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Action speaks loudest for B&L chief

By If one were pressed to pick a single word to describe Brent Saunders, modest would not be the worst choice. Slight of build, soft-spoken and unfailingly polite, Saunders easily could be taken for a year or two younger than ...

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A tradition of resilience at Allen-Bailey

Tucked away on a dead-end street in the Livingston County hamlet of Caledonia sits a century-old manufacturer that churns out millions of tags and labels weekly. Its quiet location keeps Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Inc. out of the public eye, ...

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Industry veteran loves running his own shop

  Andrew Molodetz’s interest in entrepreneurship can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and used to make snow shovels by nailing the lid of a coffee can onto the end of a stick. He would then ...

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Music plays key role in her leadership

  Margaret Quackenbush has loved music for her entire life, but the lifelong relationship owes a bit to circumstances. As a child growing up on a farm in Minnesota, she had to work to convince her parents to let her ...

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Acquisition is the name of his game

  Joseph Teresi knew when he joined First Niagara Financial Group Inc. four years ago that the company was intent on growth. "Nobody talked about size goals," says Teresi, CEO of insurance subsidiary First Niagara Risk Management Inc., headquartered in ...

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MedAmerica chief touts long-term view

 Turning down a job as a high school chemistry teacher three decades ago was the hardest decision he ever made, William Jones says.     Jones, 57, was then in his 20s, married and relatively recently graduated from college with ...

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Charting new paths for a non-profit

  A few decades ago, people suffering from mental illness left their families and homes and were moved to psychiatric hospitals, often living out their days there, says Gregory Soehner, president of East House Corp. These people disappeared into the ...

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Turnarounds are more than fair play for CEO

  An overachiever with a passion for resuscitating distressed companies, Kimberly Till made her home at Harris Interactive Inc. two years ago. As the company’s third CEO in four years, Till had a more complex job than just restoring investor ...

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Banking on the company’s strengths

John Pitton has come full circle, almost, rejoining the company that sparked his interest in finance as a career when he went to work in the operations center for Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in the late 1970s. Pitton, 52, ...

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CEO’s vision involves risk and growth

Patrick Ho is not afraid of taking a calculated risk. He believes being unafraid to take a risk has worked to his advantage. "I believe if I weren’t a risk taker, I would have been gone a long time ago," ...

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Telecom veteran dialing up growth

When XO Communications LLC opened an office here, hoping to boost its Upstate New York and Pennsylvania business some 13 months ago, officials cited Rochester’s wealth of telecommunications talent among the main reasons. Mark Murphy is a prime example of ...

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CEO keeps her focus on the details

  There is a line in the movie "The Lion King" that Jean Carroll loves: When a usurping brother tries to make a play for his position, King Mufasa responds, "Is that a challenge?" It is something that the president ...

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Competition fuels this leader’s fire

  In the six years since Partners + Napier Inc. stepped out from under the umbrella of a failing parent company, the firm has grown from 40 staffers to 150, and in doing so it has developed an unflagging confidence ...

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Looking for the big challenges

Michael Pomeroy has nothing bad to say about the six years he spent at Eastman Kodak Co. He enjoyed his time there and speaks fondly of the photo giant. But after Kodak’s former X-ray film and health imaging division spun ...

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