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The Forty Under 40 Honorees

Rochester Business Journal
November 21, 2003


Scott Adair

Senior manager, KPMG LLP

Age: 37

Education: AAS, accounting, Monroe Community College; B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Wife, Justine

Professional responsibilities: Plans, directs and reviews the performance of audit engagements for the state of New York, local governments, higher-education institutions and non-profit organizations. Teaches accounting and auditing courses for KPMG nationally and for local and national governmental organizations. Recruits for the Rochester office of KPMG.

Community leadership: Assistant treasurer, Baden Street Settlement of Rochester Inc.; chairman, budget advisory council, Rush-Henrietta Central School District; director, government relations, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Rochester chapter; member, special review committee, Government Finance Officers Association and Association of School Business Officials.

Greatest influence: My parents. My father taught me the values of hard work and professionalism. My mother taught me civic awareness and responsibility. I'm also indebted to my wife, family and friends for their unwavering support. This recognition would not have been possible without them.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a mentor to new Forty Under 40 candidates. This, along with increased professional responsibilities and civic involvement, would justify the recognition bestowed on me today.

Thomas Anderson

Senior associate attorney, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 32

Education: B.A., University of Massachusetts; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Practices corporate law; advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private-securities offerings and other business transactions.

Community leadership: Board member, ArtWalk of Rochester; executive committee member, past chairman, Young Lawyers Section of Monroe County Bar Association; post leader, Boy Scouts of America, Law Exploring Program; individual tutor, Lawyers for Learning, Adlai Stevenson Elementary School; past board member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Rochester Chapter.

Greatest influence: My parents, both of whom instilled in me the importance of hard work, responsibility and giving.

Ten years from now: I still see myself practicing law and continuing my involvement in our community.

Adam Anolik

Director, financial operations, University of Rochester Medical Center

Age: 36

Education: B.A., accounting, Franklin and Marshall College

Family: Wife, Jennifer; two daughters, 13 and 11

Professional responsibilities: Manages financial services for Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals, including formulating annual operating and capital budgets, monthly reporting of financial results, coordinating annual external audits, developing clinical profitability reporting and directing of patient accounting offices.

Community leadership: President, the Health Association; board member, the Jewish Home of Rochester; member, Temple Sinai of Rochester.

Greatest influence: My desire to exemplify the values instilled in me by my parents and grandparents, particularly the importance of treating all members of the community with the utmost respect and dignity.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to serve the Rochester area in a variety of capacities, both in my professional and volunteer experiences, with an emphasis on ensuring that quality health care and social services are available to all members of our community.

Ted Aroesty

Chief financial officer, Rochester Lumber Co.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., business, Indiana University at Bloomington

Family: Wife, Christine; three daughters, 4, 4 and 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all finance operations and human resource functions. Prepares all financial reporting for internal and external purposes and participates in long-range planning for corporate development. In addition, vice president and co-owner of Jet X Co. courier and delivery service with oversight of all financial operations.

Community leadership: Chief, Brighton Fire Department; member, Rochester Rotary Club, town of Brighton safety committee, town of Pittsford safety committee; co-organizer, Firefighter's Ski Race to benefit Finger Lakes Burn Association; past CFO, Holiday Outreach.

Greatest influence: The sacrifice that others have made in order for me to reach my goals. In my life, many have given time and support without which I could not be where I am today. At the forefront of this are my mother and my wife. Additionally, my colleagues and friends have also supported me greatly.

Ten years from now: I see myself enjoying quality time with my family and providing the time and support that they have given to me. Additionally, I see a continued pursuit of business success.

Karanja Augustine

Corporate counsel and vice president, Eltrex Industries Inc.

Age: 29

Education: A.B., political science, Duke University; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all legal issues concerning Eltrex and Eltrex subsidiaries including contracts, compliance, certifications, corporate structure and liability. Supports human resources and personnel management. Also serves as corporate secretary for the company.

Community leadership: Board member, Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc., American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, Quad A For Kids, Urban League of Rochester Economic Development Corp. Inc.; co-founder, Greater Rochester Achievement Society; member, Rochester Duke University alumni admissions committee.

Greatest influence: Without question my parents, Matthew and Rita Augustine. I have been blessed to have such inspirational role models in my parents who have always been committed to my personal growth, including professional and civic achievement, where they have led by example and counseled me with sound and well-reasoned advice.

Ten years from now: I see myself as an accomplished family man and a principal in a for-profit or non-profit organization.

John Bernacki Jr.

Attorney, John E. Bernacki Jr. P.C.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., political science, Canisius College; J.D., University of Detroit School of Law

Family: Wife, Julie; son, 17 months

Professional responsibilities: Provides legal counsel to individuals, business entities and non-profits in such practice areas as general business, litigation, residential and commercial real estate, wills, trusts and estates.

Community leadership: Board member, town of Pittsford; volunteer, Town of Pittsford Parks and Recreation; environmental volunteer, town of Pittsford; president-elect, Rotary Club of Pittsford; member, Pittsford Chamber of Commerce, Pittsford Village Business Association, Monroe County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association.

