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Telecom exec went old school

On the wall in Michael Daley’s office is an aerial photograph of Aquinas Institute from decades ago, one with only a passing resemblance to the campus that stands on Dewey Avenue today. In the picture there is no performing arts ...

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Leader finds a home at Rochester firm

A few years ago, when the statewide organization for town clerks was in Rochester for its annual meeting, Gary Domenico and his colleagues came up with a novel way of entertaining the visitors. Domenico, president and CEO of General Code LLC, ...

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Leader puts firm’s focus on the future

He may not be psychic, but John Place has an uncanny ability to see where the commercial printing industry is headed and steer his company in the right direction. While the rest of the industry takes its recessionary lumps, Mercury ...

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He develops a new future after shooting

Robert Morgan was working the cash register at the family’s seafood business on Plymouth Avenue, filling in for his dad and making change for a customer, when a man walked quickly toward him, waving a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum ...

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CEO finds booming demand for products

Some might consider William Hurley’s biggest issue-managing the pace of his firm’s growth-a good one to have to tackle. Since he started Rochester Precision Optics out of the ashes of an Eastman Kodak Co. operation four years ago, sales have ...

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New leader is not just a numbers guy

Warren Hern’s transition from Unity Health System’s chief financial officer to CEO was smooth. Hern, 58, took over the top job on Jan. 1. He had been a finance officer at Unity for three decades, about as long as his ...

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Making sure the rubber hits the road

As third-generation business leaders, brothers Timothy and Jon Shay have spent countless hours dispelling the negativity that sometimes surrounds their product and building a positive reputation for their company. "The picture of a retread shop to most people is just ...

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Finding wider audience for historic heroine

When Susan B. Anthony stumped for one of the many issues she kept close-suffrage, temperance, civil rights-she traveled on a shoestring, leaving her finances in the hands of those who supported the cause. Before speaking engagements, Anthony would print the ...

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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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