Underberg & Kessler LLP
Education: B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Brooklyn Law School
Family: Wife, Cheryl; two daughters, 4 and 2; son, 2 months
Professional responsibilities: Partner in Underberg & Kessler's banking and real estate practice groups. Handles lending transactions, real estate matters and creditors' rights proceedings for clients. Assists lending clients with structuring deals and has business development and supervisory responsibilities.
Community leadership: Board attorney, South Wedge Planning Committee; board member, Habitat for Humanity; member, Dartmouth Lawyer's Association, Monroe County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association; regular presenter for the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, Women's Council of Realtors and the Monroe County and New York State bar associations.
Greatest influence: My greatest influence has been my parents. They have taught me that hard work, determination and a concern for others will translate into career and personal success. Their support has allowed me to achieve the goals that I set for myself.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to develop my law practice and assisting my fellow partners in distinguishing Underberg & Kessler as a leader in the legal services industry. I look forward to meeting the challenges of being a husband and father. My community involvement remains a large part of my focus.
President and CEO
Tipping Point Media
Education: B.S., journalism and advertising management, Ohio University
Family: Husband, Matthew Coleman; son, 18 months
Professional responsibilities: Manages the team and finances at Tipping Point Media. Responsible for the research and implementation of emerging media delivery options and account development.
Community leadership: Board member and marketing committee member, ARC Foundation of Monroe County; marketing committee member, Foodlink Inc.; volunteer, Alternatives for Battered Women Inc.
Greatest influence: My mom, Karen Kall Coffey, who has been supportive of all my crazy dreams and goals, and let me make the decisions I needed to make in order to create my own path. My former boss, Jaqui Brumm, was the best at teaching me how to think on my feet and "make it happen."
Ten years from now: I hope to work on even more exciting and cutting-edge media delivery opportunities for our clients and continue to mentor and train media professionals, while helping to provide consulting services for non-profits in our community. In my spare time, I hope to be traveling more frequently with my son and husband.
Best Times Financial Planning
Education: B.A., history, SUNY College at Buffalo; M.S., elementary special education, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Tami; three daughters, 5, 3 and 2
Professional responsibilities: Financial adviser working with business owners to successfully transition their business to the next generation and with individuals to secure financial independence, estate transition and charitable legacies.
Community leadership: Board member, Continuing Developmental Services Inc., Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; founding member, Blue Dot Group; member, Family Business Forum, Penfield Chamber of Commerce and Penfield Business Association; committee member, Seneca Park Zoo Society, Heritage Christian Services Inc.
Greatest influence: My wife, Tami. She has helped define me, motivate me and support me through my transition from teacher to financial adviser, and from husband to father. My father has been instrumental in allowing me to define the path for our company going forward. Not to rely on the past, focus on the future.
Ten years from now: The businesses I am working with now will be through or at their transition stage. I am looking forward to monitoring their successful transition. Our business will be focused on planning. Personally, I hope to be showing the world to my children.
Senior corporate counsel
Paetec Communications Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, University of Rochester; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
Family: Wife, Jennifer; two sons, 4 and 7
Professional responsibilities: Oversees retail and wholesale sales contract negotiation process for the Paetec legal department, including bid responses to third-party requests for proposals. Also acts as the primary legal contact for government contracting issues and customer disputes.
Community leadership: Board member, executive committee member, secretary, the Center For Youth Services Inc.; junior varsity football and basketball assistant coach, Rush-Henrietta School District; volunteer, Youth Lifeline Foundation.
Greatest influence: The most important influence in my life has been my family, most importantly my parents. This includes my in-laws, who treated me as one of their own from the day they met me. They taught me the importance of discipline, hard work and humility and the importance of all human beings.
Ten years from now: I see myself enjoying the teen years of my sons' lives and participating in the activities they choose to be involved in. In addition to developing my professional career, I also hope to continue community involvement, supporting youth through coaching and volunteer-type activities.
Director of external reporting and compliance, and assistant treasurer Harris Interactive Inc.
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Elizabeth
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for directing the company's worldwide external reporting, technical accounting and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts. Also oversees all accounting aspects of equity-based compensation programs.
Community leadership: Board member, treasurer, executive, compliance and finance committee member, Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton; executive board member, Rochester chapter, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my life has been my mother and father. They instilled in me the values of faith and family, as well as the importance of kindness and integrity in dealing with others. Also, my loving wife, Beth, who supports me in all that I do, has been a great influence.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a dedicated husband who will have just celebrated 10 wonderful years of marriage to Beth. I also see myself advancing steadily in my career while at the same time, continuing to be a leader in the community and possibly holding a public office.
William Castle Jr.
Lean Six Sigma black belt
Education: B.A., business administration, Morehouse College; J.D., University of Michigan Law School
Professional responsibilities: Full-time team leader responsible for implementing process improvement projects-define, measure, analyze, improve and control-within the business to reduce waste, improve productivity and return substantial economic profit to the corporation. A practicing attorney, provides competent and diligent pro bono legal services to those individuals who lack the resources to use traditional law firms.
