Mar 21, 2014

Putting REIT on path to rapid growth

A recent week for Amy Tait began with a trip to the Washington, D.C., area. The day started with business meetings and ended at a gala dinner with the nation’s top politicos in her role as a member of the board of governors of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. That was followed […]

Mar 14, 2014

Leading the city’s efforts on business, neighborhoods

Delmonize Smith, formerly an assistant professor of management at Rochester Institute of Technology, joined the administration of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) As industry leaders continue to gauge the economic development philosophy of Rochester’s new mayor, the city’s commissioner of neighborhood and business development is pledging b[...]

Mar 7, 2014

Longtime leader guides through times of change

CEO Patricia Woods has led Mental Health Association for some 30 years

Feb 28, 2014

Leader in key place amid health care changes

Trilby de Jung became CEO of Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency in January

Feb 21, 2014

Entrepreneur speeds along his unique path

Marathoner William Pollock has a passion for running and running his firms, Optimation and Kingsbury

Feb 14, 2014

Leader has gained a wealth of experience

The professional career of John Powers has carried him from Long Island to the southwestern and northern edges of the country and to Rochester for nearly eight years. Powers, 49, is executive director and complex manager of Morgan Stanley’s wealth management operations in Rochester and Buffalo. He oversees 130 advisers and a support staff of […]

Feb 7, 2014

Restaurateur finds a recipe for success

Trucker, saltwater fishing charter captain, restaurateur, radio show producer, bridge tollbooth operator and drummer in a touring band—so far Charles Fitzsimmons has held two of those jobs. But the man who claims he is more artist than businessman says he daydreams of experiencing all of them, even if just for a month. That kind of […]

Jan 31, 2014

CEO aims to drive growth at tech firm

Joseph Burke does not necessarily agree with the saying, “You make your own luck.” “I think if you’re fortunate, people will help you,” says Burke, CEO of Vanteon Corp. That was the case back in 2003 when Burke and David Wagner took ownership of the company. Vanteon is an electronic systems design and engineering company. […]

Jan 24, 2014

Listening skills speak volumes about this CEO

Printing industry veteran Stuart Boyar heads Cooley Group. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Stuart Boyar’s foray into the commercial printing industry resulted from a failed attempt at being a photographer. Nearly four decades ago, the Rochesterian packed his belongings and headed to Atlanta, where he found a job traveling to rural areas to take photos of […]

Jan 17, 2014

Performing dual roles is his discipline

Peter Lennie, University of Rochester provost and faculty dean, is focused on lowering the barriers to academic collaboration. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie)   Peter Lennie was thousands of miles from his home in London, making his first visit to America as an undergraduate student in 1968 and looking at the prospect of a long summer […]

Jan 10, 2014

IT industry became his field of dreams

Thrown a curve in his pursuit of a baseball career, John Smith became a "serial entrepreneur" with a family-first focus. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) John Smith has started nearly 20 companies in Rochester over the past four decades. He has created more than 400 local jobs. His reason for doing so is simple: his family. […]

Jan 3, 2014

New leader sees uncommon opportunities

Ward Ghory became head of the Harley School in September. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) When Ward Ghory visited the Harley School during his extended interview process this year, he remembers seeing students rushing about, furiously working on projects despite school being out for the weekend.   The students were participating in a 24-hour theater marathon, […]