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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:
An entrepreneur who’s wired for growth

Eighteen years ago, a Model 1 computer wheeled through the door of a local Radio Shack store. The task of figuring out the chain’s first personal computer fell to a college student working there part time. “This thing came in ...

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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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Michael Hodgdon:
Dreams of building a restaurant empire

I have seen the future and the future is beer.” That’s what Michael Hodgdon told his future business partner David Katleski in 1989. At age 25, Hodgdon for a few years had been toying with the idea of becoming an ...

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Michael Hodgdon Position: Partner, Empire Brewing Co. Age: 32 Education: B.S., finance, Siena College, 1986 Marital status: Single Interests: Mountain biking, skiing and the pursuit of leisure time Quote: “With so many similar products and services vying for the same ...

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Paul Yu:
The education of a college administrator

SUNY College at Brockport president Paul Yu, who readily admits he has not planned his career very well, was surprised to find himself in his first administrative position 16 years ago. Then a philosophy professor at Central Michigan University, he ...

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Paul Yu Position: President, SUNY College at Brockport Age: 55 Education: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., philosophy, University of Michigan, 1965, 1967, 1973, respectively Family: Wife, Ellen; children, Gregory, 22, Nicholas, 19 Interests: Poetry, college basketball, fine dining, literature, Go (Chinese board ...

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Mark Ashworth:
Getting Monroe Litho back in the race

At the moment Mark Ashworth feels a little like someone who found a winning lottery ticket. The son of a printer who grew up working in his father’s shop, he always wanted to run a printing firm. But after working ...

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Mark Ashworth Position: President, Monroe Litho Inc. Age: 39 Education: Attended the University of Maryland via U.S. Army correspondence courses, 1977-1979; Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C., 1979-1981; Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Printing Management and Sciences, 1982- 1983 Family: Wife, ...

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