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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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Focusing on the front line

Martin Mucci learned a lot about employee relations while riding shotgun in a Frontier Communications Corp. service truck through Pennsylvania Amish country on a scorching summer day. On one of his many trips with service technicians to learn how they ...

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A business whose roots run deep

For many years Randall Farnsworth’s grandmother welcomed customers into her home, negotiating car sales and closing deals from her kitchen table. That personal touch is what drives the third-generation president of Randall Farnsworth Auto Group in his dealings with both ...

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An entrepreneur’s education

Until they or a family member are in need, Louise Woerner says, most people do not have a clear idea of what services home care agencies provide. Before she started a home care agency 30 years ago, admits Woerner, the ...

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