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Roger Brandt leaves banking, discovers passion for affordable housing (access required)

Considering his father, his maternal grandfather and an uncle all chose the banking industry as a vocation, it was pretty much a given that Roger Brandt Jr. would uphold family tradition when he finished college. Working for a bank was ...

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Laurie Broccolo builds landscaping business with eye on environment (access required)

Laurie Broccolo isn’t the type to shy away from a challenge. In fact, she chases them. In 2011—21 years into her business, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care—Broccolo was bored. As CEO and co-owner of a successful landscaping company, it’s hard ...

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Young brings rural and legislative know-how to new Center of Excellence (access required)

Catharine Young didn’t change much about her living situation when she became head of the new Center of Excellence in Geneva last March. Young had spent 20 years on the road, commuting between her home in Olean and Albany, where ...

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Mary Balme guides Hearing, Speech Center out of difficult times (access required)

There may have been a bit of serendipity, or kismet or fate involved when Mary Balme came out of semi-retirement for a stint at Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. She had only planned to be there a few months to ...

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Carey Ann Denefrio keeps life in perspective as head of female lawyers group (access required)

As president of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, or GRAWA, Carey Ann Denefrio wants to provide resources to help members deal with the stress of their work. A women’s health committee has been meeting to plan spin classes, ...

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At MAGIC Center, David Long balances student opportunities with professional work (access required)

A year ago this month, David L. Long was standing at a podium showing off Rochester Institute of Technology’s newest toy – MAGIC Spell Studios, a state-of-the-art studio for creating video games, movies and all kinds of media. It would ...

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Joan Hoover doing good things as president of Conifer Realty (access required)

It’s amazing how the sense of smell can engage the mind and trigger the play button to the library of childhood memories. For some, it might be the sweet aroma of a linden tree that sends their mind free-falling back ...

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Touching Hearts president wins praise for his work with seniors (access required)

Mark McDermott began his career in law, shifted to the shoe industry, moved into manufacturing and landed in companion care. According to Ann Marie Cook, CEO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, “Mark has the ability to see the big picture ...

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Brian Nicholson steers Red Jacket Orchards out of the orchard and toward juice (access required)

The day Red Jacket Orchards turned on the juice production line at its new plant in 2010, Brian Nicholson had a realization. What began as a fruit farm and roadside produce stand two generations earlier had already expanded to shipping ...

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Jim Senall leads next generation of Rochester tech (access required)

Sibley Square, by sheer location, has no option but to be the focal point of downtown. Granted, the days of the site serving as a bustling department store, first as Sibley’s then as Kaufmann’s, or as the downtown educational hub ...

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Jeff Bartkoski keeps Mercy Flight Central running smoothly (access required)

  It’s not every day that the crew at Mercy Flight Central gets the opportunity to see how their patients turned out. Typically, once a patient reaches the hospital the story ends. But at a recent fundraiser for the Canandaigua ...

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For Naomi Silver, Red Wings are all about family, friends and community

Her father saved baseball in Rochester and, years later, her mother made sure a family vision lived on by chairing the board of directors of Rochester Community Baseball. Naomi Silver, however, never saw herself becoming a baseball executive. The heir ...

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