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MRB Group president keeps firm focused on aiding small towns (access required)

Ryan Colvin of South Bristol is the President of the MRB Group, a design firm in Rochester.

When Ryan Colvin looks to the future and maps out his firm’s objectives for the quarter or the year, there is no dry-eraser board highlighting earnings projections that must be met. As the president at MRB Group, he isn’t issuing ...

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‘Scrappy’ CEO wins praise from colleagues at KJT Group (access required)

Ken Tomaszewski (Photo by Kate Melton)

Renaissance man. A true visionary. Illustrative. Incredibly entrepreneurial. Not a one-trick pony. These phrases have been used to describe Ken Tomaszewski, CEO of KJT Group, by three colleagues who have known him for over 10 years. “Scrappy” is the description ...

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Once a high-flyer at Chase, John McKenna gets closer to the soil at Tompkins (access required)

John McKenna

Earlier in his career in banking, John McKenna was living the life. Following five years with Citibank in Rochester, he became an investment banker with what’s now known as JP Morgan Chase and worked at the largest bank in the ...

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Birmingham keeps focus on Western NY as head of Five Star Bank (access required)

Marty Birmingham of Pittsford is the President of Five Star Bank.

  You can plan for what may happen in life, but you can’t really plan life itself. Life just happens, as Five Star Bank president and CEO Martin K. Birmingham can attest. Take, for instance, how he met his wife, ...

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Chief lawyer at UR returns to private practice at the top of her game (access required)

Gail M. Norris

Gail M. Norris, former vice president and general counsel at the University of Rochester, is entering a new phase of her career. In November, Norris, 61, retired from her position at the region’s largest employer and moved to the law ...

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New leader of divinity school developing visionary ideas for change (access required)

Angela Sims

Angela Sims arrived at an interesting time for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She started work just a few weeks before the school moved out of its Hogwarts-like campus following a decision to sell the property to a developer. On Aug. ...

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Roger Brandt leaves banking, discovers passion for affordable housing (access required)

Roger Brandt, Jr. of Pittsford is he CEO of the Cornerstone Group, LTD

Considering his father, his maternal grandfather and an uncle all chose the banking industry as a vocation, it was pretty much a given that Roger Brandt Jr. would uphold family tradition when he finished college. Working for a bank was ...

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Laurie Broccolo builds landscaping business with eye on environment (access required)

Laurie Broccolo

Laurie Broccolo isn’t the type to shy away from a challenge. In fact, she chases them. In 2011—21 years into her business, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care—Broccolo was bored. As CEO and co-owner of a successful landscaping company, it’s hard ...

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Young brings rural and legislative know-how to new Center of Excellence (access required)

Catharine Young of Olean is the Executive Diretcor of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food & Agriculture

Catharine Young didn’t change much about her living situation when she became head of the new Center of Excellence in Geneva last March. Young had spent 20 years on the road, commuting between her home in Olean and Albany, where ...

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Mary Balme guides Hearing, Speech Center out of difficult times (access required)

Mary Balme of Fairport is the President / CEO of Rochester Hearing & Speech Center

There may have been a bit of serendipity, or kismet or fate involved when Mary Balme came out of semi-retirement for a stint at Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. She had only planned to be there a few months to ...

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Carey Ann Denefrio keeps life in perspective as head of female lawyers group (access required)

Carey Ann Denefrio (Photo by Bennett Loudon)

As president of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, or GRAWA, Carey Ann Denefrio wants to provide resources to help members deal with the stress of their work. A women’s health committee has been meeting to plan spin classes, ...

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At MAGIC Center, David Long balances student opportunities with professional work (access required)

David Long of Victor is the Director of RIT's MAGIC Spell Studios.

A year ago this month, David L. Long was standing at a podium showing off Rochester Institute of Technology’s newest toy – MAGIC Spell Studios, a state-of-the-art studio for creating video games, movies and all kinds of media. It would ...

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