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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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Political animal finds a home in education

Not long after Mark Gearan was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he placed a call to George Stephanopoulos, an old friend and colleague from his days working in the White House. As Gearan tells it, he asked ...

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PROFILE: He sticks to the basics to fuel growth

  Stephen LeBrun is a man of few words, but when the focus turns to his product and the automotive industry, he opens up. "Toyota is a great brand," says the 49-year-old co-owner of LeBrun Toyota Scion, "in spite of ...

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Telecom veteran charged up over new role

  To Donna Jaegers, the decision to take E.J. Butler Jr. off the job he had been doing as one of Paetec’s top managers and put him in charge of U.S. Energy Partners LLC did not quite add up. Jaegers, ...

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Fifth-generation leader guides firm’s track

The framed pictures of the various leaders of Star Headlight & Lantern Co. Inc. are displayed prominently on a wall of the building’s lobby. While it is not unusual for local businesses to honor their leaders in such a way, ...

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Lawrence Sorel has led the Seneca Park Zoo since 1997

    Seneca Park Zoo director Lawrence Sorel spent this week putting the final touches on preparations for the arrival of brother and sister snow leopards from the Los Angeles Zoo. The snow leopards, scheduled to be introduced to the ...

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Leader focuses on the paths taken

  For Daniel Bowllan, regrets about something he did do not scare him as much as regrets for something he never got a chance to do. Understanding that has been a potent motivator throughout his personal and professional life, starting ...

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A new role after years abroad

  The job he took with Rural/Metro Corp. as the company’s Rochester-area division general manager some 15 months ago is a step back in his career arc, Thomas Bonfiglio says. It was not a move he intended to make, but ...

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Industry veteran takes the reins

  If the last 25 years of Anthony Tortorella’s career were his training, E-chx Inc. is his Olympics. The longtime Paychex Inc. vice president for human resources left the company last year, looking for an opportunity that would allow him ...

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Running region’s push to attract jobs

  It is not easy to persuade companies to locate to New York, with its tax burden and regulatory environment being perhaps the most onerous in the nation. That is the task facing Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater ...

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Creating big things by caring for little ones

    Naptime is ending for the little ones at the Chili Avenue location of Generations Child Care Inc. The air is filled with anticipation. Once the children have finished their afternoon snack, the real thrill begins: a chance to ...

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This leader works on Xerox’s front line

  The business equipment industry has been changing rapidly, with companies such as Xerox Corp. transitioning from equipment suppliers to full-scale product and service providers. It is a change Michael Zimmer is intimately familiar with. Zimmer, 49, is senior vice ...

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New dean writing Rx for school’s success

Less than a month into his new job as dean of the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Mark Taubman M.D. is on the horns of a dilemma. Like nearly all U.S. medical school deans, Taubman faces a ...

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Stirring the region’s entrepreneurial cauldron

After six years at Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc., where technology companies and their development are one piece of a larger economic puzzle, James Senall moved to High Tech Rochester Inc. last year to concentrate exclusively on entrepreneurial growth. Ironically, that ...

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