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Taking a lifelong journey to improvement

A serial entrepreneur from the age of 12, CEO Ralph Dandrea was used to doing things himself-and doing them his way. He is the first to admit that identifying with people's feelings was not his strong suit. Developing explicit processes for optimizing productivity, however, was.

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Leader broadcasts clear signal for growth

Robert Jacobson could be the poster child for workaholics. A few years ago, he traveled to an Air Force base in Panama City, Fla., for a two-day meeting and ended up staying for almost a month. He had a 4-month-old ...

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‘Soccer Sam’ scores with his pizza empire

As Salvatore Fantauzzo left work at his uncle’s meat market on East Main Street in 1978, he saw a "for rent" sign on a vacant shoe store across the street. Fantauzzo had been after his uncle for years to sell ...

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Stuart Steiner has led Genesee Community College since 1975

When an educator or an administrator spends decades at the same school, people around that person invariably speak of what he or she has done to shape the school’s culture. In the case of Stuart Steiner, president of Genesee Community ...

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Leader applies a measured approach

A figurine of "The Thinker" by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin sits perched and characteristically perplexed in the center of Charles Hadeed’s desk, symbolizing Hadeed’s own analytic personality. At the calibration and measurement company he leads, a pondering personality is ...

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He focuses on photography past and future

The most popular camera in history is likely within a few feet of this newspaper. It is in a purse or a pocket, set to play a classical tune or a clip from a pop song, unless it is switched ...

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No longer behind the scenes at AM&M

As executives at AM&M Financial Services Inc. and Tompkins Trustco Inc. considered a merger four years ago, AM&M’s due diligence rested in the hands of Thomas Rogers, its 35-year-old chief operating officer. Despite his relative youth and admitted lack of ...

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Company leader stays in good spirits

Robert Sands admits he is a glass-half-full kind of guy. "Most of my day is a good day," Sands says. The 51-year-old is president and CEO of Victor-based Constellation Brands Inc. Constellation, founded in 1945 by the late Marvin Sands ...

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Scout leader blazes new path

Larry Pritchard recalls a homily he heard a little more than a year ago at a religious retreat in Allegany County. The friar spoke about how people come into the world with nothing and leave with nothing, so the material things they accumulate in between can never truly belong to them.

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Entrepreneur achieves goal as team owner

Curt Styres was born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in southern Ontario, Canada. He still lives there and routinely makes the six-hour round trip to Rochester to help run his Americans hockey and Knighthawks ...

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Building through careful expansion

William Goodrich says it was the family focus and what it meant to former CEO Wayne LeChase that made Goodrich want to spend 25 years of his career at LeChase Construction Services LLC. Wayne LeChase, now chairman, and his father, ...

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Providing the right Rx for a new facility

On his first day as dean of the pharmacy school at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, Scott Swigart remembers staring down at a blank sheet of paper, unable to decide what to do next. It was not his first ...

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Leader builds a career in a small town

James Dooley moved to Geneva in 1978, expecting to stay a few years. He was 30 and had recently been hired as CEO of Geneva General Hospital. Landing a CEO job-his second as a hospital administrator-was a coup, Dooley thought. ...

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Profile: James Dooley

James Dooley Title: CEO, Finger Lakes Health Age: 62 Education: B.A., biology, St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H., 1970; master’s degree in hospital administration, University of Minnesota, 1972 Family: Wife Caryl; son Paul, 31; daughter Katelyn, 26 Home: Geneva Activities: Golf, ...

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Transition puts him on the first line

Daniel Loughran knew early on that he wanted a career in finance. He did not think it would be in Rochester. His interest in playing hockey-and his wife-steered him to Western New York. Loughran, 45, is senior vice president, senior ...

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