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He manages to keep his business rolling

  The tire business may not be glamorous or sexy, but in his four decades in the industry, Tony Sagona has had more than his share of excitement.   From locations in somewhat dodgy neighborhoods to areas precarious enough to ...

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Veteran salesman hits his pitch big on the Web

Steven Pavone can sell just about anything.   He could sell you a hip pair of pants, a new roof for your home or a website for your business-all of which Pavone, 55, has done in some fashion over the ...

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Striving to keep non-profit ahead of major changes

Thomas Poelma knows that people like to feel at home.   That is the reason the lobby and hallways at Fairport Baptist Homes Caring Ministries are made to look more like a residence than a medical facility. It is also ...

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Aiming for perfection on golf’s big stage

Ryan Cannon scanned an Atlanta newspaper for job opportunities 12 years ago and found a small classified ad with little information.   Event manager wanted, with experience working with vendors and suppliers, it stated.   "It didn’t say anything about ...

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Building a sustainable company worldwide

Diane O’Connor believes she has been in the right place at the right time for her career.   O’Connor, 60, was named vice president of environment, health, safety and sustainability for Xerox Corp. in May.   Her organization provides leadership ...

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Helping municipalities navigate fiscal straits

Joseph Stefko calls it the mascot problem.   It is the resistance many towns and villages show to the idea of sharing services or merging municipalities. In these areas, residents have become entrenched in having their own identities, their own ...

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Developer a key driver in downtown efforts

As his portfolio of properties grows, so do the responsibilities of Thomas Masaschi, one of the Rochester area’s burgeoning developers.   Masaschi co-owns the Patriot Cos. with Jeffrey Reddish, his roommate as a student at Rochester Institute of Technology. That ...

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Her third-generation business is going places

Katharine Van Zile is president and owner of the company founded by Fayette Van Zile in 1911, but make no mistake: Van Zile Travel Service is not her grandfather’s travel agency.   Van Zile, who is known as Kate, says ...

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Entrepreneurial spirit has long had his number

Daniel Gallagher got his first taste of success as an entrepreneur in high school.   The Buffalo native participated in a project offered by an after-school program of Junior Achievement of Western New York, which teaches students what goes into ...

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His company is more than the sum of its parts

When cars break down, Michael Gordon’s company benefits.   "When people hold onto their cars longer, they need to fix them," says the 61-year-old president and CEO of Monroe Motor Products Corp. "Our industry for the most part is recession-proof." ...

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Company leader serving up rapid growth

Mark Chaney has a favorite story he likes to tell about his early career days. It involves nearly getting fired by Danny Wegman.   Chaney was having a good run working at Wegmans Food Markets Inc. on East Avenue. He ...

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New leader shows knack for moving quickly

Michael Gee, the recently named head of school at Allendale Columbia, played host to a group of international students at his house last week to watch football and have a meal.   Their situation is one Gee understands well. As ...

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Leader navigates a path fraught with challenges

Lovely Warren followed her father out of their Rochester home some two decades ago, he in search of his next fix, she begging him to turn around.   "I remember going downstairs while he’s walking out the door," says Warren, ...

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Striving to make sure the show does go on

Geva Theatre Center Inc. has a challenge ahead of it, but Tom Parrish has been there before.   He comes to the job with experience in turning around struggling theaters. In a landscape where all arts organizations have had difficulty ...

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His focus is on changing looks and lives

  Vito Quatela M.D. loves building things and has proven highly successful at it in differing spheres.   He has built a continually expanding center for plastic surgery; a foundation that gives deformed children the gift of a better life; ...

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