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Chief lawyer at UR returns to private practice at the top of her game (access required)

Gail M. Norris, former vice president and general counsel at the University of Rochester, is entering a new phase of her career. In November, Norris, 61, retired from her position at the region’s largest employer and moved to the law ...

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New leader of divinity school developing visionary ideas for change (access required)

Angela Sims arrived at an interesting time for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She started work just a few weeks before the school moved out of its Hogwarts-like campus following a decision to sell the property to a developer. On Aug. ...

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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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