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1996 Forty Under 40 nominees

Rochester Business Journal
November 8, 1996

Carole Bilson
Worldwide marketing manager, digital products, consumer-imaging division, Eastman Kodak Co.
Age: 37

Education: BFA (fine arts), industrial design, University of Michigan

Family: Husband, T. Andrew Brown

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the marketing and launch of cutting-edge digital products for consumer use worldwide; past "loaned executive" for a National Science Foundation project to create systemic change through improvements in math, science and technology education; holds two invention/design patents; juror for 1996 Business Week Industrial Design Excellence Awards; throughout career, has led and participated on teams to develop health, consumer and industrial products; has received numerous awards and honors for work with the NSF; participated in the Peabody-award-winning PBS broadcast, "Futures," on careers in industrial design

Community leadership: President-elect, Rochester Women's Network; preservation board, city of Rochester (mayoral appointment); co-founder and past president, Network North Star Inc. (the first Kodak employee network); during time with North Star, she led the first forum between community leaders, educators and Kodak African-American employees to learn about and discuss ways to support local education efforts, which led to the award-winning Total Youth Development Seminar Series at Jefferson Middle School; past chair, Women's Forum of Kodak Employees; member, Rochester chapter of the Links Inc., a local and national community-service organization for African-American women; board of trustees and co-program chair for 1996 conference, Worldesign Foundation, which supports design initiatives around the world

Greatest influence: "Growing up in another country (Ghana), which has provided me with a varied and diverse perspective on life and business. (Also) social and professional networking.''

Ten years from now: I'll be "a senior officer in a major U.S. corporation, or pursuing entrepreneurial business ventures.''

Martin Birmingham
Commercial relationship manager and assistant vice president, Fleet Bank
Age: 29
Education: B.A., St. Lawrence University

Family: Wife, Jill

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for day-to-day management of a lending portfolio comprising 20 middle-market, upper-middle-market and Fortune 500 customer relationships, which total $189 million in credit commitments; daily activities address business-development goals, customer service and risk analysis related to existing and new customer relationships; has consistently exceeded sales quotas, and earned top rankings in cross-selling the bank's non-credit products and services; member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics

Community leadership:

Board member and treasurer, Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester Inc., and subsidiary Catholic Charities Community & Residential Services; board member, Providence Housing Development Corp., a Catholic Charities affiliate; board member, Small Business Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; member, corporate council, Memorial Art Gallery; chairman, special fund-raising campaign, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; class agent and fund-raiser, St. Lawrence University; member, St. John of Rochester Church; has filled various leadership roles for United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence:

"My parents--particularly my father--who demonstrated that hard work and a balanced approach to personal and professional interests can lead to a fulfilling existence. . . . Giving back--without regard for the size of the contribution or effort--and caring for those who are in need, was a common theme while growing up. (Also reinforced was) the responsibility succeeding generations have to maintain and improve the overall quality of life in our community through support of Rochester's civic and cultural organizations."

Ten years from now:

"(I) hopefully (will be) living and working in Rochester, building on a track record of success and contribution to my family, employer and the community at large.''


Roger Brandt Jr.

President, Rochester's Cornerstone Group Ltd.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., economics and environmental studies, St. Lawrence University

Family: Wife, Mary Jo; one son, 9; three daughters, 8, 5 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for all aspects of the business, which focuses on real estate development and property management; the primary focus--real estate development--calls for procuring the property and planning for its development, contracting with various professionals, coordinating improvements, and overseeing the sale or lease of the property; also coordinates financing for all properties of Cornerstone and related businesses; seeks out, brings to contract, and arranges financing and management for various multifamily properties; a founding partner of the firm

Community leadership:

Board vice president, coordinator for annual popcorn sale and other involvement, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; board member and multicommittee participant, Al Sigl Center; board and committee member, Lewis Street Center; member, Gates-Chili Chamber Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; board member, Greater Rochester Association of Realtors Inc.; active fund-raiser and recruiter, St. Lawrence University; member, Church of the Transfiguration

Greatest influence:

"By far the greatest influence . . . has been my family. My parents, grandparents and in-laws have been successful in their careers while always finding time to give back to the community. It has always been a very important part of our lives. We live in a great community, and it is my pleasure and

T. Andrew Brown

Managing partner,

Brown & Hutchinson

Age: 37

Education: B.A., political science, Syracuse University; J.D., University of Michigan

Family: Wife, Carole Bilson

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for client development, ensuring the highest quality in legal services and managing the firm's financial affairs; practice area includes civil litigation and general business counsel to the firm's corporate clients; outside of law practice, owns and oversees operation/management of rental properties in Rochester and Kingston; former instructor, SUNY College at Brockport and Monroe Community College

Community leadership:

Member, New York State Human Rights Advisory Council; member, Monroe County Minority Lawyers Committee; member, 24th Legislative District Democratic Committee of Monroe County; board member, Compeer Inc., Westside Health Services Inc., Western New York State Off-Track Betting Corp. (mayoral appointment), Garth Fagan Dance Inc., Center for Dispute Settlement Inc. and Baden Street Settlement Inc.; contributing editor, Frederick Douglass Voice newspaper; past involvement, Monroe County Conditional Release Commission (parole board), Rochester Housing Partnership, Monroe Community College Paralegal Studies Program and American Express Co. Diversity Council; past Monroe County representative, Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee

Greatest influence:

"My parents, who instilled in me the values of higher education, discipline, hard work and commitment. Those values form the basis of my relentless determination to succeed at my endeavors."

Ten years from now:

"I see myself continuing to practice law with Brown & Hutchinson, which will have expanded its practice area to include several other cities. In addition, I see myself owning several different businesses outside of the law profession.'' duty to give back to others. My relatives have been terrific role models, which I hope to be able to carry on . . . for my four children.''

Ten years from now:

I'll be doing "the same things, except (then I'll be) chasing teen-age boys away from my daughters!''

