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Forty Under 40 Class of 1997

Rochester Business Journal
November 2, 1997

Peter Abdella

Attorney, Harter, Secrest & Emery

Age: 35

Education: B.A., history, Colgate University; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Wife, Nancy; daughter, 5 months

Professional responsibilities:

Has an active litigation practice with a focus on construction and commercial law and also is developing an additional practice area in securities law and arbitrations; as a new partner at Harter, Secrest in 1997, has taken on the new responsibility of managing the paralegal program; also speaks frequently to architect and engineer groups on design professional issues and risk management

Community leadership:

Republican Party committeeman, city of Rochester; legal counsel, Monroe County Republican Committee; president, Citizens Tax League of Monroe County; board chairman, American Diabetes Association, Rochester Chapter

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the influence of my family, especially my father and brother, who are both attorneys with busy practices, but who find the time to be civic leaders in their communities in politics, charities and the church.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as continuing my busy lifestyle at work, in the community and at home, but still keeping open the possibility of running for public office someday.



Richard Alexander

Partner, trial department, Harter, Secrest & Emery

Age: 39

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Wife, Nancy; three sons, 10, 8 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

A Harter, Secrest partner since 1994, represents a mix of Fortune 500 medium-size and closely held businesses in negligence and commercial litigation in the federal and state courts throughout New York State, and counsels plaintiffs in personal-injury litigation; also has lectured and written extensively on litigation practice at the request of the New York State and Monroe County bar associations

Community leadership:

Parma Town Justice for four years; member, Attorney Grievance Committee; member, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Board of Review; member, Parish Council of St. Lawrence Church; active member, county Republican Committee; coach, youth baseball and soccer; donates legal services to the indigent

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother, who showed by her example the importance of being involved in the community, despite her working full time (at a time when many mothers did not), and working hard with my father to raise a large family.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as the proud father of three (then) teenage boys who will be respected and responsible members of our community, freely giving of their time and talents to better their world.



Rachel Brody Bandych

Deputy clerk in charge, U.S. District Court-Western New York District

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.; J.D., Boston University School of Law

Family: Husband, David

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the administration and supervision of the Rochester division of the U.S. District Court Clerk's Office; includes supervising staff, overseeing the maintenance of all official court records, undertaking special projects on assignment from the judges and court clerk, drafting and/or finalizing court-adopted plans and procedural rules, and ensuring compliance with federal and local procedural rules and other practice requirements unique to the court

Community leadership:

Executive committee member, Monroe County Bar Association board of trustees; trustee, chair of the personnel committee and member of the capital campaign committee, Susan B. Anthony Memorial Inc.; board member, chair and assistant secretary of the personnel committee, Crestwood Children's Center

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the presence of several strong role models who consistently demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and community service.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to pursue the challenges of a career with the court, as well as a wide variety of community interests.



Stephen Brown

Vice president, Merrill Lynch & Co.

Age: 31

Education: University of Rochester

Family: Son, 21 months

Professional responsibilities:

He specializes in advising companies on 410(k) plans, obtaining financing and succession planning, as well as creating financial plans for many executives. His team at Merrill Lynch now manages more than $320 million of client assets with many local top mid-size companies as clients. On a separate front, he is one of the owners of the Bug Jar, a long-standing alternative night club.

Community leadership:

President, Monroe Avenue Merchants Association; led the lobby for new lighting on Monroe Avenue and created a business improvement district to fund it; member, Small and Medium-Sized Business Roundtable; board member, South East Area Coalition Inc.; board member, University Club of Rochester

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother. A single mom, when she was alive she gave with no expectation for anything in return. I use that philosophy as a guiding principle in my life. Often something that may be of little effort on my part can have great impact on others--whether that is explaining to employees of a company why they need to save for retirement or working with the city to help a fellow merchant. Ultimately, the effort will be rewarded in some manner.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing along the same path that I have started down.



Bridgette Burch

Press secretary/communications director, city of Rochester

Age: 38

Education: B.A., Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.; M.A., Syracuse University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Current professional duties include coordination and oversight of all media and public relations activities for the city, as well as responsibility for the overall function of the Bureau of Communications

Community leadership:

Board member, committee chairwoman, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County; chairwoman of the public relations committee, Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc. guild; member of the public relations committee, Seneca Zoo Society; member of the honors ceremony committee, National Women's Hall of Fame; member, Puerto Plata/Rochester Sister Cities committee

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been Mayor Bill Johnson. Years ago, when he was president of the Urban League and I was a recent graduate with a degree in communications but no practical experience, he believed in my ability and was willing to take a chance on a young person who lacked job experience. He hired me as the agency's director of development and public affairs, and it was there that I was able to hone my skills in the communications field. That job also taught me about the importance of volunteering, and of giving back to your community.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself possibly embarking on a new career. I am always open to new and exciting ventures, so while the communications field has been wonderful for me, I am not limiting myself at this point. Whatever I am doing, I hope I will be happy, healthy and fulfilled. I also hope I will be traveling extensively and perhaps spending more time at my hobby, which is acting.



