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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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Leader guides non-profit through major growth

When Mark Fuller walked into the City Council meeting more than a decade ago, he was ready to get the approval needed for a group home near Edgerton Park and move on with the project.   He expected an easy ...

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Meeting the test of company leadership

Angela Panzarella considers herself a relative beginner in the medical-testing laboratory business.   When she got a call scouting her as a candidate to lead ACM Medical Laboratory Inc., "I didn’t really have any background to speak of," she says. ...

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New leader looks to focus on preserving the past

A mix of Midwestern earnestness, charm and drive help Wayne Goodman rally people, and for a group of seven senior bridge club ladies back in Indiana, it did even more than that.   For a campaign Goodman led five years ...

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Growing by the numbers into a national company

EFP Rotenberg LLP, with Thomas Englert as CEO, wants to position itself as a nationally recognized CPA firm.   "Our five-year plan has us being a top-100 firm in the country, which means we’re going to continue with merger-and-acquisition activity, ...

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FSI Systems chief found a home as an entrepreneur

When you are an electrical engineer, used to solving problems and working with your hands, it can be hard to shift focus for a sales job.   When John Malvaso declined another sales promotion at the company where he was ...

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Leading the judicial district through tough times

Craig Doran apologizes for the second or third time as he again checks his BlackBerry.   An Ontario County Court judge who recently was appointed chief administrative judge of the 7th Judicial District, Doran looks pained at appearing to give ...

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