CEO, Rochester Genesee Regional
Education: B.A., SUNY College at
Family: Wife, Jeanie
Professional responsibilities: Manages a $60 million, 775-employee public transportation system with 10 subsidiary corporations spread across a seven-county region. Coordinates activities of the senior management team to realize strategic vision and implement model governance principles for public authorities.
Community leadership: Board member, SUNY College at Brockport Foundation; treasurer, Greater Rochester Community Transportation Foundation
Greatest influence: My parents, without question. They raised four children on a small family farm with a very modest income. They had no health insurance and no outside assistance but taught us over and over again that there were far more important things in life than simply ourselves. Those lessons have proven to be invaluable in public service.
Ten years from now: I expect to have fully implemented RGRTA's state-of-the-art customer service programs and stabilized public funding sources and to have the opportunity to take the business-like, private-sector approach that we have brought to the public sector and expand that management technique to other public agencies.
Attorney, chair of domestic
relations and family law division, Gallo & Iacovangelo LLP
Education: B.A., psychology, York University, Toronto; J.D., Syracuse University
Professional responsibilities: Represents clients in matrimonial and other domestic relations cases as well as a wide variety of cases including plaintiff's personal injury, insurance and municipal law, and police liability.
Community leadership: Board member; Mental Health Association of Rochester/ Monroe County Inc.; India Community Center of Rochester Inc.; legal adviser, Eastridge Senior High School Mock Trial Team
Greatest influence: My parents. They led by example and taught me that through hard work, perseverance and faith, I can achieve any goal I set out to attain. They inspired me to pursue success yet to maintain a sense of balance and to not lose sight of my priorities.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to represent clients with the same level of enthusiasm and consideration that I believe I devote to them now. I look forward to taking on more responsibility at the firm and hope to continue to contribute to its growth. I will continue to be involved in making this great community even better.
M.D. Co-director of Pediatric Links with the Community program, assistant professor of pediatrics, department of pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Education: B.S., biochemistry, University of California at Los Angeles; M.D., University of Wisconsin; master's of public health, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Rachael
Professional responsibilities: Co-directs the Pediatric Links with the Community program, which teaches community health and child advocacy to physicians, psychologists and nurse practitioners, and oversees several community pediatrics pilot projects. Researches social and environmental causes of illness in children.
Community leadership: Chairman, Finger Lakes Regional Community Asthma Network; board member, American Lung Association of New York State Inc.; member, Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County
Greatest influence: My parents had the greatest influence on my life. They survived atrocious conditions in Europe during World War II. But rather than being bitter over everything they lost, they taught me to appreciate simple things and enjoy life.
Ten years from now: I will be helping leaders in Rochester's private, government and non-profit sectors to generate a positive feedback loop of health and wealth for the region.
Chief investment officer and
partner, Alesco Advisors LLC
Education: B.A., English, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Nipa; son, 2
Professional responsibilities: Directs Alesco's investment policies, performs due diligence on investment products, manages client portfolios, maintains client relationships and co-manages the firm.
Community leadership: Vice president and board member, CFA Society of Rochester; treasurer and board member, People Rebuilding and Living in Dignity Inc.; board member, Lifetime Assistance Inc. and YMCA Childcare at Lewis Street
Greatest influence: It takes a village to raise a 33-year-old businessperson. My life is a mosaic, shaped tremendously by the influence of my parents, brother, uncles, mentors, and of course my wife, Nipa.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to build trusting client relationships by providing low-cost, tax-efficient investment solutions. I plan to remain active in local community organizations and will strive to be a positive role model for my children.
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Education: B.S., industrial and labor
relations, Cornell University; J.D., SUNY College at Buffalo
Family: Wife, Marlene; two sons, 7 and 5
Professional responsibilities: Provides legal counsel and representation to
businesses and people in commercial and complex business litigation and construction law.
Community leadership: Member, Field of Hope Gala and task force committees;
volunteer at Jerry Lewis Telethon, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York Inc.; community board member, Rochester Oratorio Society Inc.
Greatest influence: My family has been the greatest influence in my life. My parents taught me old-fashioned values. My wife instills in me an ethic to work hard every day. My sons inspire me to work for a better future.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to focus on my family, my clients and my community in many of the same ways but also through new endeavors-and hopefully fitting in a little more golf and travel too.
Senior vice president, Partners + Napier Inc.
Education: B.S., management science, SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Christine; daughter, 9; son, 6
Professional responsibilities: Serves as lead strategic planner/account director for key agency brands including Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester Region and Bausch & Lomb Inc., with responsibility for development of marketing strategies and their execution. Plays a role in new business development and has supervisory responsibility at the agency.
Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Education Foundation and Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; advisory panel member, Veterans Outreach Center Inc.
Greatest influence: My wife, Christine-high school sweetheart turned true lifelong companion. She helps me see beyond daily business and brings clear perspective when it is needed most. Secondly, my mom, Jean. She personifies and demonstrates an exceptional work ethic with integrity worthy of envy from any professional. Thank you both.