Lauren Burns
Senior vice president, Ibero-American Investors Corp.
Age: 36

Education: B.S., accounting,

St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Jeffrey (deceased); son, 6

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees the office and its day-to-day operations; in charge of all financial reporting and budgeting matters; shares responsibility for collections and client development; prepares all reports and correspondence needed by the U.S. Small Business Administration; assists in fund-raising activities; a CPA, she is a member of the legislative and membership committees of the National Association of Investment Companies

Community leadership:

Board member, Easter Seal Society of Monroe County Inc.; board member and budget-committee chair, Rochester Women of Rotary, a branch of the Rochester Rotary Club; member, Hispanic Endowment Task Force, Ibero-American Action League Inc.; fund-drive volunteer and alumni-award recipient, St. John Fisher College

Greatest influence:

"My parents have always been a very strong motivational factor for me, and have always encouraged me to reach higher and reach out to others. During the past 12 years, my boss, Emilio Serrano, has been a strong influence on my career, always giving advice--good advice--(and) helping me to grow and prosper by letting me be independent in my work environment. He is very generous with his time and (with) allowing me personal time when needed. He has taught me that you may achieve your strategies more easily if you take a friendly approach toward people--employees, board members, etc.--rather than carry a ÔBig Stick.' When it comes to volunteer work, my husband, Jeffrey, was a large influence in my life. It was important for him to give back to the community--that was his philosophy."

Ten years from now:

"Professionally, I would like to be president of Ibero-American Investors Corp., with one to two other offices under my jurisdiction. (Personally,) I want to be teaching my son how to drive, and really enjoying his high-school years and sports.''

Margaret Cass
Controller, Rochester Institute of Technology
Age: 35

Education: B.S., SUNY at Binghamton; MBA, Boston University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for financial reporting and analysis, accounting, grants and contracts management, payment of vendors, payroll services, bursar services, short-term investment management, and accounting for RIT's endowment-fund investments; participates in analysis of key institutional issues such as debt financing and compensation policy; manages staff of 45; chairs professional-development committee of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers; recipient of RIT Presidential Award for Excellence

Community leadership:

Board member and treasurer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; investment-performance-review committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; investment-advisory committee, ABVI/Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence:

"A desire to reflect the values of education, hard work and compassion for others, which were taught to me by example while I was growing up.''

Ten years from now:

"I see myself continuing to play a leadership role in higher-education finance, while also involving myself in community-service organizations.''

Mike Catalana
Sports director, WOKR-TV 13

Age: 33

Education: B.S., broadcast journalism, Ithaca College

Family: Wife, Bernadette Weaver Catalana; two daughters, 6 and 5



Professional responsibilities:

Responsibilities include writing, reporting and anchoring the sports segment for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts; also hosts coverage of major events such as the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, the Rochester International and the Super Bowl; oversees department of six people; recipient of numerous industry awards

Community leadership:

President-elect, chair of Great American Heart Walk and other involvement, American Heart Association/Genesee Valley Region; volunteer, Monroe County Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, N.Y. Inc., Easter Seal Society of Monroe County Inc. and Community Partners for Youth Inc.; recipient of 1996 Section V Community Service Award

Greatest influence:

"Since I have been here in Rochester, (it) is Don Alhart. I consider myself very fortunate to work with someone who has shown an incredible ability to handle all of the responsibilities of his professional, personal and civic life the way Don (has). I would also have to include Bill Peterson for the example that he sets for everyone here at Channel 13. But there is no doubt that my wife, Bernadette, has been a great help to everything that I have done in my career and in my life. She has known me since the day I started my career in Binghamton, and has helped me grow in every aspect of my life. Without her help and support, I could not have accomplished any of the things that I have so far."

Ten years from now:

"I see myself here at WOKR-TV. There are times in everyone's professional life when they look forward to moving on. But Rochester and Channel 13 (have) become home for my family. I also see myself fully involved in my daughters' lives as they become teen-agers. If I can survive that, I can handle anything.''

Mark Cleary

President, City Blue Print Co. Inc./R.A. Ellis Corp.

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Kathryn; two sons, 4 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees 15 employees and handles the host of tasks involved in running a small business; primarily responsible for customer relations: quality control, customer satisfaction and improving the company's product offerings

Community leadership: Board member and revenue/development committee co-chair, Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services Inc.; member, Grove Place Association; member, Harold J. Coleman Foundation; contributor, New York State Conservation Council; member, St. Mary's Church

Greatest influence: "My father, E. Garrett Cleary, and my godfather, Martin Birmingham (father of fellow 40 Under 40 honoree Martin Birmingham). Between the two of them, they gave much of their time and energy to many charities and institutions, rarely being able to say no to a good cause. My father never prodded, pushed or suggested any direction, but let me follow my own course, with his faith and patience in me as my guide.''

Ten years from now:

"Through technological advances, (I see) cloning myself to better serve my children, my customers (and) my civic pursuits, and (to spend) more time with my wife.''

David Cook
Senior associate, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP
Age: 38

Education: B.A., Weber State College; MPA (public administration) and J.D., Brigham Young University

Family: Wife, Kathleen; four sons, 15, 12, 8 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

As a member of the firm's environmental-practice group, handles all aspects of environmental counseling with particular emphasis on Superfund matters, insurance coverage, pesticide regulation, environmental air pollution, compliance and auditing, and the environmental-impact process under the New York Environmental Quality Review Act and the National Environmental Policy Act; currently the firm's Superfund team leader; fluent in Spanish, he has represented clients in pre-acquisition audits of facilities located in Latin America

Community leadership:

Past president and current board member, Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp. and Flower City Habitat for Humanity; 1994 graduate, Leadership Rochester; recipient, pro-bono service award, New York State Bar Association; recipient, William E. McKnight Award, Volunteer Legal Services Project; treasurer and executive-committee member, Interfaith Forum of Rochester; member and counselor, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Greatest influence:

"Family, theology and the injunction of Dr. Martin Luther King that society will suffer more from the inaction of good people than (from) the bad actions of bad people.''

Ten years from now:

"Hopefully, I will still be alive continuing to climb a few mountains, staying active in the community and maybe, finally, driving a car with less than 100,000 miles on it.''

