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Paul Nunes: Underberg & Kessler

Anyone who saw Paul Nunes perform at March’s Stand Up for GeVa benefit knows the guy is a natural born ham. His rousing piano riff accompanied Underberg & Kessler LLP colleague Gordon Lipson in an inspired rendition of a somewhat ...

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William Strassburg: Chase-Pitkin Home & Garden

The screen saver on William Strassburg’s computer says, “Every day you get my best.” The president of Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden says he believes no one–from shelf stocker to store manager to president–can slack off for even one day if ...

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Denise Gutstein: Rochester Telephone Corp.

It’s easy to peg Denise Gutstein as an engineer: Her bulky, multifunctional watch–the kind that keeps time while calculating hyperbolic cosines–is a dead giveaway. Less transparent but equally strong is the management prowess the 32-year-old Gutstein wields in her new ...

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Richard Rosenbloom: A former judge finds new life in the law

If Richard Rosenbloom were the sort of man to sport a tattoo, it would read: Born to judge. But two years ago, at age 60 and after nearly two decades on the bench, he lost his state Supreme Court seat ...

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Bliss Unlimited (continued)

Arriving at this business and this philosophy has involved journeys for both Fagbayis. Mutiu, 43, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and in 1973 came to Ohio to study chemical engineering at the University of Dayton. A native of the Bahamas, ...

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Mutiu and Patricia Fagbayi: Bliss Unlimited

In the year since they formed Bliss Unlimited Inc., no one has chosen to pay less than the full amount. As consultants with long experience as chemical engineers, analysts and managers at Eastman Kodak Co., the Fagbayis provide all of ...

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Sister Marie Michelle Peartree: St. Ann’s Community

Sister Marie Michelle Peartree did not become CEO of St. Ann’s Community by choice. The local Catholic hierarchy told her that she was going to go back to school to change vocations. That was 1962, and she was scared to ...

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Sold on cellular

Raymond Bauer Position: Vice president and general manager, Cellular One Upstate New York Age: 42 Avocations: Fishing, yard work Quote: “I actually enjoy cutting the grass, just out there pushing the mower. You want to know something? I’m thinking about ...

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Raymond Bauer: Cellular One

Raymond Bauer loves the sell. “Do you have a cellular phone?” he asks, smiling his I’ve- got-a-deal-for-you smile. “You oughta have one, you know.” Selling cellular is Bauer’s main mission, as vice president and general manager of Cellular One properties ...

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William Turri: Case-Hoyt Corp.

On Monday, 33 years to the day since he first went to work at Case-Hoyt Corp., William Turri again strode into the Rochester printing firm. On May 20, 1963, six months out of school, he had started work there as ...

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Walter McCanna: Giving bad grades to business excesses

Too much emphasis on profit, too little on purpose and too few workers’ voices heard in policy setting. Those are the big problems with American business today. Says who? Some wild-eyed, rabble-rousing kid? Hardly. At age 60, Walter McCanna has ...

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Gary Domenico: IMPCO Enterprises Inc.

“It took people by surprise,” recalls Domenico, president and CEO of IMPCO Enterprises Inc. “People came up afterward and said it was refreshing.” At IMPCO headquarters on Rockwood Street, employees, too, are learning how performance involves more than being competent ...

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Xerox Corp. executive gives
new meaning to “high energy”

Some people–dairy farmers, newspaper carriers and such–start their days early. Then there’s Linda Becker. This Xerox Corp. executive sets her alarm for 4:42 a.m.–and doesn’t cheat with the snooze button. “The big joke is that by 4:45 I’m on voice ...

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Linda Becker

Position: Vice president and general manager, Xerox Upstate New York customer business unit Age: 40 Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance, Monmouth College Quote: “I think the biggest problem that managers have is that people don’t know when they’re ...

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Amy Tait:
Home Properties

When Amy Tait’s freshman adviser at Princeton University told her she probably would wash out of the school’s civil engineering program, her response was polite. Inside, she was seething. Still, Tait recalls, she did not make a fuss. She smiled, ...

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