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His mission: taking on cancer and its effects

Gary Mervis has an ambitious goal. He wants to end cancer by the end of the decade.   The order sounds tall, but for the man who created what is now a non-profit organization of more than $2 million to ...

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Building a bank here from the ground up

When Northwest Bancorp Inc. opened its fifth Monroe County branch last month in Brighton, few were happier than Laurie Mark, the bank’s senior area executive officer in Rochester.   The first Northwest Savings Bank branch in the Rochester market opened ...

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Rochester engineer rises to international leader

To get buildings to run as systems instead of a collection of components is one of the aims of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. ASHRAE advocates for sustainable buildings that produce as much energy as they ...

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He serves as ‘mayor’ of a shopping community

Mike Kauffman begins each work day with a metal scraper in his hand. He uses the tool to loosen any debris that may be stuck on the floor throughout Eastview Mall.   While the ritual may not be unusual for ...

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CEO Charles Runyon has led St. John’s Home since 2002

Charles Runyon sells something no one wants.   Runyon is president and CEO of St. John’s Home, a multilevel long-term care organization whose main asset is the area’s third-largest nursing home, the 475-bed St. John’s Home.   "People don’t want ...

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For decades he has dressed Rochester for success

For many successful businessmen, the workplace easily can become like a second home, and Donald Rhoda is no exception.   But for Rhoda, the owner of the Red Barn Gentleman’s Apparel Inc. in Pittsford Plaza, it is not just the ...

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Building his firm on a solid foundation

Gary Squires sets the bar high, whether his company is vying for the chance to lay concrete or bricks in place of another firm, or alongside it.   Squires is president and majority stockholder of Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc. ...

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Feeling heat as an agent of change

Jean-Claude Brizard wants to get parents in the city angry, but right now what he needs is comfort.   The superintendent of the Rochester City School District can find that comfort on the wall of his office, hidden in a ...

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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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