Michael Cooney
Associate, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP
Age: 34

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law

Family: Wife, Lisa; two sons, 6 and 3; daughter, 1



Professional responsibilities:

As a member of the firm's upstate-business and health-services practice groups, represents variety of tax-exempt and non-profit organizations, from major universities and medium centers to small family foundations and social-service agencies; sponsor liaison to the Stella Maris Province of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (one of the firm's clients)

Community leadership:

Board chairman, Catholic Family Center; board member, Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester Inc.; board member, Rochester Area Foundation; Rochester representative, public-policy committee, New York State Catholic Conference; chairman, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester's Catholic Leadership Forum; past board service, Junior Achievement of Rochester Inc., Compeer Inc., Highland Hospital Foundation and Rochester Grantmakers Forum

Greatest influence:

"A supportive spouse--my wife, Lisa--and two partners at Nixon, Hargrave--Sue Stewart and Patrick Martin--have provided me with ample opportunity to pursue my goals, for which I thank them. The local Catholic church, and in particular Bishop Matthew Clark, provide a constant inspiration to serve all those in our community, particularly the less fortunate.''

Ten years from now:

"I hope to be practicing law in a Rochester that measures itself by its commitment to the least (fortunate) of its members. I also hope to be able to play more golf.''

William Faucette Jr.

Director of strategic

operations, City of Rochester

Age: 26

Education: B.A., Stanford

University

Family: Single



Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for helping to ensure the successful implementation of Mayor William Johnson Jr.'s policy agenda and his community initiatives; serves as a member of the mayor's cabinet, which handles all major policy decisions, and leads a team of the mayor's direct reports, who individually and collectively coordinate major community initiatives; manages proper coordination and communication between the mayor's office and city departments; serves as the mayor's primary community representative; in 1995 was named one of Ebony magazine's "50 Leaders of Tomorrow"

Community leadership:

Commissioner, Martin Luther King Commission; board of trustees, McQuaid Jesuit High School; board member, Urban League of Rochester Inc. and AIDS Rochester Inc.; board member and development-committee chair, Discovery-Huther Doyle; mentor to students; member, Omega Psi Phi fraternity; member, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Greatest influence:

"God, who has blessed me with numerous opportunities and the ability to make the most of them. I also would not be the person I am today without the influence of my family, particularly my parents. From an early age, they instilled in me a

Robert Galbraith Jr.

Partner and manager of real estate department, Saperston & Day P.C.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Wife, Debra; son, 6;

daughter, 5



Professional responsibilities:

Handles overall management of real estate department, including budgeting, marketing and coordinating offices throughout Upstate New York; represents all manner of commercial and residential real estate transactions; committee participant, New York State Bar Association; executive committee, real estate section, Monroe County Bar Association; member, New York State Economic Development Council; involvement in several other professional associations

Community leadership:

Board member, president-elect and 1995 volunteer of the year, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County; also chairman for its Skyway Golf planning committee; past leadership involvement, American Diabetes Association/Rochester chapter, Rochester Regional Leadership Committee for Hamilton College, Arthritis Foundation/Genesee Valley chapter Downtown Derby, and Greater Rochester Young Businessman's Organization; coach, Brighton youth soccer

Greatest influence:

"My father, Robert L. Galbraith, taught me hard work and perseverance do pay off. My mother, Barbara Galbraith, taught me that nothing is impossible. My grandfather, John R. Williams, taught me to see the joy in life and live life to enjoy it, and to work to improve the community we live in. My wife and children taught me to improve the world we live in, and (they) provide support when I falter. My partner, Bill Gandy, with great patience has helped me develop my professional, legal and managerial skills."

Ten years from now:

I'll be "continuing to serve my clients and the community, and watching and helping my children grow."

Denise Gutstein

President, Rochester

Telephone Corp.

Age: 32

Education: B.A., electrical engineering, Union College; M.S., finance and marketing, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Adam

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees all local telephone operations in Rochester, with some 1,700 employees and $320 million in annual revenues; in her previous post heading up network strategy and technology planning, she developed and implemented a dramatic reconfiguration of the local network, greatly improving efficiency and speeding up delivery for new network products; also a member of the Rochester Tel board of directors

Community leadership:

Board member, Industrial Management Council; board member, Compeer Inc.

Greatest influence:

"There have been a number of significant influences in my life, including my small-town roots and values; consistent and positive support and challenge from my mother and father since I was a child; and ongoing support from my friends and colleagues. There have also been several outstanding mentoring relationships which have had a significant impact on my life."

Ten years from now:

"Ten years is a long time. I'm concerned with making a difference tomorrow and the next day, and the day after that . . . ."

John Hart

Vice president and senior associate counsel, Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.



Age: 39



Education: B.A., SUNY College at Potsdam; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: FiancŽe, Susie Putrelo-Summers; her children: daughter, 10; son, 7

Professional responsibilities:

Handles lending, workouts and restructuring for middle-market companies, primarily in Upstate New York; small-claims arbitrator, Rochester City Court; past leadership involvement, Monroe County Bar Association; past instructor, American Institute of Banking; involved in numerous Chase continuing-education seminars

Community leadership:

Board member, finance committee and volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; coordinator, Chase Legal Global Day of Service; volunteer, Mendon Center Elementary School; political-campaign volunteer; organized rally and petition drive in favor of downtown stadium; co-founded Downtown . . . Alive at Five Ltd., which has raised nearly $200,000 for local charities, and brought close to 100,000 people downtown after hours

Greatest influence:

"The realization that my personal happiness and professional success were inextricably linked with the fortunes of the community I live and work in. I also recognized that my community does not stop at the border of my own neighborhood or village or town. Those of us in the suburbs have a vested interest in the city, and vice versa. We need to work together to break down the parochial barriers."

Ten years from now:

"I have never been successful in trying to predict the future. (But) I hope I will be able to look back at the last 10 years and be satisfied with the effort I gave."

Michael Haymes

President,

Re/Max Realty Group Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., University of Miami

Family: Wife, Karen; son, 9;

daughter, 5



Professional responsibilities:

Oversees all real estate transactions, assisting sales associates with prevention and/or resolution of potential problems to ensure complete customer satisfaction; responsible for a staff of five administrative assistants and 50 full-time Realtor-associates, with an expected 1996 sales volume of more than $150 million; involved in promotion of business; also managing partner of Prime Mortgage Corp.; recipient of numerous industry awards

Community leadership:

Board member, American Cancer Society/Monroe County Unit; fund-raising chair, annual auction, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc.; fund-raiser, Children's Miracle Network; fund-raiser, State of Israel Bonds Drive; coach and sponsor, Brighton Little League

Greatest influence:

"Capable, intelligent and creative co-workers at both Re/Max Realty Group and Prime Mortgage Corp. have been an important factor regarding the success of my businesses. My partner, Jeff Hoffman, is one of the major influences in my business life and career. My father-in-law, Jesse Bresloff, and my sister,

Earl Isaac

Manager, youth and children division, Genesee Settlement House Inc.

