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40 Under 40 honorees

Rochester Business Journal
November 3, 2000

Clay Arnold

Attorney, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 30

Education: B.A., Columbia University, Columbia College; J.D., Boston University School of Law

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Practices commercial litigation and business law; advises corporate clients on acquisitions, divestitures and other business transactions; represents businesses in commercial disputes, employment discrimination claims, shareholder disputes and other litigation matters

Community leadership: Board member, Family Service of Rochester Inc. and Upstate Guide Dog Association Inc.; board member and Annual Campaign 2000 committee member, Genesee Center for Arts, Education and New Ideas Inc.; member, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. Black Business Association

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my grandmother, Val Harris. Her lessons about kindness, family and responsibility have helped me balance pursuing my career with civic and social action. With her guidance and love, I have become a better person. Her New Orleans cooking didn't hurt either!

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing my involvement with local educational, cultural and family-related organizations. I also look forward to working with new, talented professionals attracted to Rochester by its robust economy. I hope that Rochester's tradition of promoting diversity will attract more minority lawyers to our community. I encourage the new generation of lawyers to serve the community actively.

Jeffrey Barker

Vice president, M&T Bank

Age: 37

Education: B.S., business administration, West Virginia University

Family: Wife, Joanne; two daughters, 8 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Manages a $40 million loan portfolio in the Rochester market; works with the business banking department team to offer a variety of products to the business community; focuses on developing loan and deposit relationships with entrepreneurs, professionals and businesses

Community leadership: Immediate past president and past treasurer, American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region; member, finance committee, Catholic Family Center; member, finance committee, Catholic Family Center; chairman, Catholic Youth Organization advisory committee

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, Bob and Sheila Barker, who stressed the importance of hard work, determination and giving back to your community and those less fortunate, and my wife, Joanne, whose understanding and support has allowed me to be involved in many endeavors, and who balances marriage, motherhood and her career with patience and humor. Carl Carballada inspired me with his commitment to his fellow employees and the community, and challenged me throughout my career with opportunities for learning and growth.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to be a proud husband and father, committed to my family, my profession and the community.

Melissa Blount

Community development manager and assistant vice president, Fleet Bank

Age: 31

Education: B.A., business administration, Bennett College

Family: Husband, James; two sons, 3 years and 8 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the implementation of Fleet's community development activities targeted at low- to moderate-income areas; activities include neighborhood revitalization, affordable housing, small-business development and technical assistance to community organizations; serves as a liaison between the bank and community leaders to identify needs

Community leadership: Vice chair, Boys and Girls Club of Rochester Inc.; board member, Rochester Community Baseball Inc., Sector 4 CDC and Eagle Area CDC; member, South West Development Collaborative; commissioner, Martin Luther King Jr. Commission; advisory board committee member, ABC Small Business Incubator

Greatest influence: Mosle Hannah, Fleet corporate director in the community development unit, has been the single greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements. He has been in the industry for close to 30 years and is a survivor. He was the first black commercial loan officer in Rochester and has professionally and personally stayed on the front line, fighting for equality. I only hope I can be as patient and persistent as he.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a dedicated mother of two boys, wife of a wonderful husband and child of God. I guess my current and future goals are the same, first God, then family, then community. That's how I will dedicate my life.

Frederick Borrelli

Vice president, financial accounting services,

Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.

Age: 39

Education: AAS, business, and B.S., accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, University of Rochester William E. Simon School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Marianne; son, 16; daughter, 13

Professional responsibilities: Provides strategic focus for the company; serves teams that provide financial reporting and analysis and payroll, materials management and investment management services; provides operational and financial analysis to the board and internal management customers

Community leadership: Board member and chair, long-term care and community based services committee, Health Care Financial Managers Association-Rochester chapter and special events and endowment/planned giving committees, United Way of Wayne County; board member and organizer, annual golf tournament, Mt. Hope Family Center; board member and vice president, Palmyra Community Center; coach, Palmyra-Macedon Girls Youth Basketball

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the wonderful people that I have the opportunity to work with every day. I get my inspiration from watching people come up with real-life solutions to real-life problems.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a business and community leader contributing to the success of my organization through my service to the employees and the community. I expect to be celebrating with my wife the successes of our children, Eric and Caroline, as they begin their journeys into adulthood.

Kenneth Burke

Partner, Mengel,

Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP

Age: 36

Education: BBA, accounting, Niagara University

Family: Wife, Rosella; two sons, 10 and 4; daughter, 7

Professional responsibilities: As a partner in the tax department, provides integrated tax solutions to corporate and individual clients in the real estate, health care, wholesale and manufacturing industries; serves on firm's personnel and strategy committees

Community leadership: Advisory board member, Arthritis Foundation; volunteer, reading program, Friends of Wilson Commencement Park Inc., and Christian Service Brigade Program for Children; assistant coach, Fairport Youth Baseball

Greatest influence: My father. Although he is retired from his professional career, he continues to contribute in a host of ways to the local community through volunteer activities. Through his commitment to excellence, his awareness of what's important and especially his sense of humor, my father continues to set the example I strive to follow both professionally and personally.