Community leadership: Keeper of Records & Seal, Theta Omicron chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, Baden Street Bulldogs Pop Warner Midget Football Team; youth basketball committee member, St. Monica's.
Greatest influence: My parents, Bill and Musette, have been the greatest influence in my life. They taught me the value of hard work, responsibility for my actions, to be confident in my abilities and to never settle for mediocrity.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a vice president at Xerox. I will continue working with the Rochester community, giving my time and resources to those organizations that are dedicated to uplifting the children of our community.
The Housing Council in the Monroe County Area Inc.
Education: B.S., organizational management, Roberts Wesleyan College; MBA, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Gladys; daughter, 11
Professional responsibilities: Uses Six Sigma principles to develop evaluation tools to ensure quality and success of programs that led to acquisition of additional contracts and renewals of existing contracts. Coordinates all phases of development for various projects, including research, schedules, cost estimates, project tracking, outcome evaluation and cross-department collaboration.
Community leadership: Board member, Consumer Credit Counseling Services; former steering committee member, Latino Advocacy Coalition; international baccalaureate program presenter, Wilson Magnet High School; Red Cross presenter, Youth Leadership Development Program.
Greatest influence: My parents and grandparents imparted a sense of high expectations and integrity. They have cheered me on through all my endeavors and have always reminded me to maintain a balance. Secondly, I am thankful to my wife and daughter, who continue to provide me with the support and encouragement to perform.
Ten years from now: By 2016 I will be close to accomplishing my goal of becoming fluent in at least five languages. If I haven't driven my wife crazy with new undertakings, I will continue my pursuit for knowledge. In the process I look forward to a career full of challenges and emergent opportunities.
Vice president and senior portfolio manager
Education: B.S., B.A., mathematics, John Carroll University; MBA, finance, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University
Family: Wife, Christine; son, 5; daughter, 3
Professional responsibilities: Member of OppenheimerFunds' Rochester division portfolio management team. Serves as lead portfolio manager on four mutual funds with assets under management of $4 billion. Responsible for the construction and implementation of investment strategies. Manages a team of two intermediate portfolio managers and one portfolio analyst.
Community leadership: Alumni Council president, McQuaid Jesuit High School; founding member, young leadership committee, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, New York Inc.; Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, CFA Society of Rochester.
Greatest influence: I will always aspire to emulate my father. He continually demonstrates what it means to be successful on your own terms and to never sacrifice your values or beliefs in the face of a challenge or to please others. He shows me by example how to be a husband, a professional, a friend and a dad.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to seek out opportunities to grow professionally and give to the community through involvement in various professional and community organizations. Additionally, I will grow as a husband, father and colleague.
Director of accounting
Paetec Communications Inc.
Education: B.S., management; MBA, St. John Fisher College
Family: Husband, Richard; daughter, 13
Professional responsibilities: Leads a qualified, motivated and productive team by directing, organizing and coordinating the financial closing, internal reporting of the financial books, and cash disbursements on a timely and accurate basis. Coordinate the communication to top management, back office and sales personnel in the understanding of the monthly financial results.
Community leadership: Board member, development committee member, Walk for Wellness committee member, Gilda's Club Rochester; manager, girls travel soccer team, Webster Soccer Association; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.
Greatest influence: My parents, who provided a solid foundation, emphasizing the importance of values, determination, a strong work ethic and integrity. My husband-without his continued encouragement and support, I would not have been able to pursue my professional goals. My daughter, who reminds and helps me understand life's true priorities.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a dedicated wife and mother continuing to work hard, driving success, personally and professionally, while being an active member in the community. I look forward to continuing my contribution to Paetec's success and its employees.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Education: B.S., psychology, SUNY College at Albany; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
Family: Husband, Michael; son, 3
Professional responsibilities: Concentrates practice in estate and gift tax planning and estate and trust administration. Counsels individuals in planning for the preservation and transmission of their wealth, and represents corporate and individual fiduciaries in estate and trust administration matters. Lecturer on estate planning and estate tax administration.
Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Childfirst Network; planned-giving committee member, University of Rochester Medical Center; fundraising and marketing committee member, Catholic Family Center; graduate, Leadership Rochester Program 2006; member, Estate Planning Counsel of Rochester.
Greatest influence: My husband, my parents and my sister. My husband for believing in me and helping me to see the true meaning of life, my parents for supporting me and giving me the strength and courage to succeed and my sister for being my best friend.
Ten years from now: I will be a mother of two very active little boys and a wife to my dear husband. I will be working with a wonderful group of professionals at Nixon Peabody and hope to continue to be a leader in the community.
Manager of post-sales
Xerox Global Services, Xerox Corp.
