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Building the future at the medical center

For Bradford Berk M.D., it all seems at the moment to come down to space. For Berk, a science fiction fan, space in a way is his final frontier. Berk’s five- to 10-year mission is not to explore space, but ...

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Joanne Arany Title: Executive director, Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. Age: 51 Education: B.A. in psychology and forensic science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1978; master’s degree in landscape architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, 1988 ...

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Preserving the past for the future

A steady easiness of manner veils Joanne Arany’s passion for architecture that incarnates the past. The new executive director of the Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. is poised and soft-spoken, but her words express a deep conviction for ...

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Running his business is a thrill ride

It is a full 20 minutes until the gates open at Seabreeze Amusement Park on a recent Monday morning, yet 150 people are lined up, waiting to embark on a day of fun. With an ideal forecast for sunshine and ...

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Rob Norris Title: President, Seabreeze Amusement Park Education: Bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, Indiana University of Technology, 1972 Age: 56 Family: Wife, Deborah Verhulst-Norris; Daughter, Genevieve Norris, 20 Residence: Hilton Outside Activities: Windsurfing, skiing, gardening, cooking, reading novels ...

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Forging the technical future at MCC

At age 8, Dianna Phillips played as a teacher to her younger cousins in rural West Virginia. She recognized early that learning held the key to breaking out of difficult circumstances. Phillips, raised by a grandmother who gave her more ...

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Dianna Phillips Title: Dean, Technical Education, Monroe Community College Age: 48 Home: Greece Education: B.S., National University, San Diego, 1989; M.S., SUNY College at Buffalo, 1992; PhD., SUNY Buffalo, 1995 Family: Son, Ian, 11 Hobbies: Cycling, gardening Quote: “I am ...

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He quarterbacks the business operations

Ask East Syracuse native Russell Brandon whether he grew up a fan of the Buffalo Bills and his answer will be unequivocally, well, diplomatic. “I’ll characterize it this way: I always had an affinity for the Bills,” says Brandon, who ...

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Russell Brandon Title: Executive vice president, business operations, Buffalo Bills Age: 39 Home: Williamsville, Erie County Education: B.A., communications, St. John Fisher College, 1989 Family: Wife, Amy Falk; sons, R.J., 6, and Jack, 4; daughter, Grace, 1 Hobbies: Working out, ...

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Crafting success at this manufacturing firm

Growing up, Gary Kone did not know the carpentry skills he learned as a youth would pave the way for his professional career. But it was while working as a cabinet maker while attending college that a career in manufacturing ...

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Gary Kone Position: President, FTT Manufacturing Inc. Education: BBA, business management, St. John Fisher College, 1973 Age: 54 Family: Daughters, Lea, 27, and Nicole, 21; son, Alexander, 22 Residence: Avon Outside activities: Chairman of the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming Workforce ...

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This leader drives growth at auto dealership

John Holtz has walked over hot coals-literally-on three separate occasions. It is a metaphor for life, he says. “If you can walk on fire, what can’t you do?” explains the 58-year-old president of Holtz House of Vehicles, whose last trek-in ...

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John Holtz Position: President, Holtz House of Vehicles Education: B.S., business administration, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1971 Age: 58 Family: Wife, Seana; daughters, Caitlin, 19, and Kyleigh, 17 Residence: Pittsford Interests: ’50s and ’60s music, golf, family, charities Quote: “I ...

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Leading the troops at Klein Steel Service

As the U.S. Army chief of staff during the Vietnam War, Gen. Harold Johnson strongly disagreed with President Lyndon Johnson’s war policies. His convictions almost led to his resignation, but at the last minute, Gen. Johnson had a change of ...

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Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste Position: President, Klein Steel Service Inc. Education: B.S., engineering, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1974; MBA from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., 1981; Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., 1994 Age: 53 Family: Wife, ...

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