Ten years from now: I see myself over 40! I see myself having more time and resources to do the activities I enjoy with both family and the community organizations with which I am involved.

Donna Caufield

Financial consultant,

Salomon Smith Barney Inc.

Age: 37

Education: AAS, business administration, Monroe Community College

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Provides investment advice to individual investors, businesses and retirement plans; clients include lump-sum distribution recipients; prepares customized investment plans for individuals with emphasis on proper asset allocation; presents investment strategy programs for various groups, including libraries, investment clubs and women's organizations

Community leadership: Board member, chairperson of development task force and W Award task force, vice president, major events, Rochester Women's Network; member, steering committee for Women of Valor luncheon, American Diabetes Association, Rochester Chapter; Walk America 2000 logistics committee, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; fund-raiser, American Heart Association, Genesee Valley Region; mentor, Wilson Commencement Park Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the example set by my parents, and shared by each of my siblings. They have all continuously provided me with the support, guidance and inspiration needed as I strive to be a positive influence in all the lives that I touch.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to provide investment advice for my clients and celebrating with those clients as they achieve their financial goals. I anticipate a higher level of involvement in several civic and charitable organizations, and I look forward to having children be a more integral part of my life.

Kristen Clark

Partner, Bonadio & Co. LLP

Age: 36

Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Jeffrey; son, 3

Professional responsibilities: As a partner in Bonadio & Co.'s health care and tax-exempt organizations division, provides audit, tax and consulting services to a wide variety of health care and human services organizations; serves as partner-in-charge of the firm's human resources function

Community leadership: Board vice chair and member, finance and executive committee, Compeer Inc.; member, provider financial information team, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; fellow and chair, acute care/physician practice education committee, Rochester chapter, Healthcare Financial Management Association; member, accounting advisory board, St. John Fisher College

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my partners Gerald Archibald and Mario Urso. Throughout my career, they have mentored me and served as models of how to effectively combine the pursuit of professional success and a desire to serve those organizations in the community, both personally and professionally, which provide services to others.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to develop Bonadio & Co.'s health care and tax-exempt organization practice, expanding my community involvement and enjoying my family.

Rodric Cox-Cooper

Director of human services, city of Rochester

Age: 33

Education: B.S. University of Dayton; M.S., Central Michigan University

Family: Wife, Jacquelyn

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the administration, programming and delivery of the city's human service and work force development initiatives; develops and implements the mayor's human service agenda; represents the city on numerous commissions, boards, task forces and committees; supervises 26 employees

Community leadership: Member, Southwest Area Development Corp.; chair, recruitment and selection, United Way African-American Leadership Development Program; chair of finance, Leadership Rochester Inc.; member, Families and Friends of Murdered Children and Community Heating Fund

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. They have remained confident in my abilities and encouraged me to pursue personal and professional goals. Especially my parents, who over the years have shown me the importance of service and volunteerism, and taught me the value of hard work and sacrifice.

Ten years from now: I see myself as an active parent and community leader. My wife and I are expecting our first child in December, and I anticipate great involvement in my child's education and development. The year 2010 will also find me more deeply involved in city government and local political activities.

Paul Cypher

Development director, Rochester Museum & Science Center

Age: 35

Education: B.S., business administration, Villanova University

Family: Wife, Lanette; daughter, 1

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of development for the Rochester Museum & Science Center, including corporate, foundation, individual and endowment support

Community leadership: Vice president, Pittsford School Foundation Board; board member, SUNY College at Brockport Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother and father, Victor and Mabel Cypher, and my wife Lanette. My mom and dad instilled the values that have guided me, while my wife has been an inspiration and a source of strength.

Ten years from now: I see myself being even more actively involved in a thriving Rochester community and using my skills to make a contribution.

Heather Dougherty

Senior vice president, the Flanders Group

Age: 34

Education: B.A., economics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Family: Husband, Chris Duerr; two sons, 2; daughter, 5

Professional responsibilities: A member of the Flanders Group management team, which makes all organizational decisions; directs the workers' compensation department; manages the staff and negotiates with the New York State Insurance Fund regarding programs; works as sole salesperson for company's statewide real estate group

Community leadership: Board member, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.; membership committee chairman, Monroe Family YMCA board of management; Girl Scout leader, Brighton, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; volunteer, Montessori School of Rochester

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been working in an organization that has allowed me to use my unique abilities and has given me the opportunity to channel my desire to succeed. This, coupled with my family's support and my education, has reinforced my belief that I have the drive to succeed.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to make a significant, positive contribution at the Flanders Group. I will continue to guide and nurture the organization so that we may continue to be leaders not only in our community, but in our industry.