Patrick Burke

President, Burke Group LLC

Age: 36

Education: B.S., business, Cornell University

Family: Wife, Irene; son, 4

Professional responsibilities:

As managing principal of the Burke Group, my responsibilities include determining strategic direction for the firm, pursuing business development opportunities, working with associates to enhance professional development and ensuring the integrity of the ongoing business.

Community leadership:

Vice chairman of board, Lifetime Assistance Foundation Inc.; chairman of the Lifetime Assistance Foundation dinner, which honored Maya Angelou; board member, Community Partners for Youth Inc. (Big Brothers/Big Sisters); restored a historic block, which laid dormant for 15 years, into a 10,000-square-foot modern business center in downtown Honeoye Falls

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the values instilled in me as a child and the continuing love and support of my wife, parents and family.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as furthering my role in creating jobs and continuing to make meaningful contributions to the community.



Flor Colon

Associate, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Age: 34

Education: B.A., Pace University, New York City; J.D., Brooklyn Law School, New York City

Family: Husband, Robert; two daughters, 3 and 2 months

Professional responsibilities:

Practices in the area of commercial litigation, representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of litigation, including contract actions and antitrust litigation; also active in the firm's recruiting efforts

Community leadership:

Board member, member of the executive committee, vice chairwoman of the assessment committee, Ibero-American Action League Inc.; board member, YMCA of Greater Rochester, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester Inc. and Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.; member of the John F. Wegman Fund committee, Rochester Area Community Foundation; member of the advisory council, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents who taught me the importance of education, provided me with a strong sense of community and instilled in me the belief that any goal was attainable.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to grow as a litigator and counselor, and contributing on an even greater scale to the community of which I am a part.



Paul DiGenova

Vice president, sales,

Curtice Burns Foods Inc. (a division of Agrilink Foods Inc.)

Age: 38

Education: A.S., St. Bonaventure University; B.S., business administration, SUNY

College at Brockport

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Has overall responsibility to ensure the continued success and growth of the three businesses that make up Curtice Burns; accompanying the long-range planning responsibilities is the task of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the international, industrial and co-pack business

Community leadership:

President, Curtice Burns Federal Credit Union; board member, International Business Council and Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; volunteer, Hillside Children's Center, Taste of Nations, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and WXXI Public Broadcasting Council; active in parish of St. John of Rochester Church

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has not been just one person in my life, but many of the people that I have been fortunate enough to meet throughout my career. My deepest admiration is for my parents, who came to this country under true hardships in order to make a better life for their family--and this they have accomplished.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as a senior executive within the Agrilink family of businesses.



Christopher DiPasquale

Partner, Harris, Beach & Wilcox LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.A. and J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Family: Wife, Nancy; sons, 6 and 3; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities:

Has developed a general litigation practice that includes civil trial and appellate matters in both state and federal court, with clients running the gamut from individuals to large corporations; shares responsibility for the recruitment and hiring of new attorneys and paralegals as a member of the firm's hiring committee

Community leadership:

Trustee, chairman of the recruiting committee, McQuaid Jesuit High School; board member and member of the strategic planning, human-resource and ad hoc governance planning committees, St. Ann's of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been, first and foremost, my parents who have always set a wonderful example for me and my six brothers and sisters. They have not only worked tirelessly to support their family, but always treated others well and recognized the importance of contributing to the community in which they lived and worked. Through my Jesuit-influenced education, I have come to embrace the Jesuit philosophy of service for others. For me, the practice of law and a steady involvement in worthwhile community activities effectively capture that philosophy.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to develop my professional career and continuing to remain involved in a variety of community causes. Above all else, however, I see myself working alongside my wife to raise good kids who work hard to achieve their goals without compromising their integrity and while always treating others with respect and compassion.



Anne Ekedahl

President and CEO, Oak Orchard Community Health Center Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.H.A. (health administration), Virginia

Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Administers community health center offering medical, dental, optometry, WIC and outreach with an emphasis on providing access to the medically underserved, including migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Provides strategic leadership and oversees all operations of a $4 million company with 100 employees, serving 20,000 patients in a three-county area.

Community leadership:

Board member, Community Healthcare Association of New York State; former board chairwoman and treasurer, South Wedge Planning Committee; member, Calvary St. Andrew's Working Together Group of Western New York; founding secretary/treasurer, Association of Independent Community Health Centers Inc.; member, Justice for Farmworkers Steering Committee; member, Monroe County Department of Health Community Health Improvement Project Steering Committee

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements have been the mentors I have had. Most importantly, my father has been my primary role model based on his professional achievements and community involvement.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as a positive influence in the lives of my family, friends, co-workers and community.

Mary Elliott

Worldwide director, sales and customer training, professional motion imaging, Eastman

Kodak Co.

