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Developing the company’s future

  Organic chemistry is not usually a subject that gets college students excited, but James Larson was an exception. It was his sophomore year when he enrolled in the course and quickly developed an interest in the subject. "Things took ...

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Entrepreneur sees shining future for firm

  Visitors to Applied Coatings Group Inc. on Paul Road in Chili are greeted by two pieces of artwork in the company lobby: One is a perfectly symmetrical design of glass tile, the other an abstract, free-form hodgepodge of tiles ...

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Building on the firm’s foundations

  Opportunities and challenges, almost in equal measure, face Campus Construction Management Group Inc. as it has stepped out from the umbrella of Christa Construction LLC and looks beyond K-12 projects. With school in summer recess, Campus Construction’s season is ...

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Finding a home in the family business

When Craig Miller was starting out in the business world, his goal was to get a job with Eastman Kodak Co., not his family’s packing firm, Maco Bag Corp. He landed the Kodak job. But after working there for several ...

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Finding a home in public accounting

For a guy who did not want any part of Rochester or Upstate New York after graduating from college, Thomas Wolf is all but immovable at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP. Wolf, 48, was hired in 1983 by the ...

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CEO has the right Rx for a turnaround

  When Bridgette Wiefling M.D. started at the Anthony Jordan Health Center, common wisdom had it that the federally qualified health center was on life support and soon would be unplugged. Such centers are an outgrowth of 1960s-era activism. In ...

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Brands are key to her store’s success

The nervousness of a first-time hostess follows Jeannine Klee even after 40 years at a Rochester retail pillar, Park-leigh Enterprises Inc. Her anxiety reached a high point on the way to work last week as she turned the corner of ...

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Patrick Cunningham: Maintaining a disciplined approach

Patrick Cunningham knows the meaning of hard work, having fended for himself in some fashion since he was 14 years old. Cunningham, 55, spent most of his childhood in a one-parent household, his mother relying on welfare, food stamps and ...

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Entrepreneur builds on tech innovations

  Among the companies and technologies Paul Travers has launched and licensed over the last 20-plus years, a common thread stands out. The technologies invented by Travers, president and CEO of Vuzix Corp., are just far enough ahead of their ...

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Political animal finds a home in education

Not long after Mark Gearan was named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he placed a call to George Stephanopoulos, an old friend and colleague from his days working in the White House. As Gearan tells it, he asked ...

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PROFILE: He sticks to the basics to fuel growth

  Stephen LeBrun is a man of few words, but when the focus turns to his product and the automotive industry, he opens up. "Toyota is a great brand," says the 49-year-old co-owner of LeBrun Toyota Scion, "in spite of ...

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Telecom veteran charged up over new role

  To Donna Jaegers, the decision to take E.J. Butler Jr. off the job he had been doing as one of Paetec’s top managers and put him in charge of U.S. Energy Partners LLC did not quite add up. Jaegers, ...

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Fifth-generation leader guides firm’s track

The framed pictures of the various leaders of Star Headlight & Lantern Co. Inc. are displayed prominently on a wall of the building’s lobby. While it is not unusual for local businesses to honor their leaders in such a way, ...

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