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Driving growth with a focus on people

It is unsurprising, since caring is the first word friends choose to describe her. Her husband, and the firm’s senior vice president, Gerard Ruffino is no different. The power of her kindness is amplified at work, he says. The 40 ...

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Close-up: David Damelio

David Damelio Title: Director of aviation, Greater Rochester International Airport Age: 40 Home: Penfield Education: B.S. in business administration, SUNY College at Brockport, 1988 Family: Wife, Susan; son, Davis, 2; daughter, Sabrina, 7 months Hobbies: Family, Notre Dame football, cigars ...

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Making sure things are looking up

Most people like to get away from their work on weekends. David Damelio, director of aviation at the Greater Rochester International Airport, likes to bring his 2-year-old son, Davis, to the airport on Saturday mornings to tour the grounds. “He ...

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Gerald Vanderstyne Jr. Position: President and owner, Vanderstyne Motor Sales Inc. Education: B.S., business administration, Florida Southern College, 1982 Age: 47 Family: Wife, Julie; son, J.J., 21; daughters, Carra, 19, and Je?ee, 16 Residence: Victor Outside activities: Family, golf, watching ...

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The car lot is his field of dreams

He once dreamed of being a professional baseball player, but Gerald Vanderstyne Jr. opted instead to follow in his father’s footsteps and now satisfies his competitive drive leading one of the area’s top car dealerships. It was not an incredibly ...

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Mary Fromm Position: Vice president, toner/development manufacturing group, Xerox Corp. Education: B.S., chemical engineering, University of Rochester, 1986; M.S., statistics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1990; MBA, UR’s Simon Graduate School of Business, 2007 Age: 43 Family: Husband, Paul; daughters, Cayla, ...

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Setting the tone at Xerox

With an interest in math and science that began in her youth, Mary Fromm knew from an early age she wanted to pursue a career as an engineer. The choice, however, perplexed her grandmother. “She would say to my mom, ...

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Thomas Ferraro Title: Executive director, Foodlink Inc. Age: 60 Education: B.S., business, Fort Lauderdale University, 1970 Family: Wife, Regine Calvar; three sons: Michael, 30, twins Philippe and John, 8 Residence: Rochester Quote: “Being able to deal with the farm and ...

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Providing food for the hungry

Tractor-trailers unload into the sprawling Foodlink Inc. warehouse along the Genesee River. Church vans come and go. People wait with order slips at a window, bundled up and exchanging cheery banter on a gray December morning. It feels like a ...

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Putting his energy into firm’s growth: CEO John Hamilton has led Griffith Energy since it was bought from Energetix in 2003

As president and CEO of Griffith Energy Inc., John Hamilton hears regularly from those who blame him for $3.25-a-gallon gas prices or the increasing cost of home-heating oil. “Pretty much every day,” he says with a shrug and a slight ...

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John Hamilton Title: President and CEO, Griffith Energy Inc. Age: 53 Home: Victor Education: B.S. in accounting, Clarkson University, Potsdam, 1976 Family: Wife, Linda; daughter, Jennifer, 27; sons, Eric, 25, Ryan, 20, Kevin, 18 Hobbies: Outdoor activities Quote: “Given the ...

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This leader is more than a cable guy: Time Warner Cable division president Terence Rafferty oversees TV, Internet and phone services

A sweet corner office and a sweeping view of the Rochester skyline were supposed to be Terence Rafferty’s when he moved to Rochester two years ago. The division president’s office is at the end of Mahogany Row, the term employees ...

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Terence Rafferty Title: Division president, Time Warner Cable Age: 42 Education: B.S. in accounting, SUNY at Binghamton, 1987 Residence: Brighton Interests: Golfing, family, community involvement Quote: “I got the sense from the way people treat each other here that this ...

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Driving the family dealership: President Mark O’Connor in 1994 took the helm of O’Connor Chevrolet, started by his dad

Mark O’Connor knew early on that he wanted to run a car dealership. And he also knew he did not want to be a stereotypical in-your-face dealer. Though O’Connor, president of O’Connor Chevrolet Inc., runs one of the area’s top ...

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Mark O’Connor Position: President, O’Connor Chevrolet Inc. Age: 49 Education: B.S. in management, 1980, St. John Fisher College Family: Wife, Lia; daughters, Maggie, 20, and Kristine, 17; son, John, 15 Home: Pittsford Hobbies: Golf, skiing, hunting Quote: “We’re competing on ...

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