Education: BBA, marketing; MBA, marketing and consulting, University of Notre Dame
Family: Husband, James
Professional responsibilities: Manages global, operations-based marketing program centered on customer experience, change management, loyalty, retention and growth. Focuses on effectively communicating the value of the Xerox brand within existing accounts and consistently representing Xerox and Xerox Global Services brands worldwide.
Community leadership: Board member, Our Lady of Mercy High School; board member, executive committee member, program committee chairwoman, elementary volunteer teacher, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Inc.; female vocalist, Nik Entertainment Co.; graduate admissions alumni liaison, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame.
Greatest influence: My immediate family provided the foundation of values and faith upon which I have built my professional and personal life. My husband, Jim, has taught me the importance of putting things in perspective and, through his own generosity, reaffirmed my commitment to giving time, talent and treasure to those less fortunate.
Ten years from now: After garnering international management experience, I picture myself leading a global organization within Xerox. I am confident that I will still be actively involved in the community, especially with organizations that benefit the next generation of business.
Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Education: B.A., philosophy and anthropology, Kansas State University; J.D., University at Buffalo Law School
Family: Wife, Ashley; two sons, 4 and one month
Professional responsibilities: Manages the defense of Bausch & Lomb in U.S. and international litigation. This includes overseeing outside counsel and helping the company make highly informed decisions about litigation strategy.
Community leadership: Board member, Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired - Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester Inc.; staff-parish relations committee member, Asbury First Methodist Church; former board member, Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp.; former executive committee member, commercial and federal litigation section, former co-chairman, appellate practice committee, New York State Bar Association.
Greatest influence: Aside from my parents, who taught me courage through unconditional love and the intrinsic value work well done, my anthropology professor in college, Harald Prins, influenced me to take on uncomfortable challenges and help give voice to those in need.
Ten years from now: Continuing to be challenged by my work and colleagues, contributing to my community in greater ways and enjoying my family.
Harris Beach PLLC
Education: B.A., political science and English, St. Lawrence University; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University
Family: Wife, Carol; son, 7; daughter, 2
Professional responsibilities: Leader of the commercial real estate practice group at Harris Beach. Maintains and continues to develop a specialized legal practice in commercial real estate. Manages the group's business plan statewide, including its budget, marketing plan and hiring. Serves on the firm's opinion and hiring committees.
Community leadership: Board member, the Catholic Courier and the Rochester General Hospital Foundation; board member and programs director, Upstate New York chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; advisory board member, Genesee Land Trust; tee ball coach, Southeast YMCA and Brighton Little League.
Greatest influence: My parents and my education at McQuaid have been the greatest influences in my life. My parents taught me the value of family, integrity and a work ethic, and made sacrifices so their three sons could succeed. McQuaid challenged me in every respect and instilled the importance of community and of "making a difference."
Ten years from now: In 10 years, my wife, Carol, and I will still be smiling at our children, and at each other, and will still take great pleasure in the simple things in life. I hope to be contributing to the continued success and management of Harris Beach. I hope to have a new kitchen.
Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.
Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Husband, Louis; daughter, 1
Professional responsibilities: Senior manager in charge of business development for Insero & Co.'s outsource accounting services and small-business groups. Responsible for new client assessments and coordination of professional staff placement, supervision and client service follow-up. Provides consulting services to business owners.
Community leadership: Board member and annual dinner auction table sales chairwoman, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York branch; board member and past treasurer, Small Business Council of Rochester; past co-chairwoman, Small Business Person of the Year Gala.
Greatest influence: My parents have been the greatest influence in my life. I've come to realize that everything I am is based on the foundation they built. They raised my brothers and me to be kind and respectful and they always put our needs first. I would not be where I am today without their support and encouragement.
Ten years from now: Ten years seems like a lifetime away but first and foremost, I hope to be a positive role model for our daughter and provide a supportive environment for her to reach her own dreams, whatever they may be. Other than that, I plan to make partner at Insero & Co.
Director of business development
Education: B.S., marketing communications, SUNY College at Fredonia
Family: Wife, Sonja
Professional responsibilities: Serves as a key company representative in identifying, developing and negotiating new business opportunities within categories of commercial real estate. Creates strategic partnerships with clients, vendors, financial institutions and all other industry-associated companies, and coordinates with architects, engineers, municipal agencies and marketing firms.
Community leadership: WalkAbout committee member, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; volunteer, American Marketing Association of Rochester; member, volunteer, 5K team participant, Western New York affiliate, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Greatest influence: My mother, Kathleen, for demonstrating that hard work, honesty and caring for others pays off in many ways. My six siblings who have stayed close through good times and bad, for being open-minded and sharing life's endless lessons. My wife, Sonja, for her patience, love and faith in our plan for a long life together.
Ten years from now: A happy 40-year-old husband, father, son, brother and friend.
Director, corporate real estate
One Communications Corp.
Education: B.S., real estate, Pennsylvania State University
Family: Boyfriend, Robert Rissone
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for a portfolio of more than 100 properties across 16 states in excess of 1 million square feet, and a department of 12 colleagues who touch our internal environment by providing support services to a colleague base of more than 2,000 employees.
