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An entrepreneur grows the family business

In 1994 Peter Schott found his family’s business at a crossroads. His parents, George and Dolores Schott, had launched XL Tool & Machine Corp. in 1967, starting with production and assemblies and branching out to engineering and developing prototypes the ...

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Peter Schott Position: President, XLI Corp. Education: B.S. in pomology, Cornell University, 1981 Age: 46 Family: Wife, Mary Jane Tasciotti Residence: Rochester Outside activities: Running, swimming, Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardener, community volunteer Quote: “My one-word business plan is growth. ...

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Headmaster delivers a lesson in success

The title of headmaster conjures snippets of black-and-white films and descriptions in novels of well-bred men in suits, with canes for whipping beastly boys and jolly good tea and crumpets for afters. Charles Hertrick, headmaster of Allendale Columbia School, is ...

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Charles Hertrick Title: Headmaster, Allendale Columbia School Age: 58 Home: Brighton Education: Bachelor of arts degree in English with distinction from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., 1969; master’s degree in English, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 1972; master’s degree in education, Harvard ...

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Anthony DiMarzo Position: President and CEO, Mark IV Construction Co. Inc. Education: B.A. in finance and real estate, Syracuse University, 1965 Age: 62 Family: Wife, Carol; sons, Christopher, 32, and Steven, 28; daughter Gina, 33 Residence: Pittsford Hobbies: Traveling, golfing, ...

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This developer’s focus stays on the mark

On Exchange Boulevard, the headquarters of Mark IV Construction Co. Inc. are surprisingly peaceful given the bustling construction crews across the street at Corn Hill Landing-the crown jewel in Mark IV’s project portfolio. Construction on the third and final phase ...

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Mary Catherine (Kitty) Van Bortel Position: President and CEO, Van Bortel Motorcar Inc. Education: B.A. in psychology, Wells College, 1976 Age: 51 Family: Husband, Roger Garrett; daughter, Patricia, 6 Residence: Victor Hobbies: Spending time with her family, reading trade magazines ...

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Kitty’s the cat’s meow in the car business

Twenty years ago Kitty Van Bortel found herself out of a job, a 31-year-old ex-car saleswoman with $500 left to her name. She had been working for several years as the Mercedes-Benz and BMW sales manager for Holtz Automotive Group. ...

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Leader sees a better future with technology

Wendell Weeks knows that Corning Inc.’s business, driven by innovation and invention, sometimes also is a game of chance. “Sometimes a good innovation does not do so well in the marketplace,” says Weeks, 46, Corning’s new president and CEO. “Bad ...

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Wendell Weeks Position: President and CEO, Corning Inc. Education: B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., 1981; MBA, Harvard University Business School, 1987 Age: 46 Family: Wife, Kim Frock; daughter, Olivia, 13, and son, Porter, 11 Residence: Corning, ...

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Christopher Perna Title: President and chief operating officer, MedAmerica Inc. Age: 44 Education: B.S. in applied mathematics and economics, Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1983 Residence: Pittsford Family: Wife, Mary; sons, Jonathon, 13, Cameron, 10, Christopher, 7; daughter, Medeleine, 6 Interests: ...

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This leader set his focus on the long term

An American age 60 in 2001 could on average expect to live another 21.5 years. An American who had attained the same age in 1900 could look forward to another 14.4 years. Christopher Perna thinks about such numbers. Perna, president ...

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Irving Mann Title: Chairman, Mann’s Jewelers Inc. Age: 80 Home: Brighton Education: Master watchmaker certification, Canadian Horological Institute; gemologist certification, Gemological Institute of America Family: Wife, Gertrude; daughter, Nancy; son, Robert Hobbies: Following baseball and football. Favorite team is the ...

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Employee bond strengthens after trauma

An armed robbery in late 2003 provides another chapter in the history of Mann’s Jewelers Inc. Only 20 minutes after the store opened its doors on a Sunday afternoon, four men-two armed with guns-held up the store, smashed cases and ...

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An entrepreneur with a gem of a life story

Listening to Irving Mann recount his 80-year life story, one cannot help but think it would make great material for an epic novel. Founder and chairman of Mann’s Jewelers Inc., Mann grew up in the watchmaking business, but his background ...

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