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Candace Walters brings HR solutions to Fortune 500 companies


All small business leaders focus on the success of their business endeavors, but Candace Walters also focuses on the path to that success: employees. Her belief that effective human resource management results in engaged and productive employees is the cornerstone ...

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In Optimax, Mandina and Plympton formed a winning team


Optimax Systems Inc. President Michael Mandina and CEO Rick Plympton lead the nation’s largest prototype optics manufacturer. They supply precision optical components, such as semi-conductors, aerospace, and medical instruments for the military and industry in the United States and overseas. ...

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Gould’s steady hand steered Alesco past early obstacles


This year, investment advisory firm Alesco Advisors LLC surpassed $4 billion in assets under advisement. But the firm had a rocky start after its founding in 2000. “The first several years were really difficult,” says Jim Gould, founder and CEO. ...

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Honoring the best, benefitting who’s next


Every year the Rochester Business Hall of Fame inducts new members who have helped shape our Region as business owners and innovators. They have made extraordinary contributions to their industries, given generously to our community, and serve as excellent role ...

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Myers broke from family tradition to launch something sweeter


Carlton Myers was not planning to open another sweetener manufacturer when he sold his first sweetener business, Western New York Sugar and Syrup, to Archer, Daniels Midland Co. in 1980. But he felt compelled to when he found ADM had ...

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A pioneer in broadcasting, Langston ‘gave a voice to the voices’


He came to Rochester with the intent of providing weather forecasts to television viewers. He ended up creating a landmark radio station instead. Andrew Langston was a pioneer in broadcasting, founding the first black-owned radio station in New York. WDKX-FM ...

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Breathing new life into Rochester’s old buildings

The dining room and bar area in Radio Social has a modern look, but retains some details from the original Stromberg-Carlson facility. (Leah Stacy)

The repurposing trend has grown beyond household objects to encompass the entire house—or rather, warehouse. Old and often abandoned buildings are being upcycled into dynamic new spaces, salvaging a piece of Rochester’s history and giving both a new chapter. The ...

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Creativity replaces cookie-cutter in architecture

The SEI Design Group office is one of Rochester's Coolest Spaces. The firm also did the design on the Rochester City School District's School No. 12 on South Avenue, another site honored. (Provided)

In another age of architecture, the hallmark of a project often wasn’t design creativity. It was more like: have Jell-O mold, will build. Just look at the cookie-cutter sports stadiums constructed from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. Who could tell the Three ...

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Outdoor spaces highly coveted among Rochester’s leisure spots


In the narrow window of the year during which Rochesterians get to enjoy warm weather, places to socialize that make use of the outdoors are in high demand. For those fleeting summer months, having outdoor spaces to offer customers can ...

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Hilda Rosario Escher: 5 Women I Admire

Hilda Rosario Escher

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. As I reflect on my life, both personally and professionally, I can instantly recall the women who have played a key role in my development and ...

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Dixon Schwabl’s Jessica Savage makes an impact with Girls on the Run

Jessica Savage

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. As a leader in a woman-owned organization, Jessica Savage knows the importance of encouraging women in their careers and developing their confidence and leadership skills. So ...

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Hard work can overcome bias in legal industry

Flor Colon

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. Jacqueline Phipps Polito, a partner at Littler Mendelson PC, was inspired to become a lawyer by the attorney who helped her family after they were involved ...

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Women in construction and development share their paths to success

Stephanie Benson

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. The road to employment independence is rarely straight and almost always includes plenty of forks and roundabouts. Especially in a male-dominated industry. You can’t ask your ...

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Women in banking and finance make their mark in Rochester

Karen Serinis

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. What does it mean to be a woman in the financial world? There is, of course, a lasting stigma of a “boys club,” a sense that ...

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The next generation

LaShay Harris and Moiet James

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. LaShay Harris has had a desire to give back since she was a teenager studying cosmetology. “I had two hair stylist mentors. These two women poured ...

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