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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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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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