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Taking a jump into the non-profit world

Sitting alone in an office studying dead cultures was not to be Fernan Cepero’s future. Armed with a double degree in anthropology and Spanish from Fordham University in New York City, Cepero, now the vice president of human resources for ...

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Daniel Fessenden Title: Executive director, Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park Age: 39 Residence: Ledyard, Cayuga County Education: Bachelor’s degree in applied economics and management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, 1987 Family: Wife, Marnie; children, Madeleine, 10, ...

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Planting the seeds for future job growth

As a state legislator in the 1990s, Daniel Fessenden saw firsthand the work that went into bringing the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park in Geneva to life. Back then, he supported the park’s creation. Today, he is running it. ...

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Gregg Coughlin Position: President, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association Education: B.S. in biology, LeMoyne College, Syracuse, 1971; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 Family: Wife, Christine; children, Greg, 30, Charlotte, 29, Claire, 25, Liza, 18, Ana, 17, Tony, 15, Tessa, ...

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Managing within the grip of rapid growth

Gregg Coughlin concedes some might see his job as a balancing act. He does not. The president of the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, Coughlin heads what is the only physician organization to have made the Rochester Top 100 list ...

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Frank Strong Jr. Title: Managing Partner, Trillium Group LLC Age: 69 Home: Perinton Education: B.A. in engineering sciences, 1956, M.S. in engineering and business administration, 1957, Dartmouth College, N.H. Family: Wife, Barbara; daughters, Sally, 46, Lisa, 44; son, Douglas, 41 ...

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Developing gains through strong ventures

The seeds for Frank Strong Jr.’s interest in venture capital may have been planted while he was living near Melbourne, Australia, from 1978 to 1982. It was there, 20 years into a 35-year career with Eastman Kodak Co., that he ...

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This software executive plays, works hard

Since the information technology boom and its eventual bust in the 1990s, adaptability is perhaps the trait most essential to a tech company’s endurance. Over 10 years of business, Mindex Technologies Inc. has endured the ebb and flow of its ...

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Marc Fiore Title: President and co-founder, Mindex Technologies Inc. Age: 37 Home: Webster Education: A.S. in computer science, SUNY College at Morrisville; B.A. in computer science, SUNY School of Technology in Utica Family: Wife, Andrea; sons Marc, 8, Matthew, 7 ...

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This non-profit leader focuses on service

Family Service of Rochester Inc., one of Rochester’s lower profile non-profit organizations, is nearly 100 years old. Gregory Langen, 53, has been president and CEO of the $5.5 million organization for 10 of those years. Despite lean times and dwindling ...

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Gregory Langen Title: President and CEO, Family Service of Rochester Inc. Age: 53 Home: Pittsford Education: B.A. in sociology, SUNY Buffalo, 1973; master’s in social work, Syracuse University, 1975 Family: Wife, Anita; sons Rob, 21, and Michael, 17 Quote: “We ...

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Working to raise the bar for his profession

You can never turn the clock all the way back. Michael Wolford knows this. Still, he would not mind turning it back a little. As president of the Monroe County Bar Association, Wolford is positioned to open a debate about ...

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Michael Wolford Title: President, Monroe County Bar Association; managing partner, Wolford & Leclair LLP Age: 62 Education: B.S. in history and economics, John Carroll University, Cleveland, 1963; MBA, SUNY at Buffalo, 1965; J.D., Buffalo Law School, 1968 Family: Wife, Beatrice; ...

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David Smith Title: CEO of Infotonics Technology Center Inc. in Canandaigua Age: 61 Education: B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1965; M.S. in electrical engineering, University of Rochester, 1975 Family: Wife, Sandy; sons, Christopher, Timothy; daughters, Kathleen, Megan; four ...

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Creating the right tonic for the area’s success

When David Smith attended a meeting of the Optoelectronics Industrial Development Association in Washington, D.C., nearly five years ago, he was surprised to learn no representatives from Rochester-or even any from New York-were included in a group looking to create ...

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