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Strategies in hiring focus on the right fit

Every company needs talent. When it comes to hiring for Rochester’s top employers, the focus is on fit. With each new hire comes a chance to define the company’s next direction. “The best strategy in attracting top talent to Harris ...

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Tough decisions are part of the territory

Bearing the burden of making tough calls is a big part of why they pay CEOs the big bucks. “In addition to having the courage to make a big decision, you need the fortitude to deal with unpleasant surprises,” consultant ...

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Putting Paychex back on the growth track


(Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) When Martin Mucci was named president and CEO of Paychex Inc. in 2010, the company was coming off an unprecedented year—and not of the good sort. On the heels of the recession, Paychex had its first-ever ...

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CEO sees acquisitions, overseas expansion

While the manufacturing landscape has changed dramatically over the past century and a half, one constant—locally, as well as nationally—has been Gleason Corp. The Rochester-based manufacturer was founded in 1865. Over the years, it has not only survived, it has ...

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Going from a tiny shop to an industry leader

You might say Gleason Corp., which is preparing to mark its 150th anniversary, helps make the gears of industries turn all over the world. “We offer to the market everything they need to produce gears,” said Alan Finegan, director of ...

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Global journey began with Kate Gleason

Gleason Corp.’s international expansion began with an illness, a gamble and a woman. In 1893, Kate Gleason, daughter of founder William Gleason, traveled unaccompanied to Europe. Armed only with $200 and one dress, she traveled to England, Scotland, France and ...

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Gleason Corp.: Family members were pioneers and leaders

Gleason Corp. began as a small family business, and family played—and continues to play—a central part in its history. The founder, and then his grown children, controlled the company for nearly 100 years. A brief look at four members of ...

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RBJ 75: Satellite firms provide thousands of jobs

Roughly one-third of Rochester’s largest private-sector employers are headquartered outside the region, and while conventional wisdom says we would prefer that ratio to be smaller, large companies are not breaking down doors to relocate their headquarters here. “The fact is, ...

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RBJ 75: Xerox keeps its lead in jobs

Xerox Corp. retains its No. 1 ranking among the RBJ 75 public companies, but its lead narrowed over the last year. It now employs 6,575 people in the Rochester area, 147 fewer than a year ago, and 145,600 companywide, up ...

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Fitness firms


From yoga classes to farmers markets, Rochester companies continue to raise the bar for creativity in their efforts to encourage employee wellness. The variety of health-promotion tools used by local companies is growing. Some have fresh local fruit and vegetables ...

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At work, embracing wellness as a way of life


1-99 Employees Butler/Till Media & Communications Dog days are not just for summer at Butler/Till. Employees bring their dogs to work each Friday as a morale booster. And a golden retriever/Labrador mix is in the office daily just waiting to ...

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A timeline of the Bain era

2004 St. John Fisher College president Katherine Keough passes away. Donald Bain is appointed interim president. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Building is dedicated. Renovations to the property at 3700 East Avenue are completed and the building becomes home to ...

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He stepped up, raised profile

When Donald Bain threw his name into the hat for the presidency at St. John Fisher College several years ago, Thomas Bonadio admits he had some doubts. Bonadio, a trustee who at the time was serving as co-chair of the ...

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Legacy for a new generation

Patriot, judge and scholar—Donald Bain has built his career being all three. He steps down as president of St. John Fisher College at the end of June, leaving the legacy of a campus expanded in physical footprint and academic programs, ...

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