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Connecting with the end user spells success

Connecting with the end user spells success: Paul Dudley has grown ID Signsystems to 45 employees Celebrating its 10th anniversary as one of Rochester’s fastest growing businesses, ID Signsystems Inc. has earned regional, national and international accolades for its sign ...

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2015 Business Person of the Year

With its annual honor, the Small Business Council of Rochester will celebrate exemplary business leaders who have made an impact at their companies and in the community. The Rochester Business Alliance Inc. affiliate will give out awards for the Business ...

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Tackling a mix of challenges with smart solutions

ProNexus LLC helps its clients tackle a mix of challenges, from achieving profitable growth to dealing with regulatory burdens. “We are truly a unique organization,” says Robert Pickering, co-founder and senior executive vice president of Pro-Nexus. “Think of us like ...

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Setting lofty goals to live up to expectations

For 22 years Regional Distributors Inc. has supplied hotels, schools, restaurants, health care facilities and numerous other businesses with paper, food service products, janitorial supplies and cleaning equipment. The company stocks and sells thousands of products to clients across Western ...

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Room for new ideas fosters collaborative style

As a leader, Ken Rosenfeld believes in surrounding himself with great people, providing compelling goals and setting them free. Rosenfeld, president and CEO of eHealth Technologies, insists that it is possible to have a collaborative environment and still be agile ...

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Working hand-in-hand to make things happen

David Pastore does not think of himself as a leader. He prefers the title “teammate,” suggesting that all his employees are in it together.

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Passion for welding fulfills rising demand

When it comes to running Mahany Welding Supply Co., Michael Krupnicki follows his father’s mantra: “We don’t have customers. We have friends who buy from us.” That statement, says Krupnicki, president of Mahany Welding and executive director of Rochester Arc ...

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A knack for consistency and customer focus

In the early 1980s, the “L” of B&L Supply, Tom Ludlum, was close to 70 years old and eyeing retirement. Ludlum had founded the roofing and siding supplier in 1950 with Frank Baumer; as the firm’s sole remaining partner, he ...

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Hardworking entrepreneurs built Rochester

2001  John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, who co-founded global eye-care leader Bausch & Lomb Inc.;  Chester Carlson, whose revolutionary invention launched Xerox Corp.;  George Eastman, who built Eastman Kodak Co., one of the most recognizable brands in the world; ...

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An eye on longevity at Parlec, Century Mold

Machining and tooling has been part of Michael Nuccitelli’s life from the start. “I grew up around a machine shop and a tool-maker type of family and worked for the machining and machine shop at a very young age,” he ...

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He led G.W. Lisk by example, with hard work

Driven by a passion for precision and a commitment to fair play: That is how colleagues remember Isaac Andrew “Drew” Morris, the Clifton Springs industrialist who led G.W. Lisk Co. Inc. from turbulent times following the Great Depression to its ...

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New JA strategy will have even greater reach

Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc. is on a roll. JA is revitalizing middle and high school programs with more digital content and blended learning opportunities, says JA president and CEO Patricia Leva. And it’s offering even more ...

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Volunteers cherish time inspiring kids in class

Andrew Brady, president and CEO, the XLR8 Team Inc. Years as a JA volunteer: 3 Where: Schools 23, 35 and 39; Leadership Academy for Young Men; Charlotte High School What I’ve learned: Giving young people permission to dream and open ...

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Mark IV’s next-generation leaders look to the future

Construction sites were their playground, their hands-on education and their deep-rooted passion. “I was always fascinated by all of the heavy equipment and all the construction,” said Chief Operating Officer Steven DiMarzo, who with his brother, President Christopher DiMarzo, helps ...

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