Age: 36

Education: BSW (social work), Rochester Institute of Technology; M.S., SUNY College at Brockport; other study, Harvard University and SUNY at Buffalo

Family: Wife, Hyacinth O'Sullivan Isaac; two daughters, 15 and 11.



Professional responsibilities:

Directs the planning, development and day-to-day activities of the division and a satellite office; is a certified crisis-management trainer; is a certified sexuality trainer; has undergone anger-management training; field instructor, Roberts Wesleyan College and SUNY College at Brockport

Community leadership:

Graduate of United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. leadership class; chairman, marketing team, Rochester-Monroe County Youth Services Quality Council; board member, Planned Parenthood of Rochester and the Genesee Valley Inc., Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and Community Network Inc.; participant, Rochester City School District Douglass Middle School Roundtable and Community-Based Services Collaboration; participant, Urban League of Rochester Inc. and YMCA of Greater Rochester Minority Achievers Program; facilitates domestic-violence groups for men and teaches families peaceful-management skills; recipient of numerous awards and honors for community service

Greatest influence:

"Creating the first young-fathers group in Rochester, working on the Rochester City School District civic-responsibility committee developing curriculum, (and) being a Big Brother to teens in Rochester."

Ten years from now:

"I expect to develop a prep school for high-school students. "

Randy YoungÐan associate broker with Re/Max Realty GroupÐhave been tremendous sources of encouragement, motivation and inspiration for me."

Ten years from now:

"I hope to continue the upward growth that my companies have experienced over the past eight years. I also plan to maintain and increase a personal commitment to various civic and community organizations in the Rochester area."



James Jenkins

Attorney,

Harter, Secrest & Emery

Age: 32

Education: B.A., history and modern languages, Virginia Military Institute; J.D., West Virginia University College of Law

Family: Wife, Susan; two daughters, 6 and 15 months; two sons, both 4



Professional responsibilities:

As a member of the firm's securities group, counsels clients on all aspects of private and public financing, SEC compliance and Blue Sky regulation; represents both issuers and underwriters in public offerings; advises on mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance; serves as member of firm's recruiting and hiring committee

Community leadership:

Board and executive-committee member, as well as executive director of the search committee and member of the corporate-governance task force, Planned Parenthood of Rochester and the Genesee Valley Inc.; volunteer, Advent House, hospice for the terminally ill; director, Genesee Land Trust

Greatest influence:

"My parents and my Jesuit education."

Ten years from now:

"I see myself as a partner with Harter,

Carl Langsenkamp

Manager, media relations, Xerox Corp.



Age: 37



Education: B.A., journalism, Ohio State University





Family: Wife, Dee Alexander; daughter, 2; son, 9 months



Professional responsibilities:

Develops public relations programs and initiatives that highlight Xerox as the world leader in document processing; serves as company's media spokesman; managed the public relations aspect of the Xerox sponsorship of the 1996 Summer Olympics, including the Xerox 100 Golden Olympians Program

Community leadership:

Public relations-committee chair, Crystal Ball Gala co-chair and 1994 volunteer of the year, Monroe County Special Olympics; volunteer, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc., Seneca Zoo Society, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York branch, and assorted other non-profit community organizations

Greatest influence:

"First and foremost, the wise counsel and guidance of my wife. Second, understanding the strength of networking on both a professional and personal level. Third, never taking anything too seriously."

Ten years from now:

"I see myself doing one of two things: continuing in a corporate public relations environment or quarterbacking the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl championship. Based on those two options, I will assume that the public relations job is more likely to be the guiding force over the next 10 years."

Secrest & Emery. I hope to be involved directly with community activities related to children and child development."



Richard Marx

Senior environmental health engineer, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.S., wood products/industrial engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Family: Single



Professional responsibilities:

Works on behalf of a broad range of industrial clients to develop and implement strategies for compliance with regulations governing solid- and hazardous-waste management, wastewater discharges, site investigation and remediation, hazard communications/employee right-to-know, and waste minimization; work-load coordinator for firm's environmental technical team; technical liaison to firm's Albany office; past leadership involvement in various local and national professional organizations, including the Environmental Auditing Roundtable

Community leadership:

Acquisition-committee and advisory-board member, Genesee Land Trust; vice president and treasurer, New York River Otter Project Inc., a 10-year project to reintroduce the river otter to Central and Western New York; one of the key individuals involved in the successful reintroduction of peregrine falcons to the Rochester area; various other involvements with environmental and ecological groups, and public-education efforts

Greatest influence:

"My love of nature and respect for the environment instilled in me as a child by my parents and grandparents has had the greatest influence. . . . I was taught to consider my actions, to take

Dan Mason

General manager,

Rochester Community Baseball Inc.

Age: 28

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame



Family: Wife, Sheila Ragus Mason



Professional responsibilities:

Oversees and manages various aspects of the Rochester Red Wings' business operations, including sales, marketing, promotions, community relations, media relations, field and stadium maintenance, ticket office and finance; assists in managing concessions and merchandising; works with board of directors to compile yearly organizational budget; youngest GM in Triple-A baseball; in his first season as GM, attendance exceeded 400,000 for first time since 1949 and the organization did its best financially since the mid-1980s; active in initiating special events and in planning Frontier Field

Community leadership:

Executive-committee member, WXXI 1996 auction; host, annual Challenger Baseball World Series for mentally and physically challenged children; past member, Task Force to Reduce Violence; committee member and organizer, various charitable events to benefit children, veterans, the homeless and disadvantaged, and the community at large

Greatest influence:

"I remember attending Red Wings games at Silver Stadium when I was a youngster, seeing my heroes in person, rooting for Tommy Shopay and then getting my first autograph from him. I fell in love with baseball at Silver Stadium, and my goal as general manager is to create a ballpark environment where the next generation of fans can do the same. . . . From a personal standpoint, my parents, Jim and Mary Mason, have been the greatest influence (because) they have molded me into the person I am today. . . . I've never forgotten the most important rule of all in our house: the Golden Rule."

