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1995 Forty Under 40 nominees

Rochester Business Journal
November 10, 1995

Leslie Allen

Director, global strategy and analysis, contact lens division, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; MBA, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Fiance, Michael Maurer

Professional responsibilities: Ensures the development, communication and implementation of strategic imperatives and global product strategies; identifies, analyzes and interprets the global contact-lens market--including business and consumer trends--and Bausch & Lomb's contact-lens performance

Community leadership: Founding member and first president, Averell Council of the Memorial Art Gallery; other leadership roles with the gallery; sustaining member, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; executive council, Women's Executive Network at Bausch & Lomb; past chairwoman, Bausch & Lomb's Gender Dynamics Committee

Greatest influence: "My parents (Emille and Frank Allen). . . . They continually espouse the importance of achievement, responsibility, ethics and morals, and in doing so they have proven to be remarkable role models as well as significant contributors to the Rochester community.''

Ten years from now: "I plan to be in a position of general management with full responsibility for a business or business division. I am driven by the opportunity to build and lead an organization to achieve at the very highest levels of its ability through the strength of its people, products and processes.''

Philip Andolina

President, Andolina Insurance Agency Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Significant other, Melinda Shannon; two sons, 12 and 10; daughter, 8; Melinda Shannon's son, 6

Professional responsibilities: Oversees day-to-day operations of multimillion-dollar, second-generation family business celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1996; company is among the 10 largest insurance agencies in the area

Community leadership: Chairman, annual Rochester Home Builders Association's charity auction; active with Camp Good Days & Special Times Inc., the Al Sigl Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Brighton soccer and baseball

Greatest influence: "My family, including my two older brothers--both professionals (who) gave me the right amount of pressure to be the best I could be. My father for his patience in guiding me in my business life. Also my current staff, who, with their dedication, influence me daily.''

Ten years from now: I will have "dedication to my family and business, (and will be) giving something back to our community, (which) has been good to me and my family.''

Dawn Borgeest

President, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., communications and journalism, St. John Fisher College

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Oversees operation and administration of accounts for more than 140 non-profit clients; manages more than 250 professional volunteers and nearly 200 contributing members, who financially support the council's work; guided restructuring to improve the organization's service, quality and accountability

Community leadership: Board of trustees enrollment-management committee, St. John Fisher; Summit Task Force, a public-private collaboration examining health and human-services outcomes; annual-conference steering and marketing committees, National Society of Fund Raising Executives/Rochester chapter; Matrix Award committee, Women in Communications Inc./Rochester chapter; member, Rochester Grantmakers Forum and Rochester Advertising Federation

Greatest influence: "The great fortune of a loving and nurturing family (I attribute my tenacity to growing up with three older brothers), and a rich tapestry of role models, mentors and, most importantly, dear friends.''

Ten years from now: "I'm a great believer in the serendipity approach to career planning. . . . I'll continue to follow my gut and my heart; so far, they've served me well in finding opportunities where I can practice a profession that I love in environments that are challenging and rewarding.''

David Cameron

President, the Cameron Group

Age: 37

Education: B.S., marketing, Niagara University

Family: Wife, Mary Beth; three sons, 10, 8 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Owns and manages 22-employee financial-services and insurance company; has achieved numerous industry awards, designations and appointments

Community leadership: Board president, American Heart Association/Genesee Valley Region; board member, Family Service of Rochester Inc.; board member, Wesley Group; board member and coach, Irondequoit Athletic Association; planned-giving advisory committee, Al Sigl Center; capital-fund-drive committee, St. Margaret Mary's Parish; Young Catholic Leaders Committee, Catholic Diocese of Rochester; fellowship committee chairman, Rochester Rotary; speakers' bureau, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: "My parents, Don and Helen Marie Cameron; my wife, Mary Beth; and the associates and staff at the Cameron Group. They have taught me how important it is to give back to the community, which has given so much to me. It is also because of them that I'm able to give so much of my time.''

Ten years from now: "I see myself as a more successful businessman (who) only has a bigger debt to be paid back to the community. I consider my involvement in our community as an essential part of my life. . . . It's something I know we could all benefit from if given the opportunity.''

Mark Chaplin

Executive vice president, consumer financial services, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Rochester

Age: 39

Education: B.S., accounting, Ithaca College

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Oversees consumer businesses, including 80 branch offices, marketing services and non-mortgage consumer lending; directs Community Reinvestment Act compliance, multifamily lending and appraisal operations; played a key role in enabling First Federal to overcome critical capitalization problems in the late 1980s and regain profitability after the nationwide thrift crisis

Community leadership: Active preservationist in Seneca Falls, including oversight of four historic restorations; recent past board member, AIDS Rochester Inc.; recent past treasurer, Wadsworth Square Neighbors

Greatest influence: "I have always focused my energies on things that I enjoy. I'm motivated by the realization that one has a very limited time to make a difference, whether it is in our job (or) in the community in which we live. Knowing this causes me to push hard to achieve results.''

Ten years from now: "I see myself continuing to look for new ways to make a difference where I work and in the communities (in which) I live. I would like to spend more volunteer time working on projects that bring together diverse groups of people.''

Arunas Chesonis

President, chief operating officer and board member, ACC Corp.

