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A pioneer in business services

Dilip Vellodi’s Sutherland Global Services employs 30,000 in 10 countries   In his 26 years at the helm, CEO Dilip Vellodi has transformed a startup with 12 employees into a global leader in the business process outsourcing industry.   Sutherland ...

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Staying in high gear

Monro Muffler has melded customer convenience, operating efficiency In the half century since its founding, Monro Muffler Brake Inc. has grown from a single Midas Muffler franchise to an undercar repair and tire service company with 860 stores in 20 ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: What will downtown look like?

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What will downtown Rochester look like 25 years from now? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: Very challenging to recycle existing stock of existing buildings. Residential base will keep growing. Some retail will ...

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Education economy

UR and RIT lead a sector whose importance continues to grow The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology collectively employ nearly 27,000 people and generate a total economic impact exceeding $3 billion.   But the full contributions of ...

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Second chance at Midtown

After decades of decay, the plaza’s demolition brings new hope The years-long question of what to do with the largely abandoned Midtown Plaza was answered in October 2007 when then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer came to Rochester to announce more than $50 ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: What will we be known for?

What will Rochester be known for 25 years from now? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: Not sure. But I am sure that tremendous amounts of talent are being unleashed from Kodak, Xerox ...

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Innovation acceleration

As global trends spur change, education and entrepreneurship are seen as key The next two decades have the potential to produce significant innovation in Rochester. But experts agree that a changing global playing field poses challenges.   The last 25 ...

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Investment risk redefined

Discipline has been Manning & Napier’s trademark approach The growth of Manning & Napier Inc. into the second-largest money management firm and the 17th-largest employer in the Rochester market is a reflection of co-founder William Manning.   Its assets under ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: The biggest challenge

What is the biggest challenge this region is likely to face over the next 25 years? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: In the next 25 years, Rochester will need to sustain and ...

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Sustained by small business

Hiring at small and midsize firms signals a more diverse local economy Ken Corpus spent more than a decade looking for a job after being laid off from Xerox Corp.   "I was still actively seeking a full-time engineering position," ...

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A recipe that works

LiDestri Foods continues the growth that began at a kitchen table The idea for LiDestri Foods Inc. was cooked up in a young man’s family kitchen on Rochester’s northwest side during the Great Depression.   Today, the Fairport-based business boasts ...

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Looking toward 2037

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The business community views the next 25 years with optimism, resolve The past 25 years have tested the Rochester-area economy. Relentless downsizing by the area’s largest employers, a tax burden that year after year ranks among the heaviest nationwide, the ...

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A strategy built on strength

Under Albert Simone, RIT doubled its budget and boosted enrollment When Albert Simone took over as eighth president of Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, the institution was experiencing dropping enrollment and had no strategy for reversing that trend.   ...

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Homegrown real estate moguls

The Leenhouts twins built Home Properties, now pursue other ventures Asked to assess their business accomplishments-as a team and as individuals-over the last 45 years, twins Nelson and Norman Leenhouts echo each another.   "I feel we’ve been very blessed," ...

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Bursting the academic bubble

Community integration is a hallmark of Joel Seligman’s leadership at UR   Joel Seligman leads a top research university, one that plays an outsized role in bringing research dollars to the Rochester region. But he sees his responsibilities as extending ...

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