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Putting REIT on path to rapid growth


A recent week for Amy Tait began with a trip to the Washington, D.C., area. The day started with business meetings and ended at a gala dinner with the nation’s top politicos in her role as a member of the ...

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Leading the city’s efforts on business, neighborhoods


Delmonize Smith, formerly an assistant professor of management at Rochester Institute of Technology, joined the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) As industry leaders continue to gauge the economic development philosophy of Rochester’s new mayor, the ...

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Leader has gained a wealth of experience


The professional career of John Powers has carried him from Long Island to the southwestern and northern edges of the country and to Rochester for nearly eight years. Powers, 49, is executive director and complex manager of Morgan Stanley’s wealth ...

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Restaurateur finds a recipe for success


Trucker, saltwater fishing charter captain, restaurateur, radio show producer, bridge tollbooth operator and drummer in a touring band—so far Charles Fitzsimmons has held two of those jobs. But the man who claims he is more artist than businessman says he ...

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CEO aims to drive growth at tech firm


Joseph Burke does not necessarily agree with the saying, “You make your own luck.” “I think if you’re fortunate, people will help you,” says Burke, CEO of Vanteon Corp. That was the case back in 2003 when Burke and David ...

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Listening skills speak volumes about this CEO


Printing industry veteran Stuart Boyar heads Cooley Group. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Stuart Boyar’s foray into the commercial printing industry resulted from a failed attempt at being a photographer. Nearly four decades ago, the Rochesterian packed his belongings and headed ...

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Performing dual roles is his discipline


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


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


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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