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Forty Under 40 Class of 1998

Rochester Business Journal
October 30, 1998

Rachel August
President and owner, RB Marketing Solutions Inc.
Age: 39

Education: B.A., Ithaca College; graduate work, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Bob; daughter, 8; son 5

Professional responsibilities:

Obtains new business for RB Marketing Solutions Inc. and ensures the utmost effectiveness for my clients in their media plans.

Community leadership:

Board member and vice president of fund raising, Rochester Rotary Club; secretary of the executive committee and member of the Asian forest capital campaign, Seneca Park Zoo Society; board member and member of the provider relations committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my civic and professional achievements are my parents, who showed me, through their individual careers, the value of taking another persons' perspective. They have taught me that being surrounded by diversity (diversity of culture, race, income or artistic expression) makes for a more interesting and rewarding life. Other influences have been my father-in-law, Burt, who inspired me to be involved in community service, and my husband, Bob, who has shown me that through careful analysis of difficult situations, a win-win outcome can usually be found.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I hope to meet the challenges of family and community while maintaining patience and a good sense of humor. I will continue to take a special interest in making sure the Rochester community is a place for kids to thrive through quality education and cultural opportunities.

Jay Barber
General sales manager, Monroe County sales and distribution operation, Genesee Brewing Co.
Age: 32

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

Family: Daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities:

Manages a sales force of 17 people; develops sales and marketing plans for major chains, including Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and Tops Markets Inc.; hires and trains sales personnel

Community leadership:

Golf committee member, ViaHealth and DePaul Community Services Inc.; volunteer: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation--Rochester Chapter; the annual "Ten Ugly Men" event for St. Mary's Foundation; Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; Genesee County Republican Committee; and LeRoy Republican Committee

Greatest influence:

My mother and father have been the greatest influence on my professional career. Both are successfully self-employed and work long hours. The sacrifices they have made instilled value and a strong work ethic in my professional life. For this I'm truly grateful. In terms of my civic contributions, my grandmother was most inspiring. Her creed was: "It's important to help those less fortunate, for you never know when those same needs may be your own."

Ten years from now: I see myself in a management position with expanded responsibilities, while continuing to become well-rounded as a person and a leader. I also plan to become more involved with the local politics in my community, as well as increasing my contributions toward local charities.

Marlene Bessette

Vice president, operations, Xerox Corp.'s Document Services Group/Software Solutions
Age: 38

Education: B.A., biology, University of Rochester; MBA, Duke University

Family: Husband, Eric; son, 10; daughter, 6

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the operational performance of the Software Solutions business unit; responsibilities include cohesive channel engagement plans, sales support, post-sale customer support and overall business effectiveness for the unit; chief of staff responsibilities include installing and monitoring overall business and quality management processes to deliver the revenue and profit for this new business venture

Community leadership:

Member, the Women's Alliance, Xerox Corp.; proposed board member, Pathway Houses of Rochester, New York; volunteer, American Association of University Women's mentor program for young girls; RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) core team member, Church of the Transfiguration

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been a burning desire, instilled by my mother, to use the talents I have to succeed and, by my Catholic upbringing, to act in a way that is a visible expression of my faith.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as an executive and change agent at Xerox, with leverage in the business and civic community. Driven by deep-seated personal reasons and some extra time (my children will be in or going to college), I will be committed and actively involved in community service focused on giving those people driven by addiction a chance at life.

Ronald Boillat
President and chief operating officer, Frontier Cellular
Age: 39

Education: University of Rochester and SUNY College at Cortland

Family: Wife; Lori VanDusen-Boillat; two sons, 7 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

Complete profit and loss responsibility for Frontier Cellular, including determining the strategic direction of the organization and directing the planning to meet these goals; managing budget development and adherence, all operational aspects and sales/marketing execution; final decisions on operating systems and capital deployment, as well as quarterly reporting to Frontier Cellular's board

Community leadership:

Board member and member of the stair climb committee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation--Rochester Chapter; directed Frontier Cellular to initiate four major community programs: partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation; ClassLink--which donated over $250,000 in wireless equipment and service to enhance education; the COPP program--providing free cellular phones to police departments and neighborhood watch groups; and the donation of wireless phones to women's shelters to prevent domestic violence

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my wife and children. Having happy, healthy children has made me realize how lucky and blessed I am and how difficult and challenging it would be to have a child with an illness or handicap. Children are the most vulnerable group in our society. My wife is my partner; she has helped me to balance my life, believe in myself and bring out the best in me, and has always supported me and helped me with difficult decisions.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself at least semi-retired, spending time with my family, giving much more of my time to community efforts and competing in tri-athelete competitions.