Ten years from now:

"A season ago, the challenge was to make the final season at historic Silver Stadium the ballpark's most memorable season while also planning for the move into Frontier Field. In 1997, the challenge is to make Frontier Field the best ballpark in which to watch a game in all of minor-league baseball. . . . It's tough to guess what the specific challenge will be 10 years from now, but I hope to be here to tackle it."

cautiously and give back freely. This philosophy eventually led me on my chosen career path, and I am very fortunate that (Nixon, Hargrave) supports me in many of my endeavors and is committed to many of the projects I am most passionate about."

Ten years from now:

I see myself: "growing in my field professionally and continuing to develop specialty areas; seeing through to completion the New York River Otter Project; (doing) public speaking regarding land and my current involvement (with it); starting a family; and continuing my involvement in environmental causes."

Brian Meath

Corporate counsel,

Paychex Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., management, SUNY College at Geneseo; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School; MBA, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Kelly; daughter, 9;

son, 5



Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for managing and providing legal service at Paychex; serves on the board of the Central and Western New York chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association

Community leadership:

Board member, Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Inc. and F.F. Thompson Hospital Foundation Inc.; board and executive-committee member, Finger Lakes Private Industry Council; member, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration Alumni Advisory Council and SUNY College at Geneseo John Wiley Jones School of Business business-advisory council

Greatest influence:

"My wife, Kelly; my daughter, Allison; and my son, Kyle, whose courage, determination and optimism in dealing with his physical challenges constantly inspires and motivates me. (Also), my parents, Barry and Ann Meath; numerous professors, teachers and athletic coaches who instructed and challenged me; and my religious faith."

Ten years from now:

"I expect to be a 10-year-plus employee at Paychex, still living in Canandaigua, and continuing to enjoy my family, community and profession."

William Nojay

Attorney,

Saperston & Day P.C.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., Colgate University; J.D. and MBA, Columbia University

Family: Wife, Kathleen; son, 7; daughter, 4



Professional responsibilities:

Corporate-finance, real estate-finance and tax attorney with Saperston & Day; also a partner in Sales Tax Plus Inc., a sales- and use-tax consulting firm; co-author, "Sales and Use Tax Handbook for Manufacturers," a 468-page manual that has been purchased by 25 percent of Upstate New York manufacturers with sales exceeding $5 million

Community leadership:

Chairman, Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, where he is overseeing an overhaul of Monroe County's transit service; Chairman of Al Sigl's housing board and extensive past involvement, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; past leadership involvement, International Business Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc., Rochester International Development Corp. and Rochester Association for the United Nations; treasurer, Friends of Jack Doyle; deputy counsel, Monroe County Republican Party; law-committee member, Genesee Valley chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union; volunteer, Love the Children, an adoption-services agency

Greatest influence:

"My parents, brother, wife and children have shaped my priorities. Living in unstable conditions overseas (during a job in the mid-1980s) has provided a deep respect for the 'Rochester model' of community leadership, which stresses a cooperative and team-oriented approach to problem-solving."

Ten years from now:

I'll be "raising two wonderful children, enjoying life with my wife, (and) working on civic and government projects that will add value to the community."

Angelo Nole Jr.

Executive director, Pyramid Advisory Services Group, Pyramid Brokerage Co. Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., Bentley College; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Family: Single



Professional responsibilities:

Provides corporate and institutional clients with real estate services tailored to meet their requirements; an attorney, he is founder of the group, which is the first professional real estate-services organization in Upstate New York that focuses specifically on the special needs of large corporations and institutions; in 1992 he was recognized as one of the top six corporate real estate executives nationwide by New America Network, an organization of more than 200 real estate companies

Community leadership:

Board and committee member, and former co-chair of the IceBreaker Ball, Webster Avenue Family Resource Center Inc.; board member, Southeast branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester; corporate-properties committee, YMCA of Greater Rochester; active member, Western New York Alumni Association of Bentley College and Rochester Area Alumni Association of Syracuse University College of Law

Greatest influence:

"I am very fortunate to have been blessed with wonderful parents who taught me to treat people fairly and with respect. As role models, my parents and family imparted simple yet timeless values and qualities. I am also fortunate to have been exposed to many great people, growing up and professionally, who taught me the value of hard work and integrity."

Ten years from now:

"I would like to continue to grow professionally and be in a position to help people in the community. I have been offered numerous opportunities and I would like to be in a position to provide the same to others."

Kathleen Pavelka

President, Telecomp Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., accounting, Syracuse University; also attended Monroe Community College

Family: Single



Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for overall management and leadership of Telecomp, which she founded in 1986 to aid non-profits in raising funds through telemarketing; oversees strategic planning and new-service development; serves as treasurer and was 1995 local-conference chair for the National Society of Fund Raising Executives; serves as a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Region III Cabinet; speaks nationally on non-profit issues

Community leadership:

Board member, golf-tournament chair and alumni-committee co-chair, Monroe Community College Foundation Inc.; board member and membership-campaign chair, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member, "Commitment to Learning" National Campaign Council, Syracuse University; membership task force, Memorial Art Gallery; 1994 recipient of Ad Council's Lantern Award

Greatest influence:

"There is no question that (one influence is) having been raised in a democratically minded family, where my mother, Marcella Pavelka, taught her daughters that anything was possible. . . . My family did not have the resources to pay for my education, and (in part because of my own experience gaining opportunities through loans and scholarships), I believe so strongly in providing opportunity, as well as access, to higher education (to everyone). Today, I am influenced mostly by the end result of our efforts for our clients. . . . Along the way, I have been influenced, as well, by several individuals who were willing to take extra time to be a mentor, (which) I believe is our 'human' responsibility."

Ten years from now:

I'll be "making a difference. Whatever the future may hold for meÐor for TelecompÐit will always be important to me to be making a difference in whatever way I can be of value."

David Peartree

Partner,

Peartree & Peartree LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political science, College of the Holy Cross; J.D., George Washington University

Family: Wife, Audrey; two sons, 10 and 9; daughter, 5



Professional responsibilities:

Practices law with his wife and law partner, Audrey, concentrating in estate planning and administration, wills and trusts, and business counseling; was a captain and judge advocate, specializing in criminal litigation, for the U.S. Marine Corps

Community leadership:

Chair, Catholic Schools of Monroe County; Bishop's Stewardship Council and planned-giving advisory committee, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; past board member, Cancer Action Inc.; past leadership involvement, McQuaid Jesuit High School Alumni Council and Seton Catholic School

Greatest influence:

"Three years in the Marine Corps taught me how to lead and how to follow. A lifetime as a Catholic has given me a Catholic world viewÐpurposeful and God-centered."