Greatest influence: My faith in God, my beautiful wife and son, my loving family and my extremely loyal "family" of friends.

Ten years from now: I see myself producing positive results for my family, friends, clients, constituents and the underprivileged. I will follow the two adages that I have followed to date: "If life is a journey, then life's greatest tragedy is not having enjoyed the trip," and "How do you spell success: W-O-R-K."

Richard Burke

Principal, Burke Group Inc., a member of Financial Institutions Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., industrial and labor relations, Le Moyne College

Family: Wife, Heather

Professional responsibilities: Directs new business development efforts in a growing employee benefits consulting practice. Manages clients for relationships throughout defined contribution and work site commerce practice. Leads integration of holding company's trust and financial services with Burke Group services.

Community leadership: Mayor, village of Avon; past president and current member, Avon Lions Club; member, Avon Community for Excellence and Drug Awareness, Avon Historical and Preservation Society; committeeman, Livingston County Republican Committee.

Greatest influence: My parents, Albert and Mary Ellen Burke, who raised nine children and saw each through college and beyond. My wife, Heather, who has inspired me to do more for those less fortunate. And longtime family friend, Richard Collins, who taught me that public service can still be a noble pursuit.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to expand the reach of Burke Group to many new clients while enhancing the quality and diversity of our employee benefit services. I will continue to take an active role in public service, working diligently to build a better future for my community.

Daniel Burns

Administrative vice president, M&T Bank Corp.

Age: 39

Education: BBA, finance, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Denise; two sons, 11 and 9; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the retention and development of small-business banking relationships in the Greater Rochester marketplace. Oversees a team of 20 that works closely with M&T's branch network providing deposit, loan, cash management and investment products to business banking clients.

Community leadership: Board member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Center for Governmental Research Inc., Easter Seals New York Inc.; chairman, Earned Income Credit program; board member and treasurer, Monroe Golf Club; volunteer coach, Brighton recreational basketball and baseball programs.

Greatest influence: My parents created a foundation of high morals and ethics for me to follow. During my 18 years at M&T Bank, I have learned from some incredibly talented senior managers. But at the end of the day, it is my wife and children who have helped me to understand the true priorities of life.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a father and husband who will have two boys succeeding in college and a daughter in high school about to go on her first date. My wife will be continuing to enjoy her career as a schoolteacher. I will be entering my 28th year at M&T Bank, hopefully playing a large role in its growth and success, and providing leadership within the bank as well as the wonderful Rochester community.

Becky Cania

Associate communications director, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Age: 38

Education: AAS, public relations communications and business management, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Frank; son, 18; daughter, 6

Professional responsibilities: Strategizes, oversees and implements United Way of Greater Rochester's communications activities, including public relations, advertising, marketing and events. Manages day-to-day operations of communications department, engages in strategic planning to support United Way's overall marketing objectives and provides communications counsel to senior management.

Community leadership: Program committee member and Class of 2003, Leadership Rochester; marketing committee member, Rochester Hearing & Speech Center.

Greatest influence: I am fortunate to have worked with-and learned from-tremendous role models who brilliantly balance work, community involvement and family. But my husband, Frank, my children and my mother have been my greatest influences, constantly encouraging me to reach for the stars while providing unwavering love and support.

Ten years from now: I see myself still growing, still learning, still looking for opportunities to make a difference. I see myself pursuing my passions while better balancing my personal, professional and civic roles. In 10 years, my children's continued happiness, success and sense of civic responsibility will be the barometer of my own success and influence.

Stephen Carl

Chief operating officer, Clover Capital Management Inc.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., biology, University of Rochester; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Wife, Sandra; two sons, 3 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Directs all day-to-day operational functions of Clover Capital, an investment adviser with $1.8 billion in assets under management; oversees client services division; administers all legal matters, including managing outside counsel relationships and supervising compliance department; contributes to corporate management committee and board of directors.

Community leadership: Board member, CPAC Inc., the Parks Inc., Alesco Advisors LLC, the Parks Junior Golf Foundation Inc., Monroe Community Hospital Foundation.

Greatest influence: Fortunately, I have always been surrounded by great people. From the best parents and siblings one could ever hope for, to a wife and two sons who are the joys of my life, to our tremendous team at Clover who make every day at the office hardly seem like work.

Ten years from now: For my wife and me, "The Best Is Yet To Come" was our song and it has become our motto. So, I only hope in 10 years to get better at each role in my life-as a parent, spouse, family member, friend, business leader and community contributor.

Christa Carone

Director, corporate public relations,

Xerox Corp.

Age: 34

Education: B.A., communications, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Jeff; son, 4; daughter, 4 months

Professional responsibilities: Primary spokeswoman for Xerox. Responsible for developing global public relations strategies and leading external communication activities for Xerox's worldwide corporate affairs and operations.

Community leadership: Alumni adviser and mentor, SUNY College at Geneseo; guest lecturer for public relations and organizational communication curriculum, SUNY College at Geneseo; past board member, Chances & Changes, Livingston County.

