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Lyn Pankoff:
A college dean shaped by the classroom

The new dean of the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology might be called the accidental educator. “I enjoyed being a student,” says Lyn Pankoff, who transformed his love of studying into teaching. He served as a faculty ...

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Lyn Pankoff Position: Dean, College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology Age: 58 Education: B.S., management science, Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1961; M.S., behavioral science, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, 1963; MBA, statistics and economics, ...

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Matthew Pica:
Doing what needs to be done for change

When GF Management Inc. in July tapped Matthew Pica to run the Four Points by Sheraton Rochester Riverside Hotel, he accepted on one condition. At the time a vice president in the parent firm’s Moorestown, N.J., corporate headquarters, Pica agreed ...

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Matthew Pica Position: General manager, Four Points by Sheraton Rochester Riverside Hotel Age: 36 Education: B.S., hotel and restaurant management, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, N.J., 1983 Family: Wife, Patricia; Children, Nicole, 9, Gillian, 7 Interests: Golf; work around the house ...

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William Gandy:
A practiced investigator makes his case

Sure, he’s a nice guy, but you still do not want to mess with Bill Gandy. Gandy is an ex-FBI agent and former criminal prosecutor who never goes into a situation unprepared. Doing the legwork, doing the research and following ...

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William Gandy Position: Managing partner, president and CEO, Saperston & Day P.C. Age: 48 Education: B.A., history, St. Lawrence University, 1971, and J.D., Syracuse University, 1975 Family: Wife, Joanna; Children, Matthew, 19, Margaret, 17, Sara, 14 Interests: Riding mountain bike ...

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James Froehler Position: Chairman and CEO, People’s Pottery Inc. Age: 50 Education: B.S., business administration, 1972, and MBA, 1978, both from Rochester Institute of Technology Family: Children (from previous marriage), Michael, 23, Jessica, 20 Interests: Traveling to warmer climates Quote: ...

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Carla and James Froehler:
Firing up a national chain of craft stores

Some say nothing pays off more than hard-earned experience. Carla and James Froehler, owners of People’s Pottery Inc., would agree. Last month, thanks to their combined 30 years of retail experience, the Froehlers secured $17.4 million in financial backing from ...

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Carla Froehler Position: President and chief operating officer, People’s Pottery Inc. Age: 42 Education: B.A., business management, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 1977 Family: Son (from previous marriage), Christopher, 16 Interests: Gourmet cooking The best part of the job: “It’s like ...

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Joseph Clayton Position: President and CEO, Frontier Corp. Age: 47 Education: B.A., business administration and economics, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Ky., 1971; MBA, marketing and management, Indiana University at Bloomington, 1972 Family: Wife, Jan; children, Megan, 11, Kelly, 10, Kathleen, 7, ...

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Joseph Clayton:
A man poised to rally his new troops

Dressed like Gen. George Patton– down to the riding crop–Joseph Clayton rode atop an Army tank as he ordered it to crush dozens of Japanese-made television sets. “I am a big believer in motivation,” Clayton says. “Business should be fun ...

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Laurence Glazer and Harold Samloff:
An ability to transform dross into gold

The polite term for what real estate developers Laurence Glazer and Harold Samloff do is adaptive reuse. Detractors have been known to write the pair off as bottom fishers. Principals of Buckingham Properties LLC, Samloff and Glazer have made tidy ...

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Harold Samloff Position: Principal, Buckingham Properties LLC Age: 60 Education: B.A., government, Cornell University, Ithaca, 1959; LLB, J.D., Columbia University, New York City, 1962 Family: Wife, Judy; children, Debra, 29, and Linda, 27 Interests: Tennis, travel Quote: “I had a ...

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Laurence Glazer Position: Principal, Buckingham Properties LLC Age: 51 Education: B.A., accounting, SUNY at Buffalo, 1967; MBA, finance, Columbia University, New York City, 1969 Family: Wife, Jane; children, Mindy, 26, Ricky, 24, and Kenny, 23 Interests: Tennis, squash, piloting his ...

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Joseph Oster Position: President, NetWorks Inc. Age: 38 Education: B.S., business administration (marketing concentration), SUNY College at Brockport, 1983 Family: Wife, Carol; children, Jacob, 7, and Jack, 6 Interests: Restoring classic cars, boating, playing piano, building and flying model aircraft, ...

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