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Elena Prokupets:
Translating the American dream into Russian

Elena Prokupets left her home, parents and friends to escape from an oppressive government. She arrived in Rochester in 1978 as a political refugee from the Soviet Union, unable to speak English and clutching her 3-year-old boy. The promise of ...

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Elena Prokupets Position: President and CEO of Lenel Systems International Inc. Education: Ph.D., computer science, and master’s degree in electrical engineering, the Electrical Engineering Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia. Age: 48 Home: Pittsford Family: Husband, Rudy, co-founder of Lenel; son, Daniel, ...

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Ronald Behan Position: President, Allied Building Trades Council, and business manager, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 13 Age: 51 Education: Associate’s degree in marketing, Monroe Community College, 1974 Family: Wife, Sandy; children, Shana, 23; Katie, 20; Dennis, 18; Ashley, 15 Passion ...

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Ronald Behan: A progressive
who doesn’t shy from pragmatism

Ronald Behan could be the most unlikely ally Stephen Minarik has ever had. A fiercely progressive left-of-center Democrat, Behan was elected president of the Rochester-area Allied Building Trades Council last year. He has been Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 13 business ...

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Paulette Garafalo Position: Group president and chief operating officer, Hickey-Freeman Co. Inc. Age: 43 Education: BBA, MBA, Baruch College Family: Husband, Thomas Giese Interests: Travel, gardening Quote: “Whatever I accomplish and whatever I do, that’s OK. I’m happy where I ...

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Paulette Garafalo:
Finding the right fit for Hickey-Freeman

When Paulette Garafalo was 14, she landed a job stocking shelves at a greeting card store. She worked in the shop throughout high school, college and graduate school, eventually becoming the store manager. “I never thought it was hard,” she ...

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Philip DiPofi Position: Regional president, Rochester/Southern region, HSBC Bank USA Age: 39 Education: B.A., SUNY at Buffalo; MBA in accounting, Niagara University Family: Wife, Jodi; children, Alexandra, 10, Andrea, 8, and Philip, 5 Interests: Travel, skiing, golf, fishing and cooking ...

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Philip DiPofi:
Keeping a global bank locally focused

It is the story about his 102-year-old grandfather that gives Philip DiPofi, HSBC Bank USA regional president, the inspiration to do what he does. As a 12-year-old, his grandfather moved from Italy to New York City. He was an illiterate ...

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Carl Sassano: The right
balance for the new Bausch & Lomb

It has been quite a year for Bausch & Lomb Inc. and Carl Sassano. Emerging from a lengthy period of restructuring and refocusing, Bausch & Lomb since last fall has seen its stock ignite as investors rewarded the company’s integration ...

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Carl Sassano Position: President and chief operating officer, Bausch & Lomb Inc. Age: 49 Education: Eisenhower College, B.A., political science, 1972; University of Rochester, MBA, marketing, 1975 Family: Wife, Barbara; two children, 19 and 12 Interests: Carpentry; water skiing Community ...

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Paul Yesawich:
The case of the increasingly reluctant litigator

Paul Yesawich III more and more finds himself trying to stay out of court. This might appear to be a contradiction for a man who is co-leader of the commercial practice at Harris, Beach & Wilcox LLP, one of Rochester’s ...

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Paul Yesawich III Title: Co-leader, commercial practice group at Harris, Beach & Wilcox LLP Age: 50 Family: Wife, Susan; daughter Anne, 24, son John, 21 Education: B.A. Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, 1971; J.D. Fordham University School of Law, New ...

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Edward Marino:
A blue-collar boss who thrives on challenges

A colorful sign in Edward Marino’s office thanks him for “the relentless pursuit of the sale of DSI to a world-class company.” The employee-made sign reflects Marino’s seven-month effort to secure a buyer for Danka Services International. And it recognizes ...

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Edward Marino Title: President and CEO of Document Services International LLC Age: 48 Family: Wife, Ann; daughter, Jennifer, 26; son, Nicholas, 16. Education: B.S., electrical engineering, Temple University, 1972; M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science, Drexel University, 1977. Home: ...

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Elliott Landsman:
A developer who helps build the community

Compassion and Elliott Landsman go hand in hand. “I admire people who have made it and who are prepared to give to the community with warm hands,” says Landsman, president and CEO of Landsman Development Corp. and Mayzon Corp., and ...

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