Community leadership: President, Upstate New York chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; annual golf tournament foursome chairwoman, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; financial committee member, Golf Classic auction items chairwoman, March of Dimes; volunteer, Meals on Wheels.
Greatest influence: My father. Only now as a young professional have I learned to appreciate how as a child I watched my father juggle the challenges between work and family life. By example, he has provided me the morals and values I feel necessary to balance a successful career with good work ethics.
Ten years from now: Over the next 10 years I hope to be addressing new challenges in my life surrounding marriage and children. Continuing to gain advancements within my career as well as maintaining my dedication to community involvement. Who knows, maybe even running for public office?
Manager of enterprise support
Education: B.A., computer science and psychology, SUNY College at Oswego; MBA, marketing, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
Family: Husband, Jeffrey; daughter, 7, two sons, 6 and 4
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for managing restoration of service and communication regarding information technology issues to 11,000 end users. Partners with business units to manage and report on service-level agreements for IT services and products. Responsible for Paychex's execution and response during business continuity events like hurricanes.
Community leadership: Coach, co-ed tee ball and girls' softball; Day of Caring lead, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; participant, American Red Cross triathlon, Susan B. Komen Walk for the Cure, Lee National Denim Day for Breast Cancer, Al Sigl Center Walk-A-Bout, Diabetes Foundation 40-mile Bike for Diabetes.
Greatest influence: By example, my parents instilled in me the professionalism, humor, compassion, drive and work ethic, which have been the framework I've used to approach my career. My husband and children have brought more fulfillment and balance to my life than I could have ever imagined.
Ten years from now: I will be having fun looking back at 20 years of marriage. I will have another degree and explore widening my knowledge. I will increase my community involvement and include my children in that experience. I will be a permanent fixture at my kids' scholastic and sports events.
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Education: B.S., political science, SUNY College at Brockport; J.D., Syracuse University
Family: Husband, Michael
Professional responsibilities: Senior associate with the banking and finance practice group at Woods Oviatt Gilman. Recently voted to be placed on partnership track with the firm. Continues to work with a local and national client base.
Community leadership: Volunteer, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; past board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; volunteer, Monroe Country Bar Association Business Law Council; volunteer, Service Corps of Retired Executives.
Greatest influence: I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by confident, successful career women, most notably my grandmother-who never viewed gender as an impediment. She taught me that hard work will overcome any political or social barriers that may stand in the way of a job well done.
Ten years from now: First and foremost, I see myself as a happy and well-rounded individual. I will be a partner at Woods Oviatt Gilman working side-by-side with the best group of lawyers Rochester has to offer. I look forward to helping to shape where the firm will be in 10 years.
Audit senior manager
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Education: B.S., accounting, Syracuse University
Family: Wife, Carolyn
Professional responsibilities: Lead manager of public company financial statement audits with more than $1 million of annual audit fees. Provides controller services for outsourcing engagements. Serves as a regional subject matter resource for accounting for financial instruments. Active in recruitment for Deloitte's upstate practice and facilitates trainings on technical accounting issues.
Community leadership: Board treasurer, finance committee chairman, executive committee member, Upstate New York chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society; member, Syracuse University Alumni Association of Rochester.
Greatest influence: My parents have been the greatest influence on my career by providing me with an education and an example of how hard work and dedication can pave the way to success. My wife, Carolyn, has been the greatest influence on my personal life by providing happiness in our marriage.
Ten years from now: Raising a family and retired with the proceeds of a lottery jackpot. Maybe a part ownership in the Dallas Cowboys. If, for some reason, the lottery does not work out, I foresee myself as a financial leader in Rochester, living in our home in Henrietta, and remaining active in the community.
Buck & Pulleyn Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, University of Rochester; MBA, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, UR
Family: Wife, Diahn; three sons, 2, 2 and 8 months
Professional responsibilities: Manages all aspects of agency operations. Plays a lead role in the strategic brand consulting practice and business development activity. Provides leadership on cross-disciplinary teams that serve clients, including Johnson & Johnson and Eastman Kodak Co., to deliver unique creative ideas and integrated communications strategies.
Community leadership: Housing board member, Unity Health System; New York State regional board member, American Association of Advertising Agencies; volunteer, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc., University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.
Greatest influence: My wife, Diahn. Having been together since high school, she has been there for me every step of the way. Each day, seeing her with our three little boys reminds me what it's all about. Also, my parents who taught me what it really means to be successful in life.
Ten years from now: My biggest dream for the future is to have a healthy, happy family. Anything more is icing on the cake. Professionally I plan to own a thriving agency filled with talented people. Hopefully I'll also have time to visit more of the major league ballparks still on my list.
Advantage Professionals LLC
Education: B.S., accounting, MBA, St. John Fisher College
Family: Husband, James; daughter, 2
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the management, development and growth of the accounting and finance division of Advantage Professionals. Plays a key role in new business development and has placed numerous professionals in nine years at AP, achieving a match of the customers' needs with related talent.