William Brien
Executive director, Lakeview Mental Health Services Inc.
Age: 39

Education: B.A., William Penn College; master of public administration, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Tina; two daughters, 17 and 15

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the development and management of the agency's resources, in pursuit of enhancing the lives of persons affected by mental illness, including the day-to-day management of more than a dozen programs providing services to more than 500 persons in the six-county central Finger Lakes area

Community leadership:

Board member and treasurer, New York State Case Management Coalition; president, Blue Cut Housing Development Fund Corp.; assisted coaching daughter's basketball team

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family--my parents, who taught me, along with my brothers and sisters, that enjoying what you do makes work worthwhile; my daughters, who show me the promise of the future; and most of all my wife, Tina, who encourages my capacity for caring for others through sharing her own.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself doing meaningful work that gives me a reason for getting up in the morning and a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.



Lisa Brubaker

Executive director, Monroe County Medical Society

Age: 36

Education: B.S., journalism and mass communication, Iowa State University; master of health services administration, University of Michigan

Family: Husband, Robert Thompson

Professional responsibilities:

Provides advocacy services and practice-management support to physicians and health care administrators throughout the Rochester region, including contract review, public policy analysis, education and consulting on managed care, regulatory compliance, third-party reimbursements, patient-physician and employee-employer relations; also serves as a liaison between the physician community and executive and medical leadership of health care organizations, business and industry

Community leadership:

Chair-elect, Rochester Primary Care Network Inc.; board member, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc., American Association of Medical Society Executives and the Foundation of the American Association of Medical Society Executives; federation advisory committee member, American Medical Association; health action steering committee member, Monroe County Health Department; professional relations committee member, Preferred Care

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been Indian Princesses, where I learned to respect myself and my fellow man, the importance of teamwork and community service, and to never, ever play with fire.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself striving to be one of "50 Under 50."

Nancy Catarisano
Founding partner, audit and business advisory division, Ciaccia & Catarisano LLP
Age: 37

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

Family: Husband, Leo; two daughters, 6 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

Serves as the key business and financial adviser to businesses ranging from start-up companies to middle-market companies with revenues in excess of $100 million; specializes in various consulting services

Community leadership:

Board member, Small Business Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; past board member and committee member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York Branch; committee member, Children's Hospital at Strong; volunteer, Central New York Development Disabilities Services Office; member, Greater Rochester Chapter--National Association of Women Business Owners, 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 the work and family ethics exhibited by my parents. They raised a family of eight, including one with a disability, ran a successful family business and gave of themselves to anyone in need. However, my achievements to date would not have been possible without a supportive and understanding husband, who is the key to balancing it all.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to help my clients achieve their dreams in the job that I love, continuing my civic responsibilities through active participation, but most importantly, striving to make a difference in the lives of my children by instilling values that will help guide them through their lives in the way my parents helped make the difference in my life.



Kenneth Conte

Senior vice president, KeyBank N.A.

Age: 39

Education: B.B.A., Niagara University; MBA student, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Karen; daughter, 14

Professional responsibilities:

Manages and directs the corporate banking team, with the goal of growing and building the Rochester franchise through the development of commercial banking relationships with middle-market companies in the greater Rochester area

Community leadership:

Treasurer and executive committee member, Rochester Broadway Theatre League; board member and chairman of the annual giving campaign, Sojourner Hall for Women Inc.; treasurer and trustee, ARC Foundation of Monroe Inc.; board member, American Cancer Society, Lakes Region; mentor and tutor, School Without Walls

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the drive, enthusiasm and goal-oriented ideals instilled by my family and their three generations of hard work and dedication to the Rochester community.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as a president of a regional financial institution, providing guidance and leadership to a team of professionals who are providing advice to people and companies within the greater Rochester community.



Brett Costello

Chief operating officer, Anthony J. Costello & Son Development LLC

Age: 38

Education: Associate's degree, SUNY Canton College of Technology

Family: Wife, Christine; son, 5; two daughters, 3 years and 10 months

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the day-to-day management of 450,000 square feet of leased space, which includes large medical facilities for local hospitals, as well as corporate aircraft hangars and air cargo buildings; construction-related activities, including development, design, project management and contracts administration

Community leadership:

Board member, Growing Place Child Care and National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York Inc.; member, patient advisory committee, End Stage Renal Disease; associate member, American Association of Airport Executives; executive committee, Greater Rochester Air Show 1998

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family; also, the realization that among all the so-called day-to-day "pressures," there is not much that you can't put in the "life's too short" column.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself doing the same thing I am today, but with an expanded scope and much more efficiency, so that I might have more time to spend with my wife and children.