Greatest influence: My husband, who encourages me to take chances and, when I'm juggling too much, is always there to catch the balls I inevitably drop. Xerox's female leaders, brilliant and tenacious yet humble realists who know that you really can't have it all-but you can have a lot of fun and be quite successful trying.

Ten years from now: I see myself cheering on my children as they begin to take on the world ... still dreaming about the beach house in the Caribbean ... and playing a leadership role in Xerox's success as one of the world's most admired companies.

Clair Catillaz

Vice president, corporate relations, Drake Beam Morin Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., business administration, SUNY College at Oswego

Family: Husband, Jeffrey Yorkey; son, 3; daughter, 18 months

Professional responsibilities: Secures and maintains relationships with local companies, assisting them with work force realignment challenges. Consults organizations on employee separation, retention and restructuring. Supports organizations and individuals by providing career transition and career management services to separated executives and professionals with the goal of suitable re-employment locally.

Community leadership: Marketing chairwoman and Class of 2001, Leadership Rochester; immediate past president, Society for Human Resource Management's Genesee Valley Chapter; co-chairwoman, Rochester Women's Network Golf League; member, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.'s Women's Council, American Society for Training and Development.

Greatest influence: There are a handful of mentors who have influenced my professional life, but the greatest influence has been my husband and two children, who have taught me to relax, be silly and have fun, and who remind me every day to not confuse having a career with having a life.

Ten years from now: I will continue to be involved in meaningful work, with a focus on improving our business climate, our local community and economic conditions that make the Rochester area a great place to live and work.

Scott Ellsworth

Regional president, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester Region

Age: 38

Education: B.A., mathematics/computer science, Drew University; MBA, health care administration, Union College

Family: Wife, Deborah; two daughters, 9 and 6; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all sales, provider relations and contracting for Excellus Health Plan's Rochester division with more than 800,000 covered lives.

Community leadership: Board member, Geva Theatre Inc., Otetiana Council, Boy Scouts of America, Rochester Health Commission.

Greatest influence: Growing up in a family-owned business in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: Watching my father, grandfather and uncle come in every day to run the business taught me the value of hard work and pride in ownership, the need to take calculated risks, and it gave me an entrepreneurial spirit.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to further the mission of one of the premier non-profit health plans in the country and seeking to promote greater access to health care for as many people as possible.

Robert Enright

Executive director, Rochester Rotary Club

Age: 36

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

Family: Wife, Renee; daughter, 3; son, 1

Professional responsibilities: Ensures smooth operation of Rochester Rotary activities. Reviews operating results. Establishes and maintains an effective communication plan. Oversees 110 full-time and seasonal staff members. Plans and implements new programs. Oversees finances. Directs preparation of short- and long-term plans based on goals. Recommends partnering opportunities. Implements annual fund-raising plan.

Community leadership: Treasurer, Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Corp. Inc.; director, Disabled Children of Monroe County Inc.; advisory board member, Rochester General Hospital Foundation; co-chairman, 2003 Rotary District 7120 Conference; volunteer, Salvation Army, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Gala, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.'s Young Leaders Club.

Greatest influence: My parents taught me the value of volunteerism at an early age. The members and leaders of the Rochester Rotary Club taught me the balance of giving back to the community while building successful businesses and balancing healthy families. They have shown me the more we give of ourselves, the wealthier we are as people.

Ten years from now: To be involved professionally in creating and maintaining a vibrant quality of life in the Rochester community. To continue my knowledge and growth in both understanding and evaluating the needs of my Rochester-area neighbors. To grow educationally, allowing me to discern forward-thinking ideas that make a positive social and economic impact on my community.

Thomas Flaherty

President, Flaherty Funding Corp.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., accounting, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Molly; son, 7; four daughters, 6, 4, 3 and 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees day-to-day operations of Flaherty Funding, including sales, marketing, compliance and professional development of staff. Creates policies to make the company the choice of employees, clients, vendors and service providers.

Community leadership: Volunteer, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Rochester Inc., School of the Holy Childhood, CURE Childhood Cancer Association; finance committee member, St. Rita's; member, National Mortgage Brokers Association, Knights of Columbus; committee member and treasurer, Mark Dillon and Rich Funke Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament.

Greatest influence: I've had three major role models: My wife, Molly, who has inspired me to do the right thing no matter the cost and gave me support when times were tough for a fledgling business; my parents, who taught me through their actions that nothing breeds success like hard work, humility and charity.

Ten years from now: I'll be handling my most challenging leadership role: raising five teenage children at the same time, hopefully being in a supporting role for my wife's professional endeavors-God knows I owe her for all her support in growing Flaherty Funding-and possibly expanding leadership into areas that will benefit the Greater Rochester community.

Lou Germain

President and CEO, Lumarc Computer Corp.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., business administration, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Andrea; son, 1

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for leadership and strategic direction of Lumarc. Manages day-to-day operations. Improves and identifies customer, vendor and strategic alliances. Creates vision and empowers the Lumarc team.

