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Numbers guy directs company’s additions

Like many youngsters, John Van Heel wanted to play ball when he grew up.   "I made thousands of last-second shots," says the Monro Muffler Brake Inc. president with a laugh. "I think I’m normal. Every single guy wants to ...

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Running the branches for regional banking titan

Salvatore Guerrieri Sr. came to the United States from Italy at age 14, by which time he had worked as a barber, a tailor and a farmer. His career path here led him to be an auto mechanic.   "It’s ...

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His family hatched the incubator concept

Thomas Mancuso says half-jokingly that all roads led him to his current profession.   After all, when your father develops the world’s first business incubator, it is not a stretch to expect that some family members will follow in the ...

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Founder renews growth at Macedon business

Al Plumb, co-owner of Alpco Recycling Inc., has built his business by going against the grain.   "One of the things I learned a long time ago is that you can find success in doing the things that no one ...

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New leader tackling the challenges ahead

Mark Wickham has been a leader of human service non-profit organizations for more than a decade, but he maintains the mindset of the group-home worker he was at the start of his career.   The new head of the Catholic ...

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Second-generation leader grew up behind the wheel

Most people do not grow up wanting to be in the car business, John Cortese maintains, but he learned at an early age how much fun the job can be, and he could not see himself doing anything else.   ...

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Entrepreneur discovers a lucrative niche

From his new office window on Andrews Street, John Holland has a clear view of the Alliance Building on East Main Street. He spent 80 to 100 hours a week there in the 1990s, nurturing a startup called DocuLegal that ...

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Lapp president aims to charge up growth globally

There is a reason Rob Johnson begins his mornings at his office in LeRoy, Genesee County, by speaking on the phone with colleagues in Europe and ends the day Skyping with co-workers in China.   To keep the business successful ...

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Growth of family firm is not just a fish story

As the fifth-generation leader of family-owned Palmer Food Services Inc., Dwight Palmer often relies on the wisdom of those he employs.   “We’re constantly challenging our folks to help us do things better, more effectively, leaner,” says Palmer, who is ...

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There is no place like the family business

Painted on a wall in Catherine Sperrick’s office at Home Leasing LLC is the phrase made famous more than 70 years ago in "The Wizard of Oz"-"There’s no place like home."   Those words have come to represent several things ...

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The Jesuit who once drove a Jaguar

For a little more than a decade, the Rev. Edward Salmon was living the life.   As a mediator of contract negotiations and grievances for the service company then known as Allied Maintenance Co. during his 30s, Salmon was flying ...

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Tending to one of Rochester’s iconic brands

Gail Drew’s decision to abandon her teaching career and assume control of the family business, Abbott’s Frozen Custard Inc., was made at the last possible moment.   Or so she says. A longtime friend is not so sure.   Drew’s ...

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His business is his castle

Kevin Reeder may be the man in charge, but he leaves no doubt about how major decisions are made at the Belhurst Castle: It’s definitely a team approach.   "This has always been a family operation. We rely on each ...

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Leader keeps optics firm focused on customers

A summer internship set the stage for Andrew Kulawiec’s career.   While pursuing his undergraduate degree in California, Kulawiec worked for a company that made optical instruments for biomedical applications. He enjoyed the work.   "Optics is very practical," he ...

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