Edward Pelta

General counsel and assistant secretary, General Railway Signal Corp.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., University of California at Berkeley; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Family: Wife, Lisa; daughter, 6; son, 3



Professional responsibilities:

Conducts general business-law counseling covering all aspects of company operations, including international law, employment and labor law, mergers and acquisitions, government contracts, antitrust, intellectual property, product liability and litigation management; serves as president of the Central and Western New York chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association; recipient of multiple GRS awards

Community leadership:

Board member, and personnel, finance and planning-and-allocation committees, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester; board member, and personnel and nominating committees, Hillel Foundation; finance committee, Hillel School

Greatest influence:

"I credit my achievements first, to my parents, who instilled in me a strong work ethic, a commitment to excellence and a belief in the importance of community; second, to the clients and attorneys I have been fortunate to work with and learn from; and third, to community leaders who have served as my role models and given me rewarding opportunities to serve our community."

Ten years from now:

"I expect to continue honing my skills and pursuing new experiences in order to serve my clients and community."Ten years from now:

"I hope for continued fulfillment in my family life, continued success in my professional life, and greater challenges in my community involvement."

Mark Perlo

President,

Xerographic Solutions Inc.

Age: 38

Education: Associate's degree, business, Monroe Community College; B.S., marketing, Niagara University

Family: Wife, Daryl; son, 9



Professional responsibilities:

Founded this 26-employee company in 1991

to provide sales and service of Xerox Corp. products to businesses in Western New York; has grown the company to several thousand customers and millions of dollars in sales; recipient of multiple Xerox sales and partnership awards, including being a Xerox Partner in Excellence in four out of the last five years

Community leadership:

Board member, Fair Business Council of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, CEO Roundtable, Small Business Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; committee member, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; member, Rochester Rotary Club; coach, Fairport Little League; volunteer, Roger's House

Greatest influence:

"My family has had the greatest influence. . . . My parents, Warren and Gilda, instilled in me the importance of responsibility, morals and achievement, and my brother, Wayne, and sister, Donna, helped me motivate myself toward continued success. My wife, Daryl, and son, Adam, are my support."

Ten years from now:

"I will continue to grow our company and remain focused on civic and community activities. I also see myself coaching baseball and teaching business courses at a local college. I want to provide the leadership and foundations that I gained from coaches and instructors while I was growing up to future students and athletes."

Ronald Pluta

President, Nylomold Corp.

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Mary; sons, 12 and 10; daughter, 5



Professional responsibilities:

Manages this local injection-molding manufacturing company, which employs 200 people; spends the balance of his time sharing oversight, with his father, of the family's real estate ventures

Community leadership:

Co-chair, Rochester Business Classic Tournament; honorary board and various past commitments, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York branch; past leadership involvement, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc.; ongoing sponsor, St. John Fisher College, St. Louis School and McQuaid Jesuit High School; volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; coach, children's sports teams

Greatest influence:

"For my professional achievements, I would say the opportunity to work with my father for the past 16 years and draw from his experiences. As for the civic achievements, I would say it is twofold: one, working side by side with the many volunteers and business leaders, and (two, working) with Jean Howard from the Wilson Commencement Park (a Business Classic beneficiary) these past two years. Jean's energy and dedication to her work was very contagious. . . . Last but not least, Mary, my wife, has been an influence in both my professional and civic achievements. She is very involved in each and every activity or event that I (am), helping out with anything she can."

Ten years from now:

"I hope (to be doing the same), maybe playing a little more golf, though. By then my boys will be in college, so I most likely will be taking weekend trips to visit them, and working through the anxiety of my daughter's years in high school."

James Riedman

President, Riedman Corp.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., business administration, University of Notre Dame; MBA, risk and insurance, and MBA, finance, University of Wisconsin

Family: Wife, Carron; two sons, 6 and 4; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees operations of Riedman Corp., an insurance broker serving government, businesses and individuals through 65 offices in 12 states; also serves as chairman and CEO of Daniel Green Co., a publicly owned manufacturer of women's slippers and footwear; serves on boards of directors for Finger Lakes Long Term Care Insurance Co. and Gordon S. Black Corp.

Community leadership:

Director and treasurer, St. Ann's Home/the Heritage; board member, YMCA of Greater Rochester; board member, Monroe Community College Foundation Inc.; board member, Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; active fund-raiser for variety of civic and charitable organizations

Greatest influence:

"An opportunity at the start of my career to learn from some very accomplished individuals."

Ten years from now:

I see "putting my professional career on hold to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team."

Michael Rosen

President, OppenheimerFunds Inc.ÐRochester Division

Age: 35

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

Family: Wife, Marilyn; son, 12;

two daughters, 9 and 4

Professional responsibilities:

Serves as portfolio manager for a $525 million convertible bond fund; selectively picking all holdings for the Oppenheimer Bond Fund for Growth earned him a 1992 Business Week designation as the nation's best bond-fund manager; manages a 34-employee office; guides the company's investment and marketing directions; serves on boards of directors for All Points Software Inc. and Danskin Inc.; recipient of 1995 Richard L. Rosenthal Award

Community leadership:

Finance committee, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester; in 1996 established the Michael S. Rosen Foundation to benefit a variety of public charities on behalf of the federation

Greatest influence:

"Having children."

Ten years from now:

I'll be doing "something totally different, new and exciting."

Matthew Rosenbaum

Partner, Gray, Feldman & Rosenbaum LLP

Age: 32

Education: B.A., Hobart College; J.D., Boston University School of Law

Family: Wife, Hope; son, 3;

daughter, 1



Professional responsibilities:

As a partner in the firm, he heads the government-affairs and general-litigation departments; also serves as an administrative law judge for the New York State Higher Education Services Corp., in which capacity he presides over cases dealing with student loans and fraud; prior to joining the firm, he was counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration in Rochester; he is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association

Community leadership:

Leader, Brighton Republican Committee; member, Monroe County Republican Executive Committee; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; board of trustees and capital-campaign co-chair, Hillel School; member, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc.; guest lecturer, Cornell University Law School; volunteer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alumni Admissions Program

Greatest influence:

"Without question, (it's) my family. My father's 40 years of public service and my mother's lifelong interest (in) and advocacy for the arts and sciences have had a profound effect on me. My wife--whom I met when we were 8 years old--has always been supportive and has encouraged me in all my endeavors. Finally, my children, who bring me my greatest joy, have always helped me keep everything in perspective."