Age: 37

Education: AAS, Monroe Community College; B.A., communications/journalism, St. John Fisher College

Family: Son, 13

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for providing strategic direction and developing training programs for the capability needs of professional motion imaging's worldwide sales organization and customers in the motion picture industry

Community leadership:

Past board member and current committee chairwoman, Women's Forum of Kodak Employees; past board member, Women in Communications Inc., Rochester Chapter; committee member, Professional Society for Sales and Marketing Training; member of several other non-profit organizations

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been those I have been fortunate enough to encounter in my professional and personal life who have provided guidance, direction and most of all support as I've faced many challenges along the way. Past business associates, who have become highly respected personal friends, have played a tremendous role in helping me achieve my goals and remain as ongoing sources of inspiration.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself working and growing in an environment that truly makes a difference, not only to the customers it serves, but to the community of which it is a part; continuing to learn as much as possible and sharing it with others as much as I've been fortunate enough to experience; and finding that "balance" to achieve contentment and fulfillment in all aspects of my life and those whose lives I touch.



Daniel Foster

President and chief operating officer, Buck & Pulleyn Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., marketing, Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Mich.

Family: Wife, Karen; daughters, 7 and 1

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for overall agency business operations with primary focus on account management and strategy development for our current clients; also responsible for operations related to the development of new business for the company and the professional development of Buck & Pulleyn's account management and public relations professionals

Community leadership:

Board member and senior coordinator for the Children's Collaborative of Rochester account, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; volunteered as a marketing consultant with Strong Museum; volunteer, Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc., St. Joseph's Church and Penfield Churches Association

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the teachers, coaches and clergy of the Catholic school system. Thanks to the sacrifice of my parents, I was able to receive a first-class education in the primary and secondary Catholic system. The emphasis on educational achievement and focus on community charity formed the foundation for my belief in continued education and civic involvement.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself having the continued blessing of a happy and healthy family; leading a growing, vital business while inspiring others to leadership and community activity; and dealing with the complexities of two adolescent daughters.



James Gould

President, Clover Capital Management Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., business administration, St. Bonaventure University; M.S., accountancy, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Ann; four daughters, 11, 9, 6 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

Manages a professional service organization with 44 employees who invest more than $2.1 billion in client assets; specific duties include managing the client service and business development functions, operations and systems management, and defining the firm's strategic direction

Community leadership:

Board member, Sisters of Mercy of Rochester, Friends of Wesley Foundation, and the Catholic Leadership Forum; trustee, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center; past board member, Webster Avenue Family Resource Center Inc. and Birthright of Rochester Inc.; chairman, American Heart Association, Genesee Valley Region's First Heart Ball; member, honorary committee, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester Inc.'s St. Patrick's Day Gala; member, selection committee, St. Bonaventure University's Gaudete Award; volunteer for Diocesan W.I.N. (Wegmans Inner City Voucher) Program

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents and my St. Bonaventure University education. Both taught me to work hard, to use my competitive spirit as a motivator, to help those in need, to have lots of fun and not take myself too seriously.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as actively participating in my daughter's lives with my wife, Ann, and overseeing the management of $30 billion at Clover Capital.



Richard Gray

Partner, Bonn, Shortsleeve & Gray

Age: 38

Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY at Binghamton

Family: Wife, Kimberly; son, 5; two daughters, 3 and 1

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for providing tax, accounting and management advisory services to closely held businesses, partnerships and individuals; represents clients in the construction, manufacturing, real estate, health care, non-profit, financial, legal and service industries; special projects include compliance auditing, forensic accounting, financing assistance, litigation support, bankruptcy and business valuations

Community leadership:

Board member, investment chairman, Rochester Area Community Foundation; board member, finance chairman, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc.; president, Irondequoit Country Club; board member, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; finance committee, Congregation Beth Sholom

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievement has been, without question, my father, who continues to show me the meaning of hard work every day. (Dad, you're almost 70. It's OK to cut back to six days a week.) In his own way, he has taught me more about business, life, family and community than everyone else combined. Also, the love of my wife, who never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to get involved in order to make a difference. I expect to meet and conquer many new challenges while taking the time to be with my children as they grow, helping them to define their own goals and aspirations.



Lori Green

Partner, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.A., mathematics, SUNY at Binghamton; J.D., Boston University School of Law

Family: Husband, Scott; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities:

As a partner in Nixon, Hargrave's Upstate Business Group, represents and counsels public and private companies and governmental agencies in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, private companies in venture capital financing, and clients in general contract and business matters; also represents and counsels clients in connection with public and private securities offerings and compliance with federal and state securities laws

Community leadership:

Board member and member of various committees, American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, the David Hochstein Memorial Music School and the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; participant, 1997-98 Leadership Rochester program

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents by raising me in a nurturing environment, encouraging me to become whatever I wanted to be and demonstrating to me the importance of giving back to your community.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as an active and productive member of my profession and the Greater Rochester community, helping others become the same and enjoying my family.



Kenneth Hall

Vice president, finance and administration, Millennium Computer Corp.

