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Founder wills his way to success

From an early age, Sameer Penakalapati knew he had to rely on one thing to design his future: his own willpower. Growing up humbly in Anantapur, India, his parents—both teachers—taught him the way to better himself was to hold himself ...

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Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit

Many years ago, Tina Baughman would travel throughout Monroe County, sitting in the passenger seat with pen in hand, while her husband, Steve, took the wheel. As he nimbly navigated street after street, she estimated the cost to seal each ...

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Michael Pavia: Keeping his focus on imaging

It was more than a decade ago when members of the local optics community traveled to a trade event in San Diego and spent some free time riding the Pacific Ocean on boats that raced in the America’s Cup.  

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Carestream leader drives product

In the medical imaging equipment market, Carestream Health Inc. is a relatively small player. Jianqing Bennett plans to change that. 

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Engineering a new future at UR

A trip to Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando for many children is a chance to take a trip around the world. For Wendi Heinzelman, it was a glimpse into her future as well.  

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Guiding firm through changes

Ray Brown learned the hard way how to overcome adversity and make the most of a tough situation. For years, he raised bees. And in doing so he had been stung hundreds of times. Then one day he developed an ...

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Taking leadership to heart

After six months of vacation, the 8-year-old had had enough. Alex Zapesochny was ready to return to school, return to his life in Russia. His parents, however, had American dreams and had framed the trip to Zapesochny as a long ...

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Guiding with authenticity

Pietro Giovenco enjoys a challenge. He has spent a large part of his time at Bergmann Associates working with municipal officials and the public, providing input on projects that were proposed in the areas where they lived. He relished the ...

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A leader focused on the details

Hard work is a way of life for Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and it always has been. She gave birth to her eldest son while in law school and only missed one day of class. She got four days ...

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Banking on a hometown talent

Commercial banker Matthew Tipple has traveled the world, but when it came to raising a family, he found there is no place like home. The McQuaid High School graduate takes over as market executive for middle market commercial banking in ...

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Tending to a Rochester jewel

For 40 years, James Farr has been a champion of Rochester, helping the city’s parks and public market thrive by connecting the right people to the right project, all united under one vision. As director of the Rochester Public Market, ...

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Digging deep into local history

Not long after Christine Ridarsky became Rochester’s city historian, she ventured into a storage area in the stacks of the Rochester Public Library. At least 50 boxes of historical research material left behind by her long-tenured predecessors were waiting to ...

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Leading firm amid industry change

In 1973, Mark Cleary was riding his bike along Monroe Avenue, stopping at stores and applying for jobs. He happened upon Price’s Sea Foods, which was opening a location at Twelve Corners in Brighton, and the owner hired him on ...

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