Community leadership: Board member, Dean's Council to the College of Business advisory board, Rochester Institute of Technology; Rochester/Geneseo Advocates; Melissa's Living Legacy Foundation; the Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; member, Mental Health Skyway Open committee; American Red Cross Fire and Ice committee; co-chairman, Teens Tee-Off FORE Teens Golf Tournament.

Greatest influence: My family, especially my grandfather, Lou Bertino, who taught me the importance of strong values, respect for others and integrity above all; my wife, who demonstrates that support and encouragement for those we love allows them to realize their dreams; and my son, who reminds me every day to play. Doug Spiker, an invaluable mentor who has helped me turn a business vision into a reality and who demonstrates the core values of business, leadership and friendship.

Ten years from now: I see myself maintaining balance between my family, my career and my community by continuing to provide vision, leadership and passion to a great Lumarc team; by being a good husband and father; and by continuing to support my community and specific organizations for whose mission I share a passion.

Carla Giambrone

Chief financial officer and owner, NorthEastern Insulation Co. Inc.; CEO and owner, Giampro Corp.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Fredonia; M.S., SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, Joe; two daughters, 17 and 9

Professional responsibilities: Provides financial and administrative leadership within accounting and management functions for the construction corporation. Develops and directs contractual and client-focused processes including management and strategic plans. Directs human resources, technology, marketing and legal teams. Provides analysis, acquisition and administration of real estate corporation.

Community leadership: Vice president and chairwoman, individual giving committee, Geva Theatre Center; founder, Faces of Philanthropy; campaign coordinator, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; alumni appeals chairwoman, SUNY Fredonia Foundation; chairman, strategic and development committees, the Harley School.

Greatest influence: My husband, Joe, whose vision, determination and support is the foundation of our family's successes; Brianna and Jocelyn, whose presence is the greatest joy and best motivator; and my mother who, by example, taught us that there was nothing we couldn't accomplish.

Ten years from now: In 2013 and beyond, I envision the joy of my children fulfilling their dreams. I see them as successful, engaging and vibrant young women. Professionally, I see NorthEastern Insulation Co. Inc. continuing to serve its clients and employees with professionalism and expertise in a continued effort to make a difference in the great city of Rochester.

Heather Goodbody

Vice president and private clients group financial adviser, FleetBoston Financial Corp.

Age: 34

Education: B.S., finance, Daemen College

Family: Husband, John; two sons, 2 years and 10 months

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for establishing high-net-worth relationships and enhancing existing ones for the private clients group at FleetBoston. Services include investment and equity risk management, family office management and traditional credit and banking services.

Community leadership: Board member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong; member, Young Leaders Club steering committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, Women United steering committee and strategic planning committee, Women United Golf chairwoman, United Way of Greater Rochester.

Greatest influence: My parents and my husband have always supported all of my endeavors. The values that my parents instilled in me from a professional and personal perspective have allowed me to excel in all aspects of life. My husband's love, support, commitment and flexibility allow me to enjoy my role as wife and mother without compromising my career and community service goals; he has proven to me that the balance can be achieved.

Ten years from now: I see myself raising my boys alongside my husband, striving to achieve new career and community service goals and always learning something from everyone I encounter.

Todd Green

Vice president and senior investment officer, HSBC Bank USA

Age: 38

Education: B.A., economics and finance, Binghamton University

Family: Wife, Susan; two daughters, 19 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Manages investment portfolios for non-profits, corporate pension plans and high-net-worth individuals.

Community leadership: Board member, finance committee member and investment committee member, Alzheimer's Association; member, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; head coach, Pittsford Mustangs Youth Soccer; past finance committee chairman, Strong Children's Fund Auction.

Greatest influence: My loving wife, Susan. She has shown me what I can accomplish through hard work and an unselfish commitment to family and community. A cancer survivor, she has taught me that for every day that we have, we are blessed.

Ten years from now: I hope to have grown in my current professional responsibilities such that I have become a trusted adviser to my clients and a valued member of the community, well-respected for my knowledge, talents, commitment and service to others.

Carl Hairston

Vice president and team leader, M&T Bank Corp.

Age: 32

Education: B.S., business administration, Medaille College

Family: Wife, Tabitha

Professional responsibilities: Provides management and leadership of six business banking lenders overseeing a total loan portfolio of approximately $130 million in the Greater Rochester area, which includes the development of new business with an aggregate total loan goal of more than $45 million along with servicing an existing client portfolio.

Community leadership: Ordained minister and ministry team leader, New Life Fellowship Church; member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Strengthening Families Impact Team; board member and treasurer, North Star Commons Community Development Corp.; advisory board member, Lifespan Employment Services.

Greatest influence: Numerous people have had a great influence on my professional and civic achievements in ways they may never know. However, I must recognize God, my wife and my mother because of their encouragement, unwavering support and countless sacrifices that have played a key role in shaping who I am today.

Ten years from now: I see myself engaged in senior leadership roles, both professional and civic, that will have provided me with greater opportunities to demonstrate my commitment and passion for the community that has given so much to me.

