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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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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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