William Drumm

General practice

associate, Lacy Katzen Ryen & Mittleman LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College; J.D., New York Law School

Family: Wife, Gina; son, 3; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities: Focuses on litigation, divorce, criminal defense and real estate; has corporate and individual clients covering the geographic area between Monroe County and Schuyler County

Community leadership: Board member, Canandaigua Kiwanis Club; board member, Canandaigua Character Coalition; former advisory board member and mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rochester Community Partners for Youth Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents. My mom taught us to have grace and to think of others. My dad taught us to work hard and play hard.

Ten years from now: I see myself hopefully having more time to play ball with my son and daughter in my back yard. I also hope to be admired by my professional peers in my chosen practice areas. Lastly, I hope to be able to take my wife on that dream vacation she keeps asking me about.

David Dworkin


LLD Enterprises

Age: 30

Education: B.A., Syracuse University; M.S., New York University Real Estate Institute

Family: Wife, Wendy

Professional responsibilities: Oversees and directs all aspects of new site acquisitions, development of properties and commercial brokerage for family-owned commercial real estate company

Community leadership: Member, nominating committee and Young Leaders Club steering committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; board member, John F. Wegman Fund and Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, N.Y. Inc., Ben Gurion Society; co-chairman, 2000 Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc. Book Festival; chairman, economic development committee and member, Sector 3 executive committee, City of Rochester; member, nominating and programming committee, Nathaniel Rochester Society of Rochester Institute of Technology

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the understanding, encouragement and support of my family, especially my wife, my late grandfather and my late father-in-law, Sheldon Lane. This, more than anything has allowed me to achieve my personal and professional goals.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to develop real estate projects currently in the company portfolio while focusing on expansion into both new and existing real estate markets and increasing our commercial brokerage business. I also look forward to spending more time on charitable and community activities.

Kim Dyce

Principal, Franklin High School, Rochester City School District

Age: 33

Education: B.A., MSE, M.S. and currently in Ed.D. program, University of Rochester

Family: Significant other, William Faucette Jr.

Professional responsibilities: Organizes, supervises and evaluates all phases of the educational program within Franklin High School; works with staff, academic directors, parents and community leaders to support an instructional program that meets the needs of students

Community leadership: Member, Project STRIDE mentoring program; chair, fund-raising and nominating committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements are my mentors, who support my efforts to become an effective administrator. They are: Valerie and Trevor Dyce, William and Rose Faucette, Robert Pedzich, Mary Ayala, Edward Cavalier, Maurice Bell, Wilhelmina Glover, Cassandra Frierson, Cecilia Golden and Clifford Janey.

Ten years from now: I see myself as superintendent of an urban school district. In addition, I will have my Ed.D. in educational administration.

Mark Eidlin

Vice president and central New York sales manager, Merrill Lynch

& Co.

Age: 34

Education: B.A., economics and political science, Boston University

Family: Wife, Heather; daughter, 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Coordinates sales activities for the five branches (representing more than 100 financial consultants) that comprise Merrill Lynch's central New York complex; oversees new financial consultant training and assists in recruiting efforts; leads a financial consulting practice, managing over $180 million in client assets

Community leadership: Board member, Highland Hospital Foundation; co-chair, foundation fund raising, Women's Breast Cancer Education luncheon

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my father. He has been my friend, my mentor and my moral compass throughout my life. I appreciate more each day all of the lessons he has taught me, and look forward to those I have yet to learn.

Ten years from now: I see myself managing over $1 billion in client assets, playing a greater role in Merrill Lynch management and serving as a fixture of civic activity in our community. More importantly though, I hope to be spending more quality time with my wife and daughter.

Jim Kordenbrock

Director of marketing, Innovative Training Strategies Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., marketing, Niagara University

Family: Wife, Christine; two daughters, 12 and 4; two sons, 9 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Leads all marketing activities to ensure the continued growth of ITS; works with other members of the management team to identify and develop future opportunities that will position ITS to exceed the needs of the evolving training industry

Community leadership: Children's coach, Victor community baseball, softball and soccer; member, development committee, Cure Childhood Cancer Association Inc.; board member, Birthright of Victor, New York Inc.; deputy grand knight, Knights of Columbus of Victor; lector, St. Patrick's Church, Victor

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my wife and children. They have been my balance beacon and pillar of perspective throughout my professional and civic life. They have helped me reach levels I never thought possible in everything from being an honor graduate from flight school, to working on world-class brands, to coaching novice athletes. They have made the difference.

