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Performing dual roles is his discipline

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Peter Lennie, University of Rochester provost and faculty dean, is focused on lowering the barriers to academic collaboration. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie)   Peter Lennie was thousands of miles from his home in London, making his first visit to America ...

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IT industry became his field of dreams

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Thrown a curve in his pursuit of a baseball career, John Smith became a "serial entrepreneur" with a family-first focus. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) John Smith has started nearly 20 companies in Rochester over the past four decades. He has ...

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New leader sees uncommon opportunities

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Ward Ghory became head of the Harley School in September. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) When Ward Ghory visited the Harley School during his extended interview process this year, he remembers seeing students rushing about, furiously working on projects despite school ...

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Leader got an early start with numbers

Nancy Catarisano's bookkeeping and accounting career began when she was a child collecting payments for her father's lumber mill, logging in the workers there and balancing the company checkbook.

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Positioning his firm at the cutting edge

Even when he was working for another company, Ken Lalonde would go to work and perform as if it were his name on the building. The mindset kept him focused on giving his best, he says.   "I was always ...

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Former bus driver now at the wheel of non-profit

By The president and CEO of a statewide non-profit organization generally has a fundraising or administrative background. Stephanie Kunes-Mincer started by driving a bus.   Kunes-Mincer got her introduction to the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis ...

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City leader emerges from a difficult start

Born to a single mother 42 years ago in southwest Rochester, Adam McFadden joined a neighborhood gang at 14 and ended up on probation. He was injured by a gunshot at 15 and eventually became the father figure for his ...

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Creativity drives the founder and his company

He is an idea man.   David Chauncey and his forward thinking have propelled his company, Vnomics Corp., to become one of the fastest-growing companies in Rochester after five years in business-with 400 percent growth this year alone.   His ...

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Connecting companies to sustainability

Anahita Williamson knows about making connections.   From her time as one of the first environmental engineers at Xerox Corp. to her current post as head of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology, Williamson ...

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Lucky turn sends leader on a successful path

John Humrich did not choose his career in the traditional way. He let the toss of a coin make his decision for him. “When I was 17 years old, I left my house and moved out to Colorado. I was ...

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Firm’s growth provides a measure of its leader

In 2002, John Hart and his founding partners successfully licensed technology from the research labs of Eastman Kodak Co. and formed Lumetrics Inc. Their aim was to develop and commercialize optical measurement products.   The group has never looked back. ...

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Leader in the right spot at the right time

A woman of faith, Janice Harbin, CEO of the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, sees the hand of a higher power at work in bringing her to Rochester and putting her at the facility’s helm.   "I believe this is ...

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Driven leader creates fast-growing firm

Ask Jodi Gaines what she does away from work, and she’ll tell you she likes to, well, work.   "I go home from work and I work," says the founder and CEO of Claims Recovery Financial Services LLC.   "I ...

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Marketing company is red-hot

Doing well and doing good in the world is a core belief of Susan Kochan, CEO of Brand Cool Marketing Inc. A commitment to social responsibility, a company culture that encourages mindfulness and her firm’s steady revenue growth all link ...

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