Age: 33

Education: B.S., civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MBA, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Pamela; two sons, 8 and 4; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities: Supervises the majority of ACC's 550 worldwide employees, who represent the $200 million telecommunications firm throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

Community leadership: Board member, Compeer Inc.; chairman, International Affiliation of Compeer Programs, whose goal is to expand Compeer around the world; leadership involvement on other Compeer committees

Greatest influence: "I believe the way my father has conducted himself in his business and personal life has been the greatest influence for me. He has taught me to respect each employee in one's company without prejudice; to protect and love one's family; and to give to others who find themselves in less fortunate situations.''

Ten years from now: I would like to be teaching. "There were several teachers who made learning very fun for me when I was growing up. I would like to have that same type of impact on young people while they're still deciding which paths to take in life. Ideally, I would like to start teaching once my youngest child begins college.''

Jill Cicero

Attorney in private practice

Age: 36

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

Family: Husband, Paul MacAulay

Professional responsibilities: Solo practitioner in a law practice concentrated in estate planning and administration, preparation of wills and trusts, and planning for incapacity and long-term care; provides legal counsel for 1,600 clients, and represents 80 estates and trusts; active involvement on various professional committees

Community leadership: President, Rochester Women's Network; member, planned-giving advisory committee, Al Sigl Center; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; co-chairperson, 15th reunion gift committee, Colgate University; immediate past chairwoman, Brockport College Foundation

Greatest influence: That "probably (has) been the simple fact of being born into a family with nine children and two hardworking, honest parents with modest means and a strong sense of community obligation and compassion for others. The large number of children in our family inspired me to desire to excel at whatever I attempted as a means of establishing my own identity. I wanted to stand out from the crowd.''

Ten years from now: "I love what I do. Therefore, I fully expect that 10 years from now I will be doing more of the same: serving clients with estate-related legal concerns to the best of my ability. I would also hope to continue my involvement in our community and (with) the organizations (that) serve it.''

John Coleman

President, Rochester Binding & Finishing Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., economics, Ithaca College; MBA, Adelphi University

Family: Wife, Genie; two daughters, 5 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Founded company six years ago; manages all facets of daily operation; responsible for the development of new business, as well as the continuation of existing accounts

Community leadership: Board member and classroom volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester Inc.; Averell Council, Memorial Art Gallery; Pittsford Republican Committee; member, St. Louis Parish

Greatest influence: "My father. Through his actions I have learned self-discipline, hard work, generosity and love for your fellow man. Through his words of advice I have received much tranquillity during many turbulent times.''

Ten years from now: "I have a strong love and passion for what I do. The people (who) have helped me build my business deserve as much credit as I do. My goal is that the next 10 years bring growth, success and happiness to our business and all those associated with it.''

Joseph DiDonato III DDS

Owner, SouthWedge Dental Group

Age: 39

Education: B.S., SUNY College at Cortland; DDS, New York University; postdoctoral studies, University of Rochester

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Dentist in private practice; attending dentist and instructor at Strong Memorial Hospital; contributor to and editor of regional dentistry publications; started the dental program at Highland Hospital; producer of clinical and educational multimedia materials for patients and providers

Community leadership: Board member, South Wedge Planning Committee, for which he also coordinated the rehabilitation of a new headquarters building; editor, Wedge Newspaper; founder, South Avenue Business Association; involved in charitable campaigns through the Monroe County Dental Society

Greatest influence: "I am fortunate to be sensitive to the lessons (of) history. . . . I am inspired by people who in the face of adversity struggle to make something better than how they found it. There is considerable injustice and hardship in the world at large and in our own communities. . . . I feel compelled to participate in (seeking solutions) because it has a more enduring appeal to my vision of goodness.''

Ten years from now: "I hope to be participating in a revitalized South Wedge. To be sure, I am keenly interested in the process of urban planning and revitalization, and would like to participate in the greater development of the Rochester community. Personally, . . . if my efforts prove sound, I will launch several centers that will provide continuing education for professionals throughout North America.''

John Doyle Jr.

President and CEO, the Doyle Group Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., marketing, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Lauren; two sons, 11 and 6; two daughters, 9 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Oversees three subsidiaries and parent company, a multimillion-dollar security and cleaning outfit with more than 2,000 employees in four states; responsible primarily for strategic planning, acquisitions, budgeting and customer service

Community leadership: Monroe County legislator; officer and director, Rochester Safety Council; board member, St. Ann's Home; board of advisers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the Rochester Area; Brighton Republican Committee; past board member, Crimestoppers; member, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Greatest influence: "A sense of gratitude and wanting to give something back to the community that has given so much to me and my family.''

Ten years from now: I'll be "continuing to serve our company's employees and customers to the best of my ability, and continuing (to give) back to our community through contributions of time and money.''

James Forward

President and chairman, Forward Design Inc.

Age: 35

Education: Degree in visual communications, Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Family: Wife, Renee; three daughters, 8, 5 and 4

Professional responsibilities: Directly involved in developing new business and servicing existing client accounts; guides all strategic visual marketing and identity-development projects, color strategies and cost-effectiveness tactics; advises clients on all new package design and redesign; mentors development of young professionals

Community leadership: Financial and project support for Monroe County Special Olympics, AIDS Rochester Inc., Neighborhood Housing Services of Rochester Inc., Garth Fagan Dance Inc. and local inner-city church organizations

Greatest influence: That "comes from my upbringing in a Christian household. Strong moral values were instilled as well as a work ethic embodied in a quote from my father: 'I only have two speeds, go and stop.' Another quote--'If I were perfect, I'd be up there looking down'--helps me cope with the failures that rise in potential when I try to transcend perceived limits."