Ten years from now: I will be a managing partner at Partners + Napier, working with smart people and exciting brands. I'll remain a proud parent and dedicated husband. I look forward to being in great shape, a decent golfer and perhaps holding a public office. Then again, I have always loved geology.
Senior manager, KPMG LLP
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College
Family: Fiance, Jim Bianchi
Professional responsibilities: Lead manager on the audit of a multibillion-dollar international public company, coordinating worldwide audit efforts. Serves as the primary recruiter for KPMG's Rochester office, hiring both recent college graduates as well as experienced professional staff. Community leadership: Board member, the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton; member, Duplessis/Wolfe Accounting Society, St. John Fisher College, St. John Fisher accounting awards banquet committee and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Young Leaders Club
Greatest influence: My parents have been the greatest influence in my life, teaching me to be confident in my abilities and to set my sights high. They have supported me completely as I have worked towards each new goal, and by their example, I have learned that with hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a wife and a mother, facing the next challenge in life ... how to balance my career and my family. I believe that I will continue to be a leader in the community, giving my time and resources back to those organizations that have helped me reach this milestone.
Vice president for advancement, Roberts Wesleyan College
Education: B.A., history, Roberts Wesleyan College; master's of public administration, SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Wife, Beth; two daughters, 5 and 2; son, 1
Professional responsibilities: Identifies, cultivates and solicits major gift partners. Involved with other vice presidents in budgeting, planning and administration. Supports Roberts Wesleyan College president John Martin in the areas of trustee nomination and board development, administrative oversight and leadership of alumni relations, development, planned giving, special events, publications and graphic design.
Community leadership: Chairman, Promised Land capital campaign, First Bible Baptist Church; district chairman, board member, merit badge counselor, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; treasurer, Rochester AM Rotary; assistant coach, Happy 5 Soccer, First Bible Baptist Church
Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my life has been my father and mother. They taught me hard work, Christian values and kindness to others. Peter McCown, a former boss, had a great deal of influence on me professionally and I owe him immensely for his generous investment in my career.
Ten years from now: I have never planned very far into the future. I try to take advantage of the opportunities each day brings. I do plan to earn my Ph.D. and will more than likely be involved in another capital campaign for Roberts Wesleyan College.
Project director, the Pike Co. Inc.
Education: B.S., architectural technology, New York Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Marilyn; two sons, 9 and 8; daughter, 5
Professional responsibilities: Provides construction management services for public and private clients during the planning, design and construction phases of a capital project. Manages and supports a team of 15 construction professionals who deliver quality, cost and schedule control. Develops business opportunities and maintains relationships with design professionals in the northeast regional market.
Community leadership: Board member, Highland Park Conservancy; facility committee member, Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc.; associate member, American Institute of Architects; captain, Friendly Sons & Daughters of St. Patrick; member, Browncroft Neighborhood Association
Greatest influence: My mom, Gertrude Buckley, has been the greatest influence in my life. She raised eight children on her own, after my father passed away. She demonstrated, by quiet example, the power of family and faith, along with the value and nobility to be found in hard work. Her strength and compassion continue to inspire me.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a proud and loving father, as well as a supportive husband, first. I also hope to add more "friends" to the list of clients with whom I have worked so closely at the Pike Co. I will continue to work to improve our city, in the Jesuit tradition of "Men for Others."
Executive director, South Wedge Planning Committee Inc.
Education: B.S., communications, SUNY College at Brockport; master's of social science, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Catherine; son, 4
Professional responsibilities: Supervises a staff of volunteers and consultants. Accountable to a citizen-led board of directors. Facilitates neighborhood-based planning. Provides quality services that improve housing, encourage small business and build a safe and attractive community. Raises funds for the organization and oversees an annual budget of $500,000 to $750,000 annually.
Community leadership: Member; Laurelton United Presbyterian Church, Monroe County Democratic Committee, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Sector 6; founding father, Sigma Alpha Mu-Delta Iota Chapter, SUNY College at Brockport
Greatest influence: My parents, who taught me leadership and dedication-you only lose if you give up; my wife, Cathy, who helped me see the path; my son, Ben, who proved to me that courage has no age requirement; and the many different people of the South Wedge, who show every day what it means to be a community.
Ten years from now: I see myself doing whatever I can to help Rochester reach its full potential. The best days are yet to come. And I see myself taking pride in helping my son achieve his goals.
Trial attorney, Harter, Secrest
& Emery LLP
Education: B.A., history, Canisius College; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Andrea; daughter, 1
Professional responsibilities: Represents clients in matters in federal and state courts, including a wide range of business disputes, non-competition claims, health care litigation, construction litigation, patent infringement actions and products liability defense. Serves in a number of leadership capacities at the firm.
