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Passion still drives this ad firm founder

Not everyone is fortunate enough to say they are living their dream. But Donn Selkowitz can. “My greatest accomplishment is that I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do since the seventh grade,” says the 54-year-old founder and chairman of Mason ...

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Donn Selkowitz Title: Chairman, Mason Selkowitz McDermott Inc. Age: 54 Education: B.A., advertising, The Pennsylvania State University, 1972; M.A., journalism, Penn State, 1975 Family: Wife, Karen; daughters Alexis, 23, Jourdan, 18, and Shayna, 14 Residence: Irondequoit Hobbies: Cars, writing, coaching ...

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Bob Pieters Title: President, Heritage Christian Services Inc. Age: 69 Home: Webster Education: B.S. in business administration and finance, University of Rochester, 1964 Family: Wife, Marie; five children, Daniel, 45, Bob, 41, John, 40, Karen, 35, and Kimberly, 29 Quote: ...

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Building a tradition of caring for others

Bob Pieters and his wife were looking for a way to give their children a better quality of life. That quest turned into a vocation for Pieters, 69, president of Heritage Christian Services Inc. Under his guidance, the agency has ...

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Banking on commitment to the community

Martin K. Birmingham remembers going to the Rochester Public Market with his family one autumn when he was not yet a teenager and watching his father mingle with the political and business elite. The late Congressman Frank Horton was there, ...

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Martin K. Birmingham Title: Regional president, Bank of America Corp. Age: 37 Home: Pittsford Education: Bachelor of arts in economics, St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., 1989 Family: Wife, Jill; daughter Ann, 6; son Thomas, 2. Quote: “There are few companies-one ...

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He proves you can go home again–and again

“I’ve spent a lot of time in and out of this place,” McCollister Evarts M.D. says, gesturing at the walls of his office deep in the confines of the Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester Medical Center Complex. With ...

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McCollister Evarts M.D. Titles: University of Rochester senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs; CEO of Strong Health and University of Rochester Medical Center Age: 73 Education: B.S. in zoology, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y., 1953; M.D., UR School ...

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Family business led by straight shooter

Dean Rossi lays it on the line. The president of the Henrietta company Amdex Computer Inc. does not mince words and neither do his employees. But he likes it that way, and apparently they do, too. “(Rossi) can drive you ...

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Dean Rossi Title: President Age: 36 Education: B.S. in business, concentration in marketing, SUNY Albany, 1988 Residence: Fairport Interests: Movies, golf, snowmobiling, boating, car racing Family: Wife, Deborah; children, Ethan and Josh Quote: “What I worry about now is how ...

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Communicator finds the job a perfect match

Dawn Borgeest is a matchmaker. As president and CEO of the Advertising Council of Rochester Inc., Borgeest helps marry area marketing communications talent with community requirements. “Dawn is really in tune with the community needs. She has her ear to ...

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Dawn Borgeest Title: President and CEO, the Advertising Council of Rochester Inc. Age: 48 Home: Mendon Education: Associate’s degree in medical-record technology, Monroe Community College, 1976; B.A. in communication and journalism, St. John Fisher College, 1982 Family: Single Interests: Antiques, ...

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Fairness is key in this leader’s approach

In the eight years since Thomas LeBlanc became chief academic officer for the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, the institution has undergone a transformation. UR president Thomas Jackson in 1995 outlined a five-year plan to create ...

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Thomas LeBlanc Title: Vice provost and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the College Faculty at the University of Rochester Age: 48 Home: Brighton Education: B.S. in computer science, SUNY College at Plattsburgh, 1977; M.S. in computer science, ...

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CEO banks on big things in a small package

In the banking industry, bigger definitely is not better for Genesee Regional Bank president and CEO Philip Pecora. The Rochester native rose quickly up the ranks during his seven years at M&T Bank Corp. After a two-month change of career ...

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