Ten years from now: I'll be "leading a firm of over 100 communications professionals and technical specialists providing innovative services to the world's most successful companies. Both at work and in the community, I will still be helping our younger people to learn and grow. They are the basis for future success, and it has always been enjoyable for me to contribute to this process.''

David Frishkorn

Manager, operations analysis, Xerox Corp.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., economics, Slippery Rock University; MBA, international business, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Life partner, Jack Hellaby; two daughters, 16 and 12

Professional responsibilities: Financial analysis and process support for North American manufacturing industrial relations; controller for worldwide manufacturing staff functions of manufacturing technology, quality and strategic planning; prepares and presents financial and strategic information to all levels of senior management; as a recognized diversity champion, serves as role model for other employees

Community leadership: Key volunteer for major events that benefit Helping People With AIDS, AIDS Rochester Inc. and AIDS Remembrance Garden at Highland Park; official spokesman and past chairman, Gays and Lesbians at Xerox; newsletter editorial advisory board, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; vestry member and finance committee member, Grace Episcopal Church; board member, Sample Soap, a volunteer effort providing free toiletries to the homeless and abused; participative member, Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus of Rochester

Greatest influence: "Years ago, when I worked in public accounting, we were encouraged to be involved in community activities. Through this process I have learned that the more I put into community and volunteer activities, the more I receive back. The same is true for my career. The more involved I am, the stronger and more capable I become."

Ten years from now: "I want to continue my integrated balance of professional and community activities and accomplishments. I plan to be a division controller or operations manager, and be involved in a key civic organization as a board member and in the political process as a campaign manager or publicist."

Eli Futerman

President, Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., political science, American University

Family: Wife, Peggy; daughter, 11; son, 7

Professional responsibilities: Oversees day-to-day operations; also chief operating officer and chairman of Auto Value Associates Inc., a national purchasing and merchandising automotive aftermarket group

Community leadership: Executive committee and assistant treasurer, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester; executive committee, Hillel School; member, National Jewish Young Leadership Cabinet

Greatest influence: "The greatest influence has been the teachings of my parents to be involved in community service. Giving of time and finances to those less fortunate than I has given me great personal satisfaction."

Ten years from now: "I hope to continue to grow my company with continued civic and community involvement."

Julia Garver

Partner, Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, Sturman & Clarke LLP

Age: 37

Education: B.S., University of Rochester; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Husband, Joseph Ruh Jr.

Professional responsibilities: Practice areas are corporate and securities law, with specialties in not-for-profit corporations and education law; chairs the firm's recruiting committee; member of the firm's labor and employment practice group; firm's first female partner

Community leadership: President, National Association of Women Business Owners/Rochester chapter; board member, Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp.; board member, Help Our World Foundation Inc.; committee appointments with the Mendon Foundation, Junior League of Rochester Inc., University of Rochester and Corn Hill Neighbors Association; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; volunteer adviser, elementary-school Peer Mediation Program; chairwoman, school attorneys committee, Monroe County Bar Association

Greatest influence: "I credit my professional achievements (to) the tremendous support and encouragement I have received from my husband, Joe Ruh, since we were classmates in law school. My parents have definitely had the most profound influence on me as far as my community activities are concerned. They instilled in me, by their own example, the desire to give back to the community."

Ten years from now: "If I am not sailing around the world, then I hope to continue to be challenged by the practice of law in the Rochester community."

Steven Gersz

Partner, Underberg & Kessler

Age: 38

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

Family: Wife, Marsha Raines; two sons, 7 and 4; daughter, 10 months

Professional responsibilities: As a member of the corporate law department, counsels clients ranging from start-up businesses to professionals to major institutions on business and transactional matters; serves as partner in charge of the firm's law library and partner liaison to the firm's associates; member of the firm's computer committee

Community leadership: President, Mental Health Association of Rochester and Monroe County; vice chairman, business-law section, Monroe County Bar Association; community advisory board, St. Mary's Hospital/DePaul Mental Health Services; Holocaust Commission, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester

Greatest influence: "My dad, who always insisted that I work hard and do my best, and also who set an example for community leadership. My partners at Underberg & Kessler, who exemplify the twin goals of effective legal representation and contribution back to the community in which we live and work."

Ten years from now: I'll be "continuing as a partner in Underberg & Kessler and participating in community organizations."

Gregory Gordon

Chief financial officer, Microlytics Inc./SelecTronics Inc.

Age: 31

Education: B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College; MBA candidate, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Virginia; son, 2; daughter, 7 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all aspects of financial reporting, SEC disclosures, personnel management and corporate relations; also responsible for contract negotiations and serving as liaison to corporate partners; during recent corporate restructuring, negotiated a secured-debt buyout, rebuilt the company's core-product focus through licensing agreements, and achieved increased efficiency and significant cost reductions through integrated contract administration

Community leadership: Agency evaluation team, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; endowment committee, Planned Parenthood of Rochester and the Genesee Valley; finance committee, National Hemophilia Foundation; chairman, Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center; board member, Genesee Cooperative

Greatest influence: "While I am very fortunate to have had several important and caring mentors, the single greatest influence has been and will be my wife, Virginia. Ginny has provided me with both strong praise and harsh criticism at the precise times required. Above all, she has been my best friend and a wonderful listener during the difficult restructuring of (the company), and throughout my civic endeavors."

