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2004 Forty Under 40: 2004 honorees

Rochester Business Journal
November 12, 2004
Michele Agostinelli

Vice president, consulting practice

The Rochester Group Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of project teams on development projects; customer relationship management; sponsor of software process improvement team; responsible for employee reviews, mentoring, and coaching; requirements analyst on a development team.

Age: 35

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.A.; University of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Husband, Gino; stepson, 12; daughter, 10

Professional and community leadership: Parent coordinator, Nazareth College of Rochester Bach Children's Chorus; troop leader, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I started with the Rochester Group right after graduation from Simon. After watching the company grow exponentially during my first few years, I was interested in becoming more involved with company management. I had participated in meetings with senior management and was given the opportunity to become a partner. While I was already very busy with my current duties, partnership meant even more responsibilities, but I was eager to give it a try. In January 1997, after five years with the company, I became a partner.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Four weeks before I was to begin an accelerated program at graduate school, I was involved in a severe car accident. The social worker at the hospital advised me to postpone entry to graduate school until the following year so I would have enough time to recover. As I didn't want to delay starting school, I began that September. With the help of my parents and first-year team members, who pushed me, literally (for a few weeks in a wheelchair) and figuratively, I made it through a tough first quarter. While it wasn't my best academic work ever, I knew that since I had finished the first part of the year while still recovering from my injuries, the rest would be easy.

Favorite quote: "A witty saying proves nothing."-Voltaire



Ronald Billitier

President and owner

Billitier Electric Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Direct and oversee all day-to-day operations. Establish and implement the financial management infrastructure necessary for effective business management. Develop a marketing plan as well as a strategic plan necessary for the growth of our firm.

Age: 39

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.S., St. John Fisher College

Family: Wife, Jessica; son, 5; daughter, 2

Professional and community leadership: Trustee, St. John Fisher College, Genesee Regional Bank; board member, Monroe County Special Olympics, Peter Lawrence ALS golf tournament; member, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: After graduating from St. John Fisher College, I joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and went through a five-year electrical apprenticeship program that combined work during the day and school at night. This enabled me to learn the work in the field so that when I went into the office I could relate to the people I work with better.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Being able to step in and take over the family business successfully.

Favorite quote: "The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them." -Jim Rohn



John Billone Jr.

President

Flower City Property Management Corp.



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for all new acquisitions, budgets and financing. Work with architects and engineers on new or renovation projects. Establish bid lists and write contracts for all associated trades. Work with city, state and federal agencies to facilitate developmental programs such as Empire Zones and renewal communities.

Age: 38

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: Two AAS degrees, Alfred State University

Family: Wife, Liza; daughter, 14; son, 12

Professional and community leadership: Executive board member, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.; board member and member, Community Housing and Development Committee, South Wedge Planning Committee; board vice president, South East Area Coalition; board member, Park Meigs Neighborhood Association; member, Building Owners and Managers Association; legislative committee member, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.; member, Builder Partners

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: It's hard for me to pick out a single event. It's been more like a series of events starting out in the family plumbing business and continuing in the family development business. We work more as a team than as individuals, and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Marrying my high school sweetheart and having two beautiful, healthy children. Being married for 16 years and raising a family is much like work (in a good way, of course). Strong family relationships and bonds are lacking in today's fast-paced society. My parents raised four children with much love and instilled many quality values, and I hope to do as good of a job as they did!

Favorite quote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -Thomas Edison



James Brennan

Partner

Deloitte & Touche LLP



Current professional responsibilities: Help lead the delivery of Deloitte's services, primarily to public companies in Upstate New York. Cultivate new relationships with companies in this area. Mentor Deloitte professionals. Lead the practice's service to technology and telecommunications industry companies. Lead the deployment of Deloitte's professionals in Upstate New York.

Age: 34

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.S., St. John Fisher College

Family: Wife, Kristen; three daughters, 16, 6 and 3; two sons, 5 and 3

Professional and community leadership: Campaign Cabinet co-chairman, professional division, chairman of Business Blitz for accounting firms, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; Founders' Classic golf tournament committee member, Aquinas Institute; volunteer, Career Mentor Program

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I was admitted to the partnership of Deloitte & Touche LLP at the age of 33, the youngest partner in the history of the Rochester office. I am especially proud of this accomplishment because it reflects the trust that Deloitte and my clients have in me.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I am happily married to my wife of eight years, and I have five wonderful children and one on the way, all of whom inspire me and make me smile every day. I am very proud of all of them and proud of my role in each of their lives.

Favorite quote: "Don't try to rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled." -Antonio Machado



Michelle Cain

Principal

Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for all phases of client engagements in both assurance and tax. Act as a member of the firm's assurance committee who keeps informed of current technical developments and pronouncements and is responsible for the firm's quality control and internal inspection procedures. Participate in the firm's recruiting process, technology committee and marketing committee.

Age: 32

Hometown: Webster

College/university: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Tom; daughter, 6; son, 3

Professional and community leadership: Advisory council member, SUNY at Geneseo School of Business; treasurer, Rochester Children's Theatre Inc.; Walk-About Committee member, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Rochester Women's Network

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Through the support of my parents, my husband and the rest of my family and friends, including those at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co., I have been able to achieve a wonderful professional career as a principal in a successful, high-quality, regional accounting firm.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Being in a successful marriage with a supportive husband and raising two exceptional children has been the crowning personal accomplishment in my life.

Favorite quote: "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." -Henry Ford



Sandra Carl

President

The Parks Golf Courses



Current professional responsibilities: Direct all day-to-day operational functions, including staffing, budgeting and marketing, of the three Monroe County golf courses, pro shops and restaurants. Responsible for more than 150 employees and a budget of nearly $2 million. Teach and administer golf instruction for individuals, juniors and groups.