Community leadership: Alumni board member, executive committee secretary, Duplessis/Wolfe Accounting Society member, accounting awards banquet committee member, St. John Fisher College; board member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; recruitment committee member, Women's Executive Network of Rochester; board member and past president, Institute of Management Accountants.
Greatest influence: My parents and my husband, Jim. My parents have always personified and demonstrated an unending work ethic, a drive to succeed and the ability to see the silver lining in every situation. Jim has taught me the true meaning of what it means to be a best friend and husband.
Ten years from now: I plan to continue to have a positive influence with the companies and candidates that I work with every day. I will continue to give back to the community through volunteer efforts and will be actively involved in my daughter's activities. I hope she loves sports because I would love to coach someday.
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Lynn; two daughters, 8 and 6; son, 2
Professional responsibilities: Partner in Mengel, Metzger, Barr's assurance department. Provides services to a variety of clients, from closely held businesses to large public companies. Specializes in auditing financial services companies, including verifying investment performance results. Responsible for the firm's recruitment of entry-level and experienced professionals.
Community leadership: Board member and audit committee member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester Inc.; executive board member and treasurer, Genesee Waterways Inc.
Greatest influence: I am very fortunate to have been surrounded by solid quality people my entire life. My wife, Lynn, my parents, my two brothers and a core group of friends and business associates all have influenced my life. My children have taught me to keep it all in perspective and to enjoy each day.
Ten years from now: I hope I will be very active within the community supporting worthwhile causes and organizations. I also hope to continue to be very involved with my family and my children.
Brand Integrity Inc.
Education: B.S., business management, Ithaca College; MBA, William E. Simon School of Business Administration, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Karyn; three daughters, 6, 4 and seven months
Professional responsibilities: Plays lead role in facilitating CEOs and their leadership teams through the Achieving Brand Integrity management strategy. Manages day-to-day operations and client relationships for Brand Integrity. Speaks at conferences and to organizations about opportunities to enhance employee performance. Adjunct professor at the Simon School.
Community leadership: Board member, Learning Disabilities Association of the Genesee Valley Inc.; advisory board member, Genesee Valley Trust; board member, BOA Editions Ltd.; advisory board member, UR's Simon School; board member, Schutzman Center for Entrepreneurship, Queens College; acquisition committee member, American Red Cross.
Greatest influence: My parents have been a great influence in my life by instilling strong values and supporting any and all growth opportunities. Tim Vottis, my first business partner, provided me necessary guidance and modeled hard work. My wife, Karyn. Without her support I would not have the focus and time to pursue our dreams.
Ten years from now: I will still be working as a leader for Brand Integrity with a team of smart, energetic people. Together we will be delivering amazing results with our clients. I will be spending even more time with my family having even more fun than I am now.
Senior associate, service quality and system development
Coordinated Care Services Inc.
Co-principal investigator, Monroe County ACCESS
Education: B.A., psychology, University of Rochester; MSW, Syracuse University
Family: Husband, Michael
Professional responsibilities: Provides technical assistance to improve delivery of behavioral health and human services in Monroe and other counties. Part of the leadership team overseeing Monroe County ACCESS, a federal grant to transform local child and family services. Collaborates with national experts to develop communitywide training and technical assistance plans.
Community leadership: Member, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Council on Collaboration and Coordination; board member and first vice president, Girl Scouts of the Genesee Valley Inc.; board member and risk management officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester.
Greatest influence: My mother, Sharri Brown. She taught me the importance of believing in myself, taking risks, working hard and being independent, while also role-modeling unconditional love and unending patience. And of course, my husband, Michael, for his unwavering support, as well as his kindness and humor.
Ten years from now: I hope to continue to make a substantial impact both locally and nationally to improve the quality of human services and behavioral health care for children and families and also be working toward, or have completed, a doctoral program.
StoneBridge Business Partners,
a division of Eldredge, Fox & Porretti LLP
Education: BBA, accounting, St. Bonaventure University
Family: Wife, Michelle; daughter, 9; two sons, 6
Professional responsibilities: Over 10 years ago, helped create StoneBridge, which has developed into an international forensic and compliance auditing firm. Responsible for marketing the business to attract new clients, assisting with the operations and developing new staff.
Community leadership: Board member, Landmark Society of Western New York Inc.; soccer and baseball coach, summer and travel leagues, Spencerport Youth Sports; member, Spencerport Rotary.
Greatest influence: The greatest influence in my life thus far has been my grandfather and the work ethic he instilled in me. He taught by example and wouldn't quit until he finished what he was working on. He never cut corners and was constantly teaching those around him the talents that were taught to him.
Ten years from now: I hope I'm someplace warmer, under the sun, drink in my hand, alongside my wife, writing that murder mystery novel I've always talked about writing, while giving subtle advice to my kids about their future career paths.
