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Leading the focus on workforce development

His position did not exist at this time last year, but Todd Oldham thinks within a few years it will put Monroe Community College at the forefront of workforce development.   Oldham, vice president for the Division of Economic Development ...

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His goal: Making hockey the hot ticket in town

The realignment of professional hockey in Western New York was on display this week for the first time here, with Greece resident and long-time Buffalo Sabres executive Robert Kopacz overseeing daily administrative activities of the Rochester Americans.   Kopacz, 43, ...

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Company leader began on the factory floor

Jerry Valentine is not averse to rolling up his sleeves and getting down to work. In fact, he prefers it.   Before obtaining engineering degrees and running his own firm, Valentine worked on production lines-making products ranging from parts for ...

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Playing a key role in state Medicaid reform

One of Andrew Cuomo’s first moves as governor was commissioning a group tasked with ratcheting down the state’s Medicaid spending, a longtime drain that helped create a $10 billion budget gap.   The Medicaid group soon issued a 79-point list ...

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Barbara Wale: At the helm as big changes loom

After more than 30 years, Barbara Wale still remembers Lee.   A young speech pathologist with the Arc of Monroe County, having just received her master’s degree, Wale was teaching Lee sign language and wondering if he really understood the ...

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Succeeding by working hard, taking risks

As the number of mobile devices on the market multiplies, so do the applications for Odyssey Software Inc.’s device-tracking technology.   To Odyssey’s CEO and president, Mark Gentile, the plethora of market opportunities is like being a surfer in Hawaii ...

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This company leader keeps on moving

Whether she is skydiving, leading a board meeting, baking homemade fruit pies or wrapping an individual’s prized possessions, Katherine Clark is a woman on the move.   Brighton resident Clark, 56, a survivor of breast cancer, is CEO of Clark ...

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Xerox veteran pushes an evolution toward services

Kevin Warren had always pictured himself working on Wall Street. A college internship with Xerox Corp., however, put him on a different career path.   As a senior at Georgetown University in the early 1980s, Warren saw an internship opportunity ...

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Telecom veteran reshapes company’s future

One thing EarthLink Inc. is not and does not aspire to be, Rolla Huff insists, is a competitive local exchange carrier.   Since being named chairman and CEO of Atlanta-based EarthLink in 2007, Huff has been refashioning the company, still ...

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Going home to the banking business

  Four months into her job as president and CEO at Upstate National Bank, Kathleen Whelehan is building her team and talking up her new employer. "It has been great," she says. "It is really running a small business." That ...

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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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