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Music plays key role in her leadership

  Margaret Quackenbush has loved music for her entire life, but the lifelong relationship owes a bit to circumstances. As a child growing up on a farm in Minnesota, she had to work to convince her parents to let her ...

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Acquisition is the name of his game

  Joseph Teresi knew when he joined First Niagara Financial Group Inc. four years ago that the company was intent on growth. "Nobody talked about size goals," says Teresi, CEO of insurance subsidiary First Niagara Risk Management Inc., headquartered in ...

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MedAmerica chief touts long-term view

 Turning down a job as a high school chemistry teacher three decades ago was the hardest decision he ever made, William Jones says.     Jones, 57, was then in his 20s, married and relatively recently graduated from college with ...

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Charting new paths for a non-profit

  A few decades ago, people suffering from mental illness left their families and homes and were moved to psychiatric hospitals, often living out their days there, says Gregory Soehner, president of East House Corp. These people disappeared into the ...

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Turnarounds are more than fair play for CEO

  An overachiever with a passion for resuscitating distressed companies, Kimberly Till made her home at Harris Interactive Inc. two years ago. As the company’s third CEO in four years, Till had a more complex job than just restoring investor ...

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Banking on the company’s strengths

John Pitton has come full circle, almost, rejoining the company that sparked his interest in finance as a career when he went to work in the operations center for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in the late 1970s. Pitton, 52, ...

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CEO’s vision involves risk and growth

Patrick Ho is not afraid of taking a calculated risk. He believes being unafraid to take a risk has worked to his advantage. "I believe if I weren’t a risk taker, I would have been gone a long time ago," ...

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Telecom veteran dialing up growth

When XO Communications LLC opened an office here, hoping to boost its Upstate New York and Pennsylvania business some 13 months ago, officials cited Rochester’s wealth of telecommunications talent among the main reasons. Mark Murphy is a prime example of ...

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CEO keeps her focus on the details

  There is a line in the movie "The Lion King" that Jean Carroll loves: When a usurping brother tries to make a play for his position, King Mufasa responds, "Is that a challenge?" It is something that the president ...

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Competition fuels this leader’s fire

  In the six years since Partners + Napier Inc. stepped out from under the umbrella of a failing parent company, the firm has grown from 40 staffers to 150, and in doing so it has developed an unflagging confidence ...

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Looking for the big challenges

Michael Pomeroy has nothing bad to say about the six years he spent at Eastman Kodak Co. He enjoyed his time there and speaks fondly of the photo giant. But after Kodak’s former X-ray film and health imaging division spun ...

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Developing the company’s future

  Organic chemistry is not usually a subject that gets college students excited, but James Larson was an exception. It was his sophomore year when he enrolled in the course and quickly developed an interest in the subject. "Things took ...

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Entrepreneur sees shining future for firm

  Visitors to Applied Coatings Group Inc. on Paul Road in Chili are greeted by two pieces of artwork in the company lobby: One is a perfectly symmetrical design of glass tile, the other an abstract, free-form hodgepodge of tiles ...

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Building on the firm’s foundations

  Opportunities and challenges, almost in equal measure, face Campus Construction Management Group Inc. as it has stepped out from the umbrella of Christa Construction LLC and looks beyond K-12 projects. With school in summer recess, Campus Construction’s season is ...

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