Age: 35

Education: A.S., accounting, Monroe Community College; B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College

Family: Wife, Joan; two daughters, 23 and 18; sons, 14 and 8

Professional responsibilities:

Current position encompasses the operations side of the business, which runs in parallel with the software engineering and sales/marketing functions; responsible for, or oversees, all of the contract administration, financial systems and statements, tax management, human resources, facilities management, front office and internal computer networks

Community leadership:

Vice president and public relations director, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Rochester Chapter; volunteer lobbyist, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; organizer, Catholic Family Center's Catholic Youth Organization basketball league (third and fourth grades)

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the example set by my father, Earl Hall, who has been able to successfully balance running a business, being a caring father and husband, and still setting time aside to give back to the community through volunteer organizations.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself being at the helm of a successful, growing and innovative high-technology company. Also, I see myself achieving a harmony between work and play, with the ability and discipline to know when to turn out the lights at work and go.



Trenton Hightower

Marketing and training coordinator, Finger Lakes Community College's Institute for Workforce Development

Age: 31

Education: B.A., communications/public relations, Rio Grande College, Rio Grande, Ohio; working on M.S., administration in higher education, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Janet

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for leading training sessions and managing services for more than 4,000 participants and is the primary source for some of his customers' entire training initiatives, some of which have resulted in promotions, salary increases and job/career changes

Community Leadership:

Board member, Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA; volunteer, Canandaigua Chamer of Commerce Inc.'s Virtual City Project and March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; produces and hosts the local television show, "Job Connection," for resume writing, interviewing and job-seeking skills; speaker for civic organiztions on self-improvement and goal setting; worked in partnership with Monroe Community College and SUNY College at Brockport to serve Bausch & Lomb Inc., Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox Corp.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been Donna Roberts, for her positive and "can do" attitude that she taught me while growing up, as well as Dale Carnegie for instilling leadership skills in my daily activities and human-relations skills that are still used today.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as a dean at a college or university leading a work-force development program, continuing to influence my community through active participation and allowing time to enjoy every day fully.



Donald Johnson

President and owner, Town & Country Travel Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., business management, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Teresa; two daughters, 9 and 7

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall sales, marketing and management of business and vacation travel and day-to-day management and development of business travel services provided to several of Monroe County's businesses and universities; in addition, provides consultative services to corporations developing travel-policy compliance and expense-management programs

Community leadership:

Board member, Hillside Children's Center and Hillside Children's Center Foundation; chairman, Hillside Skins Challenge (golf tournament); corporate committee member, American Heart Association, Genesee Valley Region's Heart Ball and American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter's Fire & Ice; member, Penfield Republican Committee

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My parents instilled in me a good set of values and a genuine sense of caring for people. My wife, Teresa, has been the center of my life for the past 19 years. Her love, friendship, support and keen sense of business has guided me throughout my career. Don Geiser, a retired executive from Eastman Kodak Co. and a strong community volunteer, has been my civic mentor for the past 10 years. I thank him for his wisdom and for exposing me to a very fulfilling part of my life: giving back to the community as a volunteer.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as a proud parent, active in building my business and continuing my commitment to the community. After all is said and done, hopefully I'll be a better golfer.



John Kaman

Director of new business development and general counsel, Pyramid Brokerage Co. Inc.

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Susan

Professional responsibilities:

Uses sales skills, developed during his association with Xerox Corp., along with legal skills, developed through 11 years as a commercial real estate attorney, to refer business into the commercial real estate brokerage unit; also has created new business units, including correspondent-lending and regional-site selection; as general counsel, has overall responsibility for all corporate legal matters

Community leadership:

Advisory board member and member of the executive committee, Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital; past chairman, Children's Hospital at Strong auction; chairman and creator of a real estate theme, corporate campaign, Children's Hospital at Strong

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents. Early on they taught me the value of hard work, honesty and how to maintain a good sense of humor about life in general. My wife, Susan, inspired my civic achievements through her devotion to charitable causes. She instilled in me the importance of being involved in the community in which we live.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to grow professionally by striving each day to tackle new challenges and taking full advantage of all new business opportunities. Within the community, I would like to devote even more time to children's issues and the Children's Hospital. The children are our future, and I would like to continue to build awareness as well as raise funds for this outstanding institution.



Eliza Kozlowski

Manager, public relations and marketing, George Eastman House

Age: 33

Education: B.A., St. Lawrence University

Family: Husband, Eric

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for promoting the museum's activities and programs to a regional, national and international audience; includes overseeing the museum's media relations, public information, advertising, tourism promotion, visitor services and audience development activities, as well as supervising a three-person in-house publications department

Community leadership:

Membership council director, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; admissions associate assisting in recruiting efforts in Rochester, St. Lawrence University; career counselor, Career Development Services Inc.; volunteer, Visitor Industry Council of the Greater Rochester Visitors Association Inc., Women in Communications Inc. and the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my husband, Eric. He has continued to be a stable force in my life and has encouraged me, through his patience and support, to rise up to any challenge.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing my involvement in the museum field, investing time in my family, and becoming even more involved in community activities related to arts and culture.

