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Founder finds you can go home again

After resigning and then returning to the helm of the company he founded almost 30 years ago, John Slusser is using a fresh perspective to widen, deepen, extend and align Performance Technologies Inc. As president and CEO for the last ...

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Food industry veteran sees firm on the rise

You may not have seen the name of Fleischer’s Bagels Inc. too much in the grocery store, but you will soon, says Robert Drago. Drago, 41, became president of the Macedon firm roughly one year ago when its founder, Marc ...

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Steering the firm’s westward push

Leonard Redon’s fourth-floor office at Paychex Inc.’s headquarters in Penfield might be one of the least likely places to find him. He could be at a board meeting for one of the many non-profits he works with, or on a ...

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Banking on continued growth

Pittsburgh is new territory in a new state for First Niagara Financial Group Inc., but it is not a new idea for President and CEO John Koelmel. Koelmel had designs on Pennsylvania as a First Niagara market while working as ...

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Improving how things work

As a child, Douglas Burgess was fascinated with how things work, so much so that he often took them apart. “I was always tinkering with stuff,” Burgess says. “It was even to the point where my dad would yell because ...

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She meets the needs of anxious buyers

Sometimes sobbing in despair over the news of a manufacturer’s discontinued product, devoted customers call Suzanne Clarridge’s company, My Brands Inc., for help. Manufacturers pay her to handle those calls. They provide their remaining product for My Brands to distribute ...

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At the helm of a rapidly rising business

Diana Nole does not yet head Carestream Health Inc.’s biggest division. But if she stays in her current job, she is likely to do so soon. Nole, 44, is president of Carestream’s digital medical solutions business, the company’s fastest-growing segment. ...

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Infusing a formula for learning

Jeremy Haefner searches his seventh-floor office overlooking the Rochester Institute of Technology campus, finally pulling a drink coaster from a meeting table. Etched into the stone is an equation known as Euler’s identity, showing a number e to the power ...

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Success beyond the sum of its parts

Peter Parts’ interest in electronics started early in life, when at age 5 he was given a crystal radio kit by his father. The boy was fascinated with the tiny plastic box that emitted sounds received from outside his home. ...

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His story turned a new page

It happened during last fall’s celebration of Ramadan, the monthlong Islamic holiday marked by total fasting from dawn until sunset. Lotfi Belkhir’s oldest daughter, Imaan, 17, wanted to continue her daily routine of running long distances with other members of ...

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His goal is to win on and off the field

In many ways, Robert Clark’s second season as owner and CEO of Adirondack Sports Group LLC and the Rochester Rhinos will be his first. Clark, 36, bought the Rhinos in March 2008, less than six weeks before the team was ...

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Making his company soar from the ground up

Speed and altitude are two themes in the life of Doug Mossbrook. They pervade his work, designing environmental heating and cooling systems in the ground, and his free time, hang gliding and flying sailplanes in the air. It is just ...

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Signs of business success

When Michael Rizzolo, a hearing individual, first stepped onto the Rochester Institute of Technology campus as an undergraduate student in 1974, his world opened up. “For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by kids who were deaf-in ...

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Taking his business to new heights

Robert Estephan puts every new hire at his company, Integrated Cabling and Communication Systems, in the field as an installer for two weeks. It was, Estephan says, how he started and learned the business. Even personnel whose jobs have little ...

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Building futures for people

If Arthur Woodward seems oblivious to the repetitive tapping of a hammer outside his office door, he can probably be forgiven. The sound of the mundane office repairs-fixing a broken door or building shelves-is as common to the 58-year-old as ...

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