Community leadership: Chairman, parish council, St. Louis Church of Pittsford; board member, Canisius College Alumni Association, Rochester chapter, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Rochester chapter; member, Monroe County Bar Association litigation council, diversity committee and Academy of Law
Greatest influence: My mom, Rena, sacrificed to insure I received a solid education and instilled in me the values of hard work and genuine care for others. My wonderful wife has helped me find the right balance of work and home life and has always selflessly motivated me to strive for the top.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a dedicated husband and father. I will inspire my children to have a sense of pride in the community. I also will be working very hard to grow and strengthen the law practice at Harter, Secrest & Emery and to maintain my civic involvement.
President and CEO, Express Press
Education: B.S., human ecology and
consumer affairs, the Ohio State University
Family: Fiancee, Rachel Rosen
Professional responsibilities: Identifies new directions and establishes opportunities for Express Press. Oversees the staff, drives sales efforts, develops new marketing concepts and works with clients. Actively networks with a variety of national industry groups and local associations. Acts as a digital printing consultant to many local companies.
Community leadership: Board member, Young Leadership Division chairman, the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester and Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges; immediate past president of the Ohio State University Rochester Area Alumni Association; committee member, Jewish Home of Rochester and Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.
Greatest influence: My parents, Joan and Bob Clar, taught me to adapt to change and remain disciplined amidst challenge. They instilled in me a strong ethical code and set an example for me to recognize and learn from mistakes, which are often our greatest lessons.
Ten years from now: I will be a devoted family man and a successful entrepreneur, adapting to industry change, market trends and new technologies as they arise. My community involvement is extremely important to me: 10 years from now it will remain a cornerstone of who I am.
Vice president and co-owner, Metrix Marketing Inc.
Education: B.A., public communication, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Husband, Ron; two sons, 8 and 5
Professional responsibilities: Directs operations of an advertising agency,
including the development of new business, streamlining operations and continuously improving customer service. Works with public health, social services and non-profit agencies to develop science-based social marketing campaigns.
Community leadership: Board member and communications chairwoman, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International; board member and publicity chairwoman, Food Allergies: Coping, Teaching, Supporting Upstate/Rochester New York Region; member, Healthy Teen Network
Greatest influence: My parents, Frank and Mary Ann Pearl, who taught me the value of honesty, loyalty and hard work, but more importantly, giving. My husband, who believes in me more than the sun will rise tomorrow and my children, who remind me daily to make time for fun and love unconditionally.
Ten years from now: I will be managing Metrix Marketing's emergence as a leader in improving America's health and well-being through public health and social marketing. I also will remain active in the causes I believe in-namely helping the parents of children with food allergies and finding a cure for Type-1 diabetes.
Portfolio manager and partner, Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC
Education: B.A., economics, Georgetown University
Family: Wife, Meghan; son, 7
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for direct management of client portfolios, oversight of client relationships and new business development. Conducts security analysis and portfolio construction as a member of the firm's investment committee, in addition to providing strategic direction as a member of the firm's steering committee.
Community leadership: Board vice president and member of finance committee, Genesee Waterways Center Inc.; co-chairman, 2005 McQuaid Building A Scholastic Heritage fund-raiser; president, Georgetown University Club of Rochester; member, development committee, House of Mercy; volunteer coach, Pittsford Little League
Greatest influence: My parents, Philip and Catherine, for their abiding faith, their love of family and friends, their unequivocal respect for others, and their profound integrity; and my wife, Meghan, for her loving encouragement, and for her example of unwavering strength and selfless devotion to family, friends and profession.
Ten years from now: I see myself contributing integrally to the success and character of Cobblestone Capital and its import in our community. Personally, I hope to continue to share special memories with family and friends and expose my son to a broader society for which he bears responsibility as a citizen and future leader.
Vice president and chief financial officer, Toshiba Business
Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Doreen; two sons, 10 and 7
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all financial and administrative matters, including accounting, financial reporting, information technology, asset management, budgeting and forecasting, and internal control. Oversees a staff of 18.
Community leadership: Board member, Financial Executives International and Avon Cub Scouts; member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants, American
Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of CPAs; volunteer coach for Avon Little League Baseball
Greatest influence: I have been blessed to have had many wonderful positive influences in my life, including my parents and grandparents, my professors at both Geneseo and RIT, and, of course, my very special wife of 14 years and our children, Jeffrey and Nicholas, who inspire me each and every day.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to take an active leadership role in the Rochester and Avon communities. Doreen and I will be counting down to our 25th wedding anniversary, our boys will have become young men, and my career at Toshiba will have continued to develop and grow.
Design for Lean Six Sigma program manager and time-to-market process manager, Xerox Corp. Xerox Engineering Center
Education: B.S., mechanical engineering, master's in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, Cornell University; MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
Family: Husband, Harry; two sons, 4 and 2
Professional responsibilities: Leads the development of the Design for Lean Six Sigma program to enhance the skills of 4,000 product development professionals and develop the supporting infrastructure to design offerings efficiently, effectively and predictably.
Community leadership: Chairwoman, Xerox Innovation Group's Women's Council; corporate advisory board member, International Council on Systems Engineering; organizer, BGO Technical Women's group; volunteer, Penfield Village Nursery School and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Day of Caring
Greatest influence: My parents, for setting high expectations; my husband, Harry, for keeping family as the top priority; my brother, for demonstrating how enthusiasm for your work trumps obstacles every time; Gladwell for proving one person can create change; and Gardiner and my children for reminding me we have an obligation to try.
