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RBJ 75: For the economy, what matters more than jobs?

Last year brought big changes to the RBJ 75. After reaching the quarter-century mark, we’d decided it was time to look at it with fresh eyes. As a result, the RBJ 75 became an annual list of the region’s largest ...

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RBJ 75: New economy built on knowledge creation

As the largest private-sector employer in the Rochester region, the University of Rochester is vitally important to the regional economy—as are the five other colleges and universities that rank among the RBJ 75. Experts point to the growing role higher ...

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RBJ 75: CEO Bios

Jose Acevedo M.D. President and CEO, Finger Lakes Health Acevedo became the first physician to head Finger Lakes Health when he was named president and CEO in 2010. He joined the health system in 2004 as vice president for medical ...

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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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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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