Ten years from now: I see myself having a positive impact on my family, community and business. To me, a positive impact means ultimately making someone's life better. I realize that I won't find a cure for cancer. But I can help someone realize his or her potential.

Stephen LaSalle

Vice president, planning and finance, Medeva Americas Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., management, Nazareth College of Rochester; MBA, finance, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Lori; two sons, 12 and 8

Professional responsibilities: Leads team of 30 professionals; manages finance and accounting, strategic planning and risk management activities; serves on the U.S. executive team and operations committee; focuses on development of the U.S. tactical planning process and continued integration after the merger of Celltech Group PLC and Medeva PLC

Community leadership: Board member, treasurer and coach, Fairport Youth Lacrosse; member and past chairman, St. Catherine's parish finance committee; chair, Celltech Medeva United Way Campaign 2001; coordinator, Celltech Medeva annual employee service project

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who served as role models and provided me with the values and opportunities to achieve success. The influence of an outstanding educational base and family, friends and community has been the key driver of my achievements.

Ten years from now: I hope to see myself as a well-balanced leader in the local community, having achieved success in my family life, career and community interests. I hope to have provided my sons with the nurturing family environment, educational opportunities and guidance that was provided to me.

Michael Leone

Attorney, Harris, Chesworth & O'Brien

Age: 33

Education: B.S., SUNY College at Brockport; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo School of Law

Family: Wife, Michele; two sons, 7 years and 11 months

Professional responsibilities: Practice is split between the firm's litigation, business and estates and trusts departments; serves clients by conducting in-depth legal research and analysis, drafting documents, reviewing estate planning matters, incorporating and organizing business entities and preparing tax forms; identifies and develops new client relationships

Community leadership: President-elect, Irondequoit Rotary; president, Transfiguration Lutheran Church Council; board member and chair of 2000 scholarship committee, Irondequoit Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; board member, Irondequoit Soccer Club

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been when at 23 I spent a year working at a nursing home as a recreation specialist. During this time, about 60 residents of the home passed away. I learned that those who seemed most at peace when death came tended to feel that their lives had made a difference, stood for something.

Ten years from now: Professionally, I want to be regarded as one of Rochester's premier attorneys. Within the community I will continue to provide leadership in service organizations, whether local or statewide. Finally, I see myself wiser, more disciplined and as such, in a greater position to make significant contributions.

Todd Liebert

Senior vice president, Clark Patterson Associates

Age: 38

Education: B.S., architecture, Syracuse University; B.S., mathematics and computer science, Lake Forest College

Family: Wife, Jennifer; two daughters, 10 and 8; son, 2

Professional responsibilities: Management responsibilities include staff recruitment, guidance and developments, and strategic planning for the New York architectural practice; project-specific responsibilities include marketing and directing projects to a successful completion, primarily in the health care and educational fields

Community leadership: Member, heart advisory panel, ViaHealth's Rochester General Hospital; chairman, foundation golf tournament, ViaHealth's Genesee Hospital; board member, director of practice and design, American Institute of Architects, AIA Rochester; member, Corporate Skin's Challenge golf committee, Hillside Children's Center

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been having a supportive wife who understands my goals and career objectives and provides invaluable input in helping me to maintain focus; having parents who valued quality education, gave me the proper direction and guidance in learning how to set goals and demonstrated the importance of following through on commitments.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a respected leader in our community and my profession while maintaining focus on the importance of the balance. Finding a balance between the professional and personal is critical to one's success. The most important part of my life is my family and my commitment to raising three children.

Anna Lynch

Partner and chair of health care practice group, Underberg & Kessler LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., Georgetown University; J.D., Syracuse University

Family: son, 9; daughter, 6

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for providing service to and managing the firm's health care clients. As a member of the firm's executive committee, participates in firm management

Community leadership: Board member and executive committee member, Alzheimer's Association; board member and secretary, T. Franklin Williams M.D. Foundation; member, Continuing Care Network Inc. Long Term Care Board of Visitors

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My immigrant grandparents showed me the value of hard work and perseverance. My mother taught me the value of compassion for others. Finally, my children have taught me to see that each day is a new opportunity to contribute and achieve my goals.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to serve my clients at Underberg and Kessler and remaining actively involved in Rochester so that I may give back to the community where I was raised.

John Lynch Jr.

Director of corporate sales, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the Rochester Area

Age: 37

Education: B.A., economics and history, Hamilton College

Family: Wife, Laura

Professional responsibilities: Works with sales managers and account consultants to market medical and dental insurance, as well as ancillary products to over 6,500 clients in the nine counties in and around Rochester

Community leadership: Advisory board member and member, facilities committee Salvation Army - Rochester Area Services; member, 2001 Leadership Rochester Class

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the love, wisdom and counsel of my parents, Bob and Sally, and my wife, Laura. Individually and as a team, they have loved me unequivocally, motivated me toward higher levels of achievement and offered an outstretched hand when I've stumbled.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a senior level executive in a health care financing organization. In addition, I look forward to continuing and expanding my community service commitments, which began over 10 years ago. Most importantly, I look forward to creating more memories with my wife and our families.

