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Jrlon co-owner oversees vast number of products (access required)

Brandon Redmond, 38 of Penfield is the co-owner and COO of JRLON, Inc. in Palmyra.

  It’s not often that Jrlon Inc. staffers have the satisfaction of walking into a store, pointing to an item and saying, “I made that.” So when they can, it is a bit of a celebration. “We’re making components that ...

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Kawanza Humphrey leads KeyBank’s community benefits plan in Rochester (access required)

Kawanza Humphrey (Photo by Gino Fanelli)

In March 2016, KeyBank announced a massive initiative, a $16.5 billion, five-year Community Benefits Plan, a three-pillared program aimed at investing in communities in the company’s corporate footprint. The plan stemmed partly from KeyBank’s acquisition of First Niagara in 2016, ...

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Longtime RIT athletic director Lou Spiotti prizes stability, fairness (access required)

Lou Spiotti

  The walls inside the office of Lou Spiotti Jr. at Rochester Institute of Technology aren’t adorned with an endless array of championship photos of Tigers sports teams. Not enough space, perhaps. After all, Spiotti, who is executive director of ...

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Dedicated servant to those in need (access required)

Lori VanAuken is the Executive Director of the Catholic Charities Community Services.

  Lori VanAuken is a self-proclaimed nonprofit junkie, and one glance at her professional journey illustrates the truth behind that statement. From Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester to Rochester’s Child, an initiative of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, ...

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New Anthony Institute director leads UR gender research with gusto and skill (access required)

Kristin Doughty of Brighton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and is the new Director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at UR.

  Could Susan B. Anthony have envisioned a scholar working in her name and studying how women are treated in Rwanda following genocide? Such a person exists in the new director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality ...

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Northern Air Systems leader a man in motion (access required)

Tim Confer is the President of Northern Air Systems.

Tim Confer has gone to great lengths to ensure the future growth of his business, from extending its global sales footprint to serving multiple industry sectors ranging from media to medical to the U.S. military. In fact, Confer jokes that ...

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After 44 years on the bench, Judge Stander switches gears (access required)


When Thomas Stander and his wife Sally bought their house in Fairport, Elton John’s version of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” had just topped the Billboard charts, the Vietnam War was drawing to a close and the Cadillac Seville ...

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CEO of Cause Collaborative helps nonprofits make a splash (access required)

Becca Delaney Johnson, 30, of West Irondequoit is the President & CEO of The Cause Collaborative in Rochester.

When Becca Delaney Johnson was in high school in suburban Syracuse and contemplating where to attend college, she explored a great many options. At one point she thought she would be a veterinarian. “I love animals,” she said, “but I ...

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Rami Katz a master at helping businesses begin (access required)

Rami Katz (Photo by Bennett Loudon)

When Rami Katz came to Rochester in 2001 to get an MBA, he never dreamed he would still be here almost 18 years later. But the chief operating office of Excell Partners Inc., a venture capital fund affiliated with the ...

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British plant manager went from fields to front office at Love Beets (access required)

Daniel Cross

  Daniel Cross’ first summer job wasn’t a lot of fun. It involved moving irrigation pipes from one location to another in the East Anglia region of England. But when a supervisor at G’s Fresh asked him to tackle a ...

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Newsman gives up microphone for chance to serve the needy (access required)

Scott Benjamin

It was fairly obvious from a young age that Scott Benjamin was destined for a job in radio or television. As a child he rode his tricycle around, using one end of the cord from his mom’s electric frying pan ...

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Carlos Carballada continues his lifelong service to the city (access required)

Carlos Carballada

There are few people living in Rochester as deeply immersed in the city as Carlos Carballada. He has gone from the private sector to public office, and now returns to the private sector with his newest role as M&T Bank’s ...

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Mike McDougall: A keen eye for making a market splash (access required)

Mike McDougall of Honeoye Falls is the President of McDougall Communications in Brighton.

Mike McDougall has never been afraid to think outside the box or, in the case of public relations, look beyond the structured form of a press release. For instance, two decades ago, when he was working for the erstwhile Rochester ...

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REDCOM’s Dinah Weisberg learns business from the bottom up (access required)

Dinah Weisberg

A big transition has taken place at REDCOM Laboratories Inc. The telecommunications company employing 141 people not only celebrated its 40th birthday this year but also inaugurated a new CEO. Dinah Gueldenpfennig Weisberg is REDCOM’s second CEO and third president. ...

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Stendardi’s behind-the-scenes work fosters RIT growth (access required)


You won’t find Deborah Stendardi’s name on the buildings at Rochester Institute of Technology. She’s not listed on the mastheads of various centers and institutes at the university. But her imprint is just about everywhere in Brick City, playing a ...

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