Frederick Kulikowski

President and CEO, Citibank (New York State)

Age: 38

Education: B.S., business, University of Pennsylvania; MBA, University of Rochester's

William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Cheryle; sons, 11 and 1

Professional responsibilities:

Regional president for Citibank in Rochester and Buffalo, including retail, commercial and investment banking

Community leadership:

Board member, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Monroe Community College, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc. and United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the work ethic of my parents. My mother was a teacher, and my father owned a logging business. They were the hardest-working people I have ever met and stressed the importance of giving all you have toward a task. They were also very kind and willing to help anyone that needed assistance. They were perfect role models.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to grow as a business leader and father. The more experience you gain in either role, the more you realize how much there is to learn. It is very humbling, but exciting at the same time.



Susan Schultz Laluk

Partner, Boylan, Brown, Code, Fowler, Vigdor & Wilson LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., St. Lawrence University; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Husband, David; daughter, 9; son, 7

Professional responsibilities:

Counsels business and individual clients in all aspects of general corporate law, including emerging high-tech companies regarding intellectual property and technology law; regularly conducts seminars on employment law issues

Community leadership:

Executive board member, Monroe County Bar Association Academy of Law; board member, Monroe County Bar Association Business Law Council, Unite & Write Inc. and Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center; board member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; committee member, Wilson Commencement Park Inc.; tutor and classroom volunteer, Lawyers for Learning; troop leader, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; team coordinator, Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who helped me develop my values; my husband, who helps me keep my balance; my colleagues at Boylan, Brown, who have continued to open up new opportunities for me; and my children, who help me realize why community involvement is important.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to balance my family, professional responsibilities and community involvement in ways that are both enjoyable and meaningful. I've often found that some of the most interesting changes in my life have resulted from taking advantage of serendipity.



Vincent Leo

Partner, audit and business advisory division, Arthur Andersen LLP

Age: 36

Education: B.S., accounting, Niagara University

Family: Wife, Laurie; daughter, 2; son, 14 weeks

Professional responsibilities:

Serves as a key business and financial adviser for companies ranging from middle market to those with revenues in excess of $2 billion; client specialties include the public-company requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, wholesale/retail, manufacturing, high-technology and service industries

Community leadership:

Member, finance committee, St. Mary's Church; treasurer and board member, Baden Street Settlement House Inc.; member, holiday ball committee, Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis Inc.; volunteer, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc./American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter campaign committee; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents. I have always been impressed with my father's commitment to completing every job or task with quality. My father still lives by the theory that any job worth doing is worth doing right. My mother has consistently maintained an extremely positive attitude toward life.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing with work and community involvement, which will always be important to me. However, in 10 years my daughter will be 12 and my son will be 10. The only thing I am certain of is that whatever I have planned will be replaced by whatever they plan for me. I am looking forward to it.



Mary Beth MacClaren

Owner and administrator, Children's Home Workshop and CHW Elementary School

Age: 34

Education: Attended Wells College; B.S. and M.A., psychology, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, Marc; two sons, 9 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees Children's Home Workshop child-care center, caring for more than 400 children ages 18 months to 12 years; also teaches second grade and oversees CHW Elementary, a private elementary school for kindergarten through sixth grades

Community leadership:

President, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 529; participates in and organizes fund-raisers for St. Jude's Children's Hospital; leads students in community outreach from graffiti removal to nursing-home visits; member, Welfare Reform Task Force; teaches parenting skills classes

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother, Fedora. She dedicated 22 years to village government and has been active in various community groups over the years. She motivates and supports me to this day and models a level of ethics and professionalism that is admired by all who know her. The greatest compliment I can receive is hearing, "You're just like your mother."

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to provide the highest quality day care available and operating a K-12 private-school facility. I hope to be even more active in the community and to be busy, busy, busy. My greatest achievement will be to see my oldest son off to a great college.



Paul Marasco

Attorney, Culley, Marks, Tanenbaum, Capell & Pezzulo

Age: 30

Education: B.A., Canisius College; J.D., University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio

Family: Wife, Jodi; son, 1

Professional responsibilities:

Involved in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and also practices at the appellate level with a practice focusing on complex commercial litigation, medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases; also acts as counsel to a number of Rochester's businesses and is a legal instructor at the Rochester Business Institute

Community leadership:

Vice president of board, Community Partners for Youth Inc. (Big Brothers/Big Sisters); trustee and treasurer, Pittsford Community Library; chairman, Pittsford Republican Committee

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my hard-working father, my good-hearted mother, and my wife's love and encouragement.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing my education for wisdom, truth and happiness.



