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Barbara Wale: At the helm as big changes loom

After more than 30 years, Barbara Wale still remembers Lee.   A young speech pathologist with the Arc of Monroe County, having just received her master’s degree, Wale was teaching Lee sign language and wondering if he really understood the ...

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Succeeding by working hard, taking risks

As the number of mobile devices on the market multiplies, so do the applications for Odyssey Software Inc.’s device-tracking technology.   To Odyssey’s CEO and president, Mark Gentile, the plethora of market opportunities is like being a surfer in Hawaii ...

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This company leader keeps on moving

Whether she is skydiving, leading a board meeting, baking homemade fruit pies or wrapping an individual’s prized possessions, Katherine Clark is a woman on the move.   Brighton resident Clark, 56, a survivor of breast cancer, is CEO of Clark ...

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Xerox veteran pushes an evolution toward services

Kevin Warren had always pictured himself working on Wall Street. A college internship with Xerox Corp., however, put him on a different career path.   As a senior at Georgetown University in the early 1980s, Warren saw an internship opportunity ...

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Telecom veteran reshapes company’s future

One thing EarthLink Inc. is not and does not aspire to be, Rolla Huff insists, is a competitive local exchange carrier.   Since being named chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based EarthLink in 2007, Huff has been refashioning the company, still ...

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Going home to the banking business

  Four months into her job as president and CEO at Upstate National Bank, Kathleen Whelehan is building her team and talking up her new employer. "It has been great," she says. "It is really running a small business." That ...

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Leader is nuts about the job and the product

When it came time for a new leader to take the reins at Once Again Nut Butter Collective Inc. in 2006, Robert Gelser was happy to interview potential candidates as a company director but did not envision himself as the ...

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Company veteran finds a new focus at Kodak

Michael Alt’s educational and professional training is in engineering. His salesmanship skills were gleaned from his father.   "My dad was a salesman," Alt says. "Whenever we as children went with him to a store, or wherever, if we wanted ...

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A fierce competitor in the legal arena

See correction below. Edward Hourihan Jr. loves his work.   A commercial litigator and managing member of the Syracuse-based Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC’s local office, Hourihan, with a complete lack of irony, describes his firm-management chores as "a joy." ...

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Station’s new leader has high expectations

Though he is Irish-born, Derek Dalton has the easygoing air of a Southern gentleman as he strolls down the winding staircase at WHEC-TV 10.   It has been three months since Dalton became vice president and general manager of the ...

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Third-generation leader presses on for growth

Three generations of numbers guys have helped keep Cohber Press Inc. in the black for 80 years, despite a roller-coaster economy and an industry that has seen its share of bumps.   "You don’t have banks knocking on your door, ...

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Entrepreneur creates opportunity out of the scrap heap

Duane Beckett will be the first to say he did not envision a career for himself in the scrap metal business.   But in his 11th year as founder, president and CEO of Brockport-based Sunnking Inc., he is pleased with ...

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Longtime leader sets sights on new post

Sandra Frankel’s professional ambitions originally were centered on psychology and philosophy, perhaps even a career in medicine.   Instead, her path veered toward government, first as a citizen activist and later as an elected official. She will end a 20-year ...

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Engineering a better future for rail service

By By bringing software and automation to a generally neglected aspect of railroad management, RailComm Inc. is expanding capacity for an industry that sorely needs it-and watching its own revenues soar as a result.   In 2010, revenues at the ...

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The entrepreneurial bug bit this car dealer early

Two decades ago you could not turn on the television or radio without encountering a commercial for "my boys," the illustrious duo that entertained the Rochester community with ads for Irondequoit Dodge.   Today Angelo Ingrassia-one-half of the Irondequoit Dodge ...

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