Stan Holland

Vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Vaccinex Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., economics and English, Duke University; J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law; MBA, University of North Carolina Kenan Flager Business School

Family: Wife, Sarah; son, 2

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the accounting, finance, human resources and capital-raising activities of Vaccinex, an antibody-focused biotechnology company with 36 employees. Participates with CEO and other executives in business development and strategic-planning activities.

Community leadership: Board member, Cancer Action Inc./Gilda's Club Rochester; employee campaign coordinator and member of Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, CFO Roundtable; marketing committee member, High Tech Business Council; volunteer, Duke University Alumni Association.

Greatest influence: My family. My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and the need to make a meaningful contribution. Having a twin brother taught me not to be afraid of a little competition. My wife and son remind me daily to share in all the wonder and love that life has to offer.

Ten years from now: I hope to have contributed to Rochester's growth as an economically vibrant and civic-minded community. If work permits, more time for golf and fly fishing would be nice. Most importantly, I want to have time to travel and enjoy life with my family.

Edward Hourihan Jr.

Partner, Harris Beach LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., Siena College; J.D., Western New England College School of Law

Family: Wife, Bridget Dee; daughter, 7; two sons, 5 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Provides counsel and legal services to clients of the business and commercial litigation practice.

Community leadership: Board member, Troup Street Community Child Care Center; trustee, the Norman Howard School; board member, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc.; member, New York State Bar Association and Monroe County Bar Association.

Greatest influence: My family, my wife and her family, and the many friends and mentors at Harris Beach. Civic-mindedness was instilled in me at an early age by my parents and this value continues to be reinforced as I see family, friends, individuals at Harris Beach and in the community dedicate themselves to helping others.

Ten years from now: I see myself older, wiser and with a vibrant, challenging practice and a continued commitment to community and church.

Mary Bennett Kellmanson

Vice president of marketing and advertising, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., government, Franklin & Marshall College; MBA, marketing, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Husband, Jeff; son, 5; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities: I am responsible for bringing Wegmans positioning-"Helping you make great meals easy"-to life for our customers.

Community leadership: Member, alumni council, UR's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration; member, Marketing Leadership Council

Greatest influence: The many amazing, talented people at Wegmans who have taught me time and again that "Every Day You Get Our Best" is more than a slogan and that good people, working toward a common goal, can accomplish anything they set out to do.

Ten years from now: I see myself ... over 40!

Robert Maldonado

Vice president and private clients group financial adviser, FleetBoston Financial Corp.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Wife, Jamey; three sons, 7, 4 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Manages and administers a portfolio of private banking, investment and fiduciary trust accounts. Delivers financial planning services to high-net-worth individuals and families. Analyzes and interprets trust and estate legal instruments to ensure the transition of wealth to future generations.

Community leadership: Board member, Ibero-American Action League Inc. and Ibero-American Development Corp.; co-chairman, Success by Six Impact Team, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; committee member, YMCA-Lewis Street Day Care Center; member, Estate Planning Council of Rochester and Financial Planning Association.

Greatest influence: My mother. A single parent for many years, she provided me with the tools needed to build a successful life, the encouragement to overcome obstacles and the confidence to take pride in a job well done. She is a model of excellence and my hero; I will be forever in her debt. Te amo, Mami.

Ten years from now: I see myself as a loving husband to my wife, Jamey, as well as the proud father of three teenage boys. It will be my duty to teach them the importance of respecting others and to ensure that they embrace all that life has to offer. Professionally, I will continue to guide people and their families through the maze of financial matters.

Denise Murphy McGraw

Director of government and community relations, University of Rochester Medical Center

Age: 36

Education: B.S., SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, David; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities: Supervises local, state and federal government relations programs, as well as community relations matters, for the organization. Secures federal and state grants, advocates for health care, education and economic development legislation and raises the profile of the institution in Washington and Albany. In addition, serves as a member of the faculty for the University of Rochester's School of Nursing.

Community leadership: Member, New York State Women's Advisory Board Capital Region Council; board member, Rochester Business Alliance Inc. Political Action Committee; member, Junior League of New York State Public Affairs Committee; member, New York State Government Affairs Professionals; volunteer, High Falls Film Festival.

Greatest influence: Assemblyman Joe Morelle, Lifespan's Fran Weisberg and the Rochester Business Alliance Inc.'s Jean Kase. They have been a constant source of encouragement, opportunity and support. My mother, Margaret Leonard, taught me how to balance professional commitments and volunteerism with a strong family life. And my husband, David McGraw, makes all things possible!

Ten years from now: I see myself as a better advocate for the causes and institutions that make a difference in this community and throughout the world.

John McKenna

Managing director, J.P. Morgan Business Credit Corp.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., economics, University of Rochester; MBA, finance and marketing, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Mary; two daughters, 7 and 5; son, 2

Professional responsibilities: As head of national loan syndications for J.P. Morgan Business Credit Corp., the asset-based lending unit within J.P. Morgan, sells loan participations to other bank and non-bank lenders. The group makes large business loans of $25 million up to nearly $1 billion to a national clientele whose revenues typically exceed $100 million and reach over $10 billion.

