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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 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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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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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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Elliott Landsman Title: President and CEO of Landsman Development Corp. and Mayzon Corp.; CEO of Mayzon Building Services Group Inc. Age: 79 Family: Wife, Deborah Goldman Landsman; daughters, Sharon Nachison, 50, Gail Landsman, 47, and Judith Landsman, 44; 11 grandchildren ...

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Raymond Helfrich Title: Vice president and general manager, Doan Family of Dealerships Age: 34 Age when he started working for Doan: 16 Family: Wife, Carolyn; daughter, Nicole, 8; son, Daniel, 6 Interests: Golf, hunting, fishing Quote: “Do the right thing.” ...

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Raymond Helfrich:
Driving the Doan group into the top ranks

When Raymond Helfrich was 16, he applied for a job as a lot man at Schreiber Buick through his school’s co-op program. Helfrich was the only one among 17 applicants who wore a suit–and he quickly was offered the job. ...

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Thomas Adams Position: Division president, Time Warner Communications, Rochester, Finger Lakes and Batavia systems. Age: 44 Education: A.A.S., building construction, SUNY at Delhi School of Technology, 1975; B.S., engineering, Florida International University, 1977 Family: Wife, Lori; daughter, Emily, 11; son, ...

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Thomas Adams:
Engineering Time Warner’s digital future

Thomas Adams is ready to usher in a new era in television. The new division president of Time Warner Communications for the Rochester, Finger Lakes and Batavia cable systems speaks excitedly about HDTV. As a former television engineer, Adams is ...

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