Ten years from now: I will continue to raise expectations for myself, focus on leadership and excellence in execution in whatever I'm doing, set a positive example for my children, have some fun and maybe surprise a few people along the way.
Vice president, JC Jones &
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Ellen; son, 4; daughter, 9 months
Professional responsibilities: Provides performance improvement consulting services for public and privately held companies, including Sarbanes-Oxley
consulting, profit improvement and turnarounds for distressed companies, mergers and acquisition support, strategic information technology services and driving strategic value from internal audit functions.
Community leadership: Development committee member, Saint's Place, St. Louis Parish Outreach Ministry; accounting advisory board member, St. John Fisher College; fund-raising volunteer, McQuaid Jesuit High School; chairman, Rochester Public Company Sarbanes-Oxley Roundtable
Greatest influence: My parents, with the example of their lives, taught me to love, respect others and recognize the importance of family and value of hard work. McQuaid Jesuit High School reinforced and nurtured these values and taught me a meaningful life must embrace service of others.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to grow JC Jones into a world-class international consulting firm, driving value for my customers. As a father and husband, I will provide my family with the same gifts and lessons that were given to me. I will expand my role as a community leader.
Assistant county executive,
Education: B.A., biblical languages,
Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Family: Wife, Devan
Professional responsibilities: Serves as senior adviser and administrative aide to Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and as liaison for the county executive to the county Legislature, other local officials and community organizations. Responsible for developing and implementing the administration's legislative program, lobbying, policy development and special projects.
Community leadership: Councilman, town of Greece; past vice chairman, congregation, current member and adult education instructor, Hope Lutheran Church; member, Greece Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Rotary Club and Monroe County Planning Board
Greatest influence: God, who daily provides strength and inspiration; my beautiful wife, Devan, for her love, support, encouragement and partnership; and my parents, John and Ellie Helfer, who continue to be examples to me, for providing a loving home and a firm foundation.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a husband and father dedicated to his family, a citizen actively engaged in his community and a professional continuing to work alongside elected officials, civil servants and volunteers committed to making our community an even better place.
Richard Henry III
Vice president, Clark Patterson
Education: B.S., civil engineering, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Deidre; two sons, 12 and 8
Professional responsibilities: Manages a staff of 20, including five project managers, and is currently the designated principal-in-charge for more than 70 projects. Plays a role in Clark Patterson's business development efforts and the firm's overall management and decision-making process.
Community leadership: Board member and chairman, legislative committee, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce; member; American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association and American Consulting Engineers Council; coach, Warsaw Kiwanis Baseball League
Greatest influence: My parents, who taught me that determination, discipline, work ethic and a sense of responsibility are the keys to being successful in life. My wife and kids, who love me unconditionally and keep me grounded.
Ten years from now: My wife and I will continue to volunteer our time in different organizations to improve the community we live in. I will continue in my leadership role at Clark Patterson, building on our firm's success.
Senior vice president and manager of commercial banking, Genesee Regional Bank
Education: B.A., economics; B.S., finance, SUNY Buffalo; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Wife, Christine; daughter, 6; son, 3
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for managing the commercial banking activities of the bank. Manages a team responsible for providing lending, depository and cash management services to companies in and around Rochester.
Community leadership: Board member, Lifetime Assistance Foundation; member, Rochester Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business Administration; committee member for annual gala luncheon and headliner speaker series, strategic planning committee member, Small Business Council of Rochester
Greatest influence: My mother, who was a nurse, educator and student, and taught me the value of hard work, perseverance and giving back. My wife, for her support and showing me the value of giving back to those less fortunate. My children, for their unending love and helping me stay focused on the importance of family.
Ten years from now: The father of two great teenagers and a lucky husband
celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary. Continue to play a large role in the growth and success of Genesee Regional Bank and giving back to this great community. Continue working on "getting a golf game."
Director of operations,
QED Technologies Inc.
Education: B.S., electrical engineering, GMI Engineering Management Institute, now known as Kettering University, Flint, Mich.; M.S., industrial engineering, Stanford
University; MBA, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Tricia; two sons, 5 and 3
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for manufacturing, engineering, product development and project management activity for a manufacturer of high-tech optical polishing and metrology equipment. Manages relationship with a strategic alliance partner in Germany. Develops business processes to facilitate continued growth. Provides strategic direction and leadership for the company as a member of the senior management team.
Community leadership: Board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; vice president of member relations and programs, Association for Operations Management; volunteer, Fairport Little League
Greatest influence: As a child, my parents instilled a foundation of ethics and taught me the importance of hard work, education and community involvement. As an adult, my wife has helped me better understand life's true priorities and pleasures. As a professional, I have learned how to lead from several extraordinary individuals.
Ten years from now: I see myself working to create opportunities for my company, my colleagues and my family, while also continuing to serve the Rochester community. Along with my wife, I will be enjoying our teenage sons and working to instill in them the values and beliefs that our parents gave us.
