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Constructing a better future

At the mention of his 3-year-old triplets, Aaron Hilger’s sunny disposition gets a few thousand watts brighter. For people who know Hilger, 34, they often get a similar reaction at the mention of Wicks Law, workers’ compensation improvement or almost ...

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Hilda Rosario Escher

Title: President and CEO, Ibero-American Action League Inc. Age: 57 Home: Rochester Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology and education, University of Puerto Rico, 1973 Family: Husband, Douglas Escher; daughter, Melisza Campos, 29; son, Herbert Escher, 26 Hobbies: Dancing, gardening, serving ...

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Making a big impact

Friday morning is Hilda Rosario Escher’s favorite part of the week. That is when she volunteers in a third-grade classroom at School No. 8 on St. Paul Street. She works with children individually, helping them with their reading skills. While ...

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Diversification fuels his firm’s success

Jon Tobin believes Han-Tek Inc.’s path to success has been an evolutionary process. The firm was founded more than a half-century ago, serving customers in the region, namely Bausch & Lomb Inc., Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox Corp. But when ...

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Brothers drive the family business

Allyn and Andrew Barnard’s fondest childhood memories of their family business are of stuffing themselves on their mom’s fresh-baked cookies and homemade punch, running around in a spotlight and staying up until midnight each Oct. 1 as Jim Barnard Chevrolet ...

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Glenn William

Title: General manager, Midtown Athletic Club Age: 56 Home: Brighton Education: B.A. in business, Hillsdale College, Michigan, 1974 Family: Wife, Helen; daughters Madeline, 22, Sarah, 21 Hobbies: Poetry, cooking, gardening, golf Quote: “Don’t talk to me about gasoline being a ...

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Courting continued expansion

Glenn William, a former fill-in New York Yankee ball boy, came to Rochester in 1995 to manage a $7 million conversion of the Midtown Tennis Club to Midtown Athletic Club. He is in the midst of another $7 million expansion ...

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Building a success story

Quincy Allen can thank his mother, Annie, for prompting him toward a career path that has led to a top spot at Xerox Corp. After growing up in the Boston area, Allen attended college there-commuting from his family home-and had ...

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Connecting lawyers with needy clients

When she decided to leave Alaska to move back to the Northeast, Sheila Gaddis flew into Newark International Airport, rented a car, stopped at her brother’s house in Egg Harbor, N.J., and then drove west through Upstate New York. Gaddis, ...

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Close up: Harold Smith Jr.

Title: President, Halco Plumbing and Heating Age: 46 Education: Completed certificate programs at Monroe Community College Family: Wife, Tammy; sons, Seth, 21, and Brock, 17; daughter Paige, 8 Home: Phelps Activities: Travel and motorcycle riding Quote: “As I sit here ...

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Business heats up in Phelps

In Halco Plumbing and Heating’s headquarters hangs an old photograph of a dirt-smudged teenager standing proudly in a basement, next to a boiler he built himself. Harold Smith Jr., commonly known as Hal, received the photo by mail a few ...

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Close-up: Barry Culhane

Title: Executive assistant to the president, Rochester Institute of Technology Age: 61 Education: B.A., math and literature, University of Windsor, Canada, 1968; Ph.D., cognitive psychology, University of Rochester, 1976 Family: Wife, Christine Licata, associate vice president for academic affairs at ...

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A servant who also leads

Even Barry Culhane is not sure what the Imagine RIT festival is going to look like, precisely. But he-and those familiar with Culhane’s work-knows it will be fantastic. Since the start, Culhane, a top aide who has worked with three ...

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Putting on the show

A couple of years ago, on a Sunday, a customer of Mirror Show Management Inc. was panicking. It seems the customer, who had an exhibit set up at an Orlando, Fla., trade show, suddenly realized he needed larger size T-shirts ...

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Close up: Donna Shultz

Position: President and CEO, Mirror Show Management Inc. Education: A.S. in business, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, 1980 Age: 47 Family: Husband, Dan; daughters, Olivia, 11, and Emma, 8 Residence: Fairport Outside activities: Spending time with family, exercising, traveling, ...

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