William Mack

Vice president and partner, LeChase Construction Services LLC

Age: 35

Education: B.S., finance, Siena College

Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, 7; son, 3

Professional responsibilities: Accountable for all commercial client, marketing and facilities management activities involving the acquisition of all new corporate business, team leadership in the execution of all major commercial construction projects, and ensuring overall customer satisfaction

Community leadership: Member, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Eagle District fund-raising committee, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; acting chairman, Fairport Planning Board

Greatest influence: The greatest influence affecting my professional and civic achievements has been from my mother, Alice Mack; my wife, Jennifer Mack; and my peers at LeChase Construction. This combined influence and support has enabled me to make decisions both in my personal and professional life that are based on integrity and honesty.

Ten years from now: Within the next 10 years, my goal is to continue to assist in the leadership and development of the most effective and competitive team in the construction industry; to be more involved in community and civic activities, where I can give back to the community and to those who have supported me; and to be a good father and role model for my children.

Peter McCown

Vice president for college development, Roberts Wesleyan College

Age: 31

Education: B.S., Greenville College; M.Ed., Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo

Family: Wife, Wendy; two sons, 3 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Assists the president in shaping the future development and growth of Roberts Wesleyan College; presently working with the trustees to raise $31 million for investment in both campus and program initiatives

Community leadership: Board member, Russia church and community center development, Novgorod; member, Pearce Memorial Free Methodist Church; founding partner, Charles Finney High School; member, Rochester Rotary Club

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements involves a four-part support system: my Lord Jesus Christ, my family, my colleagues and the mentorship of Roberts Wesleyan College's president, William Crothers.

Ten years from now: While many who know me have predicted a college presidency in my future, I have little concern for where I will be professionally in the next 10 years. Instead, my focus in the next 10 years is to be a great father, husband and educator.

Michael McDougall

Director, public relations, Buck & Pulleyn Inc.

Age: 27

Education: B.S., communication, Boston University

Family: Wife, Jennifer

Professional responsibilities: Identifies and strategically addresses the communications needs of current and potential clients throughout the United States and overseas; develops Buck & Pulleyn's public relations staff and service offerings; and manages the firm's partnership in the WORLDCOM public relations group, a 95-member international agency network

Community leadership: Board of directors, Children's Institute Inc.; volunteer, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; student mentor, St. Mary's University of Minnesota; publicity volunteer, the Commission Project; admissions volunteer, Boston University

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my childhood in the North Country, where considerable unemployment and poverty made otherwise "common" lessons all the more telling. I learned that intelligence alone wouldn't lead to success-it needed to be balanced with a strong work ethic, community awareness and dedicated family time each and every day.

Ten years from now: I see myself still pushing the envelope in the practice of public relations by exploring new communications theories, mediums and tactics while ensuring broader recognition of the profession. It is also my intention to remain a champion of the Rochester region raising a family and becoming more active in this great community.

Richard Nowlin

President and CEO, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., speech and theater, Indiana University Southeast

Family: Partner, Don Strand

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all functions of the RPO, including policies and procedures, program planning and production, marketing, fund raising, public relations, finance, personnel and volunteer services; represents the orchestra, maintaining relationships with all community constituents

Community leadership: Board member, president, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Board member, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Fund Inc.; co-chair, annual birthday luncheon, Susan B. Anthony House; member, annual arts awards committee, Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who taught me fairness, perseverance and the importance of listening; Nan Hildebrandt, former CEO of the RPO, who taught me that success comes through faith in yourself and others during times of change; and the board members and volunteers of the RPO, who demonstrate daily how to affect the quality of life in the community by selflessly giving.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to work professionally to bring stability to the arts while deepening my involvement with and impact on the community in which I live and expanding my volunteer work with other community-service organizations.

Barbara Pierce

Director, public relations, Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc.

Age: 29

Education: B.A., English, University of Rochester; post-graduate coursework, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, Neil; two sons, 3 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Supervises personnel and project workflow in a growing public relations department; develops programs and strategy for all agency public relations clients; pursues new business and services current clients

Community leadership: President-elect, Rochester Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; board member and fair committee member, Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association Inc.; area committee member, past chair of public relations committee and current co-chair of volunteer committee, Special Olympics - Monroe County; member, Rochester Women's Network

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother, who instilled in me the resourcefulness and self-reliance necessary to succeed and who taught me, through her own actions, to pursue success rather than expect others to present it to me.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to enjoy a fulfilling career while raising a happy and active family, and maybe even finding time to write that novel.