Hoffman Moka Lantum M.D.
Safety assessment group leader
Health and Environmental
Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Co.
Education: M.D., University of Yaounde I, Cameroon; Ph.D., University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Cheryl Kodjo M.D.
Professional responsibilities: Manages toxicology testing services that support new substance notifications and product stewardship for consumer products and medical devices. Serves on the Leadership Winning and Inclusive Culture Steering team and as president-elect of Network North Star Inc., the African-American employee network.
Community leadership: Member, steering committee, African-American Leadership Development Program, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; national advisory board member, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology; board member, United Nations Association of Rochester; community advisory board member, Community Outreach and Education Program, Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Rochester
Greatest influence: M.W. Anders, my thesis adviser who taught me critical thinking as a scientist. Hays Bell, retired senior vice president at Kodak who appointed me to my first leadership role. Michael Finney, who mentors me on community networking and executive leadership, and Garth Fagan, who mentors me on leveraging cultural heritage for personal growth and community involvement.
Ten years from now: Leading a major U.S.-based company in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to forge business opportunities in Africa. Being a father of two children enrolled in the Rochester City School District, preferably.
Administrative director for clinical services, Golisano Children's
Hospital at Strong, University of Rochester Medical Center
Education: B.A., economics, SUNY College at Geneseo; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Husband, John Schultes; son, 6
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the development and successful operational and fiscal management of clinical programs for the Golisano Children's Hospital and University of Rochester department of pediatrics.
Community leadership: Board member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, New York Inc.; former board member, National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children; former steering committee member, Bivona Child Advocacy Center
Greatest influence: My parents for providing me with values, life experiences and motivation to achieve. My husband and my son for keeping me grounded and enjoying life. Kathy Parrinello and Elizabeth McAnarney for their true mentorship, integrity and leadership and reminding me to ask myself each day how my actions in my position serve and improve the health of the community.
Ten years from now: At that time I will be sending my son off to college and missing the heck out of him. I am excited about not knowing what the journey will bring.
CEO and founder, Next Step
Education: B.A., communications and
advertising, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Luisa; son, 2; daughter, 8 months
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for daily operations, including supervising and mentoring staff, student interns, advertising sales, editorial and long-term strategic planning.
Community leadership: Chapter founder and president, Young Entrepreneurs Organization; board member and membership chairman, Nazareth College of Rochester's Entrepreneurial Partnership; board member, ROC City Coalition, Small Business Council of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and the Workforce Investment Board.
Greatest influence: My parents, wife and in-laws all support my entrepreneurial spirit and desire to give back to the community. I was brought up to do whatever I wanted to do, as long as it was good for people and that I strive to be the best at it. My wife has continued that support.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a proud father who is about to become nervous as his kids enter their teenage years. I see my wife and myself strategizing on how to raise our kids to reach for the stars while keeping them grounded in values and integrity. Next Step Publishing will be in its 20th year. I see our product line helping youth all over the world.
Director, data network
implementation, PaeTec Corp.
Education: B.S., electrical engineering, Clarkson University; M.S., electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Anne; three daughters, 8, 3 and 1
Professional responsibilities: First staff member involved in PaeTec's foray into delivering data services, enabling it to become one of the first telecommunication carriers offering broad-based integrated voice and data services. Leads the team responsible for provisioning, supporting and implementing PaeTec's broad range of data services.
Community leadership: Member, SportsNet Advisory Board, Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc.; chairman, Terry Meath Memorial Golf Tournament
Greatest influence: My parents and brothers, who have taught me the importance of faith and family. My wife and our three daughters, who fulfill my life and help me understand my priorities. My nephew Kyle, who has cerebral palsy. His courage and positive outlook help me to keep things in perspective.
Ten years from now: I see myself enjoying an active role in my daughters' lives and supporting my wife in her successful career. I envision "giving back" through an increased contribution to community service. I look forward to continuing my contribution to the success of PaeTec and its employees.
Financial adviser, retirement
planning specialist, Morgan Stanley
Education: B.S., accounting, Le Moyne
Family: Wife, Dawn; son, 4; daughter,
Professional responsibilities: Provides clients with wealth management solutions, works with affluent families and organizations to preserve their wealth, grow their assets and leave a legacy. Understands client's objectives, risks and goals, develops a strategy and implements a customized comprehensive investment plan.
Community leadership: Member, board of trustees, Hillside Children's Foundation; member, Rochester Business Classic Committee; volunteer, McQuaid Jesuit High School alumni committee and Le Moyne College Rochester alumni chapter
Greatest influence: My parents. James (deceased) and Margaret have taught me the true meaning of friendship, love, character, hard work and integrity. I cannot thank them enough for their everlasting impact on my life. My wife, Dawn, and my children who always put a smile on my face and drive me every day to strive for excellence.
Ten years from now: I see myself and my wife, Dawn, watching our children, God willing, living a healthy, active and joyful life. Staying committed to many Rochester community organizations. Continuing the success of my business, working with families, organizations and area businesses to achieve their financial goals and maintaining my hard work ethic.
