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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Doggedly advocating on behalf of children

A 5-foot tall, fuzzy blue Cookie Monster leans against the wall near the front door of Mary Cariola Children’s Center Inc. He looks a little lumpy from too many enthusiastic squeezes, but his smile is big as ever. A little ...

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Paul Scott Title: President, Mary Cariola Children’s Center Inc. Age: 56 Home: Rochester Education: B.A. in liberal arts, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 1971; master’s degree in social work, Syracuse University, 1974; master’s degree in education administration, SUNY ...

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Leader takes his company to new heights

His business may be continuing to heat up, but one could describe Timothy Confer as cool. “Life’s too short to be stressed out every day,” said Confer, president of Northern Air Systems Inc. He has reason to be laid back-his ...

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Timothy Confer Position: President, Northern Air Systems Inc. Education: Attended SUNY College at Oswego, where he received his teaching certificate in 1994 Age: 40 Family: Wife, Barbie; daughters, Stephanie, 11, Courtney, 6 Residence: Greece Outside activities: Boating, motorcycling, snowmobiling, jet ...

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Working above and below the city streets

Edward Doherty’s career path was determined in 1961 when, as an 11-year-old living in the New York City area, he heard President John F. Kennedy during his inauguration tell Americans to ask not what their country can do for them ...

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Edward Doherty Title: Commissioner, city of Roch-ester Department of Environmental Services Age: 55 Home: Rochester Education: B.A. in sociology, St. John Fisher College, 1972; master’s degree, public administration, SUNY College at Brockport, 1981 Family: Wife, Patrice Mitchell; daughter, Laine, 17 ...

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Forging business ties is music to his ears

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is back for its fourth year, beginning today, and one of the local magicians responsible for bringing the musicians here is Marc Iacona. Iacona, 42, is executive director of the festival and president of Simcona ...

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