Stephen Martin

Vice president, marketing, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., business administration, SUNY College at Fredonia

Family: Wife, Ann; son, 9; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities:

Manages all facets of financial marketing, including advertising, public relations, community, and customer and shareholder relations

Community leadership:

Member, Victor Central School District Board of Education; board chairman, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce Inc.; coach, Farmington Youth Soccer; chairman, Virtual Canandaigua.com

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, wife, children and colleagues at Canandaigua National Bank. They are reminders that in order to achieve success, reliance on others is critical.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself making a positive difference in the quality of life for my family, colleagues and community.



Mary Ellen McArdle

Director of community relations,

St. Joseph's Villa of Rochester

Age: 36

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

Family: Husband, Mark

Professional responsibilities:

Administrative and strategic responsibilities for public relations, marketing and media relations for a $12 million child welfare agency; directs day-to-day communications-department operations, writes and supervises production of diverse publications, manages public policy and public information activities; serves as agency spokeswoman

Community leadership:

Publicity chairwoman, Athena Award of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; volunteer coordinator, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc., the Advocacy Center Inc.; board secretary, Women in Communications Inc.; member, youth hall of fame committee, Greece Chamber of Commerce Inc.; member, northwest member service committee, YMCA of Greater Rochester; career resource volunteer, Career Development Services Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been a tremendous group of individuals who I've met through the years of community involvement. Many of these professionals have provided valuable insights, encouragement and occasional challenges to keep me striving to meet my goals. I will always be thankful for the impact they've had on my life.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself growing professionally and personally while achieving my career goals. I hope to continue successfully balancing the demands and rewards that come from my professional work with meaningful community contributions. On the personal side, I hope to obtain master gardener certification.



Kathryn McGuire

Administrator, ViaHealth's Independent Living for Seniors Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., nursing, Molloy College, enrolled in master's of health systems administration program, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Michael; two daughters, 11 and 8

Professional responsibilities:

As the administrator of ILS, has overall administrative responsibility for a $17 million program that serves more than 370 frail older people with a comprehensive program of health and social services, and has more than 330 staff members in four locations; also has a leading role in the transformation and integration of the diverse family of health care providers that make up ViaHealth

Community leadership:

Troop leader, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; member, quality education design-budget advisory committee and PTA, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District; adviser, Mercy Center for the Aging; volunteer, Monroe County Special Olympics; founding board member and member of the HCFA regulations and finance committees, National PACE Association; member, Task Force on Home Care in Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems, Healthcare Association of New York State; member of various committees, New York Association of Health Care Providers

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parent's encouragement to be bold, take risks and not be afraid of failure, and their everyday examples of how to give back to your community. They didn't talk about it; they just did it.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself working in an executive role in a health care delivery system that puts an emphasis on quality for its community, and values the partnership between community agencies, employers, health care providers and the recipients of care.



Joseph Measer

Manufacturing account supervisor, Genencor International Inc.

Age: 30

Education: B.S., information systems, MBA, corporate accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Relocated in the last month to Elkhart, Ind., to oversee the installation of Genencor's corporate enterprise system for a newly acquired manufacturing facility; prior to this assignment, was responsible for the financial results from all eight of Genencor's manufacturing facilities; this also included budgeting and staff supervision

Community leadership:

(Prior to relocation) Board member, United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc.; board member at large, New York State, United Cerebral Palsy Association; member of various committees, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the almost daily realization that everyone can make a difference using their own special talents.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself living in a world which is that much better for all of us.



Randi Minetor

Vice president, marketing communications, Saphar & Associates Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., English and psychology, SUNY at Buffalo; M.A., film studies,

University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Nicholas

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the growth and direction of the marketing communications division of Saphar & Associates, a full-service communications firm; supervises the creative staff, client-service and administrative functions, and leads the agency's new business and long-range growth initiatives

Community leadership:

Member of the executive committee and chairwoman of the 25th anniversary event committee, GeVa Theatre; chairwoman, public relations committee, Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my experience in technical theater early in my career. From working in theater, I learned that art is a collaborative process; that every member of the team brings his or her own unique talents to the mix; that it is imperative that team members trust and rely on each other; that there is nothing glamorous or fun about working around the clock, skipping meals or abusing yourself to get a job done; and, most importantly, that the show must always go on.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself taking a year off from running a nationally respected communications agency to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Martin Mucci

Vice president, Eastern operations and regulatory, Frontier Telephone Group

Age: 37

Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College; MBA, University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Darcy; sons, 12 and 10

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for sales, service and operation of Frontier's nine telephone companies (outside of Rochester) in New York and Pennsylvania; also responsible for the regulatory initiatives for all of Frontier

Community leadership:

Board member and chair of the finance committee, Catholic Family Center; member, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester Inc. finance committee, St. John Fisher College Management Program advisory board and St. John of Rochester Church; coach, Fairport baseball; board member, New York State Telecommunications Association; committee member, U.S. Telephone Association

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my mother, Joan Mucci, and my grandmother, Lula Yungstrom, who, after my father's untimely death, raised four young children. They taught us the importance of integrity, responsibility, hard work, the fair and respectful treatment of others, and humor through their loving and quiet example. My wife, Darcy, for her constant support and optimism, my boys who bring us great joy and pride and keep life fun. And my leaders at Frontier Corp. who have challenged and coached me as an individual and provided the opportunities to pursue my professional goals.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself positively influencing the lives of my family, business associates and community using the experience and values I have gained over my life.



