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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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Eugene Polisseni: An executive whose roots run deep

When Eugene Polisseni talks about his “baptism by fire” in the world of computers, he lights up. The year was 1977, the machinery ran on punch cards and Polisseni had just borrowed a van to move his wife and four ...

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Eugene Welch: A novice
in politics out to make his case

Eugene Welch has a theory. Good musicians, he believes, make good lawyers. As head of the state attorney general’s Rochester office, Welch says, he never failed to quiz applicants for assistant slots on their musical interests and abilities. It has ...

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Carol O’Connor:
A strategic advocate for women in need

For Carol O’Connor, 1995 has become a year of transition and reflection. The executive director of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County soon will leave her post after leading the organization through a complete turnaround. Before O’Connor assumes her ...

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Jeremiah Carr: An executive who knows no fear of change

You’ve seen him on television. You’ve heard him on the radio. But just what does this man do? “I’m in charge of the telephone,” Jeremiah Carr jokes. “I watch it.” That’s not all he watches. As president of Frontier Corp.’s ...

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John Doyle: Ready to do battle for county executive

“I have stood on Patton’s grave,” John Doyle announces with a passion that few know him by. Balding, bespectacled and portly, Doyle has the dark-suited, lawyerly appearance of a man in the background when the photo of the bill signing ...

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James Shapiro: Bringing
business sense to mediation work

He is just no good at golf. That, James Shapiro says, explains why he took to the law at a point in his career when most successful executives kick back and consult. And if the luck Shapiro credits with putting ...

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Patricia Schoelles:
Bringing St. Bernard’s out of the clouds

High atop a hill overlooking Highland Park’s lush greenery, the castle-like towers of St. Bernard’s Institute easily could inspire lofty thoughts of the divine. But the institute’s president can think of an even better location for her school: a suburban ...

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PATRICIA SCHOELLES Position: President, St. Bernard’s Institute Age: 46 Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Nazareth College; doctorate in theology, University of Notre Dame Quote: “Thomas Aquinas, this great 13th-century theologian, said anybody can know truth in the abstract. He said ...

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