Brian Peartree

Senior commercial security consultant, Doyle Security Systems Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.S., management, St. John Fisher College

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Consults with new and existing customers regarding their comprehensive electronic security and fire safety needs; coordinates daily sales activities in the Rochester area and oversees operations for individual installation projects

Community leadership: Fire chief, Brighton Fire Department; president, Downtown Alive at Five Ltd.; co-chair, Alive at the Memorial Art Gallery; member, public safety committee, Town of Brighton; alumni volunteer, McQuaid Jesuit High School

Greatest influence: A number of people in my life, including family and friends, have reinforced the value of hard work and integrity. I have been blessed, also, with wonderful parents, who taught me and my six siblings the significance of always doing your very best, no matter what the task.

Ten years from now: I see myself owning and managing my own business in the Rochester area. I also plan to maintain a personal commitment to the volunteer fire service, as well as various other civic and community organizations. Above all else, family will still continue being a top priority to me.

Thomas Rogers

Chief operating officer, AM&M Financial Services Inc.

Age: 30

Education: B.S., accounting and finance, SUNY at Buffalo

Family: Wife, Tammy; son, 18 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the operations of all departments of the organization, with direct responsibility for accounting, human resources and information technology functions; coordinates creation and implementation of policy and manages the corporate quality system

Community leadership: Board member, member, finance and service, expansion and growth committees, Center for Youth Services Inc.; board member, secretary, Little Wonders of Sally Way Foundation; corporate leader, American Heart Walk; coordinator, community activities, AM&M Financial Services Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My parents, from an early age, taught me the value of hard work and responsibility, and provided me the support and guidance I needed to succeed. My wife Tammy gives me strength each and every day. And my son, Mason, reminds me of what life is really about with just a smile.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to balance my time between family, career and our community in such a way so as to provide the maximum benefit to all of these important areas of my life.

Raymond Ruff

Partner, Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Hartwick College; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Wife, Renee; son, 1

Professional responsibilities: Structures, drafts, negotiates and closes commercial transactions for financial institutions throughout New York; manages the residential lending and conveyance department of approximately 12 people in which the firm represents lenders, buyers and sellers in residential transactions

Community leadership: Volunteer, Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Legal Services Project, Rochester Task Force Against Violence's Midnight Basketball, American Heart Association's Heart Ball; instructor and lecturer, American Institute of Banking; board member, business law section, Monroe County Bar Association; adjunct professor, SUNY College at Brockport; member, advisory board, Monroe Title Insurance Corp.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who for as long as I can remember, performed charity work for the needy and less fortunate; my wife, who always makes me feel like tomorrow will be better than today; and my son, who helps me remember what is most important in life.

Ten years from now: I see myself coaching my childrens' sports teams, assisting my clients through whatever challenges arise as their respective businesses grow and excel, helping Phillips, Lytle become even more of a key resource to the business and banking community in Rochester and continuing to work with charities that both make a tangible difference in people's lives and make Rochester a better place to live.

Fernando Santiago

Associate, Davidson, Fink, Cook , Kelly & Galbraith LLP

Age: 36

Education: B.A., Cornell University; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Family: Wife, Arline Bayo-Santiago; two daughters, 5 and 2; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Provides representation to clients in a variety of matters, including commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation; represents and assists the firm in representing a number of non-profit organizations such as Foodlink Inc., Ibero-American Action League Inc. and Rural Opportunities Inc.

Community leadership: Board member and first vice chairperson, member of executive and facilities committees, counsel to, Foodlink Inc.; board member, Foodlink Community Kitchen Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family, including my wife, three children and mother, who teach me on a daily basis the value and importance of teamwork; and the members of Davidson Fink, particularly Tom Fink, who devote themselves to a number of civic endeavors that improve our community.

Ten years from now: I see myself with a thriving legal practice, representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of areas. I also hope to be a valuable, and contributing member to my community.

Jill Schultz

Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.A., SUNY at Buffalo; J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Practice focuses on civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination, medical malpractice and products liability defense; serves as hiring partner for the firm's Rochester office and vice chair of the firm's recruiting committee

Community leadership: Board member, Upstate Guide Dog Association Inc.; board member and chair, human resources committee of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester; volunteer, Volunteer Legal Services Project

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who taught me to work hard and encouraged me to reach for my goals.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to work in my profession and increasing my involvement in charitable and community activities.

