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Michael MacDonald Position: Xerox Corp. senior vice president for operations support and chief of staff of U.S. Customer Operations Age: 43 Education: B.A., political science, Rutgers University, Princeton, N.J., 1975; attended John C. Hagen Graduate School of Business at Iona ...

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Michael MacDonald:
An executive who knows his customers

Lately, for the first time in a two-decade career with Xerox Corp., Michael MacDonald begun to entertain the notion that someday he might work elsewhere. A rising star at the company, MacDonald in January was named senior vice president for ...

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Learning to serve

Corpus Christi Church Inc.’s Rogers House-Prison Ministry offers job training for ex-offenders in cooperation with Rogers House Restaurant, which opened in 1987 after three years of renovation by parishioners. It also provides church members and other customers with a friendly ...

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James Smith
Investing in the future of ex-offenders

Given that widespread failure, Smith says, “some people are looking for creative alternatives (to repeated incarceration). They are able to see beyond the need to punish.” Last year, Rogers House–operating on a budget of some $150,000–“graduated” eight ex-offenders, men who ...

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John Stratakos: Laughing all the way to the bottom line

The semiconductor industry’s infamous roller-coaster rides can wreak havoc on companies, employees and executives. John Stratakos has weathered many of those turbulent trips. Some 20 years’ experience allows him to take a calmer approach to the industry’s wild mood swings. ...

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Dennis Mullen:
It’s a textbook example of a turnaround

Dennis Mullen has put his teaching degree to work for him over the last year. The president and CEO of Curtice Burns Foods Inc. had to convince both the company board and then the board of Pro-Fac Cooperative Inc., its ...

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Salvator LaBella: Engineering a new
strategy for growth

Where does the water go when you pull the plug on your bath? Never thought too much about it? You don’t have to. Salvatore LaBella has. More than a decade of planning and construction was required for the massive combined ...

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Salvatore LaBella Position: President, LaBella Associates P.C. Age: 56 Education: B.S., civil engineering, University of Detroit, 1963; M.S., civil engineering, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis St. Paul, 1965 Marital status: Married 30 years to Sandra LaBella Children: Cynthia, 28; Wayne, ...

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William Pollock:
A entrepreneur who runs with the best

William Pollock started running as an 8-year-old growing up in African jungles. The son of a missionary, Pollock ran his way–barefoot–to national acclaim in Egypt, and then on to collegiate titles in the United States. Today, he runs one of ...

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Jerome Stoeffhaas:
A filmmaker who sees the big picture

We’re a conduit for information,” JeromeStoeffhaas explains into the receiver. The phone has been ringing all morning with inquiries about an open casting call Stoeffhaas had advertised recently. The producers of “The Legend of Cryin’ Ryan,” a low-budget film to ...

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Gerald Schulze:
Dedicated to restoring a spirit of growth

Gerald Schulze has 12 people reporting directly to him as president and CEO of Medeva Americas Inc. Some people might think he should revamp his approach, he says, but Schulze likes a flat management structure. That way, he is not ...

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Peter Pape:
A natural entrepreneur in his elements

Ex-car salesman Peter Pape knows how to drive the growth of a business. Pape formed the Riverside Group four years ago, melding four separate post-press firms into a single company. From virtually nowhere the business has come to be the ...

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Peter Pape Position: President and owner, the Riverside Group Age: 41 Education: Associate in business degree, Alfred University, 1974 Marital status: Married 12 years to Beatrice Pape Children: Wayne, 9; Victoria, 8 Civic involvement: Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of ...

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Sandy Wolcott Jr.:
A manager who knows where he’s going

Dr. Seuss generally does not make the must-read business book list– except if you work for Malcolm “Sandy” Wolcott Jr., and he buys 10 dozen of the good doctor’s books to drive home his theme for 1997. The book–“Oh, the ...

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James Moore:
A notable career that seems only natural

There are some people for whom life seems charted in advance, as if Rand McNally had mapped it out. A golf phenom named Tiger comes to mind. Or Michael Jordan. But this occurs not just in athletics. Some artists, doctors ...

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