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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 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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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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Bob Conge: Making a living
telling stories without words

Bob Conge lives south of Rochester on the edge of nowhere–nowhere being also known as Wayland, N.Y. It is the kind of place where trees outnumber people a million to one, a place with air so clean and clear that ...

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Robert Lee: Negotiating
win-win development solutions

Robert Lee, the new executive director of Rochester Downtown Development Corp., is spending a rare day at the organization’s Alliance Building headquarters. One of his first acts in the job was to cut time spent in the office. The move ...

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Gregory Mott: His practice is anything but second class

Most people get gavels to commemorate their service chairing Monroe County Bar Association sections. Gregory Mott said he would rather receive a battle ribbon. He got it. Mott had served in 1986 as chairman of the Family Law Section for ...

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Steven Chartrand: The nerve to try something new in radio

Steven Chartrand has earned a couple of titles in his 22-year radio career. Since he became general manager and co-owner of WNVE-FM Rochester’s home of syndicated talk show host Howard Stern and a new format, modern rock crazy is one ...

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MARCIA (mar-SEE-ah) KNOWLES MATTHEWS Position: Manager, Xerox corporate work-force diversity Born: Oakland, Calif., 1950 Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, UCLA Family: Husband, Stephen; daughter Morgan, 4 Bedside reading: “The Rage of a Privileged Class,” by Ellis Cose; “The Dead Sea ...

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Marcia Knowles Matthews:
Making diversity the Xerox difference

On her first day as a Xerox Corp. employee, Marcia Knowles Matthews felt the brawn of minority groups at work within the firm. “This black guy came up to me and said: “Hello, welcome, glad to see you’re here–but I ...

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Larry Day:
The accelerator at Monro Muffler Brake

Larry Day’s hand hovers over a map of the United States, describing small circles as it darts from New England to Ohio and dives down to Virginia. The map hangs where he can easily see it from his desk. Protruding ...

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