Community leadership: Treasurer and board member, Medical Motor Service of Rochester & Monroe County Inc.; member, board of governors, Al Sigl Partners' Foundation; member, finance committee, Bishop's stewardship council, Diocese of Rochester; board member, Friends of Athletes, University of Rochester; treasurer, Gentlemen's Investment Group LLC.

Greatest influence: My parents, who ingrained a priority for family and a strong work ethic; my grandfather who taught me the importance of doing things "the right way"; and my wife, or "my life" as she likes to put it, who every day reminds me to enjoy life and to share ourselves with family and friends.

Ten years from now: I see myself first, involved helping coach my children's sports teams and volunteering to assist in their academic activities, and also in supporting my wife's career and extracurricular activities. Professionally, I would like to eventually move in an entrepreneurial direction-building a new business or creating an enterprise within a larger corporation.

Robert Moore Jr.

Vice president, information technology, PaeTec Communications Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., computer science, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Connie; two daughters, 4 and 9 months

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the strategy and operations of PaeTec's information technology department.

Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; advisory board member, Rochester Institute of Technology's Software Engineering Industry; startup mentor, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.

Greatest influence: My wife, Connie, has been my confidence and humanity. She has given me the support to pursue my personal and career goals and the grounding to understand the people we touch. My daughters, Sarah and Leah, have given me the humility of life and the joy that others may not be fortunate to possess.

Ten years from now: I see myself pursuing a technology startup, watching my children grow and learn and growing a little bit older with my wife. Helping others get the opportunities I have had.

Linda Nelson

Vice president and controller, Birds Eye Foods Inc.

Age: 39

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

Family: Husband, Luke; two daughters, 8 and 5; son, 5

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for internal and external financial reporting and internal control processes for Birds Eye Foods, a $1 billion company. Manages the general accounting, operations accounting and financial planning and analysis functions. Works to improve the finance function in policies, processes and practices.

Community leadership: Board member and Gala co-chairwoman, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; executive board member and secretary, Pittsford United Nursery School; member, Victor Parent Teachers and Student Association; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; member, New York Society of Certified Public Accountants; member, Financial Executives Institute.

Greatest influence: The biggest impact on my life happened nearly two years ago, when my oldest child, Jessie, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her strength, resilience and perseverance-along with that of the thousands of other children who face the daily challenges presented by diabetes-inspire me daily.

Ten years from now: I would love to be able to say that I've contributed in some small way to a cure for juvenile diabetes and, therefore, would be able to devote more time to other causes. Additionally, I will continue to look for challenges that expand my growth both professionally and personally.

Quentin Roach

Vice president, global sourcing and procurement, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Education: B.Sc., industrial engineering, Purdue University; MSE, management of technology, Arizona State University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Leads and manages global sourcing and procurement personnel, and develops and implements companywide strategies to improve the procurement policies and process. Develops strategic programs for supplier relationship management, supplier diversity and cost-savings initiatives.

Community leadership: Trustee, Garth Fagan Dance Inc.; board member, American Heart Association (New York State affiliate); editorial review board, Institute for Supply Management; committee member, Project Believe, Strong Health; advisory board member, Arizona State University College of Business.

Greatest influence: First, my parents, Harris and Masako. Their life examples and work ethic have inspired me throughout my educational and professional development. Second, an early supervisor and mentor, Bill Lloyd. His leadership skills and commitment are examples I continue to follow. Dwain Hahs, whose guidance is invaluable to me today.

Ten years from now: I hope to continue to grow and contribute through a leadership position within a global company. I intend to grow my involvement in the Rochester community through participation in organizations and associations that contribute to making this an exceptional place to live and work.

Kristine Roxin

Product analysis manager, Paychex Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., public administration and personnel management, Miami University, Ohio; MPA, SUNY College at Albany

Family: Husband, Rick; two daughters, 9 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Directs an analytical team in support of new product and operational initiatives. Plans, directs and implements software changes in support of the human resource services division of Paychex. Develops strategies to support the successful integration of these initiatives to internal departments.

Community leadership: President, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; leader, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley; chairwoman, Brooks Hill Elementary School fall fund raiser; school representative, Fairport School District Shared Decision-Making; area representative, Miami University Alumni Admission Task Force.

Greatest influence: My husband, Rick. While many people have been mentors throughout my career, Rick's unwavering encouragement and support have enabled me to achieve these accomplishments. Rick has always understood my need to give back to the community, even as we juggle two demanding careers and the raising of two active daughters. His partnership is inspiring.

Ten years from now: I see myself actively involved in the Rochester community and the school district activities of my children. I will feel fulfilled that I have raised two daughters who appreciate outreach and are giving back to the community.

Will Rumbold

Assistant general manager, Rochester Red Wings, Rochester Community Baseball Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., history, Binghamton University, SUNY; sport management concentration, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Assists with management and supervision of most ball club operations. Responsibilities include strategic and creative planning, advertising sales, marketing, game day operations, promotions and special events, travel and accommodations, newsletter, general writing and editing, and community functions.