Age: 33

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.S., SUNY College at Oswego; LPGA certification, LPGA International (Florida)

Family: Husband, Steve; three sons, 4, 2, 6 months

Professional and community leadership: Teaching professional, Ladies Professional Golf Association; founder and executive director, the Parks Junior Golf Foundation; site director, LPGA/USGA Girls Golf; executive director, the First Tee of Rochester, New York; volunteer instructor, Boys and Girls Club, Manhattan Golf Academy and Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: In 1998, I proudly founded the Parks Junior Golf Foundation. We introduce children to the sport, particularly those who may not have access to the game, and stress very important life lessons, including perseverance, integrity and honesty.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: With the support of my family, I feel I have achieved a unique balance between raising my children (three wonderful little boys) and growing professionally in a challenging, rewarding career. I remind myself every day just how lucky and blessed I am.

Favorite quote: "Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity ... they think of you!" -H. Jackson Brown Jr.



Algimantas Chesonis

Senior vice president of finance and controller

PaeTec Communications Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: All aspects of financial and tax accounting; monthly, quarterly and annual financial reporting; financial analysis and development and implementation of metrics and analyses used by all levels of management to effectuate operational success; emerging work related to internal control environment and corporate governance initiatives; and support of financial and business due-diligence activities.

Age: 38

Hometown: Perinton

College/university: B.S., University of Delaware

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

What brought you to Rochester? The opportunity to be a part of a startup company, PaeTec, and have a role in building a company from the ground up. Those kinds of opportunities don't come along often, and I had a feeling it would be something special.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester Medical Center; volunteer commissioner, town of Perinton Recreation & Parks Commission

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Without question, being a part of the founding team at PaeTec. Designing and implementing financial systems and processes from scratch. Empowering people to improve those processes. Being part of the team that brought capital into the company. Working in an employee-focused culture, proving that being employee-oriented is also good business.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Being a father and watching my children grow and learn and sharing those experiences with them. When our youngest was born with a life-threatening heart defect (that was thankfully corrected), it reinforced how special and precious all of those everyday activities are and what a gift it is to share those experiences.

Favorite quote: "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" -Robert F. Kennedy, after George Bernard Shaw



Andrew Deubler

Associate vice president and chief development officer

University of Rochester Medical Center



Current professional responsibilities: I oversee 60 professionals raising funds for 11 areas of the Medical Center. The office of development secures a range of support, including ongoing operating to major capital and endowment funding. In fiscal 2004, the Medical Center secured in excess of $39 million in private gifts and grants.

Age: 39

Hometown: Laurens, N.Y.

College/university: B.A., Hartwick College

Family: Wife, Cathleen; two sons, 14 and 4; two daughters, 11 and 7

What brought you to Rochester? I was recruited to the University of Rochester Medical Center to oversee capital campaign projects.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, Lifespan Inc., Garth Fagan Dance Inc.; member, Association for Fundraising Professionals

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: My time at the University of Rochester Medical Center has provided me with the privilege of supporting individuals who every day help to save lives and improve our understanding of disease. Supporting Dr. Evarts, our CEO, and his leadership team is perhaps the most fulfilling opportunity I could imagine. In addition, working with benefactors who give of their time and resources to assure that our faculty and staff can fulfill their calling is truly an honor.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Without question the most satisfying accomplishment in my life I share with my wife, Cathy. The creation and raising of my four beautiful children, Zachary, Mackenzie, Abby and Griffin, will be forever the accomplishment I am most proud to celebrate.

Favorite quote: "I must not rust." -Clara Barton, founder, American Red Cross



Robert Finnerty

Chief communications officer

Rochester Institute of Technology



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for enhancing internal and external communications for the university. Oversee RIT's media and public relations programs. Executive editor of RIT's University Magazine and News & Events.

Age: 38

Hometown: Fairport

College/university: B.A., Purdue University; M.S. in progress, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Becky; two sons, 12 and 5; daughter, 8

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Catholic Courier; coach, Rochester Diamond Dawgs, Babe Ruth Baseball; advisory board member, Frozen Ropes of Rochester

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Working with teams that produce and maintain high quality. When I was metro editor of the Democrat and Chronicle, the paper won four consecutive "Best of Gannett" awards. At RIT, our University News team is consistently being recognized for its award-winning publications and great teamwork.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Finding a wife that puts up with my Irish mood swings. And, of course, our three wonderful children (when they obey their parents!).

Favorite quote: The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move."-John Wooden, Hall of Fame basketball coach and Purdue alumnus



Shirley Green

Principal, General Elwell S. Otis School No. 30

Rochester City School District



Current professional responsibilities: I am an elementary-school principal serving students in grades K-6. I am responsible for providing a safe, rich learning experience for approximately 500 students while motivating a staff of 70 to work toward their highest potential. I also maintain open, positive communication for the families and community that surround our school.

Age: 39

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.S., Delaware State University; M.S., Nazareth College of Rochester; SAS/SDA certificates, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, Thomas; daughter, 14; son, 11

Professional and community leadership: General supervisor, Young People's Department, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church; member, scholarship committee, and lifetime member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; board member, Cameron Community Ministries Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment has been being appointed as principal of General Otis School No. 30 after serving in an administrative role for only five months. After leaving the corporate world, entering into education was one of my greatest dreams. Seeing the faces of students that I have been in contact with over the past 12 years and hearing of their accomplishments gives me joy within my soul.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: My personal accomplishment that I am most proud of is being a mother, married to my childhood sweetheart. I am at events and activities that my children are a part of to show my support for whatever they do. Last year my son earned his Arrow of Lights through Boy Scouts and my daughter was privileged to earn a medal playing in the CYO Girls Basketball All-star Team. Another personal accomplishment that means a lot is being inducted into the Edison Technical and Occupational Education Center's Hall of Fame, being a 1983 graduate.

Favorite quote: "I will bless the Lord at all times, and His Praises shall continually be in my mouth."-Psalm 34:1



Sam Guerrieri

President, M&T Securities Inc.

M&T Bank



Current professional responsibilities: I am responsible for all functions of the bank's broker/dealer division: all sales, compliance, finance, product development, training, marketing and operations. Through understanding what's important to our customers, we provide investment solutions to help them meet their financial goals. M&T Securities Inc. will generate more than $75 million in revenue and more than $1.3 billion in sales in 2004.