Ten years from now: "While maintaining my civic ties, I see myself leading a technology-focused public company into the future. The technology-focused part because I am continually enthralled by the quantum leaps being made every day. The public part because the public arena provides challenges and rewards that excite and motivate me. I see myself leading because (of the benefits I've had from mentoring and training)."

Ken Greene

President, Bruegger's Bagel Bakeries

Age: 35

Education: B.S., finance, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Kimberlie; three sons, 6, 3 and 6 months

Professional responsibilities: Leads the management and development of Bruegger's franchises in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, with 32 units and four under development; also working on a major expansion into new regions in the Northeast, with 45 new units expected in 1996

Community leadership: Board member, Love/15, a non-profit urban tennis program; recently served on building committee, American Heart Association/Genesee Valley Region; elected state chairman to the recent White House Conference on Small Business; fund-raising and sponsorship efforts on behalf of Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis, Camp Good Days & Special Times Inc., the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc. and Odyssey of the Mind

Greatest influence: "My maternal grandfather was a great influence on my professional development. He taught me the value of hard work and (of) treating people, regardless of background, with fairness and respect. Additionally, I learned to be focused and disciplined at an early age by setting goals for personal achievement."

Ten years from now: "I'm projecting that within the next five years I will have developed over 200 Bruegger's units in the Northeast and neighboring regions. Additionally, I will have begun the development of another new concept for Americans to enjoy. In 10 years, I'd like to be doing more of the same."

Monica Guardino

Chief financial officer, Rochester-Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross

Age: 34

Education: B.A., business administration, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Works in conjunction with rest of management team to ensure financial stability of this $5 million organization; responsible for finance, accounting, purchasing and facilities management, among other functions

Community leadership: Graduate and now active alumna of Leadership Rochester; finance committee, Mercy High School; volunteer for United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Urban League of Rochester Inc., St. Mary's Church, St. Peter's Soup Kitchen and other local agencies; board member, Alternatives for Battered Women; immediate past coordinator, Downtown Community Forum

Greatest influence: "I have been incredibly blessed to be surrounded and supported by people, especially in my family and faith community, whose values and strong work ethic have had a tremendous impact on my life. Naming specific people would be very difficult because the list is innumerable."

Ten years from now: "I see a tremendous change in the way non-profit organizations do business. I hope to be able to use my experience and skills to help facilitate this change in the non-profit sector, perhaps by managing a non-profit organization. I also hope to be able to continue to contribute to the community by volunteering on non-profit boards, committees and community projects."

Paula Gutkin

Executive vice president and general counsel, Dynalab Corp.

Age: 30

Education: B.S., political science; American University; J.D., George Washington University Law School; MBA, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Oversees international sales and marketing of plastic laboratory products; supervises North American distribution sales and marketing activities; supervises direct-mail and telemarketing business; assists in strategic planning; designs catalogs and brochures for corporate and distributor use; reviews and negotiates all legal issues and documents in cooperation with outside counsel

Community leadership: Board president, Learning Disabilities Association of the Genesee Valley Inc.; corporate campaign committee and annual-telethon volunteer, Strong Children's Medical Center; Camp Seneca Lake committee, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc.; Jewish-education committees, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester; member, Jewish Home Connections Committee

Greatest influence: "My parents have taught me the importance of family, and the value of hard work, diligence, perseverance, ambition, conscientiousness, charity and community service. They have not only taught me these lessons by their words but (also) by their actions. . . . I am very proud of my parents. They have always encouraged me, and my brother and sister, to pursue our dreams. They have taught us that almost anything can be achieved if we work hard and hold on to our values."

Ten years from now: "Professionally, I plan on continuing my participation in entrepreneurial business. . . . There is no greater joy in business than participating in the success and growth of your own business. Civically, I plan on continuing my leadership role in my community. . . . It is a very rewarding avocation."

Wayne Holly

President and chief operating officer, Sage, Rutty & Co. Inc.

Age: 38

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

Family: Wife, Judy; four sons,11, 9, 7 and 5; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities: Manages day-to-day operations of brokerage business; reports financials to board of directors; sets long-term strategic policy; evaluates business opportunities and allocates resources to best grow market presence and business share

Community leadership: Public relations chairman and past president, Kiwanis Club of Brighton; board and committee member, Family Service of Rochester Inc.; active in children's sporting endeavors, including Honeoye Falls Youth Baseball; member, National Association of Securities Dealers District 8 Conduct Committee, which disciplines securities violators in the best interests of the public

Greatest influence: "My parents have always encouraged us (my sisters and I) to set personal goals, work hard and be sure to give back to the community. My wife and I are grateful, and we look forward to including our children in community projects."

Ten years from now: "I plan to be managing a 90-year-old investment firm that will be recognized as the boutique, old-line investment firm in Rochester, and the place to go for personalized investment counsel. (I) also hope to play a little more golf."

