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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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Turning the firm around

The presidential wing of Veramark Technologies Inc. stands empty and eerily dim these days under the distinctly different leadership of new CEO Anthony Mazzullo. Mazzullo spent only a few hours in the sprawling apartment-style office before moving to the opposite ...

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Banking on the region

Banking is Joseph Rulison’s business. Rochester is his passion. Rulison, 52, is Rochester market president for Bank of America Corp., overseeing 250 employees at 25 branches from Seneca Falls to Batavia and as far south as Ithaca. “Joe is your ...

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His key talent: figuring it out

Michael Bechtold knew he had a love-and a knack-for mechanical equipment and operations when a colleague at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf asked him to look at a lathe that had broken down at the ...

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Creating a health care network

Edward Kremer, the executive director of the Greater Rochester Regional Health Information Organization, is champing at the bit. He and other organizers of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization spent months debating and finally arriving at a system for patients ...

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