Age: 39

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.A., University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Nancy; three daughters, 11, 10, 8

Professional and community leadership: Board and finance committee member, Memorial Art Gallery; board adviser, Gilda's Club of Rochester

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The ability to be a part of a highly talented senior management team of one of the best-managed banks in the industry.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: For me, personal and professional success begins at home with the family. To have a balance between family and a career has been a rewarding challenge. I am very fortunate to have a family that supports me in all of my goals, both personal and professional. I am blessed to be able to love what I do in my career and have the foundation at home to build on.

Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13



Michelle Hare

Public affairs specialist

State Farm Insurance Cos.



Current professional responsibilities: Coordinate, develop and assist with activities, projects and programs in various public affairs functional areas for internal and external customers. Territory includes Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and the Southern Tier.

Age: 29

Hometown: Buffalo

College/university: B.S., M.S., associate in management in progress, SUNY at Buffalo

What brought you to Rochester? State Farm relocated me to our developing Rochester operations center in September 2002.

Professional and community leadership: Board member and volunteer, Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; volunteer, Wilson Commencement Park and American Heart Association Inc.; board member, Homefront Inc.; planning committee member, 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration; member, the Links Inc.; dancer, Frances Hare's Dance Ensemble

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I'd have to say recently receiving the Governor's Traffic Safety Award. It was a great honor to be recognized on a state level for promoting traffic safety in Buffalo and Rochester. It started as a grassroots effort to get underserved individuals to pay attention to seatbelts and properly fitted carseats for their children. The award was an unexpected tribute because we were simply trying to do the right thing for the community.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Maintaining a standard. In my "younger" days, I didn't always understand some of the things my parents shared with me or made me do, but I'm glad I listened and learned from their life lessons. Because of their strong influence, I understand the importance and value of relationships, leadership, excellence and "giving back" to one's community.

Favorite quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13.



Virginia Tyler Homsy

President

Tyler Consulting Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: I oversee all operations of a consulting firm that provides planning and development services to health care organizations, non-profits and small businesses. My work includes administrative responsibilities as well as working directly with clients such as the Rochester Health Commission; Cornell Cooperative Extension; and Bonn, Shortsleeve and Gray LLP.

Age: 37

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.A., University of Rochester; M.Div., Harvard University; certificate in higher education, American College of Healthcare Executives

Professional and community leadership: Chairwoman, Canandaigua Emergency Squad; board member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and United Way of Ontario County Inc.; vestry member, St. John's Episcopal Church, Canandaigua; steering committee member, Ontario/Yates Fund for Women; committee member, Kids On Track Community Impact Team, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I consulted with Rochester General Hospital to prepare their application for Magnet designation through the American Nursing Credentialing Center. During the site review, we were told that our application was the most comprehensive and thorough application that ANCC had ever received. That was incredibly gratifying.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: In 1996 I opened a housing program for women transitioning out of domestic-violence shelters. For the first time I knew the value of opportunity and choices. Their hope and enthusiasm were unlike anything I'd ever seen. It stays with me still.

Favorite quote: "Bidden or not bidden, God is present."-The Delphi Oracle



David Koretz

President and CEO

BlueTie Inc.

Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for the vision, strategy and fiscal success of BlueTie. Serve as the company's chief technology officer, providing technical strategy and guidance to the IT teams in Rochester and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Age: 25

Hometown: Brighton

College/university: Attended Babson College and Rochester Institute of Technology

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Nazareth College of Rochester Entrepreneurial Partnership; founder, K.C. Racing; national public speaker, Forbes magazine Best of the Web

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: BlueTie was born at the height of the dot-com boom; managed to survive and, more importantly, thrive through the dot-com bust; and continued to grow, raise capital and be successful. It was an extremely difficult period of time to be a technology company, and BlueTie successfully navigated through those waters.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I drove 5,000 miles across America in a tiny, two-seat convertible for charity in the Cannonball Run, One Lap of America. It was an exhausting, exhilarating and fantastic once-in-a-lifetime experience for a great cause.

Favorite quote: "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be running."-African proverb

Laurie Leo

Chief financial officer

CGR Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: I direct all aspects of finance and administration, including budgeting, internal and external financial reporting, investment management, project management, human resources management, risk management, network administration and facilities management. I develop, implement and monitor compliance with policies to ensure operating efficiency, internal control and protection of CGR's assets.

Age: 37

Hometown: Alfred

College/university: B.S., Nazareth College of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Husband, Vincent; daughter, 9; son, 7.

What brought you to Rochester? Undergraduate studies at Nazareth College

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Wilson Commencement Park; advisory board member, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc.; advisory member, Nazareth College of Rochester Accounting Curriculum Advisory Committee; financial adviser, Thomas Creek Figure Skating Club.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Structuring a schedule that allows me to balance professional aspirations with other important priorities that are part of "who I am"-raising my family, living my faith and giving back to the community. My true measure of success will be how well I teach my children about priorities and balance.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Chronicling my parents' marriage to celebrate their 40th anniversary. My parents created an amazing family and set a high standard to follow in forging one of God's greatest blessings-family. I hope I can come close to their example as I create my own family with Vince, Miranda and Michael.

Favorite quote: "Nothing matters more than knowing God's purposes for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing them-not success, wealth, fame or pleasure." -Rick Warren, "The Purpose-Driven Life"

Marisol Lopez

Chief of staff

City of Rochester



Current professional responsibilities: I administer the operations of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services; the city's library system; neighborhood empowerment teams; Pathways to Peace, a program aimed at curbing youth violence; Teen Court; and Weed and Seed, a multi-agency approach to crime prevention and community revitalization. I am a mayoral appointee.

Age: 34

Hometown: Florida

College/university: B.S., Barry University

Family: Husband, Richard; son, 6

What brought you to Rochester? I came here to start a family.

