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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Not someone to run away from a challenge

Asked if he would ever consider running for higher office, Michael Green first blurts out a definitive sounding “no.” Then, quickly correcting himself, he adds, “I say that now, but I shouldn’t really close out the possibility.” Green was elected ...

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Michael Green Title: Monroe County district attorney Age: 44 Education: B.S., industrial relations, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, 1983; J.D., Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Mass., 1986 Family: Wife, Karen; daughters, Meghan, 15; Tori, 12 Residence: Pittsford Interests: Running, ...

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CEO charts big plans for small bank

Dana Gavenda has the voice of a broadcaster. When he speaks, it is easy to imagine him reporting the evening news on television or radio. The 55-year-old Albion, Orleans County, native is president and CEO of Fairport Savings Bank, overseeing ...

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Dana Gavenda Title: President and CEO, Fairport Savings Bank Age: 55 Home: Pittsford Education: B.A., English, SUNY College at Brockport, 1972; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1980 Family: Wife, Cheryl; daughter, Molly, 23 Interests: Coaching soccer, volunteer work with the ...

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William Steenburgh Position: Senior vice president, Xerox Services, Xerox Corp. Education: B.S. in industrial economics, Union College, 1979; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1983 Age: 49 Family: Wife, Lynn; children, Nicole, 23; Kathy, 20; Megan, 18; and Mitchell, 10 Residence: ...

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Helping to build the new Xerox

Thanksgiving is William Steenburgh’s favorite holiday. “We have 60 or 70 people at the house and my wife cooks a big dinner,” Steenburgh says. “I look around and there’s good food, some good wine, and I’m thankful for all I ...

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Robert Thompson Title: President and CEO, Monroe Plan for Medical Care Inc. Age: 59 Education: B.A. in psychology, Hope College, Holland, Mich., 1969; master of divinity in urban ministry, New York Theological Seminary, 1971 Residence: Canandaigua Sports: Golf Community activities: ...

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Former pastor finds his mission in health care

When Monroe County budget director William Carpenter moved from the private sector to the county finance job two years ago, Robert Thompson’s name came up frequently. “I quickly recognized that Medicaid was the elephant in the room,” Carpenter says. “And ...

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