Ten years from now:

I'll be "practicing law within our growing firm and continuing more actively in public service."

James Ryan Jr.

Co-founder and principal, GLC Business Services Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., economics, Middlebury College; MBA, Harvard Business School

Family: Son, 10; two daughters,

8 and 5



Professional responsibilities:

Along with his two partners, he wears many hats in overseeing the growth of this support-service outsourcing provider; serves as chief financial officer and Rochester region general manager, but also is involved in sales and operations; with his partners, he has grown the business to 95 employees, up from a three-person start-up in March 1993; works to communicate the benefits of outsourcing; also serves on executive advisory council for M&T Bank

Community leadership:

Planning-committee member and co-founder, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester's Catholic Leadership Forum; board member and past president, Harvard Business School Club of Rochester; board member, Park Ridge Foundation Inc.; volunteer, Rochester Cancer Center; active member, St. Thomas More Church; past leadership involvement, Norman Howard School Inc. and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; co-chair, Rochester-area alumni group, Middlebury College

Greatest influence:

"My parents and my family. . . . From an early age, my brother, sisters and I watched and heard consistent and repeating themes from our parents. We were taught that discipline and hard work (are) essential to achieving success. We also saw through our parents that community involvement, although at times laborious and burdensome, was often rewarding and fulfilling. We witnessed a lifestyle that balanced work and family, and one that made time to have fun as well."

Ten years from now:

"I would not be surprised and would feel very fortunate to be living the same kind of lifestyle in 10 years that I am living today. I would enjoy working with and managing a small, independent company in the Rochester area while continuing to be involved with community and civic organizations. Of course, I would hope to be able to play golf and dabble in other sports, and, above all, enjoy being with my family."

Robert Ryan

Region executive,

commercial banking,

Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., business administration, Villanova University; MBA, University of Pittsburgh

Family: Wife, Cynthia; daughter, 6; son, 1



Professional responsibilities:

Manages three business teams serving Rochester-area businesses and municipalities, and one team that serves the U.S. government and its agencies; oversees 17 bankers and 250 client relationships; serves on the board of and as an instructor for the Bank Management Institute, SUNY at Buffalo; recipient of numerous industry awards and commendations

Community leadership:

Board of trustees, executive committee and additional past involvement, Seneca Zoo Society; board and committee member, YMCA of Greater Rochester; board member, St. Ann's Home/the Heritage; active volunteer and sponsor for multiple community groups, including the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council; mentor, Chase Diversity Mentor/Mentee Program

Greatest influence:

"My parents: My father, (who died in) 1977, epitomized an 'other-centered' philosophy. Similarly, my mother has always believed that the greatest gift we have is to give of ourselves to others. In terms of professional achievements, I believe my parents also instilled a deep sense of respect for the individual, hard work and a striving to consistently be the best I can be. I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Socrates, who said, 'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.' I try to remind myself often of the above."

Ten years from now:

"My current job responsibility is enormously fulfilling and challenging, and I believe I could be happy doing this for many years to come. In addition, I would like to spend more time exploring two other passions in a professional way: writing and teaching."



Laura Saxby

Reporter, WHEC-TV 10

Age: 35

Education: B.A., mass communications, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Husband, John Lynch Jr.



Professional responsibilities:

Works as a general-assignment reporter for the Monday-through-Friday 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts; since joining WHEC in 1985, she has interviewed people ranging from former Vice President Dan Quayle to comedian Jay Leno, and previously served as weekend anchor/producer

Community leadership:

Board member, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. and March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; regular participant in and honorary chairwoman of numerous community events, including those for the Monroe County Special Olympics and the Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; frequent speaker before student groups and assemblies

Greatest influence:

"One of time's oldest sayings is, 'Children learn what they live.' That very much applies to me. The greatest influences on both my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, John and Jeanette Saxby. I grew up in a family where we were encouraged to try something if we chose, and asked in return only that we do the best we could. Education carried the greatest value, and learning was treasured. My parents led by example on civic contributions, too. . . . I consider it the greatest compliment when someone says I remind them of my parents."

Ten years from now:

"First and foremost I hope to be celebrating my 10-year wedding anniversary. . . . I hope, too, that our lives will be enriched by children--and that good health and happiness surround us. Professionally, I hope that my career in communications has allowed me to enjoy the same satisfaction and pleasure I have thus far enjoyed, wherever opportunities may take me."

Ronald Sellers Jr.

Vice president,

Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology College of Business

Family: Single



Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for sales and service at six Chase branches in eastern Monroe and Wayne counties; one of 100 people chosen companywide to work on the Chase Focus Project, an expense-reduction program in New York City

Community leadership:

Instructor, middle-grades program, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; 1996 leadership chair for Chase's United Way fund drive; mentor, Chase Manhattan Bank's Retail Bank Mentoring Program; member, RIT Council on the College of Business; past leadership involvement, Ralph Bunch Scholarship Fund and Crimestoppers

Greatest influence:

"I think that athletics has had a major influence in my professional achievements. The elements of coaching, teamwork, striving for excellence and the need to be continually challenged--all factors in any successful career--were learned through participation in athletics. My civic contributions are influenced by the need to use my life experiences to help others realize both personal and professional potential."

Ten years from now:

I'll be "continuing to look for challenging experiences in my professional career, personal life and community involvement."

Nancy Sousa

General manager of OM products and vice president, consumer imaging, Eastman Kodak Co.