Professional and community leadership: Board vice chairwoman, Bivona Child Advocacy Center; board member, Center for Youth Services Inc., Woman's Foundation of Genesee Valley and Rochester Step Off.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I moved to Rochester seven years ago with the hopes of finding a good place to raise a family. I knew no one except my husband's family and was fortunate to have been hired by Mayor Johnson. After five years of working for the city, I was appointed chief of staff, making me the youngest senior official and highest-ranking female in the administration.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I am most proud of my son. His demeanor and kindness are more than I could have ever asked for. He is a true reflection of the love and affection his father and I have for one another. I could have no greater personal accomplishment in life than him. He always puts a smile on my face and makes my days better.

Favorite quote: "No hay mal que por bien no venga." (There is no bad that good cannot come from.) -Unknown

Peter Mendick

Partner and chief financial officer

Mendick Associates LLC and Imperial Garden Apartments LLC



Current professional responsibilities: As partner and chief financial officer of Mendick Associates LLC and the Imperial Garden Apartments LLC, I am responsible for all aspects of real estate management, including leasing operations, employee supervision, resident relations, taxation issues, government compliance and sound fiscal management.

Age: 34

Hometown: Irondequoit

College/university: B.S., University of Rochester

Professional and community leadership: Executive vice president, the Theodore and Cashmere M. Mendick Foundation Inc.; board member, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; board member, Rochester General Hospital Foundation Inc.; investment committee member, "Partners for Progress" Capital Campaign, Rochester General Hospital Foundation Inc.; board member, Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce; board member, Center Properties of Rochester Inc.; board member, ASC/Properties Inc.; member, Irondequoit Rotary Club

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Acquisition of my first property, Imperial Garden Apartments, in 1992.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: In my capacity as executive vice president of the Theodore and Cashmere M. Mendick Foundation Inc., I was instrumental in the design and construction of the 27-bed Mendick Cardiac Evaluation Center of Rochester General Hospital. Many appreciative patient remarks serve to underscore the potential and value of philanthropy.

Favorite quote: "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." -Alexander Graham Bell

Kelly Mittiga

Vice president, regional sales manager

First Niagara Bank



Current professional responsibilities: Oversee 21 banking centers in First Niagara Bank's central New York region; coach managers to maximize effectiveness in achieving goals and objectives, customer service standards and developing a cohesive team. Chair Finger Lakes charitable contributions committee, providing human and financial resources to the communities in which we live and work.

Age: 32

Hometown: McLean, Va.

College/university: B.A., William Smith College

What brought you to Rochester? College

Family: Husband, Benny; daughter, 4; two sons, 3 and 1

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Geneva, Geneva Community Projects Inc.; co-chairwoman, March of Dimes WalkAmerica, Geneva Athena Award Program; steering committee member, City of Geneva Revolving Loan Fund; committee member; Class of 2002, Leadership Geneva

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Progressing from a teller to a regional manager in seven years. I share my experience with employees searching for the path they should take to reach their career goals. This accomplishment has meant the most to me because the things we work the hardest for are the most meaningful.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Raising our three wonderful children. I am so proud of everything they do; they manage to amaze me every day. Their accomplishments are their own, but to think that I have had a hand in how special they are is by far my greatest personal accomplishment.

Favorite quote: "The best minute you spend is the one you invest in someone else" -Successories



Syed Ahmed Mustafa

Managing partner

Team AED



Current professional responsibilities: I help coordinate a team that is responsible for selling, leasing or renting AEDs and providing the support and training required to properly deploy them. I help with the TV, radio and print advertising as well as day-to-day operations.

Age: 36

Hometown: Corning

College/university: B.A., University of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, Executive Development Program

Family: Wife, Karen; two sons, 6 and 5; two daughters, 3 and 1

What brought you to Rochester? My wife and I wanted to move to a place where we could establish ourselves outside of Corning and have the opportunity to interact with many cultures and raise our children in as diverse an environment as possible. Rochester was the only choice that still left us close to Corning, where our parents were.

Professional and community leadership: Chief paramedic, Northeast Quadrant Advanced Life Support, 2003 and 2004; firefighter/paramedic, West Webster Fire Department; board member, American Lung Association, Finger Lakes Region

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: While it has been fun to do business in China and meet senior members of multinational companies and help build telecom infrastructure throughout the world, I think the best accomplishment of late was when I was able to help a Nothnagle agent save his son from choking. What better feeling can there be than to know that the time you spent made the difference in someone's life?

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: As a paramedic, I have had the unique opportunity to make the ultimate difference in a person's life: to give them a second chance. It is hard to say which save has meant the most, so I put them together and say that I am lucky to be able to say that people walk around today because I was there. I even had the chance to deliver a baby in the field a few years ago. I also was honored to receive the New York State Liberty Award from Sen. Michael Nozzollio for my work at Ground Zero a few days after the horrific events there.

Favorite quote: "Not all who wander are lost." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Philip Pecora

President and CEO

Genesee Regional Bank



Current professional responsibilities: Lead and manage Rochester's only locally owned and operated commercial bank, focused on serving the small business and investment real estate community. Primary responsibilities include leading the bank's marketing and sales efforts, representing the bank in community activities and providing guidance/direction over the bank's financial, operational, administrative and credit underwriting activities.

Age: 34

Hometown: Webster

College/university: B.A., University of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Karin; son, 15 months

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Genesee Regional Bank; board member and volunteer, Compeer; committee member, American Red Cross "Casting for Caring;" committee member, Monroe County Special Olympics Crystal Ball

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Gaining enough confidence of Genesee Regional Bank's board of directors and shareholders to be promoted to president and CEO within the first year of joining the organization, and successfully attracting a talented senior management team and dedicated employees to the bank.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Having developed a strong network of family, friends and business associates who have helped me grow and succeed both personally and professionally.

Favorite quote: "If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done." -Vince Lombardi

William Pelino

Internal audit director

Paychex Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: At Paychex, a leading provider of payroll, human resources and benefits outsourcing, I direct a team of accounting, information systems and internal controls experts to review operations encompassing all products and services, reporting and information technology security and controls.