Chief financial officer, Monroe Plan for Medical Care Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, SUNY Albany; MBA, Clarkson University
Family: Wife, Kelly; son, 8; daughter, 6
Professional responsibilities: Participates on the senior management team and provides both tactical and strategic organizational leadership. Oversees general accounting, audit, budget, investment services, financial planning and analysis. Manages provider contracting and provider relations for a 15-county service area in partnership with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Rochester Region.
Community leadership: Executive board member, finance chairman and treasurer, Continuing Developmental Services Inc.; board member and elections committee member, Rochester International Council
Greatest influence: My parents who taught me to be resilient and to pursue all opportunities in my personal and professional life. My wife, whose love, support and flexibility have shown our family what it means to build a life on a foundation of core values. Without her support, I would have been unable to pursue my professional goals.
Ten years from now: I see myself and my family as an integral part of the Rochester community and a strong proponent for the success of my family in education, social awareness and community engagement. I will continue to play a meaningful role in expanding health care access to those without employer-sponsored health insurance.
Partner and CPA, Davie, Kaplan, Chapman & Braverman P.C.
Education: BBA, Siena College, Loudonville
Family: Wife, Caroline; two sons, 8 and 6; daughter, 4
Professional responsibilities: Provides accounting and tax services to closely held businesses and their owners. Oversees staff performing accounting, auditing and tax engagements. Assists in the management of the accounting and auditing department.
Community leadership: Board member, past club president, vice president and
chairman, Centennial Project, Irondequoit Rotary Club; past board member and chairman, membership benefits committee, Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce; member, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.'s Small Business Council Executive
Development Roundtable Program; assistant den leader, Cub Scout Pack 163
Greatest influence: My parents, Don and Mary Kay. Mom suffered from multiple sclerosis. She maintained a positive attitude throughout her illness and Dad was always by her side. She passed away in 1992. Mom's bright spirit inspires me; Dad is kind and generous to everyone he meets and is a great Grandpa.
Ten years from now: Enjoying time with my loving wife, our three wonderful teenage children and a great bunch of relatives, friends and clients. I will have helped my firm and its clients prosper. I will have an active role in giving back to the community that has given so much to me.
Director, cultural competence and training, Catholic Family Center
Education: B.S., sociology, SUNY College at Buffalo; MSW, Syracuse University
Family: Husband, Maurice; son, 8
Professional responsibilities: Chairs the agency's diversity and cultural competency committee and the agency training team. Assists in development and facilitation of management enrichment program initiatives and workshops. Develops and manages budget for agency diversity and training initiatives. Leads strategic planning initiatives related to diversity and training. Coordinates and supervises basewide programs in the Air Force Reserves.
Community leadership: President, Theta Omega Sigma Graduate Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; board member, Rochester Step Off Educational Foundation; member, recruitment and selection committee, African-American Leadership Development Program; member, Heritage Observance Committee, Air Force
Reserves and Greater Rochester Diversity Council
Greatest influence: My grandparents have provided the foundation on which I so firmly stand today. My husband and son are my current sources of inspiration and they have the largest impact on decisions that I make for the future.
Ten years from now: I definitely see myself as a leader in the community, an author of some type of inspirational book for the generations to come and as a visionary and change agent advocating for the rights of human beings.
Director, business operations,
Frontier Communications Inc.
Education: B.S., business administration, SUNY Albany; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Wife, Terri; three daughters, 7, 7 and 5; son, 2
Professional responsibilities: Directs the financial planning and analysis function for Frontier Communications' Rochester region. Manages the pricing function for a full range of technical commercial products, including traditional voice, ethernet, dedicated Internet, metropolitan area networks, CyberCenter and local networking solutions.
Community leadership: Board member, finance committee, Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc., member, annual event committee, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester Inc.; finance committee, St. Paul of the Cross; coach, Honeoye Falls Young Girls Softball League
Greatest influence: My family. My wife, Terri, and my children, who keep me grounded with life's true priorities. My parents, Ken and Kathi Northrup, who instilled in me a strong work ethic and emphasized the importance of integrity and kindness.
Ten years from now: I see myself as the proud father of two high school seniors, a sophomore and an 8th grader. Terri and I will be celebrating 18 years of marriage. I will be continuing to work hard to drive success, personally, professionally, and in the community while having as much fun as possible.
Director, human resources,
Catholic Family Center
Education: B.A., psychology, SUNY College at Geneseo; MSW, Marywood University, Scranton, Pa.
Family: Husband, Steve; daughter, 13 months
Professional responsibilities: Manages the HR function for 380 employees in 16 locations, with an agency budget of $17 million. Member of the senior management team. Responsible for employee relations program, assurance of compliance with personnel policies, compensation and benefits management. Plays leadership role in accreditation, continuous quality improvement process and the development of core competencies.
