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Title: Senior vice president of global supply, Genencor International Inc. Age: 42 Home: Honeoye Falls Education: B.S. in biochemistry and cell molecular biology, B.S. in chemical engineering, SUNY at Buffalo, 1981; MBA in finance, University of Rochester’s William E. Simon ...

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William Palma:
Firing up an entrepreneurial venture

Creating a business is nothing new for William Palma. But after starting a handful of modest mom-and-pop shops, the former firefighter’s newest venture is red-hot. Cybertech Wireless Inc., a wireless provider of voice and data service, allows the experienced entrepreneur ...

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William Palma Title: Cybertech Wireless Inc. chairman, president and CEO Age: 39 Family: Girlfriend, Mary Lee Guy; daughter, Ashley Palma, 16 Interests: Scuba diving, skiing, golf, gadgets Previous Job: Firefighter License Plate: CBTEK Quote: “I think I like the challenge ...

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Ursula Burns Title: Xerox Corp. corporate senior vice president and senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Services Age: 42 Education: B.S. in mechanical engineering, the Polytechnic Institute of New York, New York City, 1980; M.S. in mechanical engineering, Columbia University, ...

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Ursula Burns:
Confident in her ability to lead company

A lot is resting on Ursula Burns’ shoulders. Named senior vice president of Xerox Corp.’s Corporate Strategic Services in July, Burns oversees the document company’s vast manufacturing and supply organizations. Ultimate responsibility for Xerox’s performance sits not with Burns but ...

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Douglas Brush Title: President and CEO, Sentry Group Age: 46 Home: Victor Education: B.A. in administration, the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, 1977 Family: Wife, Christine; son, Jared, 5; daughter, Karli, 3 Civic Activities: Vice chairman, Industrial Management Council; member, ...

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James Brush Title: Chief operating officer, Sentry Group Age: 45 Home: Pittsford Education: B.S. in economics, St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y., 1977; MBA, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1983 Family: Wife, Cathy; sons, Jamie, 17, and Davis, 15; daughter, Elizabeth, 13 ...

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Douglas and James Brush:
Brothers stoke the fires behind safe builder

The third generation to sit behind the wheel of their family’s business, Douglas and James Brush have big plans for fire-safe manufacturer Sentry Group. The brothers quietly are working to grow the business-one that their grandfather founded during the Great ...

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Thomas Rusling Title: President and treasurer, Howe & Rusling Inc. Age: 58 Education: B.A. in economics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., 1963 Family: Wife, Ellen; daughters, Eleanor Lampeter, 34, and Julia Rusling, 31; and son, Thomas Rusling, 26 Home: Pittsford ...

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Thomas Rusling:
Capitalizing on a venerable firm’s expertise

One of Rochester’s oldest asset management firms is repositioning itself to become a more significant player here and abroad. At the helm of this transition is Thomas Rusling. He has the vision to take Howe & Rusling Inc., the firm ...

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Jeffrey Cleary and Michael Osborn:
The direct approach to business success

Jeffrey Cleary and Michael Osborn do not know how to sit still. As managing directors of Catalyst Direct Inc., Cleary and Osborn share equal responsibilities including roles as group supervisors on accounts that allow direct client interaction in addition to ...

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Jeffrey Cleary Title: Managing director, Catalyst Direct Inc. Age: 45 Home: Irondequoit Education: Bachelor’s degree in modern European history, University of Massachusetts, 1978 Family: Wife, Debbie; sons, Patrick, 16, Michael, 13, Philip, 11 Interests: Golf, sports, photography, woodworking and running ...

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Michael Osborn Title: Managing director, Catalyst Direct Inc. Age: 43 Home: Rochester Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management, St. John Fisher College, 1979 Family: Wife, Jan; daughters, Elizabeth, 17, Megan 15 Interests: Water sports and being with his family Quote: ...

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Scott Miller Age: 45 Family: Wife, Helen; daughter, Alexandra, 11, and son, Michael, 8. Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, St. John Fisher College, 1977 Secondary occupation: Prankster; he has an ongoing joke feud with the owner of L’Avant Garbe Quote: ...

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Helen Miller Age: 39 Family: Husband, Scott; daughter, Alexandra, 11, and son, Michael, 8. Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, Brooklyn College, 1982 Secondary occupation: Matchmaker; “I think that’s just fun and exciting to do. … It’s a challenge.” Quote: “I ...

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