Age: 37

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: BBA, University of Notre Dame; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon School of Business Administration, Executive Development Program

Professional and community leadership: Treasurer and board member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; volunteer, McQuaid Jesuit High School; member, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Public Accountants and Notre Dame Club of Rochester

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The credit is shared with the CFO and my co-workers, but I am most pleased with the team of experts we have put together in the audit group at Paychex. The team is very successful in working with all disciplines in the organization.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Earning a graduate degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester while managing several large client engagements for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was my most rewarding and challenging accomplishment. Earning a graduate degree had been a goal since college and I was pleased to have succeeded.

Favorite quote: "Individual commitment to a group-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." -Vince Lombardi

Gary Phillips M.D.

Corporate vice president, global pharmaceuticals and vitreoretinal

Bausch & Lomb Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Serve as corporate officer providing global leadership for pharmaceuticals business, including: setting sales/earnings targets, market and competitive analysis, business and commercial strategy (positioning, pricing, branding), establishing R&D investment priorities, developing licensing/alliances, long-term product demand planning and regional product allocations in situations of restricted supply, and leveraging marketing resources across regions.

Age: 38

Hometown: West Chester, Pa.

College/university: B.A., University of Pennsylvania; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Family: Wife, Eleni; two sons, 8 and 3

What brought you to Rochester? My "dream job" at Bausch & Lomb

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Wilson Commencement Park; corporate board member, YMCA of Greater Rochester; member, University of Pennsylvania Medical Alumni Leadership Council; chairman, 2004 Bausch & Lomb United Way Campaign

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Providing care to 850 U.S. Navy shipmates during a six-month deployment with the Roosevelt Battle Group in support of the first Iraq conflict and Bosnian effort. I managed several critically ill patients without any deaths and received a Navy Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal for this period of service.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Nurturing a strong family in partnership with my wife. She and our children are true blessings and the bedrock for my life.

Favorite quote: "We try to remember that medicine is for the patient. We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow, and if we have remembered that, they have never failed to appear. The better we have remembered it, the larger they have been." -George W. Merck



Todd Plouffe

General manager

The Del Monte Lodge, a Renaissance Hotel



Current professional responsibilities: Manages and is responsible for total operations at the Del Monte Lodge, a Renaissance Hotel. Ensure compliance with all brand standards as required by Marriott Corp. Responsible for complete profit and loss management.

Age: 35

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.A., Michigan State University

Family: Wife, Stacie; daughter, 2

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Inc.; board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County; campaign leader, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; campaign leader, Children's Miracle Network

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: For the past three years, the Del Monte Lodge, a Renaissance Hotel, has ranked No. 1 amongst all North American Renaissance hotels in overall guest satisfaction. The Del Monte Lodge has been recognized by Marriott Corp. and has received numerous awards due to this ranking.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Being able to balance my business career and my personal life is very gratifying to me. The proudest moment I have ever had is when my daughter was born over two years ago. There is nothing more precious than spending time with her and my wife. They are the joys of my life.

Favorite quote: "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." -Calvin Coolidge



Maurice Ragland

Manager, lean manufacturing

Alstom Signaling/General Railway Signal



Current professional responsibilities: Strategizes, oversees and implements the Alstom Signaling Lean/Sigma Process Improvement Methodology. Manages day-to-day operations of the lean engineering department, engages in strategic planning to support Alstom's business planning objectives and provides assistance to business unit leadership in the planning development and coordination of improvement plans for effective and sustainable cost-saving initiatives.

Age: 31

Hometown: Buffalo

College/university: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA in progress, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Two sons, 12 and 8; daughter, 6

What brought you to Rochester? I ar-

rived in Rochester in 1991 with plans to pursue my engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Professional and community leadership: President and co-founder, Rochester Step-Off Educational Foundation Inc.; partner, Rendezvous Rochester Entertainment; owner, Ragland Realties; member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; member, Eureka Lodge No. 36, FAAM

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Of my most significant career highlights, being selected to participate in the Directed Development Program within my first three years at Xerox Corp. was the most defining. DDP was a springboard, launching my introduction into a family of high-velocity employees-an invaluable asset to a young and ambitious career.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I have been blessed and have so many reasons to be grateful, but my involvement in the co-founding and co-leadership of Rochester Step-Off Educational Foundation Inc. is my most rewarding personal achievement. 2004 marked the 10th anniversary, solidifying RSO's commitment to excellence, providing youth services to Monroe County.

Favorite quote: "To he whom much is given, even more is expected."-Unknown



Annette Reyes-Kendrick

Full-time executive MBA student

St. John Fisher College, Ronald L. Bittner School of Management



Current professional responsibilities: Previous responsibilities at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester Region were the management of the Youth Apprenticeship

Program and summer college internship programs, creation of the multicultural employee networks for Excellus employees, design and creation of diversity intranet Web site. Coordination of all diversity-related activities throughout Excellus.

Age: 31

Hometown: Chicago

College/university: B.S., SUNY at Empire State College; executive MBA in progress, Ronald L. Bittner School of Business, St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Joe; three daughters, 11, 7, 4

What brought you to Rochester? My husband, Joe

Professional and community leadership: Board member, PRIS2M (Program for Rochester to Interest Students in Science and Math), Ibero-American Action League Inc., Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County, Society for Human Resources Management, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Strengthening Families and YMCA Minority Achievers Program

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: My greatest accomplishment was having the ability to mentor and empower high school students in achieving their educational goals. Also having the ability to sit on various boards of non-profit corporations that make a difference in the lives of adults and children in the Rochester community.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Being in a loving and passionate marriage and the proud mother of three loving, respectful little girls who are the image of myself and my husband. Also, having my 11-year-old daughter, Geanna, tell me that I am her role model.

Favorite quote: "Dream of who you want to be ... but become who you dream of."-Unknown



William Smith Jr.

Partner

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP



Current professional responsibilities: Trial work and management of a varied caseload of litigation matters primarily dealing with business-related issues. Advising clients regarding business matters on a day-to-day basis. Also responsible for much of the firm's hiring as chairperson of the legal recruiting committee.

