Zicari (access required)

In 2010 Elizabeth Zicari decided it was time to hang up her Jazzercise shoes, but her energy has not waned. Many people in the community recognize the Brighton native as the first Jazzercise instructor in Rochester, introducing the fitness class ...

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