Timothy Shortsleeve

Partner, Bonn, Shortsleeve & Gray LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Oswego

Family: Wife, Amy; two daughters, 10 and 7; son, 7

Professional responsibilities: Provides proactive and value-added tax, accounting and consulting services to the firm's clients and a challenging and rewarding environment in which employees can work and develop their professional skills

Community leadership: Board member, Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester and Syracuse Regions; volunteer coach, Perinton Youth Hockey and Fairport Little League

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the unselfish and never-ending support of my wife, Amy, combined with the beliefs and values taught to me by my parents, Clifton and Nancy Shortsleeve. All of them continue to provide me with the support and confidence that I need to accomplish many of my goals.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a partner in one of the area's premier accounting firms. I also see myself continuing to give something back to the community through volunteering on boards and participating in youth sports organizations.

David Simmons

Director of marketing partnerships, Element K Corp.

Age: 31

Education: B.A., University of Dayton; M.S., Nazareth College of Rochester

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Directs and executes marketing strategy and tactics in support of Element K Press courseware products; collaboratively works with agencies and partners to create awareness of and preference for Element K Press courseware products in the K-12, corporate and government, and training center channels

Community leadership: Board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; member, development committee, Genesee Country Museum

Greatest influence: My father and grandfather (his father) led by example, had an amazing work ethic, and taught me the value in having a strong belief system. Most importantly, their character was built on integrity-the most important ingredient in building a solid personal and professional life.

Ten years from now: I see myself involved in politics. My aspiration has always been to hold public office at a national level. I plan to begin my political career in county and state politics, and then pursue election to the U.S. House of Representatives and eventually the Senate.

Karen Singer

Director of marketing, Dorschel Automotive Group

Age: 35

Education: B.A., University of Maryland at College Park

Family: Husband, Craig; two sons, 5 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the marketing department for the four dealerships, which include 15 automobile franchises and three boat lines; oversees all print materials, the creative and advertising placement of radio, television, public relations, promotional events and the Internet

Community leadership: Board member, development chairperson, Friends of School of the Arts; member, auction committee-public relations and advertising, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Greatest influence: My parents are my biggest influence. They have always taught me to be independent, strong-willed and outgoing, but most importantly to give back. As far as I can remember, I have been volunteering for different organizations, from playing with the kids at the Delphi House, to various responsibilities at Planned Parenthood, to ringing the bell with my son Brett at holiday time for the Salvation Army. My parents have always been there to support me and not only have I made them proud, I am proud to have been raised by them.

Ten years from now: I see myself as vice president in my field or as an executive director in a non-profit organization. My children will be involved in tons of activities so I will be traipsing all around town watching them in all their activities. I will still be volunteering for various organizations, and getting my family and friends involved.

Mark Siwiec

Owner, Ace Mailing Services; agent, Lowenguth Realty Ltd.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., political science, University of Rochester

Family: Partner, Duffy Palmer

Professional responsibilities: Sells $8 million to $9 million worth of residential real estate with Lowenguth Realty; helps to manage the growth of Ace Mailing Services, which he co-owns with his business partner, Sue Cowell

Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; elected representative, 131st district, New York State Democratic Committee

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the work ethic instilled in me by my family: "In order to get ahead, you have to work hard." I also recognize the wonderful mentoring of my dear friends Sue Cowell and Gar Lowenguth, and the support of my partner, Duffy Palmer.

Ten years from now: I would like to continue to integrate my civic activities with the growth of Ace Mailing and my real estate sales. Those who have had a great impact on the quality of our life in Rochester have very often enjoyed success in business. I am looking forward to both exploring and developing those connections.

Justin Smith

Co-owner and vice president, Brite Computers Inc.

Age: 28

Education: B.S., economics, Villanova University

Family: Wife, Stacey; son, 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees direct sales operations, e-business operations and corporate marketing and advertising; handles customer relations, strategic planning, quality and manufacturing review and business operations

Community leadership: Board member, 2000 golf committee, Monroe Community College Foundation Inc. and development committee, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council; board member (pending) Wilson Commencement Park Housing Inc.; member, "Just One" fund-raising event committee, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; pitching coach, Rayson-Miller American Legion Baseball Team

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my business partner and more importantly my father, John T. Smith. He has set the high standards in overall entrepreneurial success, civic leadership and of course, parenting, that I strive to achieve. Together, we are working to make Brite Computers the No. 1 computer manufacturer and reseller in Western New York.

Ten years from now: I see myself well ingrained into the Rochester business and civic communities. With the fast-changing world of technology, it is hard to predict where Brite Computers may be in 10 years. However, proactive measures are being taken to add new products and services to our customer bases that will ensure our success.