Tim Culhane

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Age: 37

Education: Bachelor's degree, business administration, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Liz; two daughters, 10 and 1; two sons, 7 and 6

Professional responsibilities:

Overall supervision of financial statement audits and consulting engagements for companies in the following industries: manufacturing, retail, insurance and distribution

Community leadership:

Vice chairman and board member, DePaul Group Inc.; board member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York Branch, the Nazareth Schools and Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family, especially my parents, who brought me up in a caring family atmosphere. They also encouraged me in all levels and aspects of my education.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing and expanding a leadership role in my profession and in the Rochester community.

Kathryn D'Amanda

Partner, Massimilian & D'Amanda

Age: 39

Education: B.F.A., Boston University

Family: Husband, John; daughter, 13; two sons, 11 and 7

Professional responsibilities:

As an equal partner with Robert Massimilian in the advertising and design firm of Massimilian & D'Amanda, and as art director and designer for corporate communications, oversees projects from conception to published pieces

Community leadership:

Board member, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester; founding member and former president, art gallery's Averell Council; trustee, the Harley School; volunteer, Sojourner Hall for Women Inc.; active member, Pultneyville Reformed Church

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been two quotes that I always think about: one from my parents, who always told me, "Do the job well or don't do it at all"; and another from Miss Rumphius (a character in a children's book of the same name) who challenges her grand-niece, "You must do something to make the world more beautiful."

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself just as committed to the same basic ideals: family, work and community responsibility; but I really am not the kind of person who looks too far ahead in life--it takes some of the mystery out of it. I hope I can be open enough to see new opportunities and brave enough to take them on.



Donna Dedee

News director and co-anchor of Fox News First, WUHF-TV

Age: 34

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

Family: Husband, Edward Doyle; son, 3; daughter, 1

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for launching the newscast one year ago; primary duties include overseeing editorial content of the broadcast, management of a 30-person staff, long-range planning for the department, and formulating the operations budget; also co-anchors the nightly broadcast

Community leadership:

Member, Class of 1999, Leadership Rochester; member, exploring committee, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America's career-awareness exploring program; member, alumni board of directors, St. John Fisher College; board member, Western New York Child Care Council Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the fact that I live and work in the community where I was born--and happily choose to stay! I believe it's important to attempt to make a difference in the community you call home. But, personally and professionally, the single most influential element is my wonderful family. I am grateful for the guidance and support of my wonderful husband, Ed, and the blessings of our children, Eddie and Mary Grace, who give us perspective--because that is what is really important!

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing along a career path that makes me happy, ultimately becoming a teacher so that I can pass along practical experience to the up-and-coming communicators and business professionals in this community. But most importantly, in the next 10 years and beyond, I will concentrate on being the best wife and mom I can be.



Carol DeMoulin

President, Arthritis Foundation, Genesee Valley Chapter

Age: 39

Education: B.A. , English, William Smith College; M.A., public relations, Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Family: Husband, Scott; son, 8; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities:

Recruits and motivates a dedicated team of volunteers and staff to raise funds that support vital research and provide programs for people in our community who live with arthritis and related diseases; works with medical professionals to design appropriate educational programs; works with media outlets to raise awareness; manages a variety of fund-raising efforts

Community leadership:

Co-chair, annual broadway gala, Rochester Broadway Theatre League; member, membership committee, National Society of Fund Raising Executives; member, registration committee, 1998 U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament; involved with the William Smith College Admissions Volunteer Network

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family--my mom, who taught me the importance of hard work and education; my four brothers, who helped teach me to believe in myself; my husband, who helps me learn to think big and reach a little higher; and my children, who remind me how important laughter and patience are to each and every day.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to balance a fulfilling career and community involvement with the ever-popular teenage years! I'll be continuing to instill in our children the same important values that I was taught and the importance of being good, community citizens.



Holly Echols

Director of media relations, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political studies, Pitzer College

Family: Husband, Robert Houston Jr.; daughter, 15

Professional responsibilities:

Develops and implements a comprehensive global corporate media-relations program that supports and enhances the Bausch & Lomb brand and the company's business objectives, including: the proactive placement of favorable stories; crisis management; executive media training; and providing advice and counsel to the CEO, the management committee and other personnel involved in corporate and business unit media-relations matters

Community leadership:

First vice president and board member, National Women's Hall of Fame; board member, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Rochester Inc.; adviser to the choir president and member, Women's Ministry and the Early Morning Choir, Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been God and my faith in his undying love, divine guidance, unyielding support and never-ending patience.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself still in love and happily married, firmly rooted in one community, gainfully employed as the senior vice president of corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company, anxiously awaiting the birth of my first grandchild, deeply involved in the work of the church and generally pleased with my life.