Robert W. Hurlbut

President, ROHM Services Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Sarah; two sons, 2 and 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees operations of 11 nursing homes and four adult homes, which house 1,100 residents and employ 1,600 employees; responsible for accounts receivable, purchasing, accounts payable and other management functions

Community leadership: Chairman-elect, Rochester-Monroe County Chapter American Red Cross; board member, Lifespan Inc.; founding member, Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery; board member, Rochester Eye Institute; development committee, GeVa Theatre; committee involvement, Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst

Greatest influence: "The personal and professional commitment of the people I have served with on these various boards. I have a greater appreciation and pride for the Rochester community because of these people. (Also, I've been influenced by) what it means to have a strong family relationship (and a) family that understands community involvement and the time it takes to preserve our community."

Ten years from now: "I hope to continue to be involved in community affairs and give back what the community has given to me. I am enjoying being involved in politics and hope to learn much more. With two children (who) will be 10 and 12 years old, I am sure I will be attending a lot of sports and school activities."

Gayle Johnston

President, thin-film technology division, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., medical microbiology, Purdue University; M.S., management, Northwestern University/Harvard University executive-development program

Family: Husband, Frank; two stepsons

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for profit-and-loss performance, asset management, and strategic and operating planning for a growing division with worldwide operations; last year led division to 15 percent growth in sales, 36 percent growth in operating earnings and 300 percent improvement in cash flow; instrumental in securing substantial new international business contracts and expanding the business into China and the Far East.

Community leadership: Board member, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council; board member, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester & Monroe County Inc.; volunteer, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Rochester-Monroe County Chapter American Red Cross and various Bausch & Lomb community activities

Greatest influence: "Being raised in a professional military family which relocated every two years. Such routine social upheaval fostered a sense of independence and self-identity at a young age."

Ten years from now: I'll be "running a growing, thriving global business which offers products customers want made by employees committed to improving their product, their work environment and themselves."

Rick Leasure

Owner and president, Rick Leasure Realtors Inc.

Age: 39

Education: NA

Family: Wife, Jeanne; three daughters, 18, 12 and 2; two sons, 9 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Oversees daily operations of 10-year-old, $63 million real estate firm, now a major player in the local market, as well as a Rochester Top 100 company; also maintains a sales presence; hands-on approach has contributed to the fact that business is experiencing growth in the 25 percent range

Community leadership: Board member, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (for children); project trainer and coach, Camp Good Days & Special Times Inc.; committee involvement, St. Louis Church; coach, Pittsford Little League Inc., St. Louis School and YMCA; project sponsor, Alpine Neighborhood Association

Greatest influence: "Sports, the book, 'Think and Grow Rich,' and the Anthony Robbins program."

Ten years from now: I hope to be doing "the same thing I'm doing now."

Patricia Malgieri

President and CEO, Center for Governmental Research Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political science, Holy Cross College; Master's in public administration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Family: Husband, Patrick; two sons, 11 and 8

Professional responsibilities: First female and youngest chief in CGR's 80-year history; manages a $1.2 million annual budget for this independent, non-profit research and management-consulting firm, which does work in the public interest for governments, non-profits and private organizations

Community leadership: Board member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc., Health Association of Rochester & Monroe County Inc., Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc. and Nazareth Schools; committee participant and volunteer consultant, Catholic Diocese of Rochester; member, August Group, appointed by mayor and county executive to bolster academic achievement of children in the Rochester City School District

Greatest influence: "I've had the benefit of very supportive mentors, such as my predecessors as CGR president--Fritz Grasberger and Walter Broadnax--and a very supportive and understanding husband and kids."

Ten years from now: I'll be "continuing to oversee the expanding geographic growth of CGR across New York state, and perhaps to selected other U.S. metropolitan areas, and continuing to have CGR be 'at the table' to help resolve this community's most pressing problems."

John Manilla

President, Pyramid Brokerage Co. of Rochester Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., sociology, Syracuse University

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

Professional responsibilities: Daily management of brokerage, advisory and market-research services; long-range planning in the development of new services and in the growth of the company statewide and nationwide; a founding partner of the firm

Community leadership: Fund-raising committee, Strong Children's Medical Center; corporate member, Hillside Children's Center; sponsor, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; member, Rochester Rotary Club; member, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.

Greatest influence: "Two outstanding parents who continue to provide me with strength and perseverance. A wonderful wife and two young sons who provide support and perspective in my daily activities, and my associates throughout Pyramid Brokerage Co., who last year allowed us the privilege of becoming one of the top 100 commercial-brokerage companies in the country."

Ten years from now: "I anticipate Pyramid Brokerage Co. will continue to grow with penetration into other markets statewide and nationally. My focus will be to work with my partners in an effort to improve our level of service and create greater opportunity for our associates who form the foundation of our organization. My community activities will focus on organizations committed to the health and education of children. In addition, I anticipate maintaining a strong and active role promoting economic development in our area."

