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New CEO finds his nonprofit background fits just fine at Home Leasing (access required)

Bret Garwood of Brighton is the new CEO of Home Leasing

The knowledge gained inside the walls of a university classroom will often influence what lies ahead in life. Bret Garwood, however, might tell you that the conversations in the hallways of an academic building can be just as important, if ...

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Attorney Perri approaches 40 years in civil legal service (access required)

C. Kenneth Perri

  There was never much doubt about C. Kenneth Perri’s career path. “I thought I would be like a social worker, or something like that, and then when the time came I decided to go to law school,” said, Perri, ...

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Helming focuses on the positive face of government (access required)


Helming, who comes from the Midwest but has lived in Canandaigua for more than 35 years, first became active in public affairs after her daughter was born in 1990; becoming a mother made her focus on the future of the environment.

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Gilda’s Club leader oversees loving support for those with cancer (access required)

Melinda Merante

  Melinda Merante is a veteran of the nonprofit sector who has devoted her career to the American Heart Association, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., the Arthritis Foundation and Rochester Hearing and Speech. But it’s her latest role ...

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Elizabeth Thorley makes her mark as boutique wealth manager (access required)


In Rochester's world of financial planning, big firms rule. Organizations like The Bonadio Group serve as hubs for wealth management with vast pools of resources and an endless array of different offerings for clients...

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Fritz Ruebeck oversees 52-person business and thousands of parts (access required)

Fritz Ruebeck

  According to Fritz Ruebeck, he likely had one of the largest home-based businesses—that he knows of, at least. Ruebeck started Classic Automation LLC out of necessity in 2003. He was laid off in 2002 from ABB—a Swiss-Swedish organization that ...

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Bellangelo Winery benefits from expertise of California transplant (access required)

Chris Missick

A decade ago, Chris Missick and his father sat in a diner-style booth in the Villa Bellangelo Winery overlooking Seneca Lake in Dundee, Yates County. It was the day after Chris married his French sweetheart, Laure, and the wedding guests ...

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Packaging company leader puts enthusiasm to work (access required)

Jason Grady

Jason Grady isn’t afraid to stick his neck out or take on challenges others might scoff at. Eighteen years of his life were spent traveling up and down the East Coast racing motorcycles with his father; he turned professional at ...

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Paul Griswold leads fourth generation of Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Cos. (access required)


Founded in 1920 by president and CEO Paul Griswold’s great-grandfather Hovey Griswold, Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Cos. has grown into the largest independently owned telephone company in New York State, serving 12,000 residential and commercial customers. But the telephone market ...

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Step by step, Tanvi Asher’s clothing business continues to grow (access required)

Tanvi Asher

  A few years ago, Tanvi Asher went from designing medical product packaging for a local manufacturer to designing and selling clothing in a tiny, out-of-the-way studio and shop. Today, the creator of Shop Peppermint has a premier spot and all the ...

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Executive from profit-making world turns to helping women at YWCA (access required)

Angela Panzarella of Greece is the CEO of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

  Angela Panzarella’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of Rochester employers. Like most youngsters, she started out in fast food, where she learned that a smile could make or break the day. She worked as a litigation attorney for ...

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