Steven Hanks M.D.

Chief of medicine, Unity Medical Group

Age: 36

Education: B.S., neurosciences, M.D. with distinction in research, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Lisa; four children, 11, 5, 4 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees the operations of the internal medicine offices for Unity Medical Group, a 100-physician multispecialty practice; also president of the Monroe County Medical Society and chair of the young physician's section of the Medical Society of the State of New York, where he serves as a member of the New York delegation to the American Medial Association

Community leadership:

Board member, treasurer and chair of the finance committee, Hospital Consortium of Greater Rochester; board member and member, finance and human resources committees, Health Care Group, Unity Health System

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the mentors I was fortunate to have encountered during my wonderful medical training here in Rochester, who personified all the values and virtues of the profession I have come to love.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself healthy, weighing the same and in an executive position for a provider-owned health care entity.



Paul Holloway

Attorney and chairman, employee benefits department, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 36

Education: B.A., Georgetown University; M.A., University of Virginia; J.D., Vanderbilt University

Family: Wife, Eileen; two daughters, 4 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

Manages the employee benefits department and represents a mix of companies in their retirement and welfare benefits matters; advises individual clients regarding the estate-planning implications of their retirement plan assets; also lectures and writes extensively on a variety of employee benefits topics

Community leadership:

President, National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York Inc.; former treasurer, Kids Adjusting Through Support Inc.; legal counsel to numerous area non-profit organizations

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my family and my colleagues who, through their support and guidance, have helped me find a balance between community service and professional achievement.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as an active member of the firm with a growing practice, and continuing involvement in community activities.



Mary Lou Lunt

President and CEO, Arteffects Inc.

Age: 39

Education: attended SUNY at Buffalo; received certification from Graphic Careers

Family: Husband, Stephen; son, 13; daughter, 9

Professional responsibilities:

Overall responsibility for all operations of Arteffects Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm, from its creative product to its strategic direction, to financial decisions, to policy and hiring; also develops and nurtures relationships with clients to help ensure the individualized attention and "small agency feel"

Community leadership:

Board member, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County; president, Greater Rochester Chapter--National Association of Women Business Owners; volunteer for organizations such as Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Sojourner Hall for Women Inc. and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the unwavering support of friends and family--most notably my husband, Stephen. Having this depth of support has also let me see, by contrast, how often others--especially women--are limited and kept from achieving their full potential. This has been a major influence in my commitment to helping others achieve the freedom that can come from exploring their full talent and achieving economic independence.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as the leader of Arteffects, a company universally recognized as being the best creative communications partner in the business. I look forward to the company being known not only for the quality of its creative product, but for the quality of life and balance it offers its employees, partners and clients.



Timothy Lynch

Attorney, Eastman Kodak Co.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; J.D., University of Dayton

Family: Wife, Barbara; two daughters, 9 and 7; son, 4

Professional responsibilities:

Member of Kodak's corporate and regulatory legal staff, providing legal support for the company's mergers and acquisitions activities; recently served as the lead attorney on Kodak's acquisition of a majority position in PictureVision, the establishment of a digital alliance with Intel Corp., and the sale of Kodak's Fox Photo subsidiary; also provides legal support for Kodak's equity investment activities

Community leadership:

Executive board member, vice president--camping, member of the executive committee, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my family and my experiences as a youth member of the Boy Scouts. Both have challenged me, and continue to challenge me, to do my best. And both provide a constant reminder that the help and support one receives, and the help and support one gives to others, are the keys to success.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself somewhat older (but hopefully a little smarter), proud of my family's success, content with my accomplishments, but looking forward to new challenges and negotiating Kodak's most recent multibillion-dollar deal.



Cheryl Magin

Vice president, sales and service manager, Upstate Region, The Chase Manhattan Bank

Age: 38

Education: B.A. , communications, Michigan State University; MBA student, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Designs and implements programs to improve sales productivity and service delivery for the Upstate Region Branch Management Group; provides sales management and training support to line management; represents the branch sales organization with multiple lines of business and staff functions to ensure effective implementation of bank-wide marketing programs

Community leadership:

Board member, member of the executive committee, senior coordinator for the Health Care Group; account coordinator for Cancer Action Inc.--Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member, marketing/public relations committee--George Eastman House; treasurer--Michigan State University Rochester Alumni Association

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements comes from the expectations and achievements of my family and professional colleagues. My parents never set limits or discouraged my life expectations. I've worked with exceptional people, particularly Laura Sadowski and Susan Valenti, neither of whom knows the meaning of the word "limits." Finally, my nieces will be working women someday, and I do not want them to experience wage and promotion limitations. I hope that by example I help crack open those limitations and stereotypes.

