Mar 3, 2021

Graham Corp. president and CEO says the buck stops with him

Ten two-letter words help define James Lines’ philosophy about life in general and work in particular: If it is to be it is up to me. “If you want something, go after it; don’t wait for it to happen. Set your goals high, challenge yourself, don’t believe you’re entitled to anything, work hard for it,” […]

Feb 17, 2021

Problem solver sits atop Campus ladder

When Mark Esposito enrolled at the University at Buffalo in 1999, he had plotted out a study path in architecture. Buildings appealed to him, from design to construction. But just one semester into his collegiate education, he altered course. “I was more of an inside-the-box type of guy,” Esposito said. “I didn’t get very creative. […]

Jan 28, 2021

Greenlight Networks founder Mark Murphy helps expand high speed internet access

Mark Murphy had a successful career of almost 20 years as an executive in the high-tech communications industry, with a track record that would have probably led to even more lucrative top-tier job opportunities that would provide long-term financial security for his family. But an entrepreneurial spirit drove him to venture out on his own […]

Jan 4, 2021

Caregiving is Tamara Davis’ purpose in life

You could say it was Tamara Davis’ childhood that prepared her for entrepreneurship. Davis’ parents died when she was young, so she spent some time in the foster care system. Ultimately, though, Davis and her siblings were raised in Florida by their elderly, blind grandmother. It was the give and take of that relationship that […]

Dec 18, 2020

A mechanical mind

When his classmates at Aquinas Institute were heading off to football practice or some other after-school activity, Mark Gionta was on his way to work in one of the shops at Rochester Colonial. “The rest of us were doing our various activities and he was already in business; it was in his blood,” said Tony […]

Dec 11, 2020

Finding the right fit

John Gilmore is not a lawyer. As the founder of BarkerGilmore, the legal recruiting firm based in Fairport, it makes sense that the first question most people ask him is if he’s a lawyer. Gilmore received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University at Buffalo and worked as an electrical […]

Nov 20, 2020

Lifetime learner: RRH EVP Stamps leads by example, lifting those around her to reach their full potential

Deborah Stamps’ desire to pursue a career in nursing began to take root when her grandmother, Gwendolyn, underwent open heart surgery. Stamps was around 12 years old at the time and found herself in close communication with the nursing staff who cared for her grandmother. Not only did the nurses take the time to explain […]

Nov 6, 2020

Epitome of a Rochester leader

It isn’t often that an entrepreneur is as well known for his business acumen as he is for his involvement in the arts. But Marc Iacona epitomizes both. As president and CEO of Simcona Electronics Corp., Iacona spends his days overseeing a leading international industrial parts distributor and one of the largest stocking distributors in […]

Oct 29, 2020

As CEO, Vangellow is a vessel for continuing RW Dake’s reputation as a family business

As a commercial lender, it’s critical to understand the intricacies of accounting and finance. You’re not going to be of much use to the bank if you don’t have extensive knowledge of economic principles. Conversely, however, you don’t need to know how to install heavy gauge exterior framing or create interior crown molding to be […]

Oct 9, 2020

‘Be yourself’ mentality

Randi Proukou wants the members of GRAWA (Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys) to let their guard down a little. As president of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys Proukou wants to know about all the stresses and struggles the members are facing so they can help each other tackle them head on. Proukou, […]

Sep 11, 2020

Meaghan de Chateauvieux has passion for Willow Domestic Violence Center’s work

In August of 1976, Ms. magazine made history when it became the first national magazine to focus its content on domestic violence. The symbolic cover photo was of a woman, battered and bruised. It was that cover story that led to the development of hotlines and safe spaces for survivors nationwide, including Rochester’s Willow Domestic […]

Aug 27, 2020

Hitting a home run for Northwestern Mutual

Considering Greg Constantino’s love for baseball, he surely was sleeping in his crib with a toy baseball bat before he was 6 months old. “I have pictures of me in diapers swinging the most huge red bats, hitting the ball 200 feet,” he said. “I was that kid.” Of course, when Reggie Jackson hits three […]