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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award: Past winners

Thirty-three people have received the Financial Executive of the Year Award since the program was launched in 2008 by the Rochester chapter of the Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal. 2014 Susan Gurak Monroe Community College Foundation Thomas ...

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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award: SMALL NON-PROFITS

Thomas Combs George Eastman House Thomas Combs is the vice president of operations and finance at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He oversees finance, information technology, human resources, facilities and security. “I’m most proud of ...

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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award: LARGE NON-PROFITS

Thomas Ammer Villa of Hope As the vice president of finance and administration, Thomas Ammer oversees the financial matters at Villa of Hope, but he sees his work in helping those who deal with matters of the heart as having ...

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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award: LARGE ORGANIZATIONS

Monica Savino The Bonadio Group As chief financial officer of the Bonadio Group, Monica Savino’s days vary significantly. Besides being an accounting firm, the group has 14 subsidiaries. “Sometimes my focus is accounting firm concerns and some days it’s the ...

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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Fifteen financial executives from the business and non-profit sectors have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award, which recognizes contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. The awards luncheon, co-presented ...

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In the dance studio, getting a leg up on life

Behind the scenes, away from the stage and the lights, education is at the root of everything Garth Fagan Dance does. The company has delighted audiences around the world for 45 years. Its mission—to create an environment that instills an ...

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The 75/45 gala

The 45th anniversary of Garth Fagan Dance and Fagan’s upcoming 75th birthday will be celebrated at a gala April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The evening will feature a dance performance, reception, dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions ...

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Thoughts on Fagan, his company

On perfection “I always thought that it was easy to work with Garth once you understood that there was only one standard, and that was perfection.” – Deborah Ronnen, former GFD board chair “I’ve been able to work with him ...

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Businesses tap in-house WiFi to engage customers

As consumers’ patience for traditional sales pitches wears thin, more retailers are interacting with customers through in-store WiFi. Businesses entice shoppers to use their in-house networks in various ways, including sending check-in messages to their smartphones and offering discounts only ...

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Matthew Sidley: 2014 Finalist Young Engineer of the Year

Matthew Sidley traces his interest in electronic communications to his days as a high school student in Portland, Ore. “Personal cell phones were becoming ubiquitous,” said Sidley, who is a senior electrical engineer for Harris Corp. RF Communications Division. “I ...

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John Papponetti: 2014 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year

You might say John Papponetti first worked on a bridge in the seventh grade, when he entered a balsa wood bridge construction competition. “I just basically built the strongest balsa wood truss bridge in the class,” he said. “I won ...

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Lalit Mestha: 2014 Engineer of the Year

The mysteries of electrons drew Lalit Mestha to electrical engineering. As a teenager living with his family in India, Mestha became curious about the workings of radios—broadcast television had not yet come to his country. “I used to think, ‘How ...

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Out of the shadows of institutional life

Breanna Benz Sy Zielinski has been a leader in the developmental disability field for 40 years. Zielinski knew early in his career that he wanted to make major changes in Rochester and surrounding areas as he began to recognize the ...

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An ally inspired by folks on the tough road to recovery

To hear Dorota Gardy M.D. tell it, she is fortunate to be able to work with her patients. “I get to see people really engage in this road of recovery and wellness, and then I see them succeed,” she said. ...

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Her goal is a well-educated staff at the Arc

When Shelley VanLare R.N. speaks of the need to care for developmentally disabled people—and to properly train their caregivers—her passion for her work comes through. “If we don’t have validated and well-educated staff, our individuals aren’t going to benefit from ...

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