Ten years from now:

Ten years ago I could never have predicted the opportunities or the changes that have shaped my life, so I live in the present, ready to be flexible and take advantage of situations that can stimulate my professional or personal growth.



John McClurg

President and owner, McClurg Chrysler-Plymouth Inc. and McClurg Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Buick Inc.

Age: 37

Education: Genesee Community College and SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Judy; two daughters, 9 and 6

Professional responsibilities:

Acts as general manager of McClurg Chrysler-Plymouth Inc., overseeing the day-to-day operations; as president of McClurg Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Buick Inc., implements daily operating procedures and meets regularly with the general manager to verify the direction of the company

Community leadership:

President-elect, Perry Rotary Club; board member, Bank of Castile; former board member, Wyoming County Business Development Corp.

Greatest influence:

There are many people who have influenced me and my achievements-my wife and children, who have had to make the sacrifice of my time; and my mother, who, while grieving the loss of her husband, supported her son, who lost his father. But the greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements was, and still is, my father-the late Robert McClurg.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself managing a number of car dealerships; taking my daughter, Tori, to college; protecting my daughter, Courtney, from 16-year-old boys (I know how they are; I was one of them); traveling with my wife, Judy; and watching for business opportunities.

Steven Modica

Attorney and principal owner, Modica & Associates

Age: 37

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Albany; M.P.A. and J.D., Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Lorrie; daughter, 8

Professional responsibilities:

Owns and operates a small law firm serving individuals and entities (including unions, not-for-profit agencies and businesses) in labor and employment law, disability insurance and personal injury matters

Community leadership:

Board member, Advocacy Center Inc. and Rochester Center for Independent Living Inc.; member, New York State Division of Human Rights Advisory Council; attorney adviser, Greece Arcadia High School mock-trial team

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the support, encouragement and example of the people who love me most--my wife, Lorrie, my daughter, Anne, my parents and parents-in-law, and my siblings and siblings-in-law.



Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to strive each day to earn the respect and confidence of my family, clients, friends, community, colleagues and staff.



Patricia Hollands Morrow

Vice president, Magna Products Corp.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., Dickinson College

Family: Husband, Ken; two daughters, 7 and 4

Professional responsibilities:

Duties vary since Magna Products Corp. is a small, family-owned and -managed company; primary responsibilities are sales and marketing, customer service and human resources; also works very closely with her husband and father-in-law in strategic planning and corporate strategies

Community leadership:

Board member, Webster Avenue Family Resource Center Inc.; board member and member of the strategic planning committee, Rochester Family Resource Network Inc.; member, New York State Division for Women Advisory Council; member, rector search committee and Sunday school teacher, Christ Church, Pittsford; co-leader, Brownie Troop 833

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been God above, no question. However, my family unit certainly runs a strong second place. My father gave me pragmatism and a strong work ethic. My late mother taught me compassion and respect for all people. My children have motivated me to try to make this world better. My husband, my inspiration, has kept me in touch with fiscal reality!

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself living a more centered, less hurried life with my family. I will be spending more time being a wife and mother, perhaps working less. I will continue to support the young families living in our fragile neighborhoods and will remain involved with activities involving my children. And, in 10 years, I will still say my prayers every day!



Jessica Murray

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

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Dartmouth College; J.D., Cornell Law School

Family: Husband, Rob Lewkowicz; two sons, 6 and 3

Professional responsibilities:

As a business attorney, represents and counsels individuals and companies with regard to acquisitions, financing, contracts and securities compliance, with an emphasis on intellectual property and technology matters.

Community leadership:

Board member, member of the executive committee, chair of the personnel committee, Center for Youth Services Inc.; treasurer and board member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; co-chair of two special interest groups, Rochester Women's Network; member of the business law council and secretary of the intellectual property committee, Monroe County Bar Association; executive committee member and treasurer, Dartmouth Club of Rochester; 1997 graduate, Leadership Rochester

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents and grandparents, whose pride in me has always inspired me to do better; those of my friends and colleagues whose commitment to professionalism, the community and their families has shown me that balance is possible; and my husband, whose parenting skills and sense of humor make everything I do possible.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to enjoy my life as an attorney, volunteer and mom. I hope that workplaces will have changed to provide more flexibility for working parents, and I hope I haven't fallen into the rut of complaining about how busy I am.