Community leadership: Board member and president, Friendship Children's Center; member, human resources committee, Alternatives for Battered Women Inc.; member, Society for Human Resource Management, national and Genesee Valley chapters
Greatest influence: My parents for instilling self-confidence and a strong work ethic. The unwavering support of my husband over 14 years as my partner and best friend, and my daughter for teaching me patience, balance and love at a whole new level. My mentors at Catholic Family Center who have guided me personally and professionally.
Ten years from now: Continuing to be a positive influence in the non-profit arena on an agency, employee and community level. I will make a positive impact on the community through board and membership participation. Most importantly, I will be raising our daughter with good morals and values and proudly watching her grow into an independent, confident person.
Executive vice president, Northeast division, AXA Advisors LLC
Education: B.S., business management, Niagara University
Family: Wife, Georgia; daughter, 3; son, 6 months
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the growth of the Rochester branch office, overseeing more than 60 advisers and eight staff members. Manages day-to-day operations, recruits experienced and new advisers to the team, supports existing advisers to ensure high-retention figures, coordinates training and sales procedures, maintains strong compliance practices and creates and implements vision for the branch.
Community leadership: Wish granter, Make-A-Wish Foundation; volunteer and
committee member, Believe in Kids Classic, Hillside Children's Foundation;
committee member, Couples for Kids; American Red Cross - Greater Rochester Chapter; executive committee member, AXA's Old Guard
Greatest influence: I am the youngest of five boys, so I would have to say my four older brothers. It is like having five fathers. They have taught me many things-mainly that you must work hard to get what you want, and never quit.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to strive to maintain the balance between family and business, always putting family first; actively involved in the lives of a teenage daughter and a nearly teenage son and running the largest, most reputable financial services firm in Rochester that people will want to work with.
Senior account supervisor, research services, Eric Mower and Associates Inc.
Education: B.A., political science, SUNY College at Cortland; master's of public administration, SUNY Binghamton
Family: Wife, Vivian; two sons 11 and 9; daughter, 6
Professional responsibilities: Manages market research and direct-marketing programs for Eric Mower and Associates' six offices along the East Coast. Works with varied clients with responsibilities in creative execution, project management, Web site strategy and development, closed-loop lead management, e-mail marketing, quantitative and qualitative research, and development and delivery of EMA's proprietary Brand Studio program.
Community leadership: President-elect, Rochester chapter of the American Marketing Association; member, school improvement planning board, Canandaigua Schools Parent Teacher Organization; member, American Mensa Ltd.; past member, Rochester eBusiness Association; marketing and communications committee, Bay View YMCA
Greatest influence: My mother, Joan Rall, and wife, Vivian. My mother raised four kids, finished her degree, saw each through college and taught me to never be satisfied with second-best. I'm as proud of her as she is of me. My wife has inspired me to pursue my dreams-every day.
Ten years from now: I would like to be giving more back to my community. We can do so much more for the future of our region if we work together in business, in play and in life. A strong believer in change management, I would like to take an active role in local government to build on Rochester's strengths.
CEO, Systems Management
Education: B.A., psychology, SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Kristin; two sons, 5 and 18 months
Professional responsibilities: Plans and develops corporate strategy for SMP, a $30 million technology systems integrator and information technology solutions provider.
Community leadership: Board member, Highland Hospital Foundation; member, business advisory council, John Wiley Jones School of Business, SUNY College at Geneseo; classroom volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; silver corporate sponsor, Highland Hospital's Breast Cancer Education Luncheon 2000-2004; program sponsor, Rochester Museum & Science Center Young Visionaries Awards 2003
Greatest influence: My parents, for their intelligence, drive and determination in making sure I was given the tools needed to succeed in whatever I put my mind to. Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to grow and develop SMP, actively participating in its success. Traveling the world with my wife and sons. Taking an active role in my civic duties.
Nik Entertainment Co.
Education: B.S., business management,
St. John Fisher College
Professional responsibilities: Manages a combined performer base and office staff of 135 people and directs all sales and marketing operations. Develops a national and international client base, oversees systems integration and design, finance operations and creative-writing division. Works annually with Super Bowl organizations booking Rochester artists at Super Bowl-related events and directs Key Accounts program.
Community leadership: Board member, Connect with Culture; steering committee member, evening sales committee co-chairwoman, culinary and decorating
committee member, annual Discovery Ball; co-chairwoman, annual March of Dimes benefit fund raiser; organizer, Park Ave. Concert Series
Greatest influence: My parents taught me by example about hard work and responsibility. They always encouraged me and offered unconditional support, while still allowing me the freedom to learn and grow on my own.
Ten years from now: I see myself remaining active in my community, continuing to learn and grow and make a difference wherever possible, and becoming a wife and mother.
Founding partner, Dolin, Thomas & Solomon LLP
Education: B.A., American studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; J.D., Cornell University
Family: Wife, Jennifer; two sons, 7 and 4
Professional responsibilities: Represents individuals in negotiations with employers and in federal and state court in the areas of employment discrimination, collective and class actions for unpaid wages, wrongful denial of benefits, breach of employment contract and the handling of administrative proceedings.
