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Leader at Lifetime Assistance wins praise for vision, work ethic (access required)

Jamie Branciforte of LeRoy is the President and CEO of Lifetime Assistance.

  Perhaps it was his upbringing or his schooling, or it may have been his bewilderment at the age of 18 at having to accompany patients to electroshock therapy, but something early in James Branciforte’s career stirred in him a ...

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Trillium’s DeMeo in front lines in battle against AIDS (access required)

Andrea DeMeo.

There’s an unmistakable softness to Andrea DeMeo’s voice. It carries with it a sense of warmth and genuine compassion. DeMeo’s voice fits a woman who has dedicated her life to public good and oversees a company founded on equity, justice ...

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Jim Ryan Jr. a leader at Ryco as he was on football field (access required)

Jim Ryan, Jr. of Pittsford is the CEO of RYCO Managment

Following in father’s footsteps has been a tradition in the James Ryan family. It began with football at Brighton High School, where having a Jim Ryan lining up under center every 30 years or so was the norm. It continued ...

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‘Lawyer for the little guy’ (access required)

Bryan Hetherington of Rochester is head of litigation at Empire Justic Center

Look closely into almost any major social justice issue facing the Rochester community during the past four decades and one name will pop up again and again — Bryan D. Hetherington. As he approaches retirement in the fall, the Empire ...

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Farmer’s daughter leads effort to sell state’s apples (access required)

Cynthia Haskins

Growing up the daughter of a Midwest fruit and vegetable farmer, Cynthia Haskins wanted to own her own farm one day. “Bigger than that, I wanted to be my own shipper,” Haskins said recently in her office at the New ...

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Lisk Co. CEO continues growth at longtime Rochester business (access required)

Ed Maier of Pittsford is the President and CEO of G.W. Lisk Co.,Inc located in Clifton Springs.

When Edward Maier interviewed at G.W. Lisk Co. Inc. four years ago, he asked his interviewers what made the company successful. They may have answered by pointing to the fact that Maier’s predecessor was known for his generosity and giving ...

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A life of care with Mary Berk (access required)

Mary Berk

Life has few experiences more daunting than watching a loved one slip into the throes of dementia or become immobile after an accident. Caregivers must be there to oversee the minutiae of that person’s daily life. It’s a thankless and ...

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Architecture intrigued SWBR president from an early age (access required)

Tom Gears

Tom Gears’ introduction to architecture didn’t come from a textbook or career fair—it came from television. He was intrigued by the work of Mike Brady, the fictional father on “The Brady Bunch.” Something about having a home office and wearing ...

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Staffing agency founder keeps employees happy as she pushes for growth (access required)

Lindsay McCutchen

Growth is a choice. As president and founder of Career Start Workforce Management Group, Lindsay McCutchen has chosen growth for her company. As of the end of May, Career Start’s revenue is up 52 percent compared to last year at ...

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Jason Barrett and the spirit(s) of Rochester (access required)


You’d be hard-pressed to find a story more “Rochesterian” than that of Black Button Distilling founder Jason Barrett. It’s a story of industrialism, perseverance, proud family legacies and forging one’s own path. Barrett’s story, or at least his family’s, begins ...

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Z-Axis owner succeeds through focus on customers, employees (access required)

Michael Allen of Shortsville is the President of Z Axis, located in Phelps.

Michael Allen says it’s easy to buy a company. “You convince the seller that he’s going to hold a note for 10 percent. You convince the county that they’ll come in for 5 percent. You convince the SBA to provide ...

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Tom Matthews leaves a legacy of leadership at SUNY Geneseo (access required)

Tom Matthews (Photo by Keith Walters)


Thirty-eight thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many workshops in leadership that SUNY Geneseo students have taken under Tom Matthews’ direction. The founder of the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development program, or GOLD, Matthews knows that number because he ...

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Bridge to success: CPL president stresses collaboration at work (access required)

Dan Duprey of Victor is the Chief Operating Officer of Clark Patterson Lee.

You had to figure Dan Duprey Jr. was going places based on how quickly he was taking charge of the job site with his first employer. Fresh out of college and armed with a degree in civil engineering from Tri-State ...

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ACT Rochester leader Ann Johnson takes an analytical approach (access required)


Ann Johnson’s experience has shown her there are two factors crucial to getting others to make a decision. For Johnson, a position built on a foundation of solid data, coupled with persistence, is key to change. “Throughout my career I’ve ...

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