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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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Franchisee has the brand on a run

When Luis Ribeiro sees properties for sale on a busy street, he gets excited.   "It’s the challenge of finding new locations, driving by sites that maybe don’t necessarily jump out …, trying to find that diamond in the rough," ...

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Longtime Scout prepared to lead area organization

Stephen Hoitt joined Seneca Waterways Council at a time of dual identities for the organization.   On one hand it had a history as one of the most successful Boy Scout councils in the Northeast, which had produced a record ...

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Positioning mail-order firm for e-commerce shift

Five minutes into her first day at QCI Direct, Elizabeth Meyer took on her first challenge as president of the Chili-based mail-order house.   "I had everyone in my office telling me that we had a problem; our conveyor system ...

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CEO confident he can lead company to growth

Burhan Capar is a glass-half-full kind of guy.   While he acknowledges it is not an ideal time to be a U.S.-based manufacturer of bare circuit boards, he is optimistic about growth at his firm, PJC Technologies Inc.   PJC ...

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From lumberyards to leaderboards

Though local golf fans likely think of Gerald Stahl as the linchpin of Rochester’s LPGA tournament, the business world knows him as president of a family-owned lumber company that has served the area for 104 years.   Stahl, 73, has ...

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Care for the changing needs of seniors

Daniel Goldstein calls it the Silver Tsunami.   He is referring to rapid demographic change as the population ages-and does so in a way much different from previous generations. As people retire and grow older, they no longer are content ...

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Army vet combats corporate cyberattacks

In 2011, one of the costliest cyberattacks in history was launched against Epsilon, an online service provider whose customers include major financial services and retailers.   Epsilon sends more than 40 billion marketing emails for 2,500 businesses annually. The hackers ...

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Grateful Dead fan loves truckin’

Dozens of model tractor-trailers line the walls of Michael Margarone’s office, interspersed with family photos and company plaques and awards, giving visitors a glimpse into the psyche of DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc.’s president.   He loves his job.   "I ...

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Communication is his key to fighting crime

The first job for Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard after college graduation in 1976 was with Eastman Kodak Co., where he spent three years wishing he were outside instead of preparing documents for the litigation department on State Street.   ...

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With change come opportunities

Christine Whitman is not easily intimidated. She looks change in the eye and shapes it into possibilities.   Whitman, 61, chairman, CEO and president of Complemar Partners Inc., has reinvented her career more than once. She started as a research ...

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HR veteran brims with enthusiasm over new job

Thomas Kane says he could not have scripted a better job opportunity than the one he recently landed at Constellation Brands Inc. The human resources veteran joined the Victor-based beer, wine and spirits firm in May as executive vice president ...

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Business is an art for this third-generation leader

  By Keeping a family business true to its roots from more than a century ago while expanding into new creative outlets is the goal of Valerie O’Hara, artist and owner of Pike Stained Glass Studios Inc.   The 105-year-old ...

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Telecom veteran returns for a new frontier

When he was a youth growing up in Fairport, Phil Yawman had a newspaper route that meant much more than an early morning job and some extra cash. It was serious business.   "I chose to be the 100 papers-a-day ...

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