Community leadership: Board member, Compeer International Inc.; member,
Monroe County Bar Association judiciary committee and American Bar Association's fair labor standards legislative committee; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal
Services Project Inc.; member, St. Regis Mohawk Nation
Greatest influence: I have been blessed growing up with a wonderful family, a loving wife and two energetic boys that together have helped define who I am and what I live for.
Ten years from now: I see myself still blessed by my wife and two boys; enjoying the practice of law at Dolin, Thomas & Solomon, continuing to serve the rights of our clients with my colleagues at the firm and continuing my public service for the Rochester community.
Stephanie Stefanou Templeton
National accounts manager,
Northeast, Paychex Inc.
Education: B.A., economics and English, Colgate University
Family: Husband, Adam; daughter, 5; son, 4
Professional responsibilities: Develops franchise and association partnerships in the Northeast. Responsible for securing more than $4.5 million in sales revenue. Works with over 250 Paychex sales representatives. Ranked No.1 Paychex manager, national accounts sales division, three consecutive years-2003, 2004, 2005.
Community leadership: Member, fund-raising committee, American Red Cross - Greater Rochester Chapter; alumni division volunteer, Colgate University admissions; member, decision inputs units, Honeoye Falls-Lima School District; member, various committees, Mendon Community Nursery School
Greatest influence: My husband, Adam, who achieves great levels of success while maintaining the priorities of life. My children, who share their innocence and contagious excitement of the day's endless possibilities, and sharpen my business skills as there is no superior negotiator than a toddler. My parents instilled values, tradition and the importance of family.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to be happy and fulfilled enjoying my family, striving for new challenges, responsibilities and achievements at work, and giving back to the community.
President and owner,
R.W. Dake & Co. Inc.
Education: B.A., economics and political science, University of New Hampshire; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Family: Wife, Deborah; two sons, 4 and 2 months; daughter, 2
Professional responsibilities: Oversees day-to-day operations for a 45-year old commercial construction company that employs 60 people. Responsible for all accounting, finance, human resources and risk management functions. Develops and retains select commercial relationships within the Rochester and Western New York areas.
Community leadership: Board president, Mental Health Association Rochester/
Monroe County Inc.; vice chairman, Believe in Kids Golf Classic, Hillside Children's Foundation; co-chairman, Simon School's Annual Golf Tournament
Greatest influence: My wife, Deb, who encouraged me to pursue my dreams and "go for it." My parents, John and Elaine, who provided an incredible foundation in life and the entrepreneurial spirit. Family and friends who keep me laughing. My beautiful kids who remind me that a balanced life is the best life.
Ten years from now: I see myself coaching my kids in their favorite sports and discovering the joys of having a teenager in the house. I will be celebrating the 55th anniversary of R.W. Dake with the same high-quality people plus a few more.
Vice president, human resource
information, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.
Education: B.A., history, University of Rochester; M.S., career and human
resource development, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Laurie; two sons, 8 and 6
Professional responsibilities: Leads RBA's human resource information department, providing human resource expertise and business information to over 1,500 regional employers through surveys, HR helpline, consulting, publications and facilitated meetings. Represents RBA on community initiatives pertaining to health care, economic development, human resource management, work force development and emergency management.
Community leadership: Board member, Monroe County Industrial Development Corp.; member, human resource committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, 2-1-1 advisory board; volunteer teacher, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; cub scout den leader, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America
Greatest influence: My parents and grandparents, who taught me the importance of a strong work ethic, helping others and doing the right thing. My wife and sons, whose love and laughter have shown me that there is no greater gift in life than family.
Ten years from now: I will be continuing my path of professional and personal development, working to become the best business leader, husband and father that I can.I also see myself remaining active in our community, helping Rochester grow and become an even better place to work and live.
Executive vice president and chief financial officer, PaeTec Corp.
Education: B.A., political science, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.; M.A., Asian studies, Southeast Asian studies; University of Michigan
Family: Wife, Betsy; son, 2, daughter, 1
Professional responsibilities: Oversees, legal, regulatory, human resource and strategic-development functions for the organization throughout the 29-market footprint. Makes certain that PaeTec maintains a flexible and capital structure, ensuring sufficient capital for growth while maintaining appropriate free cash flow generation.
Community leadership: Board member, executive committee member, treasurer, chairman, finance committee and member of the strategic development committee, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; member, Rochester Chapter of Financial
Executives International; past board member, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford; chairman, Dickinson Fund Advisory Council; advisory board member, McAndrews Fund, Dickinson College
Greatest influence: The 1988 Dickinson College football team that produced the college's first championship season. Being part of a team taught me invaluable life lessons on teamwork and commitment to a goal. Additionally, my family has taught me to always appreciate the simple things in life and the joy of family.
Ten years from now: I see myself working with the wonderful team at PaeTec to continue creating one of the most respected companies in competitive telecommunications. While doing that I hope to cherish every day spending time with my family and encouraging my children to be active members of the community.
11/04/05 (C) Rochester Business Journal