Age: 39

Hometown: Wappingers Falls

College/university: B.A., SUNY at Buffalo; J.D., Cornell Law School

Family: Wife, Laura J. Wilson; son, 4; daughter, 2

What brought you to Rochester? The business and legal environment make Rochester a great place to work, and the community is a great place to live and raise a family.

Professional and community leadership: Advisory board member, Salvation Army; Kidney Walk steering committee member, National Kidney Foundation

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being elected partner in Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP in 2000 was the career-related achievement that has meant most to me to date. Being accepted as a member of a firm with a 150-year history of serving the legal needs of the Rochester businesses and individuals at the highest level of sophistication would mean a lot to any attorney. But what means the most is being accepted to work as a partner with such a talented group of attorneys as Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP has.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: This is a tough question. Between marrying my wife, Laura, and becoming a father, no other accomplishment comes close, but I cannot pick between the two.

Favorite quote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



Gary Stafford Jr.

President and chief operating officer

Lazer Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Directly responsible for day-to-day operations of Lazer Inc., which includes three locations and approximately 60 employees. Ensure Lazer operates in accordance with the corporate objectives of our board of directors and financial institutions. Provide strategic vision and direction. Serve as sales manager. Responsible for the development of annual sales and operational budgets, marketing, sales, business and profit-sharing plans.

Age: 37

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: AAS, BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Lori; son, 8; daughter, 4

Professional and community leadership: Young Presidents' Organization, Empire State Chapter; National Association for Printing Leadership; Printing and Imaging Association of New York State Inc.; The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers; Boy Scouts of America; committee chairman, Otetiana Council, Pack 275; Better Bottom Line Industry Peer Group

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I feel my 12-year tenure at Lazer Inc. has been my most notable career accomplishment. Lazer has given me an opportunity to hone my managerial, leadership, business, sales and technical skills. Having been with Lazer when it was just eight employees and one location and having seen the transformation of almost all of our services as the industry has changed has proved a fertile professional training ground.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I feel my greatest personal accomplishment is my ability to balance my career with my family and my health. I see so many professionals today who strive so hard to achieve their career goals that they lose sight of the importance of a balanced lifestyle. Career, family, and health-each one complements and supports the other.

Favorite quote: "Success doesn't come from one brilliant idea, but from a bunch of small decisions." -Roxanne Quimby, entrepreneurial legend and co-founder of Burt's Bees (Inc. Magazine, January 2004)

Erika Stanat

Partner, trial group

Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP



Current professional responsibilities: I serve as a partner in our firm's trial group. I handle cases involving employment discrimination, design professional liability, securities, general commercial matters and trademark disputes. I also serve on our firm's hiring and associate retention and development committees.

Age: 36

Hometown: Jamestown

College/university: B.A., Bucknell University; J.D., Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University

Family: Husband, Jon; two sons, 2 and 1

What brought you to Rochester? We chose to move to Rochester after our service in the United States Army because it was between our hometowns of Jamestown and Fayetteville/Manlius.

Professional and community leadership: Major, United States Army Individual Ready Reserve; secretary, Women's Foundation of the Genesee Valley; alumni board member, reunion gift committee chairwoman and alumni class of 1990 president, Bucknell University; speaker, Law Explorer's Program, Boy Scouts of America

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: My experience as an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps was extraordinarily challenging and rewarding. I was proud to serve my country and to be associated with such an incredible organization. I am equally honored to be a part of Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP. I have the privilege of serving on a team of exceptional lawyers to protect and advance the interests of our outstanding clients.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Nothing can compare with the joy that comes from being a parent. My husband and I feel tremendously blessed to have two wonderful and happy boys.

Trudy Starr

Chief financial officer

Mercury Print Productions Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for the accounting, finance and human resource functions of the company. Participates in business development and strategic planning activities with corporate management.

College/university: B.S., St. John Fisher College

Age: 39

Hometown: Rochester

Family: Husband, Mitchell; daughter, 11; son, 6

Professional and community leadership: Treasurer and founding board member, Bivona Child Advocacy Center; finance committee chairwoman, Annual Auction of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; past board member, Pre-Trial Services Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The accomplishment that has meant the most to me has been my ability to "keep up" professionally with the talented people that I have had the good fortune work with. I have been blessed with great mentors and co-workers who challenge me to do my best.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: My greatest personal accomplishment has been that my husband and I have worked together to provide an environment in which our children can thrive. There is nothing more rewarding in life than raising happy children.

Favorite quote: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kaye Elizabeth Stone

Manager, product development/delivery

Xerox Corp.



Current professional responsibilities: Direct all day-to-day cross-functional value chain operational functions for delivery of a high-volume continuous-feed production printer with digital front-end options and accessories to support successful product launches. The goal is to increase from a 10 percent to a 40 percent market share in the continuous-feed industry.

Age: 39

Hometown: Sodus

College/university: A.S., Monroe Community College; B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, St. John Fisher College

Professional and community leadership: Member, economic development team, town of Sodus; board member, Beck & Associates

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Leading a team, for the first time in my career, of process control code engineers in developing software for one of Xerox's photoreceptor plants. The software was delivered within its QCD specifications and, best of all, customers were extremely satisfied! The team was recognized for this accomplishment; I am proud to have led that team at such a young age.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I was involved in the instantiation, development and implementation of the business plan for a family owned and operated green-waste recycling and demolition business. The business was started in 1998 and is thriving and continues to be successful. Starting this business was extremely gratifying.

Favorite quote: "There is no substitute for hard work." -Thomas Edison

James Tabbi

President and CEO

Tabtronics Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: Provide leadership and strategic direction to Tabtronics Inc., a technology-driven $5 million design and manufacturing company specializing in complex electromagnetic components for the military, avionics and high-end industrial markets. Oversee and coach managers of operations, quality, engineering and new-product development. Directly manage sales, marketing and customer loyalty functions.

Age: 39

Hometown: Geneseo

College/university: B.S., M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, 1

What brought you to Rochester? Undergraduate studies at RIT. While still in school and working, I purchased my first home in the city.

