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Third generation builds on success

Michael and Mark Doyle had no intention of making careers out of car sales, but more than two decades after joining their father in the family business, both say they cannot see themselves doing anything else. “Did I always want ...

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Enforcing honesty as the city’s policy

Heading the city of Rochester’s Office of Public Integrity may not be as glamorous as fighting terrorism or organized crime as an FBI agent or investigating homicides as a city police officer, but Richard Vega says the job suits him ...

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Necessity launched this entrepreneur

Richard Rosenbloom co-founded Ameritherm Inc. almost out of necessity. Now Ameritherm’s chairman and CEO, Rosenbloom found himself unemployed in the mid-1980s after the firm where he had worked for nearly two decades was sold and operations were consolidated. Rosenbloom acknowledges ...

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Completing the firm’s evolution

See Corrections and Amplifications below When James Spitz Jr. started at Harris Beach PLLC in 1975, he was an associate fresh out of law school. The firm had some 30 attorneys and mostly served clients within easy reach of its ...

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Former lot man drives growth

Raymond Helfrich has a simple rule for life: Do the right thing. It was this philosophy that led him to his first job in the automotive industry-he was the only one who wore a suit to the interview-and it is ...

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Advocating for the disabled

To describe the situation that met Bruce Darling and a group of some 400 protesters for disability rights who descended on Washington, D.C., would sound almost too clich?d to be true. After walking and wheeling themselves into a busy intersection ...

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Taking a no-nonsense approach

A jock and a poet, Steven Abramson is a bright collection of unlikely contrasts. As a business owner since 1985, Abramson, 56, is known both as a hard-nosed competitor and as a kind-hearted boss. In his office at Pace Window ...

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Putting a face on the technology

Those who know Regina Testa might have a hard time believing that as a 6-year-old girl, she was so shy she cried when her mother made her answer the door and greet guests at her birthday party. That quiet little ...

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Growing fast during tough times

In challenging economic times for most companies, employee benefits administrator EPIC Advisors Inc. heads into 2009 with plans to increase revenues and add jobs. “We really don’t see any slowdowns,” President Robert Judd says. EPIC posted revenues of nearly $7 ...

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Flying high after initial struggles

To say Paul Hyland took a risk in starting Mercy Flight Central Inc. in 1991 is not entirely accurate. There was little uncertainty about the future the non-profit organization would face-it was something of a sure-fire failure, he says. Long ...

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Charged up for growth

It was an unusual marriage between a field contractor and an accountant that propelled O’Connell Electric Co. Inc. into becoming one of the largest private employers in Rochester. Since Walter Parkes hired Victor Salerno as controller in 1971, annual revenues ...

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Breaking new ground

In 2004, ObjectVideo Inc., a Reston, Va.-based software company, landed a $3.2 million contract with the U.S. Office of Naval Research to develop technology to scan video, in real time, searching for potential security threats. The firm was one of ...

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Dealer puts focus on customers

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in September 1985 Daniel Richards made a decision that would change both his career path and his lifelong home of Long Island. “I’d just broken up with my girlfriend and my best friend had moved ...

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Still focused on growing things

Many would have you believe there is no state less friendly to business and economic development than New York. Dennis Mullen, the Rochester-based upstate president of the Empire State Development Corp., disagrees. “Businesses are not going to move here because ...

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Building a different kind of firm

The offices for DDS Cos. in Henrietta look more like the set for a TV show for a sexy-style law firm or some slick ad agency than a company that builds roads. For visitors, the upscale surroundings are a pleasant ...

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