Vice president of sales
Education: B.S., management, St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Kirsten; three daughters, 6, 5 and 2
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for Zeller's sales force and profit and loss for the Rochester branch. As a partner of Zeller, has helped the company grow from $24 million in 2001 sales to $42 million last year. Duties include marketing, budgeting, planning and execution.
Community leadership: Participant, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection; Casting for Caring committee, American Red Cross; auction co-chairman, Genesee Regional Special Olympics; athletic alumni committees, St. John Fisher College.
Greatest influence: The greatest influence in my life has to be my mother. When I was young she demonstrated and taught me that if you work hard at everything you do you can accomplish all your goals. I have also been fortunate to surround myself with hardworking family and friends.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a president of Zeller, continuing to develop and grow with the people around me. I am a proud father and husband and look forward to growing with my family. I also plan on staying very active in the community.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Education: B.A., government, Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law
Family: Wife, Jennifer; two daughters, 8 and 3
Professional responsibilities: Supports clients' employee benefits needs at each of Nixon Peabody's 16 offices nationwide. Responsible for maintaining and expanding relationships with key clients and developing new business. Co-founder and co-leader of the firm's cross-disciplinary initiative aimed at helping government entities comply with new accounting standards for non-pension retirement benefits.
Community leadership: Board member, development committee chairman, strategic plan oversight task force member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; board member, president and founder, Connect With Culture; planning committee member, Hillside Evening at Geva, Hillside Children's Center.
Greatest influence: My parents, who instilled in me a love of family and the values of discipline and hard work; my wife, the living embodiment of grace, wisdom, compassion, goodness and beauty; and my daughters, a constant reminder of what's most important in life.
Ten years from now: Looking back at how much my life has changed over the past 10 years, I can't even begin to imagine what the next 10 years will bring. I can only hope that I will be a better husband, a better father, a better son, a better attorney and a better citizen.
Director of strategic initiatives
Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services
Education: B.S., education, Slippery Rock University; M.S., education, SUNY College at Geneseo; master of school administration and supervision, Canisius College
Family: Husband, Mark; three daughters, 13, 3 and 2; two sons, 13
Professional responsibilities: Serves as lead strategic planner for key technology integration programs. Identifies, cultivates and coordinates partnerships with key corporations, higher-education institutions and private-sector agencies, including United Way, New York State Education Department, U.S. Department of Education and others.
Community leadership: Board member, New York State Association of Computers and Technologies in Education; executive board member, Consortium for School Networking; education advisory committee, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council; core team member, United Way of Seneca County; member, education advisory board, Infotonics Technology Center Inc.
Greatest influence: The greatest influence in my life has been my father. He taught me strong work ethic, good judgment and indelible family values. Since the passing of my father, my husband, Mark, has been an incredible source of inspiration. His support of our children, my career and our challenging schedules is truly amazing.
Ten years from now: I continue to see myself as a leader in the movement to transform education in order for us to produce responsible, competitive citizens. I will have completed my Ph.D. in education leadership and my family will continue to provide me with happiness, joy, trials and tribulations to keep me balanced.
Vice president of finance and chief financial officer
Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc.
Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Laura; son, 1
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all the financial and accounting matters, including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls, managing cash flow and maintaining banking relationship. Supervises a staff of 21.
Community leadership: Board member and treasurer, the Center for Youth Services Inc.; former treasurer, Prevention Partners Inc.
Greatest influence: My parents-they taught me the importance of setting goals and achieving them in a moral and ethical manner. They also taught me responsibility and that hard work equals success. Also, my wife-with her support and caring nature, I have been able to stay focused on what's important to me.
Ten years from now: In my professional life, I see myself still part of the Hahn management team as the company continues to prosper. In my personal life, I see my family growing and being actively involved in my son's life.
Director of materials management
Energy East Utility Shared Services
Education: A.S., mechanical engineering technology, Hartford State Technical College; B.S., industrial engineering technology, Central Connecticut State University; MBA, University of New Haven
Family: Wife, Wendy; daughter, 2
Professional responsibilities: Leads all aspects of supply chain materials management to include material planning strategy, inventory control and logistics across Energy East operating companies: Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., New York State Electric and Gas Corp., Central Maine Power Co., Connecticut Natural Gas Co., Southern Connecticut Gas Co. and the Berkshire Gas Co.
Community leadership: Board member and finance committee member, Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; Adopt-A-School committee member, Rochester Rotary Club; AALDP placement committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; fundraising committee, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Theta Omicron Chapter; major (retired), Army National Guard.
Greatest influence: My greatest influence has been my wife who is my biggest supporter and confidence builder. Equally influential is my daughter who drives me to continually grow as a parent and to be a positive role model. Lastly, my parents have inspired me to develop a strong work ethic.
Ten years from now: I look forward to sharing special moments with my family and continuing to be a staunch supporter of my wife, as she has supported me throughout my career. I will continue to be a leader in the community.