Professional and community leadership: Member, industrial advisory board, master's in manufacturing leadership, RIT; member, business advisory council, SUNY College at Geneseo's John Wiley Jones School of Business; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, N.Y. Area Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Just surviving as a small U.S. manufacturing company over the last four years was a substantial feat. Doing so while growing revenue, developing a world-class team, maintaining our ISO9000 certification and managing a strategic shift away from being a purely custom manufacturer has been my greatest career-related accomplishment.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: My degrees, earned while leading Tabtronics, had always been significant personal accomplishments. Having spent the last year raising a child with my amazing wife, I realize that being a father takes more creativity, intellect and sleepless nights than any master's! Our daughter's joyous laugh is my most meaningful personal accomplishment.

Favorite quote: "Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives." -Willa Foster

Mark Tolbert

Director of business development

Aurora Systems



Current professional responsibilities: Duties include developing the long-term strategy of the business, overseeing operations, acquiring and working with investors, creating product/advertising promotions and defining and implementing sales and marketing management.

Age: 33

Hometown: Victor

College/university: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon School of Business Administration

Family: Fiancee, Sonja Torpey

Professional and community leadership: District chief, Fishers Fire District; member, Monroe County Third Battalion, Monroe County Chiefs Association, Ontario County Chiefs Association, New York State Chiefs Association, International Chiefs Association, Optical Society of America, Society for Optical Engineering, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The cultivation of productive and lasting relationships with an exciting group of professionals. I have discovered in myself a unique ability to find and pull in collaborative talent from across multiple business sectors and disciplines. As a director of international business, the work I've done in building a worldwide network of industry experts in Asia, Europe and North America has been rewarding from both a professional and a personal standpoint and those relationships will be with me long after my career has ended.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Learning the difference between success and significance was a lesson that was presented to me by a colleague several years ago at a time when I did not understand what it meant. As I began to attain my own definition of success, it was a great personal accomplishment to finally understand that significance is the next evolution beyond success. I have since been working equally as hard to begin creating more significance in my life through all of my activities.

Favorite quote: "Significance is greater than success." -David Farrell

Lori VanAuken

Program officer

Rochester Area Community Foundation



Current professional responsibilities: Plan, execute and monitor strategic grants, community programs and initiatives in the area of early childhood education; evaluate grant proposals and make funding recommendations to board of directors; leverage national and state resources for work in early education and related areas; strategize and guide state and local early childhood advocacy efforts.

Age: 37

Hometown: Bayside (Queens)

College/university: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo; MPA in progress

Family: Husband, Eric; two sons, 10 and 10 months

What brought you to Rochester? Employment with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Professional and community leadership: Board member, development committee co-chairwoman, New York State Child Care Coordinating Council; member, Early-Childhood Development Initiative and Early-Childhood Advocacy Committee; community advisory committee member, telemedicine project, University of Rochester Medical Center; classroom volunteer, Quest School, Hilton school district

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I have been fortunate to promote and share the work of Rochester's early-childhood community at regional grantmakers' conferences, at a national Children's Defense Fund conference and in other professional forums. I am privileged to work with talented and passionate community partners who have created the highest-quality programs for 4-year-olds in the country.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: I am fortunate to see my most meaningful personal accomplishment each and every time our older son makes his baby brother laugh.

Favorite quote: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank

Beth Van Vliet

Director, direct to consumer product management

Citibank, the Student Loan Corp.



Current professional responsibilities: Responsible for marketing education funding solutions directly to students, parents and graduates to help them achieve their goals of furthering their education while intelligently managing their debt.

Age: 35

Hometown: Geneseo

College/university: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Victor; daughter, 9

What brought you to Rochester? Moved to Rochester from Long Island after attending college in the area.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Geneseo Foundation; director of Micro Soccer, coach and board member, Genesee Valley Bronze Bears Soccer Club; board member, Geneseo Friends of Art; board member and fund-raising chairwoman, SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights Roundtable; member, parent volunteer, Girl Scouts of the Genesee Valley Inc.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: While at J.P. Morgan Chase I was a key manager responsible for transitioning the retirement services business from a back-office support center to an integrated sales and service team delivering best-in-class results.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: As the director of Micro Soccer for the Genesee Valley Bronze Bears Soccer Club, I founded a program to teach fundamentals of the game to children ages 4 to 10. Today we have more than 170 participants from six different Livingston County communities participating. It has been rewarding to see their skills grow as we use fun activities to teach them the skills they'll need to become more competitive players later on.

Favorite quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Joseph Vasile M.D.

Chief of psychiatry

ViaHealth, Rochester General Hospital



Current professional responsibilities: I am responsible for the leadership of the department of psychiatry, which encompasses 30 diverse programs, including two inpatient units, two psychiatric emergency departments, and two large community mental health centers specializing in adult, older adult, child, addiction and psychiatric rehabilitation services. I also maintain a clinical practice in the area of geriatric psychiatry.

Age: 39

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.A., Yale University; M.D., SUNY at Buffalo; MBA, University of Pittsburgh

Family: Wife, Connie; two sons, 6 and 3; daughter, 5

Professional and community leadership: Trustee, Rochester Museum and Science Center; board member, Crestwood Children's Center Inc., Rochester General Hospital Foundation

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Following the closure of the Genesee Hospital, my department faced the challenge of relicensing and reopening five clinics that had existed on that campus. Amid this challenge, the Behavioral Health Network endured a massive loss of staff, which further complicated the process. Today, these programs are flourishing.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Moving back home to Rochester, starting a family and becoming part of this community in a positive and productive way.

Favorite quote: "I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution." -Wernher Von Braun

Craig Wittlin

Partner

Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP



Current professional responsibilities: I represent local and national clients ranging from startup entities to Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 companies in general business matters, mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and other financing transactions, securities matters, corporate governance and contract issues. I also serve on Harter, Secrest & Emery's management committee and our hiring committee.

