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Hooked on the glass business

For Tony Marino, optics is like a drug. "It’s a disease," says Marino, 54, president of Advanced Glass Industries Inc. "Once you start working with glass, you can’t stop." Rochester-based AGI is one of the world’s largest suppliers of precision-machined ...

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Business is his playing field

The timing could not have been better for Ralph Fornuto to leave Paychex Inc. and, with partner James Williams, form USA Payroll Inc.  He was 31, and after working at Paychex for nine years he was itching to strike out ...

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Nurse and researcher becomes a leader

Kathy Parker got interested in sleep when she was working on a kidney dialysis unit in Atlanta. Why, she wondered, did nearly all dialysis patients complain of trouble sleeping?  Parker, named the fourth dean of the University of Rochester School ...

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Finding a home as a CEO

Without ever meaning to, Ryan Tucholski has been bucking trends, first by leaving a budding career as a concert pianist and second by leaving his hometown in Ohio while his two siblings stayed close by.  From a career writing grants ...

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New leader guides college’s future

When Anne Kress became president of Monroe Community College in June, the reception was far different from what she received after her last promotion.  As soon as her name was announced by the MCC board of trustees as the candidate ...

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A gust of fresh air in alternative energy

While many firms have struggled and even folded during the global recession, Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. is weathering the storm, its leader says.  In fact, CEO Kevin Schulte says times have been good for SED, a company in Ontario, Wayne ...

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Head of the house of the Blues

In a company newsletter circulated to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield employees last year, Excellus president and CEO David Klein admonished the firm’s staff to think first of patients’ needs. "When you’re a caregiver," Klein wrote, "the last thing you ...

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Leader puts his firm’s focus on people

President Mark Davitt has grown collection agency ConServe to 324 employees Against the advice of his parents, Mark Davitt set out for Boston after graduating from college in 1979 and spending $800 on a car. In Boston the car was ...

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Expansion has this entrepreneur cooking

His favorite food is grilled cheese made with Velveeta. His pride and joy is a fluffy, white-haired Bichon Frise puppy named Jean-Georges. And despite a demanding career-known to have turned some otherwise gentle souls into irascible dictators-he has been dubbed ...

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A steady hand on a bumpy road

While many people grumble about their lengthy commutes to and from work, Steven Ralph welcomes his nearly half-hour of drive time. “I couldn’t imagine living a few minutes down the road. I just couldn’t do it. I need that decompression ...

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The unlikely agency president

Jeffrey Sinsebox was not a soccer player and knew nothing of the intricacies of the game, but when his daughters’ travel soccer team was in danger of folding because it had no coach, he did something familiar. Sinsebox, 39, stepped ...

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Building on the hospital’s advantages

The corridors, rooms and equipment at Lakeside Memorial Hospital are clean and as up-to-date as one might expect of any well-kept U.S. hospital. But after a quick tour, “gleaming and modern” would not be the first description that springs to ...

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Removing the handcuffs

No matter where his responsibilities take him as executive director of the Unshackle Upstate coalition, Brian Sampson will not miss any athletic event involving his two sons. “I don’t miss their games,” he says. “I may miss a practice, but ...

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CEO has clear view of firm’s future

As a teen who aspired to become an architect, Demetrios Stathopoulos knew he was in trouble when a college recruiter asked to see his art portfolio. “I have absolutely no artistic ability,” Stathopoulos said. So the East Irondequoit native pursued ...

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Finding a niche for success

Conventional wisdom holds little attraction for Klaus Gueldenpfennig. It is not, for that matter, much admired by his wife or daughter. Gueldenpfennig, his wife, Brigitte, and their daughter, Dinah, 44, are as tight-knit a unit as three highly individualistic humans ...

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