Chief information officer, director of information services
Education: B.S., electrical engineering, Clarkson University; M.S., electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Sarah; daughter, 6; son, 3
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for planning, organization and direction of the Monroe County Information Services Department. Manage the development, implementation and support of technology strategies, solutions and systems to meet the needs of Monroe County government and those whom it serves.
Community leadership: Board member, High Tech Business Council; deacon, First Bible Baptist Church; industrial advisory board member, department of information technology, Rochester Institute of Technology; board member, Puerto Rican Youth Development Inc.; assistant chapel leader, Baseball Chapel, Rochester Red Wings.
Greatest influence: God, who gives me purpose and hope in life; my wife and children, who inspire me to live for others above self; and my parents and family, for teaching me the importance of a strong work ethic.
Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to work hard professionally to make a positive impact on those I have the privilege to serve. I will be striving to make a difference in my community and cherishing life with my wife and children.
Senior tax manager
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law.
Professional responsibilities: Oversees tax planning and compliance for businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations. Responsible for developing and implementing training and continuing-education for staff members. Frequent lecturer on taxation topics at local seminars.
Community leadership: Board member and treasurer, Rochester Chamber Orchestra; board member, Monroe County Conservation Council; planning committee member, 2006 Rochester Tax Institute.
Greatest influence: The most influential people in my life are my parents, Ronald and Brenda, who stressed the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity. They taught me that integrity, optimism, a good sense of humor and old-fashioned hard work will always overcome negativity.
Ten years from now: I see myself practicing public accounting with my colleagues at Mengel, Metzger, Barr. I hope to continue my community involvement in two areas that have always been of great importance to me: the cultural arts and environmental conservation.
Senior vice president and chief financial officer
Genesee Regional Bank
Education: B.S., business administration, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Kathleen; two sons, 22 and 12; daughter, 17
Professional responsibilities: Part of the senior management team that sets the long-term direction of the bank. Oversees all financial and technology areas of Genesee Regional Bank including budgeting, treasury management, regulatory reporting, accounting, data processing and loan administration.
Community leadership: Treasurer, Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester Inc.; finance committee member, Small Business Council; committee member, Progressive Neighborhood Federal Credit Union.
Greatest influence: My parents and siblings, through example, taught me that good enough isn't truly good enough. They taught me the importance of optimizing any opportunities that are presented with hard work and integrity. Most importantly, my wife reminds me of the importance of making the most of every day.
Ten years from now: I will be part of the great team at Genesee Regional Bank that has helped make Rochester a vibrant community by filling the financial needs of small businesses and professionals in the community. I will continue to develop, professionally and personally, and, most importantly, I will look to further my service to the community.
Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP
Education: B.A., history and English, Emory University; J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Family: Husband, Matthew; son, 5; two daughters, 8 and 1
Professional responsibilities: Practice group leader, environmental practice group; business development committee; referral coordinator; associate mentor.
Community leadership: Board member, executive committee member, development committee co-chairwoman, AIDS Rochester Inc.; Board member, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; member, Women Presidents' Organization.
Greatest Influence: My children, who each day reinforce for me the importance of compassion, remind me to lead by example, put life's challenges into perspective and keep my negotiating skills honed.
Ten years from now: Life is all about living in the present and keeping an open mind as to what the future holds for you. With my family's love, the support of my partners-my second family-and this community's energy, anything is possible.
First Niagara Risk Management Inc.
Education: B.A., economics, Ithaca College
Family: Wife, Leah; two sons, 4 and 11 months
Professional responsibilities: Provides ongoing property, casualty and workers' compensation insurance and risk management service and consultation to more than 130 commercial clients. Responsible for a high level of new business generation as well as retention of current clients.
Community leadership: Board member, Wayne County Commission president, Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Rochester; board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; secretary, alumni council, McQuaid Jesuit High School; vice president-elect, Rochester chapter, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters; active member, Rochester Tooling & Machining Association.
Greatest influence: My wife, Leah, and my mother. Both have shown me on a daily basis through their own actions and attitudes how important it is to do the right thing in both my professional and personal life. They have helped me keep perspective and to have a sense of humor.
Ten years from now: I will continue to provide excellent service and consultation to my clients. I also see myself continuing to be involved in many of the same civic and professional organizations that I am involved with today. Most important, I will continue to be proud to be called a dad and a husband.
Toshiba Business Solutions-New York
Education: B.A., speech communications, Mt. Union College
Family: Husband, T.C. Pellett
Professional responsibilities: Develops and implements external marketing communications for seven sales teams in four cities statewide for two subsidiaries of Toshiba America Business Solutions. Oversees marketing budget, internship/mentoring program, all internal communications and community involvement. Produces collateral materials such as capabilities brochures, print advertisements and other promotions that help solidify the brand and retain clients.
Community leadership: Warden and Vestry Member, St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church; chairwoman, Zoobilation fundraiser, Seneca Park Zoo Society; marketing committee member, AIDS Community Health Center; golf tournament committee member, Unity Health Foundation.
