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Entrepreneur achieves goal as team owner

Curt Styres was born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in southern Ontario, Canada. He still lives there and routinely makes the six-hour round trip to Rochester to help run his Americans hockey and Knighthawks ...

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Building through careful expansion

William Goodrich says it was the family focus and what it meant to former CEO Wayne LeChase that made Goodrich want to spend 25 years of his career at LeChase Construction Services LLC. Wayne LeChase, now chairman, and his father, ...

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Providing the right Rx for a new facility

On his first day as dean of the pharmacy school at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, Scott Swigart remembers staring down at a blank sheet of paper, unable to decide what to do next. It was not his first ...

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Leader builds a career in a small town

James Dooley moved to Geneva in 1978, expecting to stay a few years. He was 30 and had recently been hired as CEO of Geneva General Hospital. Landing a CEO job-his second as a hospital administrator-was a coup, Dooley thought. ...

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Profile: James Dooley

James Dooley Title: CEO, Finger Lakes Health Age: 62 Education: B.A., biology, St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H., 1970; master’s degree in hospital administration, University of Minnesota, 1972 Family: Wife Caryl; son Paul, 31; daughter Katelyn, 26 Home: Geneva Activities: Golf, ...

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Transition puts him on the first line

Daniel Loughran knew early on that he wanted a career in finance. He did not think it would be in Rochester. His interest in playing hockey-and his wife-steered him to Western New York. Loughran, 45, is senior vice president, senior ...

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Hooked on the glass business

For Tony Marino, optics is like a drug. "It’s a disease," says Marino, 54, president of Advanced Glass Industries Inc. "Once you start working with glass, you can’t stop." Rochester-based AGI is one of the world’s largest suppliers of precision-machined ...

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Business is his playing field

The timing could not have been better for Ralph Fornuto to leave Paychex Inc. and, with partner James Williams, form USA Payroll Inc.  He was 31, and after working at Paychex for nine years he was itching to strike out ...

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Nurse and researcher becomes a leader

Kathy Parker got interested in sleep when she was working on a kidney dialysis unit in Atlanta. Why, she wondered, did nearly all dialysis patients complain of trouble sleeping?  Parker, named the fourth dean of the University of Rochester School ...

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Finding a home as a CEO

Without ever meaning to, Ryan Tucholski has been bucking trends, first by leaving a budding career as a concert pianist and second by leaving his hometown in Ohio while his two siblings stayed close by.  From a career writing grants ...

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New leader guides college’s future

When Anne Kress became president of Monroe Community College in June, the reception was far different from what she received after her last promotion.  As soon as her name was announced by the MCC board of trustees as the candidate ...

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A gust of fresh air in alternative energy

While many firms have struggled and even folded during the global recession, Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. is weathering the storm, its leader says.  In fact, CEO Kevin Schulte says times have been good for SED, a company in Ontario, Wayne ...

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Head of the house of the Blues

In a company newsletter circulated to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield employees last year, Excellus president and CEO David Klein admonished the firm’s staff to think first of patients’ needs. "When you’re a caregiver," Klein wrote, "the last thing you ...

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Leader puts his firm’s focus on people

President Mark Davitt has grown collection agency ConServe to 324 employees Against the advice of his parents, Mark Davitt set out for Boston after graduating from college in 1979 and spending $800 on a car. In Boston the car was ...

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Expansion has this entrepreneur cooking

His favorite food is grilled cheese made with Velveeta. His pride and joy is a fluffy, white-haired Bichon Frise puppy named Jean-Georges. And despite a demanding career-known to have turned some otherwise gentle souls into irascible dictators-he has been dubbed ...

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