Age: 39

Education: B.A. and M.A., mathematics, SUNY College at Potsdam; M.S., mathematics, University of Notre Dame; permanent elementary and secondary teaching certificate

Family: Husband, David



Professional responsibilities:

Leads a worldwide team for the planning, procurement, marketing, delivery and sales of consumer imaging-related products, such as frames, albums, batteries and videotapes; also serves on the Corporate RONA Cost of Quality Team, assisting business units in identifying and implementing quality improvements; member of national mathematics honor society

Community leadership:

President and extensive past involvement, Women's Forum of Kodak Employees; church elder, youth mentor, choir member and other involvement, United Church of Christ of Fairport; volunteer, Flower City Habitat for Humanity and adopt-a-grandparent programs; as an avid bicyclist, she has organized bicycle camps for kids

Greatest influence:

"Early in my college days, I was offered two pieces of advice that have influenced my participation, contributions and leadership: believe in yourself, for through the love and support of God and people, you are valuable and have plenty to contribute; (and) the best repayment for any good deed is to share with another person another good deed. These two thoughts guide my days and compel me to excel in my activities."

Ten years from now:

"My goals (include): enjoying time and supporting my extended family; leading a major new consumer-oriented endeavor for Eastman Kodak; volunteering for both local and national women's organizations; and singing in my church choir. I'm not very good (at the latter), but the group is quite forgiving."

Amy Tait

Executive vice president and director, Home Properties of New York Inc.

Age: 37

Education: BSE, civil engineering, Princeton University; MBA, Simon School, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Bob; son, 6; daughter, 4



Professional responsibilities:

Manages investor relations, and debt and equity financing for Home Properties--a publicly traded real estate investment trust--and affiliated partnerships; actively involved in the company's 1994 initial public offering; also serves on regional advisory board for M&T Bank

Community leadership:

Board member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. and GeVa Theatre; member, the Commission Project, which funds music commissions and composers-in-residence at area schools; member, the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration Trustees Visiting Committee; past leadership involvement includes the Rochester Women's Fund and Boy Scouts of America, Otetiana Council

Greatest influence:

"My achievements can be attributed largely to: one, my father, who has been a tremendous--and patient--role model for the 13 years we have worked side by side; two, a great education, which trained me to think clearly and logically; three, a stubborn commitment to achieve results (that) exceed expectations; and four, a supportive husband and family."

Ten years from now:

"I hope to make a significant contribution toward building Home Properties into one of the dominant owners of multifamily housing in the Northeast--while maintaining a reasonably healthy balance between work, family and community activities."

Cathryn Thomas

Supervisor, Town of Webster

Age: 38

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

Family: Husband, Michael Dickinson



Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for heading up the day-to-day operations of a local government with 90 full-time and 130 part-time employees, and an annual operating budget of $15 million; enacts local laws and ordinances, and lobbies appropriate officials regarding laws of local importance; manages town finances and ensures all operations are cost-effective and consumer-oriented; as supervisor, has worked with town-board members and department heads to reduce the town tax rate by 6 percent since 1994; first woman and youngest person to be elected Webster town supervisor; also serves as secretary to the Monroe County Supervisors' Association; extensive present and past involvement in other professional organizations

Community leadership:

Board member, Rochester General Hospital Foundation Inc.; participant, Webster Village Band and Webster Theatre Guild orchestra; recipient of several community-service awards; active participant in various community activities related to her role as Webster town supervisor

Greatest influence:

"Overall, (it is) the people of the town of Webster. Webster is an outstanding place to live, filled with people who are interested in family and community. . . . Personally, I have been greatly influenced by my mom. She is a fantastic person with high morals and values. She believes in herself and taught all her children they could achieve anything, so long as they worked hard and were sincere in their dealings with others."

Ten years from now:

"To stay in this job for at least the next 10 years, and to accomplish many of those things to make Webster an even better place to live, would be gratifying. Politics--and government--however, is an unusual business, and there is some uncertainty of what the future may hold. Whatever I do, I hope I will be challenged and have the chance to work with and for people to improve the quality of the lives of those around me."

Susan Topel

Director, risk management and treasury administration, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 38

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

Family: Daughter, 4



Professional responsibilities:

Oversees Bausch & Lomb's corporate-insurance, environmental-affairs, real estate and relocation functions; active participant on corporate-headquarters project team; her renegotiation of leases for numerous B&L operating properties resulted in savings exceeding $5 million over the lease terms

Community leadership:

Board member and finance/fund-raising committee member, Rochester Family Resource Network Inc.; chair and president, Bausch & Lomb Women's Executive Network; board member, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.

Greatest influence:

"While I have had the good fortune to meet and work with a number of talented leaders in my lifetime, fundamentally I have to say my parents have been the greatest influence on both my professional and civic achievements. They (led) by example, teaching us to always give 110 percent to whatever we undertook, to be thankful for our blessings and to give of ourselves to those less fortunate."

Ten years from now:

"If there is one thing I have learned in the last 10 years it is that very little in my life goes according to 'my plan.' Thus, beyond being the proud parent of a then-14-year-old daughter, it is difficult for me to predict what I see myself doing 10 years from now. I do know that with the pace of change in this world, there will be no shortage of professional challenges to overcome, nor opportunities to help those in need."

Robert Tortorella

President, Corrosion

Products & Equipment Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., political science, College of the Holy Cross

Family: Daughter, 6



Professional responsibilities:

Manages and directs all administrative and financial activities of this process-products distributor, which he founded in 1988; company now employs 25 people and has sales of $6 million; assists in managing sales force and addressing customer problems; also manages and controls JS Dove Inc., a real estate-holding company with rental properties in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York

Community leadership:

Corporate-committee member, past board member and other active involvement, Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis Inc.; teaches religious studies at Church of the Transfiguration; frequent speaker on disability awareness

Greatest influence:

"My mom and dad. My dad has a 'toughness' about him (but also a) deep compassion for all people, and he has the ability to continually give people second chances. Although he traveled extensively as I was growing up, his family was his only priority. . . . My mom has taught me that quiet perseverance is the strongest fortitude. After my accident (a 1983 car accident), during my six-month stay in the hospital, she was able to keep our family together and functioning. She led by example, showing me that sacrifice must come to be able to live by priorities. . . . I do not wish for anyone to go through what my family and I went through. However, my mom was right. There has been so much good that has happened that I realize there is hope for us all."

Ten years from now:

"In 10 years, my daughter will be 16 years of age. I would hope that I have built a foundation of love, trust and respect between us. I would also hope to have passed on the values, sense of purpose and desire to succeed that my parents gave to me. . . . (Also), I would hope (to be more involved in the community), perhaps through politics. My final dream is to start a foundation with financial capabilities (to help purchase) athletic equipment for children and young adults with disabilities."

11/8/1996 (c) 1996 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.
 


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