Anthony Tanner

Vice president, OppenheimerFunds Inc. Rochester Division

Age: 39

Education: B.S., finance, St. Louis University; MBA, finance and economics, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Peg; son, 7 months

Professional responsibilities: Assists in the management and marketing of two New York municipal bond funds with aggregate assets of $5.5 billion, known as the Rochester Funds, manages the $90 million Oppenheimer Pennsylvania Municipal Bond Fund; oversees the investment research activities of the division

Community leadership: First vice president and board member, executive committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rochester Community Partners for Youth Inc.; member, alumni advisory council, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my brothers, Phil and Robert. Growing up with two brothers (11 and 12 years older) taught me firsthand the important influence a good mentor can have in a person's life. My achievements have resulted from the traits I observed my brothers demonstrate in their lives, such as commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, initiative, respect for others and giving back.

Ten years from now: I see myself, foremost, continuing to grow together with my wife and keeping up with our children. Professionally, I expect to look back on accomplishments that positively affected the people and community around me and look forward to more leadership challenges.

Alberto Uy

President, Premiere Group USA Ltd.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., philosophy, University of the Philippines; MBA credits, University of Roch-ester William E. Simon School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Maria Angela; three daughters, 13, 8 and 17 months

Professional responsibilities: Founder of firm that specializes in cash management, international trade banking and commercial credit; serves clients including large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations; oversees projects involving the design and implementation of treasury systems

Community leadership: Board member, Hope Hall School; volunteer, the Health Association Inc.; treasurer, Knights of Columbus; government relations chair, Association for Financial Professionals of Western New York; past president, Tau Alpha Overseas-East; past vice president, Philippine-American Association of Rochester

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements are my wife and my daughters. Through Maria's faith, confidence and support, I am able to grow professionally and meet every challenge head on. My daughters are my inspiration to serve this community and make it a better place for them and future generations.

Ten years from now: I see myself enjoying a successful professional and family life. I see my family expanding our horizons and touching more lives as we continue our active involvement with church and community organizations. It is only by giving back that we truly appreciate the gifts that we receive.

Van Henri White

Attorney, private practice

Age: 38

Education: B.A., political science and B.A., teacher's education, SUNY at Albany; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Family: son, 13; two daughters, 10 and 9 months

Professional responsibilities: Specializes in prosecuting civil claims on behalf of victims of violence; broadens the opportunities for victims to seek justice beyond the criminal courts against those responsible for their loss and pain by representing victims of violence in a variety of courts, including State Supreme Court, the Court of Claims, Family Court and federal courts

Community leadership: Board member, Hillside Behavioral Health System; advisor and mentor, Law Explorers Post 404, Boy Scouts

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been God and family. God sets a standard (which I concede I do not always meet) for me to live by in my public and private life. My family-which includes my children Brandon, Brittany and Ava, and my love Bridgette Burch-have a considerable influence on my life. They provide daily motivation for me to be a good person, parent, partner and provider.

Ten years from now: I have come to learn that I can only do so much to alleviate the damage suffered by clients. As a prosecutor I saw the same thing: When victims entered the Hall of Justice, the damage had already been done and on most occasions their loss was real and permanent. I hope someday to return to public service in a capacity that enables me to prevent some of this damage from occurring.

Diane Wilfong

Assistant to the chairman and the CEO, Eastman Kodak Co.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., business administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Family: Partner, Joy Collins

Professional responsibilities: Joined Kodak in July 1999 as director of finance and vice president, Kodak Professional, after 10 years with Corning Inc.; in this capacity, oversees the financial performance and processes for Kodak's second-largest business; in new position, will coordinate program support and strategic initiatives on behalf of the chairman and the CEO

Community leadership: Board member, Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region Inc.; former treasurer, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier; board member, Lambda Network, Eastman Kodak Co.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the good fortune of having had a number of important role models in my adolescence. These individuals saw my potential, sought me out and encouraged me to strive toward goals beyond what I thought I could attain.

Ten years from now: I see myself as chief financial officer of a Fortune 50 company, while continuing to give back to the community in a more generous way. I also see myself and my partner enjoying the outdoors with our dogs and traveling.

Philip Yawman

Vice president, corporate development, Choice One Communications Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., economics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; MBA, marketing and finance, University of Rochester William E. Simon School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Cheryl Lynn; two daughters, 4 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Co-founded Choice One Communications in June 1998; the company went public in February 2000 and now employs over 1,300 colleagues and has annualized revenue in excess of $100 million; responsible for mergers and acquisitions, business development, new market planning, investor relations, marketing communications, public relations and corporate real estate

Community leadership: Board member, St. John Fisher College and Small Business Council, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; member, alumni advisory committee, University of Rochester William E. Simon School of Business Administration

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been Phil Yawman Sr. He is a great father, trusted friend and a constant source of unconditional love and support in everything I do. He has instilled in me the values of integrity and respect. He has shown me the power of faith and enabled me to appreciate the power of people working together toward common good.

Ten years from now: I see myself the same as I do now-the father of two children. I do plan to spend more of my time in a role that allows me to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our youth. This will likely include teaching and coaching in some form.

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