Sharon Napier

President, Wolf Winterkorn Lillis Advertising Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S.*, psychology and business, St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Robert; daughters, 8 and 6

Professional responsibilities:

Leads a $17 million advertising agency and serves as a senior manager of the Wolf Group offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Toronto and Cleveland; job involves being part visionary, part strategist, part financial analyst, part creative--all while maintaining client relationships

Community leadership:

Board member, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Highland Hospital Foundation and the Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.; member, Small and Medium-Sized Business Roundtable; member and senior mentor for Seneca Zoo Society account Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; volunteer in schools

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family and my sisters, hands down. One of my sisters is a professor, one is a judge and my mom runs a business and works every day at the age of 70. We were a very tight-knit Italian family--my mom had five kids in seven years--so we did everything together. And Dad always told us, "Just pay attention to education and religion, and you can do anything you want in life."

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself hopefully with a clean house, a clean office and a clean car. I simply want to be as happy and stimulated as I am today. I'm very fortunate. I have a great family and a great profession. It's a people profession. I like the people I work with. I like our clients. And I love my family.



Michelle Paroda

Director of customer service, Frontier Telephone of Rochester Inc.

Age: 34

Education: Associate's degree, engineering, Alfred University

Family: Husband, John; two sons, 3 and 5 months

Professional responsibilities:

The customer-service center she has responsibility for is the company's primary contact with its residential and business customers in the Rochester market. Her responsibilities include daily operations, strategic planning and coordinating with other branches of the company to ensure prompt, accurate and courteous customer service. She also has responsibility for Frontier Telephone of Rochester's repair bureau.

Community leadership:

Board vice president, Wilson Commencement Park Inc.; founding member and president, Frontier Women's Network; volunteer, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York Branch

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the partnership I have with my husband. He has provided me with unconditional support throughout my career. He shares 100 percent in the joys and challenges of raising our two sons--Alexander and Maxwell--and has always encouraged me in the pursuit of my career goals. With his help, I have learned how to achieve a good balance between my family and my career. Secondly, I have been very fortunate to have had several great mentors at Frontier.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself more than fulfilled if I can have as fabulous a career and family life as I currently have.



Steven Sauer

Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Business Methods Inc.

Age: 30

Education: B.S., management and finance, SUNY College at Geneseo; MBA, international business, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Stephanie; daughter, 1

Professional responsibilities:

As one of three officers of BMI, oversees the company's financial and administrative functions, information systems and human resources areas and also is actively involved in sales and operations; also president of GMP Leasing, an affiliated company

Community leadership:

Board member, 1997 volunteer of the year and co-chairman of the Skyway planning committee, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; advisory board member, SUNY College at Geneseo's John Wiley Jones School of Business; assistant coach, Perinton Youth Hockey Mite Travel Team; vice chairman/operations, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Eagle District; member, Financial Executives Institute

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been a supportive spouse. Stephanie has provided me with the counseling, support and encouragement enabling me to pursue my goals. Also, involvement in athletics growing up has had a profound influence on my professional achievements. Lastly, an understanding of the importance of self-assessment and continued improvement. Abraham Lincoln (1863) summarized it well: "We must prepare for the future, because people who stay in the present will remain in the past."

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to contribute to the growth and success of BMI, the betterment of our community and helping to instill in my daughter (and hopefully a brother or sister) the importance of community, family and determination.



Michele Sciortino

President and chief operating officer, Presbyterian Residence Center Corp.

Age: 35

Education: B.S., applied mathematics, MBA, finance, Union College, Schenectady

Family: Husband, John

Professional responsibilities:

Manages the day-to-day operations of a $7 million non-profit business; leads the management of Valley Manor Apartments, as well as community programs that collectively serve more than 1,000 seniors

Community leadership:

Board treasurer and finance committee chairwoman, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center; board treasurer and visibility/finance committee chairwoman, Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center of the Genesee Valley Inc.; mentor at East High School, Jasco Mentor Program of the Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the values my parents tried to instill in me: to use the talents God gave me to the best of my ability; to make a difference in this world; to realize the importance and rewards of loyalty, dedication and hard work; and to appreciate and learn from others and help them reach their full potential. The premature death of my father taught me the importance of each day in pursuing my passions and achieving meaningful goals. I am blessed and encouraged by those who share in my values and support me: my husband, John, my friends and family, and my colleagues and co-workers.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself continuing to be professionally challenged in a leadership role; on the cutting edge in providing senior services; making contributions to our community in some of the many areas that need our concern and help; and enjoying my personal life, family and friends.



