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Paul Wetenhall:
The odyssey of a software entrepreneur

The thin black box Paul Wetenhall fishes out of his desk–an electronic Bible, it turns out–hardly looks like a business’ bane. Wetenhall can set you straight on that –and how. Having navigated the shoals of SelecTronics Inc.’s short-lived, stormy sail ...

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PAUL WETTENHALL Position: Founder and president, QSoft Solutions Corp. Age: 43 Past positions: Chief operating officer, Microlytics Inc. and SelecTronics Inc.; held various marketing and finance posts during a 13-year tenure at Xerox Corp. Education: Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, ...

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Dennis Richardson:
Bringing a whole new view to the hill

When Dennis Richardson’s predecessor arrived at Hillside Children’s Center in 1969, he was able to tour all of the agency’s facilities by the end of his first morning on the job. When Richardson stepped into the president and CEO’s shoes ...

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Stuart Mitchell: A passionate advocate for the rural poor

Stuart Mitchell still does not know what to make of the new competition for federal funds to aid migrant farm workers. In this year’s bidding for the U.S. Department of Labor money that undergirds the advocacy and training services of ...

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Helping RIT
hit it big

William Nowlin swears he did not plan it this way. Little did he know that this week’s picnic–an annual event for Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Business–would fall just one day after the Sept. 18 issue of U.S. News ...

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WILLIAM NOWLIN Position: Acting dean, College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology Age: 45 Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, SUNY’s Empire State College; master’s degree in public administration, SUNY College at Brockport; Ph.D. in higher education administration, State ...

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Gil Cooper: A career built on catching the bad guys

OK, let’s get this out of the way up front: Being an FBI agent ain’t glamorous. Not unless mounds of paperwork make you passionate. In fact, as Gil Cooper tells it, working for the FBI is a lot like working ...

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Bruce Bates:
A rock of stability in turbulent times

To find out how it feels to be a big- time stockbroker hooked into a Wall Street heavyweight house in a town packed with local, independent investment firms, don’t talk to Bruce Bates. Bates is big time–a senior vice president ...

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Sam Gionta: Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corp.

Sam Gionta will retire. He swears it. Gionta, chairman of Rochester Colonial Manufacturing Corp., is preparing for his eclipse as methodically as he built the business. You can almost see him ticking off steps on a mental checklist: 1. Groom ...

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Chip Holt takes Xerox
into the 21st century

Call him DocuDad. In his red polo shirt and khakis, Chip Holt–Charles to those few who insist on formalities–looks more like a golf pro than a paradigm shifter. Don’t be fooled. Holt invented Xerox Corp.’s DocuTech, the digital-printing Leviathan that ...

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Breathing new fire into the union cause

The first thing you notice in Neil Burnside’s office are the animal heads covering the walls: a water buffalo, African antelopes and the bleached skull of a rather large warthog. The stuffed lion–52nd largest in the world to be dropped ...

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Sage, Rutty’s William Holley believes
in lasting business relationships

William Holley refuses to race his grandchildren on the computer. Chairman of 80-year-old Sage, Rutty & Co. Inc., Holley knows a bad bet when he sees one. And in any contest of computer ability between his school-age grandchildren and himself, ...

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Ross and Nancy Kitt: They do more
than talk about employee empowerment

As husband-and-wife leaders of General Code Publishers Corp., which researches, organizes and publishes municipal-code books for cities and towns in the United States and Canada, the Kitts are living examples of how defining and pursuing workplace values can make a ...

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Finding life
in a “dead horse”

Michael Mandina is a rodeo rider, of sorts. “The optics industry has done nothing but go downhill since I’ve been a part of it, at least the optics manufacturing part,” the president of Optimax Systems Inc. says. “It’s kind of ...

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MICHAEL MANDINA Position: President, Optimax Systems Inc. Previous business ventures: Founder, Cormac Industries Inc.; general manager, Melles Griot Optical Systems Inc. Age: 41 Quote: “I’m a very conservative, straightforward person, and I have very strong values about how you should ...

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