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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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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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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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Alexa Gifford Title: President, Finger Lakes Tour-ism Alliance Age: 40 Home: Penn Yan Education: Associate’s degree in business administration, SUNY College at Morrisville, 1984 Family: Husband, Mark; son, Eric, 7; daughter, Sydney, 5 Quote: “When we go to (trade) shows, ...

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Putting Finger Lakes promotion into motion

Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance president Alexa Gifford was sitting in her office one day last summer when a call came to the Penn Yan-based agency from representatives of the Today Show. The NBC morning show wanted to profile the region, ...

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Claude Wright Title: President and CEO, Wright Wisner Distributing Corp. Age: 58 Home: Pittsford and Naples, Fla. Education: B.S. in business, Pennsylvania State University, 1969 Family: Wife, Nancy; daughter, Contessa, 23, and son, Claude, 18 Interests: Golf and car restoration ...

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CEO taps success with his customer focus

Since June, Wright Wisner Distributing Corp. has added 19 jobs to grow the company’s total employee base to 312, up from 286 last year. The Henrietta-based company has added 100 employees over the last five years, and Claude Wright, 58, ...

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John Clark Title: Interim president, SUNY College at Brockport Age: 54 Home: Brockport and New York City Education: B.A. in history, Providence College, Providence, R.I., 1972; master’s degree in public administration, John Jay College, New York City, 1977; M.A. in ...

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