Wade Norwood

Special assistant, office of New York Assemblyman David Gantt; councilmember-at-large, City of Rochester

Age: 30

Education: B.A., University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Lisa; son, 5; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities: Oversees operations of the district and Albany offices of state Assemblyman David Gantt, which includes coordinating legislative and policy-research efforts, and supporting the Assembly Transportation Committee; as city councilman, is chairman of City Council's Housing and Community Development Committee; past chairman, City Council's Public Safety Committee, during which time he led the effort to create Rochester's first police civilian-review board

Community leadership: Board member, Leadership Rochester Inc. and Legal Aid Society; advisory committee, the Center for Youth Services; advisory board, City School District School of Law and Government; deacon, Holy Jerusalem Spiritual Church; local-government representative, New York State Committee on Open Government; member, National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Committee

Greatest influence: "Most certainly, my religious convictions--and church participation--have been the primary dynamic behind my personal and professional lives. The philosophical wellspring of these convictions is drawn from the belief that, as a community, we have an obligation to those who are less well-off."

Ten years from now: "Ten years from now, as one who will no longer be under 40, I would like to think that, regardless of the public position I hold, I would still be involved in bettering the life of this community."

Mike Osborn

Managing Director and co-CEO, Catalyst Direct Inc.

Age: 38

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

Family: Wife, Jan; two daughters, 12 and 10

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for strategic planning and new-business development in this 54-employee firm; oversees account management, creative and production departments, and financial-accounting functions; Rochester's fifth-largest advertising agency and the nation's 46th-largest direct-marketing agency, Catalyst also is a Rochester Top 100 company

Community leadership: Chairman, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; board member, Compeer Inc.; annual-giving and marketing committees, Compeer

Greatest influence: "My wife, Jan. She's the one who has contributed the most. She's been supportive of all my professional and community endeavors."

Ten years from now: I see myself "running a bigger Catalyst Direct and continuing to be involved with Rochester's non-profit health and human-service organizations."

Christopher Owens

President and CEO, Unimail Corp.

Age: 32

Education: B.A., business administration, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Myrna; daughter, 9 months

Professional responsibilities: Manages operations of this 300-employee firm, which provides mail services ranging from data base management and laser printing to mail inserting and addressing; within year of hiring on as a salesman, he became president and part owner; seen as the driving force in turning this first-class-mail pre-sort bureau into a comprehensive regional mailing service that now is a Rochester Top 100 company

Community leadership: Chairman, Greater Rochester Postal Consumer Council; advisory committee, Quad A Fund, which supports athletic, academic and artistic achievements of inner-city youth; community-relations and development committee, East House Corp.; 1995 employer of the year, Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc.

Greatest influence: "(That) has undoubtedly been my father. He set a wonderful example for me to follow by being a hardworking man with excellent business ethics. He also spent a great deal of time with raising his family and with community-service projects far too numerous to mention."

Ten years from now: "I see myself spending more time with my family, especially with my children and their school-related activities. I also plan to follow my father's example by finding more time for community-service work. Professionally, I expect that I will help Unimail Corp. continue to remain on the leading edge of technology. . . . I would like for Unimail Corp. to become the mail-industry leader for quality and service (to) a much broader market."

Peter Pape

President, the Riverside Group Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., business, Alfred State University

Family: Wife, Beatrice; son, 8; daughter, 7

Professional responsibilities: Oversees operations of the seventh-largest trade bindery in the country, which was formed in 1988 when he merged Monroe Paper Finishing with three older binderies; managed growth of the company to $11.8 million in sales and 200 employees; also owns Riverside Chevrolet/Geo in Scottsville and is co-owner of Hot Shots Indoor Beach Volleyball Club

Community leadership: Vice president, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; other council involvements, including executive board, Eagle Board of Review, Cub Camping Committee and den leader

Greatest influence: "My family has always been a great influence in my life, along with the many business associates that I have met over the years. And I would also have to say that my wife, Beatrice, has been an especially great influence on my life."

Ten years from now: "I see myself doing the same thing that I'm doing right now--working hard. I may be on to some new venture, but I will still be working."

Linda Ross

Manager, community relations, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.S., industrial and labor relations, Cornell University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Manages corporate community relations and corporate sponsorship events chainwide; develops publicity campaigns and negotiates vendor sponsorships; oversees corporate contribution requests; establishes and manages budgets for all related functions; trains and assists store managers and consumer-affairs managers in outside districts; has significantly enhanced Wegmans' involvement in the community

Community leadership: Community-investment committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; co-chair, United Way Corporate Volunteer Connection; board member, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; Corporate Roundtable, Rochester Grantmakers Forum; personal involvement in Wegmans' community projects

Greatest influence: "Wegmans! I've been well trained, mentored and encouraged to do my best. The work environment at Wegmans is exceptional and allows people to reach their potential. The people at Wegmans make it possible for me to be involved the way I am in the community--everyone from Mr. Wegman and Danny to Mary Ellen Burris, the district and store managers, and especially the store employees (and) Barb Cross and Rachel Wexler, community-relations staff who assist me on every project."

Joseph Rulison

Executive vice president and partner, Marsh Capital Management Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political science, St. John Fisher College

Family: Wife, Karen; four daughters, 12, 10, 6 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Primary focus is new-business development and client relations; provides the firm with fixed-income expertise and economic insights; played a vital role in developing the business from $10 million in assets in 1989 to $140 million in 1995

Community leadership: Treasurer, Monroe County Industrial Development Agency; treasurer, Greater Outdoor Sports Facility Corp. (Frontier Field); vice president of the board, GeVa Theatre; trustee, Seneca Zoo Society; member, County of Monroe Arts Advisory Committee; board member, Rochester General Hospital Foundation; vice president of the board, Cancer Action Inc.; executive committee, Camp Good Days & Special Times Inc.; co-chairman, Monroe County Republican Chairman's Club; endowment committee, St. Thomas More Parish

Greatest influence: "The personal relationships developed through business, non-profit and political sectors in the community."