Bradford Nichols

President and CEO, The Nichols Team Inc.

Age: 37

Education: A.A.S., construction technology, SUNY College at Delphi

Family: Wife, Christy; two daughters, 11 and 8; son, 4

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees all aspects of the corporation, including facility/development planning, design/build services, construction services, landscape and facility maintenance, marketing and finance; also interjects creativity and innovation throughout the organization in order to achieve the mission and vision of the company

Community leadership:

Board member, Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc. and the Henrietta Area Council of the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.; adviser, Eastern Service Workers Association; chartered member, Design/Build Institute of America

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the book "Three Magic Words," Walt Disney, my mother and my father.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself applying my design, building and management expertise in a way that improves our communities and our world.



Mark Palazzo

President, Pittsford Capital Group Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., management science, Nazareth College of Rochester; ChFC (chartered financial consultant), the American College

Family: Daughter, 6

Professional responsibilities:

Oversees the day-to-day operations of Pittsford Capital Group's six business units; hires and trains new investment consultants and staff; works with clients in portfolio design and implementation, as well as package investment pools to invest in mobile home parks, fixed notes and mortgages; develops a distribution network for the company's products

Community leadership:

Trustee and member of several committees, Nazareth College of Rochester; chairman, Nazareth Business Associates; member, Nazareth Entrepreneurial Group; chairman and group leader, Pittsford Capital Young Investors Club

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family--specifically my father, for instilling in me a strong work ethic; my mother, for always reminding me to appreciate where I have been, what I have achieved in my life and to thank those people along the way who have helped me get here; and my partner, Ted Tackaberry. When we started Pittsford Capital in 1994, we were motivated by each other to create a successful financial-services firm where success with the highest ethical standards was the only option.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself doing many of the same things I do now, only better. I enjoy everything I do, especially working with clients in managing their portfolios. I cannot envision myself doing anything differently. Also, on a personal note, my 6-year-old daughter will then be 16 and, I am sure, quite a handful!



John Partigan

Partner, business practice group, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.S., Willamette University; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Wife, Kathryn; son, 7; daughter, 6 months

Professional responsibilities:

Works with business clients of all types and sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, in a variety of areas, including capital formation transactions, acquisitions and dispositions, SEC reporting and commercial contract matters

Community leadership:

Board member, YMCA of Greater Rochester Inc., Southeast Branch; member, operations committee, High Technology of Rochester Inc.; service donor and company coordinator, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc.'s Start-Up Resource Awards

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievement has been the example set by the senior members of our firm and their commitment to professional excellence and community involvement.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself working with many of the same clients and continuing to develop long-term professional relationships. I expect that I will be traveling even more than today as the legal profession continues to consolidate, but I am optimistic about the prospects for business growth in Rochester, particularly in the software and biotech areas.



Kenneth Pearsen M.D.

Partner, Ide Group P.C.; chief of radiology, Highland Hospital

Age: 38

Education: B.S., University of Pennsylvania; M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Family: Wife, Bobbi; son, 9; daughter, 7

Professional responsibilities:

Besides serving as chief of radiology, practices clinical neuroradiology and interventional radiology, and is a clinical assistant professor of radiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; serves on the Strong Health steering committee for the affiliation of Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital; is partner and member of the executive committee of the Ide Group P.C.

Community leadership:

Board member and member of the finance committee, Jewish Home of Rochester; former United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. campaign coordinator for Highland Hospital; board member and member of the executive committee, Highland Physicians Organization Inc.; president-elect, Highland Hospital medical staff

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family--my grandparents, who instilled in me the obligation to contribute to one's community; my parents, who introduced me to the nobility of the medical profession; and my wife and children, who unconditionally support all my activities.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself relatively unchanged, remaining very active in both my professional and civic responsibilities.



Peter Pullano

Attorney, Peter J. Pullano Esq.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., political science, SUNY at Buffalo; J.D., Albany Law School



Family: Wife, Alexandra; son, 8; two daughters, 6 and 2

Professional responsibilities:

Sole practitioner in a general practice of law, specializing in the area of criminal and civil litigation; also handles matters in real property, estate and matrimonial law

Community leadership:

Board member and member of the special events committee, AIDS Rochester Inc.; council member, Saint Nicholas Society; lector and member of the social ministry committee, St. Mary's Church; volunteer attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc.; tee-ball coach, YMCA of Greater Rochester Inc., Monroe Family branch

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. Growing up, it was my parents and brothers, offering encouragement and support while I pursued an education and began working. Nowadays it is my wife and three children, who help me keep sight of what's most important. When my wife and I step back and look at the family that we are building, all of the hard work suddenly seems worthwhile.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself self-employed, active in the community and preparing for the costs of putting three kids through college!



