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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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Finding a home in the family business

When Craig Miller was starting out in the business world, his goal was to get a job with Eastman Kodak Co., not his family’s packing firm, Maco Bag Corp. He landed the Kodak job. But after working there for several ...

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Finding a home in public accounting

For a guy who did not want any part of Rochester or Upstate New York after graduating from college, Thomas Wolf is all but immovable at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP. Wolf, 48, was hired in 1983 by the ...

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CEO has the right Rx for a turnaround

  When Bridgette Wiefling M.D. started at the Anthony Jordan Health Center, common wisdom had it that the federally qualified health center was on life support and soon would be unplugged. Such centers are an outgrowth of 1960s-era activism. In ...

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Brands are key to her store’s success

The nervousness of a first-time hostess follows Jeannine Klee even after 40 years at a Rochester retail pillar, Park-leigh Enterprises Inc. Her anxiety reached a high point on the way to work last week as she turned the corner of ...

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Patrick Cunningham: Maintaining a disciplined approach

Patrick Cunningham knows the meaning of hard work, having fended for himself in some fashion since he was 14 years old. Cunningham, 55, spent most of his childhood in a one-parent household, his mother relying on welfare, food stamps and ...

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Entrepreneur builds on tech innovations

  Among the companies and technologies Paul Travers has launched and licensed over the last 20-plus years, a common thread stands out. The technologies invented by Travers, president and CEO of Vuzix Corp., are just far enough ahead of their ...

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