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Banker trusts his instincts and his insights

As a marshal at the PGA Championship here this week, William Swan often could be seen holding up a sign instructing spectators to be quiet. Over the past five years, however, Swan’s First Niagara Financial Group Inc. has made as ...

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Robert Colon Title: Assistant state attorney general in charge of the Rochester office Age: 36 Education: B.A. in political science and economics, 1988, University of Rochester; J.D. Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1992 Family: Wife, Flor; daughters, Amanda, 8, and ...

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Post gives this lawyer a chance to give back

Robert Colon is doing his own on-the-job training. Colon left a job in May as head legal counsel at Paychex Inc. to become assistant state attorney general in charge of the Rochester office. “Public advocacy was in my blood,” he ...

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Donald Robinson Title: Senior vice president, Benderson Development Co. Inc. Age: 58 Education: B.A. English, 1966, and J.D., 1971, Fordham University, Bronx Family: Wife, Beth, retired Greece Central School District teacher; adult daughters, Lisa, Cory and Christine Residence: Pittsford Hobbies/interests: ...

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Executive aces developing business sites

Drive just about anywhere in the Rochester area, and you are bound to come across a Benderson Development Co. Inc. project. From Culver Ridge Plaza in Irondequoit and Westgate Plaza in Gates to Eastgate Square in Victor and One HSBC ...

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Michael Connolly Title: CEO and founder, Integrated Nano-Technologies LLC Age: 38 Home: Brighton Education: B.A. in integrated science, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1985; Ph.D. in molecular biology, Northwestern University, 1990; J.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, 1997 Family: Wife, Heidi; daughter, Maggie, ...

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Big things are expected from nanotech firm

Michael Connolly can speak fluently to varied audiences, making him an unusual polyglot. The founder of Integrated Nano-Technologies LLC, one of Rochester’s fast-growing companies, can talk business with executives or investors, converse in legal lingo with lawyers and use scientific ...

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CEO finds fresh air at wastewater startup

As president and CEO of Earth Tech Inc., Diane Creel led a company that coordinated design and construction for some of the world’s largest civil engineering projects. In moving here to take over tiny AnAerobics Inc., Creel has abandoned big ...

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Diane Creel Title: Chairman, president and CEO, AnAerobics Inc. Age: 54 Education: B.A., journalism, 1970; M.A., public relations and advertising, 1974, University of South Carolina Previous job: President and CEO, Earth Tech Inc. Residence: Brighton Interests: Golf, symphony Quote: “When ...

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Caring is no sojourn for a non-profit leader

When Germaine Knapp became executive director of Sojourner Hall for Women Inc. in April 1998, the organization virtually was draped in black. Its founder and most passionate supporter, Virginia Fairchild, had died several months earlier after a long illness. Her ...

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Germaine Knapp Title: Executive director, Sojourner Hall for Women Inc. Age: 60 Education: B.A. in American literature and history, Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colo., 1967; M.A. in education, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 1970 Family: Husband, Thomas; four ...

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Taking UR’s cancer center to a higher level

Richard Fisher M.D. never graduated from college. “It’s a funny story,” says Fisher, the director of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Fisher also is Strong Health’s director of cancer services, chief of hematology-oncology and ...

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Richard Fisher M.D. Title: Director, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center; director of cancer services for Strong Health Age: 58 Education: Attended Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., majored in chemistry and physics, 1963-1966; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1970 Family: Wife, Susan; son, ...

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Mark Meyer Title: Owner and president, Meyer’s Campers Inc. Age: 42 Education: AAS in media, marketing and management, Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, 1983 Family: Wife, Donna; three sons, Zachary, 11, Dylan, 5, and Matthew, 3 Hobbies: Motocross, camping, water ...

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Dealer drives the right vehicle for growth

Mark Meyer works hard but he is known to play even harder. At 42, Meyer, owner and president of Caledonia-based Meyer’s Campers Inc., is an avid motorcycle racer and outdoor sportsman. “We race motocross,” he says “We’re pretty active in ...

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