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Customer focus is the jewel in retailer’s crown

It takes determination, good judgment and a fair amount of self-assurance to run a successful small business. David Cornell learned much of that at age 18, when he traveled to Israel to work on a collective farm for three months. ...

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Leader gives steadying hand in turbulent times

After arriving from South Carolina to be director of the Central New York complex for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., Jeffrey Adams soon found he had acquired an added responsibility as staff psychologist.   Adams, who turned 43 on Feb. ...

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Wine leader determined to grow business

Jay Wright does not disagree with those who tell him he is at the top of the food chain in the beverage industry.   The 51-year-old is president of Constellation Wines North America for Victor-based Constellation Brands Inc., the top ...

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Managing at the forefront of health reform

As a psychiatrist, Joseph Vasile M.D. takes issue with the popular image of his profession.   When he tells people what he does for a living, Vasile says, they sometimes back away. He suspects they think he is reading their ...

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Experienced leader has brewery hopping

The Genesee Brewing Co., profitable the last two years under majority ownership of private equity firm KPS Capital Partners L.P., could be producing beer and other beverages around the clock when the weather warms.   It has been a while ...

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Mathematician leads school to national stage

Sophia Maggelakis never intended to become dean of the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Maggelakis, who was named dean in March, leads a school that is among the best at the university in gaining research funding and ...

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Determined to keep his dealership revving

  Randolph Henderson Jr. learned determination and how to make things happen before he had finished grade school. Henderson found his first job-a newspaper route-at the age of 9 so he could buy the Converse All Stars he coveted. His ...

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Leader aims to build strong connections

  You could call Russ Preite’s management style a combination of inquisitive and peripatetic, or traveling about. Preite estimates that since taking over as Verizon Wireless Inc.’s Upstate New York Region president some eight months ago, he has spent an ...

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Leader hits a new gear out of retirement

For a time after retiring from a career at Eastman Kodak Co., Anthony Fedor was happy to hit the greens near his winter home in Naples, Fla. But a business opportunity, coupled with a touch of boredom and a desire ...

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Mutual fund leader has national audience

As financial markets came unhinged in 2008, Anton Schutz gained near-celebrity status on TV business channels. "On average, I’m probably on CNBC, Fox Business or Bloomberg once a week," says the Honeoye Falls resident. "During the insanity of 2008, I ...

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Shepherding Catholic Charities’ growth

It could be said that the Diocese of Rochester is indebted to John Balinsky for how he has grown Catholic Charities from an organization with $13 million in revenue and three subsidiary agencies to a current budget of $62 million, ...

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Owning apartments is the name of his tune

When he sings at work or dances at night on the town, it is clear that Richard Chiarenza loves life. More specifically, Chiarenza says, he loves people and loathes stodginess. Chiarenza considers himself an underdog, an entrepreneur who built his ...

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The man behind bringing down Midtown

  Martin Piecuch was hired by the Empire State Development Corp. with the demolition of Midtown Plaza in mind. Piecuch, 34, joined the ESDC in March as senior construction manager for the Finger Lakes Region. He is project manager for ...

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Action speaks loudest for B&L chief

By If one were pressed to pick a single word to describe Brent Saunders, modest would not be the worst choice. Slight of build, soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, Saunders easily could be taken for a year or two younger than ...

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A tradition of resilience at Allen-Bailey

Tucked away on a dead-end street in the Livingston County hamlet of Caledonia sits a century-old manufacturer that churns out millions of tags and labels weekly. Its quiet location keeps Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Inc. out of the public eye, ...

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