Ten years from now: "Over the next 10 years, I plan to continue to build Marsh Capital Management and take a major leadership position in the non-profit community. In addition, I plan to be in the forefront of local and national government."

David Rusin

Head of solutions planning, Frontier Corp.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, economics and management, Sacred Heart University

Family: Wife, Lori Farr; daughter, 5 months

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the creation, implementation and launch of the first fully deregulated telecommunications company in the country; has built a strong organization in a short time by emphasizing long-term customer relationships and helping to create a highly recognized brand image; orchestrated the company's naming rights for Frontier Field and its involvement in dozens of community sponsorships

Community leadership: Promotion chair, United Way/American Red Cross Day of Caring; sponsor and cast member, first "Stand Up for GeVa" comedy fund raiser; committee member, Daryl Tally Foundation; volunteer speaker to developing businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations; promotion and fund-raising activities for Frontier Field

Greatest influence: "Probably the greatest influence on my being has been by birth--not being born into life with a silver spoon in my mouth, or having a business turned over to me as the result of family interests. By the nature of this circumstance, you really have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself, and your real accomplishments are private. With this comes a natural desire to excel without creative limitations and to question the inane logic or politics of others."

Ten years from now: "I see myself a rewarded individual based upon my continued growth and the success I enjoy by augmenting others to achieve their best. . . . How you treat your people today will play a major role in about 10 years, when knowledge-inference as a skill becomes as valuable as precious metals are today."

Laura Sadowski

Vice president, development and public affairs, Strong Museum

Age: 36

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

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Manages marketing, financial-development, public-information, publications, membership and audience-development functions; develops and supervises implementation of annual and long-range marketing plans; directs development activity; participates in board/staff committees addressing strategic planning and development activities

Community leadership: President, Women in Communications Inc./Rochester chapter; board member, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc., Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc. and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; president, Plattsburgh State Alumni Association/Western New York chapter; nominating committee and Athena Award steering committee, Women's Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; nominating committee, Seneca Zoo Society, Rochester-Monroe County Chapter American Red Cross and Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; communications department community advisory committee, Monroe Community College

Greatest influence: "I have been fortunate to have had several generous mentors--individuals who took a special interest in my professional development, encouraged my civic involvement and guided me in the process. I was taught early on that the relationships one develops through civic involvement are as valuable, if not more valuable, than those that you develop just by doing your job."

Ten years from now: "I wouldn't venture to guess because while I believe that visioning and planning can be quite useful, I believe it can also be limiting if it keeps you from seizing unexpected or unplanned opportunities when they arise."

Armando Santiago

President and partner, American Recycling & Manufacturing Inc.

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Teena; two daughters, 7 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Financial, managerial, administrative and sales duties for a fast-growing, environmentally conscious manufacturer of reusable/recyclable packaging systems that is located in the city of Rochester

Community leadership: Treasurer, Rochester Hispanic Business Association; career-exploration committee, Boy Scouts of America; trustees council, St. John Fisher College; fund-raising committee, Puerto Rican Festival Inc.; Small Business Roundtable, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; board member, Spanish Action Coalition

Greatest influence: "Through my association with Boy Scouts of America and formerly with Hillside Children's Center, I learned of the importance of developing role models and economic opportunities for young people and their parents. As a business owner, I try to present those opportunities through employment of low-income city residents, and by encouraging young people to enhance their education and thereby their career opportunities."

Ten years from now: "Retirement! (Ha, ha!) I would hope that my company will be a regional if not national leader in developing reusable/recyclable packaging systems for major corporations. I would hope that continued business success will allow me more time for work with organizations/causes that I believe in."

Keith Senglaub

President, CEO and chief financial officer, Business Methods Inc.

Age: 36

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

Family: Wife, Michelle

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for company's overall leadership, and management of all financial and administrative operations, including banking relationships, cash forecasting, human resources, information systems and financial reporting; guided the company to average annual revenue and earnings growth of 22 percent and 26 percent, respectively; implemented a companywide strategic-planning process, among other initiatives, at this Top 100 company

Community leadership: Vice chairman, St. John Fisher College Alumni Association; chairman, St. John Fisher Career Services Subcommittee, where he was instrumental in establishing Real World 101, a series of career programs for students and alumni; member, marriage-preparation team, Church of the Transfiguration

Greatest influence: "I believe my achievements have been due in large part to three things: (my willingness) to take the necessary risks to advance myself; (my desire) to help others develop and excel to the best of their abilities; (and my belief in) giving back to those who have helped you along the way."

Ten years from now: "I plan to be part of the leadership team for a growing, vibrant international publishing company, and a well-respected member of my local community. . . . I also plan to earn an executive MBA (and) possibly run for local political office."

Keith Senglaub has accepted a new position outside Rochester as corporate vice president and corporate controller for Phillips Publishing International Inc. in Potomac, Md.

