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Leader has gained a wealth of experience

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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