Community leadership: President, Rochester Press-Radio Club and Rochester Press-Radio Club Children's Charities; member and liaison, governing boards, Special Olympics Monroe County; founder and chairman, Spikes' Hike; member, Otetiana Council marketing committee.

Greatest influence: Since my teen years, every boss I've worked for has been remarkable, but my hat's off specifically to the Red Wings' management team for its continual guidance and charitable flexibility. But more than anyone, from the beginning, it's always been Mom-Pat Rumbold-always volunteering, great work ethic and an enormous heart.

Ten years from now: I hope I'm still a baseball guy, so I can continue adding to a collection of unique professional experiences and gratifying civic endeavors. In a few years, I expect to look back with pride at having helped to organize several successful charity events that haven't even been conceived of yet!

Christopher Scott

Product development manager, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Age: 32

Education: AOS, occupational studies, Culinary Institute of America; B.S., hotel resort management, M.S., service quality management, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Patty; son, 4; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities: As the product development manager for the meat and seafood department, works at the corporate level for Wegmans Food Markets Inc. performing development and market entry functions for new products while being fiscally accountable for his projects. Enhances employee and consumer knowledge through production of video and print educational communications. Serves as culinary team member of Wegmans' Menu magazine.

Community leadership: Chairman, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; campaign coordinator, Wegmans Food Markets United Way/Red Cross campaign; firefighter, Brighton Fire Department, company 1; member, Kirk-Astor Neighborhood Association.

Greatest influence: Parents, teachers, friends, co-workers and the Wegmans family have had a great impact on my life. However, my greatest sources of influence and inspiration are my wife and children. Their love is something that I can always depend on, and consequently, this unconditional love serves as a foundation from which I draw creative energies for all of my endeavors.

Ten years from now: Continuing to be a role model for my children and an active community and business leader.

Timothy Shanahan

Vice president, client services and marketing, Clover Capital Management Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., business administration, Georgetown University; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Jessica; three sons, 4, 2 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Develops and communicates custom investment services to corporate, non-profit and individual clients. Also responsible for new business generation.

Community leadership: Member, board of managers, finance, development and corporate advisory committees, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester; member, planning giving committee, Otetiana Council Boy Scouts of America Inc.; prospect research committee member, Alexis de Tocqueville Society solicitor, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, annual Gala committee, Catholic Family Center; member, fund-raising committee, Al Sigl Center Partners Foundation.

Greatest influence: My parents and my wife. My parents showed me the importance of making sacrifices to provide a strong values-oriented foundation and lifelong opportunities. My wife, Jessica, epitomizes balancing priorities through working hard and for what you believe in across family, work and community; she is an inspiration and an example of accomplishment through action and conviction.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to learn and grow as a father, husband and person involved in and committed to the betterment of the Rochester region's business and community affairs. I see myself expanding personal and professional relationships as well as working through the challenges and opportunities that my family will experience.

Laura Jean Shipley M.D.

Pediatrician and partner, Panorama Pediatric Group RLLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., University of Rochester; M.D., University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Jeffrey Kaczorowski M.D.; son, 10; daughter, 6 months

Professional responsibilities: Provides health care for children and adolescents at the Panorama Pediatric Group and shares leadership and management responsibilities with fellow physician partners. Co-directs the Pediatric Links with the Community Program, a community outreach program focused on vulnerable children for pediatric residents and practicing physicians through the University of Rochester.

Community leadership: Co-founder and co-director, Pediatric Links with the Community; volunteer pediatrician, Mercy Outreach Center; member, Monroe County Medical Society; member, the Children's Agenda planning work group.

Greatest influence: The trust and resilience of the children and adolescents with whom I work. Children need a voice in our society. I am committed to working with other child advocates in our community to ensure that the needs of vulnerable children and youth are addressed so that each reaches his or her fullest potential.

Ten years from now: Continuing in pediatric practice and as an educator for pediatric residents and medical students, and also providing leadership to maintain and build new partnerships between practicing physicians and community-based organizations in Rochester that address both the health and social needs of children and families.

Nancy Snyder

Partner, health care and tax-exempt division, Bonadio & Co. LLP

Age: 39

Education: AAS, SUNY College at Alfred; B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Dean; two daughters, 9 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Provides auditing and business consulting services to the tax-exempt industry in Upstate New York.

Community leadership: Church council member and deacon, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School; campaign coordinator, the Bonadio Group United Way/Red Cross campaign; finance committee member, Lakeside Health System; advisory board member, Lakeside Child Care Center; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants; member, Financial Managers Association.

Greatest influence: I have been blessed with several people who have had great influence on my professional and civic achievements but my greatest influence has come from my parents. My parents taught me that being involved in my community professionally and on a volunteer basis is not only important but extremely worthwhile.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to enjoy the fulfillment that I get from my family, my profession and volunteer opportunities in the Rochester community.

Tolga Soyata

Owner and CEO, Soyata Computers of Rochester Inc.

