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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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Coming home from Hollywood

Rosie Taravella, executive director of the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, can write comedy, recite lines from “Blazing Saddles,” raise money and fling a dead mouse a hefty distance of 30 feet. “Rosie is a human dynamo,” says John ...

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Creating big things from tiny tech

Cathy Fleischer is not big on playing it safe. Two years ago, the president and chief technical officer of NaturalNano Inc.-after a nearly 14-year tenure at Eastman Kodak Co.-took a giant leap to build a tiny company. “Making that leap ...

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Due diligence brings CFO aboard

No bells rang for Keith Wilson at his first meeting with Paetec Holding Corp. officials. “I looked at Tim and Otto and I said: ‘I don’t get it,'” Wilson recalls. Tim and Otto were Paetec vice presidents Timothy Bancroft and ...

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Building home sales with innovation

If ever you need to visit the headquarters for Nothnagle Realtors, good luck. The company’s central offices sprawl across several houses along Monroe Avenue, near Twelve Corners in Brighton. The receptionists there say visitors often go to two or three ...

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Learning from experience

During his family’s three-and-a-half-year odyssey across Europe after escaping Communist Poland, Adam Urbanski became a master of adaptation. Traveling through 13 countries, he picked up four languages-French, Hebrew, Italian and Latin-in addition to his native Polish and the Russian he ...

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Identifying growth prospects

Keith Yeates has many passions, including the study of international cultures, running, rock bands and John Grisham novels. But at the top of the list for the president of Bristol ID Technologies in Lima, Livingston County, is Winston, Yeates’ 1-year-old ...

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Doctor takes new role as CEO

Frederick Cohn M.D.’s cell phone alerts him to an incoming text message-his physician’s assistant tells him work is waiting. Cohn was named president and CEO of RadNet Inc.’s Borg & Ide Imaging P.C. Rochester-area operations some three weeks ago. In ...

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A listener takes the reins

When state Assemblyman William Reilich took the June 27 telephone call from Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, he expected it to be a response to a request from his office earlier in the day for an update on the proposed ...

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