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Title: CEO, Biophan Technologies Inc. Age: 54 Home: Webster Family: Wife, Sandra; daughter, Andrea, 21; and son, Mauri, 16 Interests: Riding motorcycles, traveling, boating and fishing Quote: “It is rewarding to be in the biotech business and open up opportunities ...

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Michael Weiner: The lure of business caught this fisherman

Michael Weiner knows how to turn a laboratory experiment into a product with market potential. As CEO of Biophan Technologies Inc., Weiner is involved with the technology transfer of a new pacemaker to the cardiac pacemaker industry. Weiner, 54, is ...

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Laurence Kessler Title: Co-owner, Kessler Group Inc. Age: 59 Education: B.S. in government, Adelphia University, Long Island, 1965 Family: Wife, Karen; daughter, Reeca Rothbaum, 31, and son, Jonathan, 30 Homes: Pittsford and Palm Springs, Calif. Interests: Motorcycling, race car driving ...

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Dennis Kessler Title: Co-owner, Kessler Group Inc. Age: 54 Education: B.S. degree from the City University of New York; master of arts degree from CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice; law degree from Yale University, 1977 Family: Daughter, Marisa, ...

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Laurence and Dennis Kessler: Brothers flip burgers into a food empire

Laurence Kessler stumbled upon the Burger King business when he was working on Wall Street nearly 30 years ago. “I was doing a financing deal for a company known as Pillsbury. At the time Pillsbury owned Burger King Corp. Doing ...

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Mark Perlo Title: CEO, Xerographic Solutions Inc. Age: 44 Education: AAS in management, Monroe Community College, 1978; B.S. in marketing and management, Niagara University, Lewiston, Niagara County, 1980 Residence: Fairport Family: Wife, Daryl; sons, Adam, 15, Michael, 4 Interests: Golf, ...

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Mark Perlo: Document firm a hit for this entrepreneur

Mark Perlo remembers Aug. 26, 2001, quite clearly. He was in Maryland with his son Adam’s baseball team, which Perlo coaches. Perlo’s wife, Daryl, had called. Perlo, 44, is CEO of Xerographic Solutions Inc. A star first baseman in high ...

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David Gantt: Assembly veteran carries clout in Albany

When it comes to getting state funding for local projects, David Gantt is someone you want on your side. Assemblyman Gantt, D-Rochester, first ran for state office 20 years ago. He ranks as the senior member of the local state ...

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David Gantt Title: New York State Assemblyman, 133rd District Age: 60 Education: Attended Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester Institute of Technology Residence: Lyndhurst Street, Rochester Family: Divorced, three grown children, two grandchildren Quote: On the proposed transit center: “I’ve been there ...

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Kent Beckwith: Industry veteran sees clear path for station

Kent Beckwith’s love for the television business is obvious from his level of excitement and enthusiasm, even after spending 39 years in broadcasting. As vice president and general manager of the local ABC affiliate WOKR-TV 13, Beckwith focuses on creating ...

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Title: Vice president and general manager, WOKR-TV 13 Age: 61 Home: Pittsford Education: Bachelor’s degree in radio and television, Syracuse University, 1962 Family: Wife, Linda; son, Gary, 35; daughter, Jodi, 33 Interests: Theater, concerts, golf and spending time with the ...

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Paula Silvestrone: Leading the efforts to help those with AIDS

In 1989, then 6-year-old AIDS Roch-ester Inc. was in crisis. The agency was founded in 1983 as a grassroots response to the widening spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Six years later, the board felt the agency, with a $500,000 ...

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Paula Silvestrone Title: Executive director, AIDS Roch-ester Inc. Age: 49 Education: B.A. in social work, minor in psychology, University of Tampa, Fla., 1974; M.S. in counseling, San Diego State University, Calif., 1979 Family: Husband, Paul Shew Quote: “The first thing ...

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Carl Smith: Boston-area transplant makes homes here

Carl Smith finished graduate school and seven days later was handed a broom. “Literally my first day on the job I was given a broom and was told ‘Sweep out this basement,'” says Smith, vice president of Ryan Homes of ...

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Carl Smith Title: Vice president of Ryan Homes of New York, a subsidiary of NVR Inc. Age: 45 Education: B.A. in business, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., 1978; MBA with concentration in finance and accounting, Northeastern University, Boston, 1980 Home: ...

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