Age: 36

Education: B.S., electronics engineering, Istanbul Technical University; M.S., electrical and computer engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., electrical and computer engineering, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Eileen; daughter, 17; two sons, 14 and 12

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of the company, including manufacturing, retail sales, corporate sales, corporate project management and technical support. Plans, directs and implements the business infrastructure of Soyata to provide progressively better service to retail and corporate clients.

Community leadership: Advisory board member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong; advisory board member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; electrical and computer engineering advisory board, University of Rochester; founding member, the Executive Committee.

Greatest influence: Several people have had a great influence on my professional achievement: my family in Turkey always valuing education and providing the direction for my career; my Ph.D. adviser, Eby Friedman, who has taught me far beyond academics; and my wife, Eileen, who has been a source of unlimited support and love.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to improve myself and my business, finding more opportunities to be involved and make a difference in the community.

Tracy Till

Partner, Butler/Till Media Services Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., journalism and business, University of South Carolina at Columbia

Family: Husband, David; two daughters, 14 and 11

Professional responsibilities: Provides strategic media planning and buying services to international, national and local advertisers and advertising agencies. Manages and directs staff of media planners and buyers, as well as local interns, in strategy development and uncovering media opportunities.

Community leadership: Board member, resource committee member, academy faculty and conference curriculum advisory committee member, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member, development and community relations committee, East House Corp.

Greatest influence: My parents. My father, Bruce Thon, worked in the advertising industry for the majority of his career. I was greatly influenced by his passion and dedication. My mother, Pat Thon, could make anyone smile; she could lift a person up and get them back on their feet again. She was a beautiful woman who never questioned why; instead, she simply asked, "What can I do?"

Ten years from now: I see myself enjoying relationships with two amazing young women-my daughters will be 25 and 21! Traveling more with my husband, David-and convincing him we should raise more animals. Witnessing the growth and stellar performances of my current staff and the interns who pursue advertising careers in Rochester.

James Vazzana

Partner, Chamberlain, D'Amanda, Oppenheimer & Greenfield LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.A., University of Rochester; J.D., University of Dayton School of Law

Family: Wife, Dina; daughter, 8; two sons, 5 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Works with family issues, providing advice and legal counsel to clients as they navigate through emotionally and financially difficult experiences. Serves as chairman of the family services department and member of the marketing committee.

Community leadership: Board member, development committee member, St. Joseph's Villa; member and chairman, Citizen's Review Panel for Child Protective Services of Western New York; member, executive and legislative committees, family law section, New York State Bar Association; member, family law section, Monroe County Bar Association; law guardian panel, State of New York Appellate Division Fourth Department; guardian ad litem for developmentally disabled children; coach, Brighton Youth Soccer.

Greatest influence: My mother, Joan, passed away a few years ago, but the life lessons she taught are with me every day. While never missing a beat at home, she cared for so many through her volunteer efforts. My wife, Dina, is a great source of energy, pride and determination. She is my inspiration and the foundation of my success.

Ten years from now: I plan to enjoy the practice of law with my partners. I will continue my education as a parent, including calculating how to pay for three college educations. But, most importantly, I will continue to work for the protection of children and the improvement of our community through active involvement in local organizations.

Christine Withers

Managing director, Saatchi & Saatchi Rowland

Age: 38

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

Family: Husband, Karl; daughter, 9; son, 7

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership and vision, directing the agency to maximize profit and ensure the highest levels of client satisfaction. Establishes short- and long-term objectives, and represents the agency with clients, prospects, the advertising community and the public.

Community leadership: Board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; chairwoman, 2004 Mental Health Association Rochester Skyway Open; auction committee chairwoman, Zoobilation 2003, chairwoman, Zoobilation 2004, Seneca Park Zoo Society; national directory advertising committee member and Eastern Region member, American Association of Advertising Agencies.

Greatest influence: The example that my parents set for me. My dad emigrated to this country from Italy in the '50s, and he and my mom made a living for themselves and a home for me and my sister from nothing except their energy, determination and their own innate skills. In terms of influence, everything else pales in comparison.

Ten years from now: There's really no telling where I will be, but I am sure that I will be in a role where I can put my energy (or restlessness, depending on your perspective) to work helping others get organized and get things worth doing done.

Andrew Young

Co-founder and principal, Pakhound Inc.

Age: 34

Education: AAS, Genesee Community College; B.S., SUNY College at Brockport; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Denise; two daughters, 5 and 2; two sons, 3 and 7 months

Professional responsibilities: Co-founded and runs company that provides business services to large-volume parcel shippers.

Community leadership: President, Micro Enterprise Assistance Committee; board member, Batavia Development Corp.; board member, Business/Education Alliance; member, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc. and Batavia Jaycees.

Greatest influence: My parents. They taught me life's most basic but most important lessons by their actions alone. They simply lived a life of honor and I had a front-row seat in the greatest classroom ever created. Who I am was made possible because of what I was given when I was young. I pray I can give my children even half of what my parents gave to me.

Ten years from now: I see myself as husband, dad and Assemblyman Young.

11/21/03 (C) Rochester Business Journal


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