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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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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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