Mary Manard Reed

Director of client services, response-management services division, IMPCO Enterprises Inc.

Age: 37

Education: A.S., business, Monroe Community College; B.S., business/marketing, University of South Carolina; MBA student, St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Mike; two sons, 5 and 1

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for providing strategic direction for client programs, managing client profit and loss, ensuring client satisfaction and growing account business; directs a team of more than 25 account professionals who manage $13 million worth of client activities; manages operations related to the implementation of new client business and the professional development of the account team

Community leadership:

Board president and member of the executive, long-range planning and golf committees and "big sister," Community Partners for Youth Inc. (Big Brothers Big Sisters); volunteer speaker, Career Development Services Inc.; member, Rochester Women's Network

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My parents have always encouraged me to excel, demonstrated the value of hard work and continually reinforced the message to reach out and help others. My husband and best friend, Mike, has supported me with his love, friendship and guidance throughout my career. My children are a constant reminder of why community involvement is so important.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself running my own company and helping two boys through adolescence. I expect to remain committed to my family and devote energy to children's issues. In addition, I want to find the time to finish the MBA coursework I started six years ago.



Michael Ritz

Audit manager, Arthur Andersen LLP

Age: 33

Education: B.S., LeMoyne College

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Helps certify client financial reports while also providing practical business advice; assists in the training and supervision of the audit staff; also an adjunct faculty member at St. John Fisher College

Community leadership:

Treasurer, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Inc., Rochester Chamber Orchestra and Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my parents, who have always stressed the benefits of hard work and perseverance, mixed with the values of honesty and compassion for others.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself residing in Rochester, still teaching at the college level, still serving on numerous arts and non-profit boards of directors, and providing accounting and business consulting services for small to medium-sized companies in an entrepreneurial fashion.

Susan Roberts

Senior litigation counsel, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Binghamton; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Husband, Jeffrey

Professional responsibilities:

Manages and directs strategy for all the company's domestic and international litigation; works to ensure that policies, laws and regulations are being complied with; educates and advises management regarding potential litigation risks in order to reduce future litigation

Community leadership:

Board member, Volunteer Legal Services Project; secretary, Western New York Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel's Association; involved with the Monroe County Bar Association's Lawyers for Learning Project

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family--I was taught at a very young age that we each have an obligation to give of ourselves and do our very best in every aspect of our lives.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself hopefully healthy, wealthy and wiser--continuing to enjoy life!



David Spoleta

President, Spoleta Development and Holding Corp., and vice president, Spoleta Construction Corp.

Age: 36

Education: B.S., construction management, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Brenda; two sons, 11 and 8; daughter, 10

Professional responsibilities:

As president of Spoleta Development and Holding Corp., responsibilities include a broad range of contract and estimate review for both general contracts and development projects; as vice president of Spoleta Construction Corp., responsibilities include construction management, project management, general corporate management, day-to-day field control and coordination of equipment and labor

Community leadership:

Chairman, sports committee, Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation Agencies Inc.; board member, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/New York Branch and American Cancer Society, Lakes Region; committee member, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.; donates ability as a licensed pilot to various charities as needed

Greatest influence:

I must first identify the opportunity that I have been given. I have had room to learn and grow from our family business at the hands of my father, who--without question--is my greatest influence. His love and commitment to his family and business have been an inspiration to me. He has taught me, by his example, that through hard work and dedication to family, friends and community, there is nothing that can't be accomplished.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to expand our family business and actively supporting community organizations and charities. Most of all, I would like to spend more time with my wife, my children and my family. Without them, my life would have no meaning.



Joyce Sudak

Product marketing manager; production, features segment; Eastman Kodak Co.'s Professional Motion Imaging unit

Age: 39

Education: B.S., Duquesne University; MBA, University of Texas

Family: Husband, Christopher Carretta

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the creation and successful implementation of strategic marketing plans; acts as a liaison between the field sales organization and the development and manufacturing communities to define customer requirements for new and existing products and services; calls on customers to understand how and why they use (or do not use) Kodak products; gathers competitive information; develops sales promotions and communications; analyzes financial and business performance around all aspects of the marketing and product programs; initiates improvements to programs as required

Community leadership:

Member, Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. and Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester; volunteer, Medical Emergency Response Team, Corporate Wellness Task Force and the Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Greater Rochester

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my failures. Failing, although disappointing at the time, forces me to examine my own strengths, weaknesses and priorities. It is an opportunity to grow as a person. Failing also reinforces the importance of balance in my life. Having many varied interests, as well as a supportive husband and family, helps keep me centered.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself just as passionate and resolute about my life as I am now. There are too many opportunities and so many ways that life can turn, it is difficult to say what I will be doing or where I will be.