Age: 37

Hometown: Buffalo

College/university: B.S., Syracuse University; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

What brought you to Rochester? My wife and I both grew up in Upstate New York. When I was completing law school, it was clear to us that we wanted to stay near family, and we focused our search on Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. We concluded, and still believe, that Rochester offers the most satisfying mix of personal and professional opportunity.

Family: Wife, Siobhan; two daughters, 10 and 7

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Geva Theatre Center; board member and consumer services committee member, United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc.; board of advisers member and co-chairman, 2004 Invest in Youth Campaign for YMCA of Greater Rochester's Camp Gorham Branch; volunteer, Temple B'rith Kodesh.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Professionally, I am most proud of my partnership at Harter, Secrest & Emery and all that our firm accomplishes for our clients. Every day that I have the opportunity to work with our talented and creative lawyers, paralegals and staff reaffirms my decision to become a lawyer and join HS&E.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Our children's accomplishments mean the most to my wife and me. Watching them work hard at school and extracurricular activities and grow into responsible, decent people who care about their family, friends and community makes us both very proud.

Favorite quote: "Character makes the man." -Joseph Bello Snyder, director, Camp Eagle Cove

Alan Wood

Realtor/broker associate

Realty USA/Rick Leasure Division



Current professional responsibilities: Leading a team of three real estate agents in providing the highest-quality real estate services available in the Greater Rochester area. Working with home sellers and buyers to put together a trouble-free real estate transaction.

Age: 39

Hometown: Pittsford

College/university: B.S., Nazareth College of Rochester

Family: Wife, Susan

Professional and community leadership: President, Ugly Disco Inc.; board member, Ten Ugly Men Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, Community Partners for Youth Inc. and Compeer Inc.; committee member, Greater Rochester Association of Realtors; member, Arbitration & Professional Standards, Industry Advocacy, 2004 Realtor Political Action Committee/IMF Fundraising Task Force, Agents Fair/Awards Ceremony, Women's Council of Realtors.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being nominated and awarded by my peers the prestigious Realtor Associate of the Year honor from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors. The Realtor Associate of the year is selected on the following criteria: the number of sales, volunteer services at the Realtors Association and commitment to community/charitable activities.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: While I have been fortunate to have success in amateur sports, the most significant event has been giving back to the community. The creation of the Ugly Disco and my involvement in the Ten Ugly Men charity events has allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in "making a difference."

Favorite quote: "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." -George Bernard Shaw

Cheryl Lynn Yawman

Executive recruiter

Employee Relations Associates

(joining in 2005)



Current professional responsibilities: I have been a professional recruiter for 14+ years. I specialize in placing Rochester's top accounting and finance professionals in new career opportunities. Employers describe their perfect candidate to me and candidates describe their dream job to me. It is then my job to make the "marriages" between them.

Age: 39

Hometown: Greece

College/university: B.S., St. John Fisher College; CPA, State of New York

Family: Husband, Philip; two daughters, 8 and 5

Professional and community leadership: Board member, board development chairwoman, Gala auction chairwoman, Sojourner House; board member, personnel committee, Nazareth Schools; board member, director at-large, Rochester chapter, New York State Society of CPAs; board member/chairwoman of corporate and academic development, Rochester chapter, Institute of Management Accountants; accounting and finance advisory board member, St. John Fisher College; religious education instructor, St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Having played a significant role in securing the next career move for over 600 accounting/finance professionals in this community. In the process, I have established strong client and candidate relationships and, in many cases, personal friendships. I feel privileged to have found a profession for which I truly have passion.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Successfully balancing my roles as wife, mother, executive recruiter and community volunteer. I hope to provide an example to my daughters that there are no limits on what they can do if they set their minds to it and that we all have a responsibility to give back to our community.

Favorite quote: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us is of very little importance when it's compared to what lies within us." -Oliver Wendell Holmes



Joseph Zappia

Senior vice president, investments; assistant branch manager

A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.



Current professional responsibilities: A financial consultant with A.G. Edwards who helps clients reach their financial goals by utilizing various investments and planning strategies. Clients include individuals, business owners, non-profit organizations and foundations. Responsible for recruiting and development for local branch office.

Age: 39

Hometown: Newark

College/university: B.S., LeMoyne College

Family: Wife, Marcia; daughter, 8; son, 3

Professional and community leadership: Advisory board member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Rochester chapter; member, chairman's council, A.G. Edwards & Sons.

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Fancy titles and awards are fine but they do not come close to the gratification of watching clients' financial goals come to fruition-parents sending their children to the college of their dreams, a couple able to retire early or a business owner who is now able to provide a retirement plan for his/her valued employees.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: Fortunately I am blessed with a wonderful family. What I find most gratifying is nurturing my children's growth and realizing that parents not only teach but also learn from their children every day.

Favorite quote: "One of the few things in life you can control is your attitude, so make every day a great day."-A friend and client

Christina Zazulak

Executive director

Center Information Services Inc.

(An Al Sigl Partnership Agency)



Current professional responsibilities: Strategizes all IT operations for Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc., Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc., the Arc of Monroe and CP Rochester. Directs all day-to-day and operational functions of CIS, including budgeting, staffing and contract negotiations. Responsible for coordinating all of the partner agencies' collaborative IT efforts and development of new business.

Age: 37

Hometown: Rochester

College/university: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; Executive MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Center Information Services Inc.; member, cultural competency and strategic planning committees, Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc.; advisory board member, Al Sigl Center's Center Training Services; member, HIPAA committee, Cerebral Palsy Affiliates of New York State; member, CIO Roundtable; volunteer, Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services' mentoring program, Rochester Institute of Technology

Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: In the four years that I have led CIS, my team and I have saved the Al Sigl partnership over $890,000. Ultimately, these resources are utilized for programs and initiatives that enrich the lives of the consumers and families we serve. This is something we can all feel good about.

Most meaningful personal accomplishment: My most significant personal accomplishment is having earned my Executive MBA. The Simon School's program was rigorous and challenged me to realize my full potential. I was able to interact with many of the finest educators and leaders and establish longstanding friendships with these admirable individuals.

Favorite quote: "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?" -Hillel

11/12/04 (C) Rochester Business Journal


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