Michael Sisson

President, Precision Grinding & Manufacturing Corp.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA,

University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Mary Lisa; daughter, 7; son, 3

Professional responsibilities:

Manages a contract engineering and manufacturing company with 120 employees and annual sales of $12.5 million that specializes in creating manufacturing and design solutions from modeling/prototype to full production; direct responsibilities include business and strategic planning, design and engineering, and sales and marketing

Community leadership:

Board member, Rochester Tooling & Machining Association Inc. and Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.'s Small Business Council; chairman, Small and Medium-Sized Business Roundtable

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my exposure to people who are committed to being involved and making a difference, whether it be related to business or community issues. These individuals have demonstrated to me that change can happen if attitudes change and people become personally involved.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself more involved in the community and, especially, city affairs. Additionally, I would hope to have made a difference in Rochester being recognized as a world-class manufacturing community.



Michael Stone

President and CEO, New York Agency Inc.

Age: 33

Education: Rochester Institute of Technology School of Business

Family: Wife, Bridget; daughters, 5 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

Focuses on setting direction for the entire organization, starting by developing a winning vision and guiding the business-planning process; also monitors progress and ensures that employees are inspired and motivated to be successful

Community leadership:

Board member, marketing communications chairman and volunteer coordinator for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York Branch account, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; board of advisers member, Rochester Advertising Federation; member, American Marketing Association, Rochester Chapter

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been, and always will be, my family. Today it's my wife and children; growing up, it was my parents, brothers, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Together, my family has given me solid values to guide my decisions, inspiration to take risks and follow my dreams, and sometimes a little kick in the butt.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself consumed with helping my two girls through adolescence. If there is time left over, I'll be doing one of two things. The first possibility is that I'll continue my involvement with New York Agency. At that time, we'll have relationships with eight to 10 U.S. multinational companies. The second possibility is I'll be entering a new phase in my life--perhaps opening an art gallery or manufacturing a new product with my wife, Bridget.



Stephen Tierney

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

Age: 39

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; J.D., SUNY at Albany Law School

Family: Wife, Sonya; three daughters, 5, 3 and 1

Professional responsibilities:

Counsels clients in real estate-related matters; assists partners, associates and paralegals with real estate-related matters

Community leadership:

Past board member, Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc.; member, St. Thomas More Church Pastoral Council and its Community Life Commission; member, warranty and standards committee, Rochester Home Builders Association Inc.; member, ethics and business council committees, Monroe County Bar Association

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents and my spouse. My parents instilled in me a work ethic and the idea that it is better to be a leader than a follower. My wife, Sonya, is the most caring and giving person I know and has shown me that decisions should not be based on what is the most expeditious, but also what is the most compassionate course to follow.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself trying to take something from every experience so that I become a better listener, person and communicator, and continuing to volunteer my time for religious, charitable and civic matters.



Jacquie Whitfield

Director of human services, city of Rochester Department of Parks, Recreation & Human

Services

Age: 36

Education: B.A., economics and political science, M.S., public policy analysis, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Lawrence Sr.; daughter, 16; son, 14

Professional responsibilities:

Works with agencies and community groups in the development, implementation, evaluation and refinement of job- training, youth and community-development programs; provides policy analysis and develops funding recommendations based on community needs and priorities and city of Rochester initiatives; oversees the administration of $7 million in federal, state and local program funds, and $1.9 million in operating funds; supervises 24 full-time and 14 seasonal staff and manages three units in the provision of direct-client, contract-monitoring and job-placement services

Community leadership:

City representative, various community planning and evaluation processes; member, ECZ Support Team, United Way

of Greater Rochester Inc.'s Strengthening Families Investment Team, Southwest Area Development Corp. and the Monroe Council on Teen Pregnancy; board member, Rochester Area Community Foundation

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my father, my childhood and the love for reading instilled in me at an early age.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself as an attorney specializing in civil rights, environmental or labor-relations issues.



William Weir

Partner, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., history and Russian studies, University of Rochester; J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

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

Professional responsibilities:

Has helped to build the firm's public finance group into one of the top-ranked departments of its kind in the country; represents companies, non-profit organizations and colleges' and universities' operating facilities financed with tax-exempt bonds, banks issuing letters of credit to support such bonds, and trustees for the benefit of the owners of such bonds

Community leadership:

Member, finance committee, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc. and chairman of its real estate subsidiary, ASC Properties Inc.; board member, Center Properties of Rochester Inc.; youth soccer coach, YMCA of Greater Rochester's Southeast Branch

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my wife, Joyce. She has been extremely supportive of me, while at the same time raising our two children and maintaining her own busy career and civic activities schedule. My achievements to date would not have been possible without her.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years I see myself doing primarily the same things that I am doing now. I am very fortunate to have a practice that I find intellectually and professionally challenging, and which enables me to utilize those skills in a constructive manner. I would like to spend more time working on projects for non-profit organizations because they really provide the social infrastructure of our society. Most importantly, however, I plan to enjoy my time with my family.

11/7/1997 (c) 1997 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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