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Bringing innovation, energy from varied background

Kevin Walker’s journey to become the top Rochester-based executive for Iberdrola USA Management Corp. began in Washington, D.C., where he was born to a 16-year-old single mother.   It then shifted to the Maryland suburbs, where he was captain of ...

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New post puts leader at center of business growth

  By ANDREA DECKERT The office she works in may not be new to Julie Marshall, but the view is.   "I’ve never had an office window," she says.   Marshall, 47, now can enjoy the landscape around Geneseo from ...

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Leader chooses an innovative path for college

James Winebrake could regard himself as a man on an island.   He leads a college that could be seen as an outsider in a university otherwise centered on technology and the sciences.   As dean of the College of ...

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Writing a new chapter for a Honeoye Falls firm

Edwin Petrazzolo, president and CEO of MicroPen Technologies Corp., likes to think of his company as a small business with big ambitions. "I don’t know what constitutes a small business these days," says Petrazzolo, 64. "There are cultural aspects of ...

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Longtime Batavia businessman cuts new path

By VELVET SPICER When Thomas Houseknecht purchased Moffett Turf Equipment Inc. three years ago, he had no experience in the industry, aside from mowing lawns for his family’s business as a youth. But that did not discourage him from throwing ...

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As a leader, he counts on hard work and trust

Paul Ozminkowski lives by a saying his father often used: "A job worth doing is a job worth doing right."   "I’ve tried to live my whole life that way," Ozminkowski says.   He brings that philosophy to work as ...

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Onetime CEO has big plans for a Rochester gem

Bruce Barnes has an ambitious plan for the thousands of pieces of artistic history at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.   At the museum and in a nearby storage area are photographs dating back to ...

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Hall of Famer gets kick out of front office post

It is the first full month for professional soccer and lacrosse seasons at Sahlen’s Stadium, and Pat Ercoli is in the middle of it.   A former player, and a coach and general manager for the Rochester Rhinos, Ercoli, 55, ...

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Fateful career decision was foundation for firm

When Bernard Iacovangelo was fresh out of law school, his older brother decided the two of them should enter the real estate business.   They bought a 99-unit apartment complex in Gates, and Frank Iacovangelo, partner in the law firm ...

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Putting her imprint on a longtime local firm

Michelle Yun is no stranger to challenge or adjustment.   As a teen she played soccer and worked part-time at McDonald’s, often doing homework into the wee hours of the morning to maintain her status as an honor student. As ...

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New leader aims for more growth and acquisitions

Lee Rudow moved to Rochester just 15 months ago, but the Upstate New York weather already may be getting to him.   "It was hailing on my windshield the other morning, and it’s mid-April," he says. "I’m originally from the ...

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Area’s newest federal judge has a lot on his docket

U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr.’s ascent to the federal bench came with a gift of sorts: 300 active cases transferred to him from the Rochester Division’s other judges.   Installed in an upper-floor office in the Kenneth B. Keating ...

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Leader ensures growth by protecting others

Philip Andolina, during a college scouting trip to Ohio with his dad, entered a restaurant for dinner and noticed someone nearby making a sales pitch, much like Michael Andolina, an insurance agency owner.   The son had not been much ...

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Director oversees the legacy of the Farash family

On the wall behind her desk is a picture that perfectly captures the past and future for Hollis Budd.   In the picture, local entrepreneur and philanthropist Max Farash stands among four presidents of the University of Rochester, a group ...

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Tending to the family wine business

When Ann Colaruotolo’s husband began looking for sites in the Finger Lakes region to start a vineyard and winery, she encouraged his vision but put her foot down on the location.   The couple recently had purchased a large parcel ...

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