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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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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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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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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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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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A regional railroad post chugs into a career

When David Collins started working for Genesee & Wyoming Inc. in 1979, he just had graduated from college, figured he would work a few years with the regional railroad and then move on. As the years passed, he often thought ...

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David Collins Title: Senior vice president, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Age: 45 Education: B.S. in computer science, Oral Roberts University, 1979; MBA, University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, 1988 Family: Wife, Lana; daughter, Sarah, 20; ...

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Building a future after the wrecking ball

A building can be demolished only once. Joel Kellmanson, president of a former local razing company, wanted a firm with more potential. “Wrecking a building-it’s a onetime deal,” says Kellmanson, owner and CEO of Atkell Inc. “I was looking for ...

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Joel Kellmanson Title: Chairman and CEO, Atkell Inc. Age: 64 Education: B.S. in management, Syracuse University, 1960; MBA, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1964 Family: Wife, Elaine; son, Jeffrey, 36, and daughter, Lynn, 34 Quote: “There’s an old saying ...

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Aviation guru is set to soar at software firm

Terry Stinson knows pressure, having led Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. when its troubled V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft program was under intense stress. So it is little surprise he appears to have eased Xelus Inc. out of a recent nosedive. Stinson, 60, ...

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Terry Stinson Title: Chairman and CEO, Xelus Inc. Age: 60 Education: B.S. in industrial management, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1965 Previous job: Chairman and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Residences: Rochester area; Fort Worth, Texas; Vero Beach, Fla.; and Northfield, ...

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Harnessing the potential of Xerox research

The scene at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square is a little surreal. The massive room is a sea of flashing lights, shiny new office equipment and Xerox Corp. customers. A carefully orchestrated infomercial-like presentation featuring ...

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