Tina Smagala

President, Learn it Live

Age: 30

Education: B.A., business administration, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Husband, Steve

Professional responsibilities: Owns and manages Rochester's first theater-based training company; designs and delivers training seminars on selling skills, customer-service skills, leadership development and team building; directs teams of professional actors who present live demonstrations during training seminars that show how to and how not to apply learned skills on the job

Community leadership: President, American Society for Training and Development/Rochester chapter; other ASTD committee involvement; membership-data base manager, Financial Women International/Rochester chapter; volunteer, annual-giving campaign, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: "Parents, husband, family and friends."

Ten years from now: I'll be "managing Learn it Live offices in Rochester, New York City, Chicago and Boston."

Bruce Taub

Resident vice president, Merrill Lynch & Co.

Age: 37

Education: American University

Family: Wife, Pam; two daughters, 11 and 10

Professional responsibilities: Serves as the firm's chief executive for Central New York; manages and directs the activities of approximately 200 employees in eight branch locations who, in turn, manage $4.2 billion in customer assets in more than 38,000 individual and corporate accounts

Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Inc.; conceived and directed Merrill Lynch's Take Stock in Rochester program, which supports local organizations through fund raising, employee donations and corporate matching gifts; recently received Rochester Area Foundation's 1995 Philanthropy Award for this program

Greatest influence: "Professionally, I have always been inspired by the ability of our truly great corporate leaders to make a difference in the lives of their employees and customers. With respect to civic activities, I am keenly aware of the important role a vibrant and well-supported arts community plays in maintaining and attracting business and corporate executives to the Rochester area and, consequently, in the success of our local economy."

Ten years from now: "I anticipate remaining a member of the Merrill Lynch management team, most likely based in New York City."

Mario Urso

Partner, Bonadio & Co. LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., business administration, SUNY at Buffalo

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

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for establishing and maintaining more than 50 client relationships; acts as audit partner and financial adviser; client specialties include health care, tax-exempt organizations and construction industries; coordinates and conducts the firm's professional recruiting activities

Community leadership: Board member, the Norman Howard School, Junior Achievement of Rochester and Kirkhaven; community-investment committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; finance committee, Webster Avenue Family Resource Center; received Junior Achievement Bronze Award in 1993 for outstanding contributions to business and economic education, one of only 187 such awards presented nationally; member, St. Mary's Church choir

Greatest influence: "A recognition of how fortunate I am to have achieved the level of success in my profession. This has motivated me to give back to the community in a philanthropic, professional and personal way."

Ten years from now: "I would anticipate that in 10 years I will still be a partner at Bonadio & Co. LLP. While the profession of public accounting will undoubtedly change in that time frame, it has been, and will continue to be, a rewarding and challenging career choice."

Michael Vadala

President and CEO, the Summit Federal Credit Union

Age: 39

Education: B.S., accounting, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Peggy; daughter, 6; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Heads up this 60,000-member cooperative financial institution, which has four branches and $156 million in assets, and serves employees of more than 320 companies, including many of Rochester's largest employers

Community leadership: Committee member, Rochester Business Classic Golf Tournament benefiting Wilson Commencement Park, Rochester District Golf Tournament and Summit Scholarship Golf Tournament; band member, the Terribles, which plays primarily at charitable events, including Rotary Sunshine Camp for Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis and dances for Monroe County Special Olympics; treasurer, Leukemia Society of America/Finger Lakes chapter

Greatest influence: "I was fortunate that my family background was solid enough to instill within me confidence in myself and compassion for others. My grandparents were immigrants, and my father was the only one of numerous aunts and uncles to obtain a college degree. I have rarely taken this for granted. I am obsessed with life and people and all they have to offer. My experiences have taught me the value of hard work, and the simple fact that you must visualize yourself as a leader and act as a leader to become one."

Ten years from now: "I have a hard time believing that I won't be tied into the credit union industry in some way. I expect that I'll be very much involved with the community and with my family. . . . As long as (my current position) stays challenging and exciting, and fills its current role in society, nothing could be better."

Kevin Williams

President, Weather-Track Inc.; director of meteorology, WROC-TV 8

Age: 36

Education: B.S., meteorology, Cornell University

Family: Wife, Beth; son, 4; one on the way

Professional responsibilities: At Weather-Track, oversees client/product development and day-to-day operations; broadcasts daily over radio stations in the United States and Canada; serves as expert in weather-related litigation; at WROC, prepares and delivers meteorological reports, directs staff and oversees forecast products

Community leadership: Community speaker on meteorology and broadcast journalism, including presentations to schools and service groups; developed WROC's "Friend for Life" segment, which serves to find loving homes for animals from the Humane Society of Rochester & Monroe County; donated thousands of copies of weather guide to area schools; telethon volunteer; numerous citations for environmental education

Greatest influence: "I am a 'meteorological entrepreneur.' My mission is to serve this and other communities with critical, accurate and timely weather information via various media. . . . I am motivated by bright-eyed young people. . . . (W)hen I speak at schools, I encourage students to pursue a career that thrills, challenges and motivates them--not just pays them well."

Ten years from now: "I will be guiding my company on the crest of the wave that is the latest weather forecasting and communication technology. And I will be doing it from here in Rochester with the support and inner strength that comes from family. Whether or not I will be seen on television, however, will be a function of the state of the medium at that time. (Not to mention my increasing dislike for wearing stage makeup!)"

11/10/95 (c) 1995 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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