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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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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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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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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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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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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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Theodore Levy:
A stock pro who follows his own beat

Whether at the office crunching numbers on three computers running simultaneously or relaxing at home playing his favorite George Gershwin songs, tickling keyboards fills Theodore Levy’s days and nights. Levy easily ranks as the best-known local stock analyst–a reflection of ...

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Theodore Levy Position: Senior vice president and director of research, Essex Capital Markets Inc. Age: 57 Education: B.S., accounting, University of Rochester, 1960; M.S., finance, University of Rochester, 1964 Family: Wife, Shirley; children, Michael, 30, and Shari, 28 Hobbies: Music, ...

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Al Charbonneau:
Building a community health care voice

Over the next year, the Rochester Health Commission could establish itself as an independent voice for quality and value in the health care system. The panel also could falter, a good idea that never took off. Whatever the future holds, ...

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Albert Charbonneau Position: President and CEO, the Rochester Health Commission Age: 54 Education: B.S., literature and philosophy, University of Rhode Island, 1968; MBA, health care administration, Cornell University, 1973 Family: Wife, Marie; children, Jonathan, 17, and Jessie, 12 Hobbies: Tennis, ...

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Jama Dodson:
An organization that’s forever young

In 1971, opposition to the Vietnam War galvanized young activists around the country. They had all the answers–or so they thought. Such strong beliefs–and a commitment to act on them–prompted a group of young Rochesterians, who called themselves the Monroe ...

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Jama Dodson Position: Executive director, the Center for Youth Services Inc. Age: 44 Education: B.S., education, Southwest Missouri State University, 1975; master’s of public administration, SUNY College at Brockport, 1995 Marital status: Married nine years to James Chisholm Community involvement: ...

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Douglas Woods:
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of success

It is the summer of 1995, and Douglas Woods is a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Upstate New York division Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is sitting at a table at the awards banquet certain he will not win. ...

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Douglas Woods Position: President, Liberty Precision Industries Ltd. Age: 36 Education: B.S., marketing, Syracuse University’s School of Management, Syracuse, N.Y., 1981; B.S., finance, Syracuse University, 1982 Marital status: Married 11 years to Mary Woods Children: Marlies, 6; second daughter due ...

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Russell Stingel, makes his mark on IEC

Last year, IEC Electronics Corp. was reeling. Its profits and stock price fell and Roger Main–the founder, president and CEO of the 30-year-old Wayne County company–died. Layoffs slashed the company’s employment to 1,000 from a peak of 1,700. Then Main’s ...

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