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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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On a course for growth

The dictionary defines emergent as “arising and existing only as a phenomenon of independent parts working together.” Barbara Risser also sees it as the one tree that grows above the others in a grove. For Risser, the president of Finger ...

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Focusing on steady growth

Having completed his education at Webster Thomas High School, George Conboy had not given college a thought. “I was not interested in doing anything when I graduated high school,” he says. “I never applied to college. I planned to enlist ...

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Growth is ‘huge’ for this CEO

He has a bobble-head doll fashioned after him, a MySpace page devoted to him, and video parodies of his commercials appear on YouTube. Whether you find his advertising shtick amusing or annoying, there is no question that Billy Fuccillo’s persona ...

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Putting it in play

If you wanted to learn about American history in the 19th and early 20th centuries, you could open a history textbook, maybe watch a documentary. Or you could look through the board games in the basement archives of the Strong ...

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Establishing a precedent

As the president-elect of the Monroe County Bar Association, Andrew Brown unexpectedly found himself in the middle of a controversy-seen by many as having racial overtones-over the county Legislature’s appointment of a public defender. The flap, says Brown, who began ...

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Tending to the industry’s growth

The wine industry in New York was a shambles when James Trezise left the comforts of his job with Consolidated Rail Corp. in 1982 to become president of the newly formed New York Wine Council in the Finger Lakes region. ...

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