Greatest influence: I don't thank my parents enough for the successes I have achieved in my life, and the work ethic I maintain. They guided me along the way, offered advice but allowed me to make my own decisions. Then, they joined me in celebration or helped me pick myself up and start all over again.
Ten years from now: It would give me great pleasure to see one of the students I've mentored have their name on this list. My goal is to maintain a career and community activities that continue to be challenging and fulfilling, and allow time off for good behavior.
Alesco Advisors LLC
Education: B. A., communications and history, DePauw University; M. A., broadcast journalism, Boston University
Family: Wife, Erica Harper; two sons, 5 and 4
Professional responsibilities: Responsible for new business development and the marketing of Alesco's investment management services primarily to the institutional, non-profit and foundation marketplace. Maintains existing client relationships as well as leading the participant education and enrollment sessions for client 401(k) and profit-sharing plans.
Community leadership: Board member and 2006 co-chairman, Invest in Youth Campaign, YMCA Child Care at Lewis Street; volunteer tax preparer, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; vice chairman, board of Christian education, Sunday School teacher and usher, First Congregational Church, Fairport; church representative, Greater Rochester Council of Churches; parents fund committee, Harley School; alumni mentor, DePauw University.
Greatest influence: My parents for setting high expectations and providing enriching experiences, my grandparents for their love and strong work ethic, and now most importantly, my wife, who is my greatest friend and supporter. In so many ways, I wouldn't be the person I am today without her.
Ten years from now: I see myself as a dedicated husband and father, helping raise my children to be thoughtful, caring and engaged members of society. I will be an active member of our community, helping Rochester remain a great place to live and work, and, contributing to the growth and success of Alesco Advisors.
Vice president of public relations
Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc.
Education: B.S., communications, Ithaca College
Family: Fiance, Josh Allen
Professional responsibilities: Co-directs the overall growth and development of the 13-person Dixon Schwabl Advertising public relations team. Provides strategic marketing and public relations counsel for a variety of clients. Oversees the planning and execution of client work, supervises and guides staff, and develops and supports all new public relations business initiatives.
Community leadership: Board member, secretary, Heritage Christian Services Foundation; board member, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; 2006 Heart Ball committee member, American Heart Association; volunteer, Bivona Child Advocacy Center; volunteer, Light the Night Walk 2006, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc.; member, Rochester chapter, Public Relations Society of America.
Greatest influence: For 30 years, my parents ran a restaurant business, while nurturing and managing their family. They worked tirelessly to build a successful business and a strong family, and their devotion to both of those things taught me an important lesson. At the core of every successful person is a strong sense of community, family and self.
Ten years from now: Ten years can bring a lot of exciting changes. With my career well-established, I hope to begin the next life stage-starting a family. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that the next decade holds for me.
Professor and chairman,
department of science, technology and society/public policy
Rochester Institute of Technology
Education: B.S., physics, Lafayette College; M.S., technology and policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., energy management and policy, University of Pennsylvania
Family: Wife, Susan; two sons, 13 and 9; two daughters, 11 and 7
Professional responsibilities: Chairman of the department of science, technology and society/public policy at RIT. Manages all aspects of department operations. Conducts research on alternative transportation technologies, greenhouse gas reduction policies and transportation network systems. Community leadership: Director, University-National Park Energy Partnership Program; board member, Genesee Regional Clean Communities; co-founder and principal, Energy and Environmental Research Associates LLC; co-founder, RIT Environmental Computing and Decision Making Initiative; co-founder, Hands Together Inc.; energy analysis technical advisory group member, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Greatest influence: My wife, Susan-for teaching me the value of personal integrity and the importance of family; my parents, Rachel and Pete-for teaching me the importance of hard work and a balanced life; and my friend, Father Tom Hagan-for teaching me the virtues of compassion, patience and humility.
Ten years now: I will continue to have a rewarding career in higher education, working with young people to shape a better world; continue to conduct research aimed at understanding ways to achieve a sustainable energy future; and, above all, I will be living a life that effectively balances work, service, family and pleasure.
Wolford & Leclair LLP
Education: B.A., political science, Colgate University; J.D, University of Notre Dame
Professional responsibilities: Represents national and local businesses, as well as individuals, in a wide variety of litigation proceedings, with a primary focus on commercial and business disputes and employment issues.
Community leadership: Board member, Sojourner House; past president and member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; member, gender fairness committee, 7th Judicial District.
Greatest influence: My parents, Michael and Beatrice Wolford, who taught me the value of integrity and the importance of hard work and determination ... as well as just about everything else I know.
Ten years from now: Continuing to successfully practice law with the great team at Wolford & Leclair, I will build upon our firm's reputation as dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services while also contributing to the community. I also see myself immersed in plans for a big birthday bash as I approach the age of 50.
11/03/06 (C) Rochester Business Journal