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Betsy Harrison Title: President and CEO, Genesee Country Village and Museum Age: 52 Education: B.A. in political science, Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Va., 1972; master’s in public administration, SUNY College at Brockport, 1995 Family: Husband, John; children, Courtney, 22, and Jessica, ...

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Betsy Harrison: History is the future for a museum CEO

“Hat-in-Hand” Harrison, a lover of planning and strategy, wishes she could control the weather. The unpredictability of the elements is her sole work-related frustration, says Betsy Harrison, 52, president and CEO of Genesee Country Village and Museum. She refers to ...

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Kathleen Balus Title: President and CEO of Pioneer Credit Recovery Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of USA Education Inc., commonly known as Sallie Mae Age: 44 Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, SUNY at Buffalo, 1981. Family: Husband, Mark Balus; ...

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Kathleen Balus: Building a firm with spirit, compassion

Kathleen Balus started Pioneer Credit Recovery Inc. 22 years ago as a way to pay for college. “I almost didn’t make it through college just because I almost gave up. I got tired of paying my own way through school,” ...

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Walter Golembeski Title: Vice president of corporate planning, Genencor International Inc. Age: 55 Home: Victor Education: B.S. in chemical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, Rensselaer County, 1968; MBA in finance and operations, the University of Rochester, 1976 Family: Wife, ...

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Walter Golembeski: Picking the building blocks for success

Engineering or health care, manufacturing or finance-Walter Golembeski can mold a complex idea into a business plan that accentuates value. As the new vice president of corporate planning at Genencor International Inc., Golembeski works with different divisions within the biotechnology ...

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Frank Steenburgh Title: Senior vice president, general manager of iGen3 project, Xerox Corp. Age: 59 Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, General Motors Institute, Flint, Mich., 1965; MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, Rensselaer County, 1967 Home: Victor Family: Wife, Fran; children, ...

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Frank Steenburgh: This digital printing leader is an original

“God, I love building businesses,” Frank Steenburgh exclaims in a sudden outburst of enthusiasm. “That’s what really turns me on.” Steenburgh’s tone mirrors that of Robert Duvall in the 1979 movie “Apocalypse Now.” Duvall, playing Lt. Col. William Kilgore, rhapsodized, ...

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Robert Bechtold: Molding a new future through innovation

Still waters run deep, the old adage says. Robert Bechtold, 54, the founder and president of Harbec Plastics Inc., proves the folk wisdom true. “Quiet?” says Nabil Nasr, director of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and assistant provost of ...

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Robert Bechtold Title: President, Harbec Plastics Inc. Age: 54 Education: B.A., fine arts degree, 1981; M.S. in technology, 1983, Rochester Institute of Technology. Family: Wife, Jean; children Tim, 30, Kate, 27, Amy, 25, and Heidi, 23; and nephew Sean, 12 ...

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Peter McCrossen: Hotelier strives to keep hospitality in tune

It may sound cliche, but Peter McCrossen says the world really does meet in hotels. Whether his guests are singers Whitney Houston and Joe Walsh, businesspeople from Asia or Africa, or locals celebrating a wedding or anniversary, McCrossen welcomes them ...

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Peter McCrossen Title: General manager, the Lodge at Woodcliff Age: 54 Education: B.A. in economics, the University of Rochester, 1982; studied hotel administration at Rochester Institute of Technology Family: Wife, Carol; daughters, Allison, 23, and Danielle, 19 Affiliations: Board member, ...

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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 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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