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Curt Smith Title: Senior lecturer in English, University of Rochester; radio talk-show host; writer Age: 48 Family: Wife, Sarah Interests: Baseball, politics, music, Broadway shows, reading Best book he has read lately: “Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an ...

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Curt Smith:
A wordsmith whose craft became his career

At age 9, Curt Smith attended his first major league baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, beginning an annual tradition. Smith’s mother is a native of Worcester, Mass., and every summer the family would take a trip there to ...

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Thomas Chiarella:
Managing a business in the fast lane

As a 14-year-old paperboy, Thomas Chiarella leveraged a silver boom to buy his first computer. Some 20 years later, Chiarella is banking on the e-commerce rush to triple the size of Questra Corp. as it moves toward an initial public ...

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Thomas Chiarella Position: President and CEO, Questra Corp. Age: 34 Family: Wife, Sharon Frinks Education: B.S., computer engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1988 Interests: Car racing, music, reading, cooking Quote: “If you learn something every day, everything else is secondary.” ...

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Kevin LeGrett and Terry Owen:
Balance that produces bottom-line results

With the energy of a motivational coach, Kevin LeGrett, vice president and general manager of CBS Radio stations WCMF-FM and WPXY-FM, speaks excitedly about the team at his radio stations. “This organization is about winning,” he says emphatically. “We have ...

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Kevin LeGrett Position: Vice president and general manager, CBS radio stations WCMF-FM and WPXY-FM Age: 30 Family: Wife, Patricia; son, Carl, 3; daughter, Sydney, 18 months Education: B.A., communications, St. John Fisher College, 1991 Interests: Basketball, reading Quote: “As a ...

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Thomas Stander:
A man of the law who knows his business

State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Stander promises this: “I can move a case through this system in 60 days.” Actually, Stander hedges a bit. “Depending on the attorneys, of course.” Still, lawyers who regularly go before Stander–until recently the only ...

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Thomas Stander Title: Justice, state Supreme Court, Commercial Division Age: 54 Education: B.A., history, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1967; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1970 Family: Wife, Sally; daughter, Rebecca, 23; son, Jeffrey, 20. Interests: Tennis, golf, skiing, photography ...

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Jody Gage Title: General manager, Rochester Americans and Rochester Knighthawks Age: 39 Family: Wife Charlotte; son Ryan, 17; daughter Stefanie, 14 Interests: Family, golf American Hockey League honors: 1987-88 AHL MVP; U.S. team captain for the AHL All-Star Game, 1995; ...

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Jody Gage:
‘Mr. Amerk’ finds success in a new arena

At age 3, on a doctor’s visit in his native Toronto, Jody Gage surprised his physician by reciting the entire roster of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. “Basically, I had hockey on the mind from a very early age,” ...

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Peter Humphrey Position: President and CEO, Financial Institutions Inc. Age: 45 Education: Bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Trinity College; graduate degree in banking from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University Family: Wife, Sally; son, Christopher, 16 ...

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Peter Humphrey:
Tradition mixed with a venturous spirit

Peter Humphrey loves the thrill of heli-skiing–traveling by helicopter to ski the trackless powder of remote mountain slopes. One time in the Bugaboo Mountains of British Columbia, Humphrey skied too close for comfort as a hungry grizzly bear emerged from ...

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Rolla Huff Position: President and chief operating officer, Frontier Corp. Age: 42 Education: B.S., general management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Family: Son, Andy, 20; daughter, Amber, 17 Hobbies: Running, wine collecting, flying airplanes, golf Quote: “I could retire tomorrow ...

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Rolla Huff:
His expertise is management in motion

Each day by 5 a.m., Rolla Huff pulls on a pair of running shoes and heads outside for a three-mile run. These scampers through the darkness give Huff rare solitude in the turbulent world of telecommunications and mergers. “I generally ...

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Carolyn Portanova Position: President and CEO, Catholic Family Center Age: 54 Education: B.S., education, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa., 1967; M.A., education, University of Rochester, 1974; certificate of advanced study in counseling, University of Rochester, 1974 Family: Husband, Andrew ...

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