Lesia Telega

Vice president of sales, Monroe Graphics Inc., and owner, Presna Graphics

Age: 35

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

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Supervises the sales representatives, customer service manager, account managers and receptionist; plans, organizes, directs and evaluates all traditional selling activities within the company; develops, recommends and implements objectives and plans for increasing sales and profits consistent with the corporate policies, procedures and budget; responsible for the development of new customers, salespeople and sales support personnel

Community leadership:

Chairwoman, supervisory committee, Rochester Ukrainian Federal Credit Union; member, national advisory committee, Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization; educational coordinator, Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization--Rochester, New York Branch; member, Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Branch 120, Rochester; secretary, United Ukrainian American Organizations of Rochester, New York; fund-raising coordinator, Rochester Branch of the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my family and the local Ukrainian community. I had the great fortune to be raised in a family with strong moral standards and civic responsibilities. I was always taught to respect the rights and privileges of being an American citizen and the importance of being a responsible member of the community.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as a successful member of the Rochester business community, an advocate for local non-profit organizations, as well as an active member of the Ukrainian community.



Robert Von Kaenel Jr.

Vice president of sales & marketing, Getinge/Castle Inc.'s Healthcare Division

Age: 38

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

Family: Wife, Kim; two sons, 17 and 8; two daughters, 13 and 5

Professional responsibilities:

Directs Getinge/Castle's U.S. and export sales operations; also responsible for marketing, planning, communications and business development activities

Community leadership:

Board member, Highland Hospital Foundation and Pittsford Mustang Soccer Club; directs Getinge/Castle Inc.'s charitable initiatives; youth sports coach in the Pittsford community

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements was my father, who was extremely active in a number of volunteer and civic activities when I was a child. He always stressed the importance of helping others and giving back to the community in which you live.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself still growing both personally and professionally, but leading a very fulfilled life with my wife, Kim--knowing that I have given my best and, more importantly, knowing that we have successfully raised four happy, well-adjusted children.



Bernadette Weaver-Catalana

Litigation associate, Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, Sturman & Clarke LLP

Age: 34

Education: B.S., business, SUNY College at Binghamton; J.D., SUNY at Buffalo Law School

Family: Husband, Michael; two daughters, 8 and 7

Professional responsibilities:

Focuses her practice on civil defense work with an emphasis on asbestos litigation defense; also represents clients in personal injury matters and is a member of the firm's planning and development committee

Community leadership:

Trustee and member of the fund-raising committee, Evan T. Cummings Trust; board member and co-chair of the 1998 Heart Ball, American Heart Association, Genesee Valley Region; team captain of the Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, Sturman & Clarke LLP American Heart Walk team; board member and membership chair, Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my husband, Mike, and daughters, Carly and Courtney. Mike's natural confidence and ability to focus on career objectives have inspired me to pursue my own goals and dreams. Motherhood has also had a profound influence on the direction of my life. Having my daughters has made me want to be a better person--I hope that I can teach them the importance of following their dreams by pursuing my own.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself as the mother of two young women getting ready to make their way in the world (hopefully on their way to college). I also see Mike and I continuing to enjoy the life we have built in Rochester.



Julie Wegman

Vice president/director of financial markets, Harte-Hanks Inc. Direct Marketing

Age: 39

Education: B.S., communications, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Wayne; daughter, 12; two sons, 9 and 4

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for building a business sector within a larger unit; also responsible for profit and loss, people management, planning and sales

Community leadership:

Senior adviser, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member, Penfield Food Cupboard, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester and its Averell Council; room mother for her kindergartner

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my love of the people business; it has caused me to seek out guidance and learn from the leaders (and there are many right here in Rochester).

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself happy, healthy and involved with my children's changing lives, as well as still active in my career and community.



Bruce Zicari II

Partner, Bonadio & Co. LLP

Age: 30

Education: B.S., accounting, Syracuse University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the special services division of the firm--which includes a staff of 10 professionals--and for selecting, utilizing and managing the unique professionals and resources in the division; also responsible for operating and growing his client base and using his accounting and business experience to help his clients reach their potential

Community leadership:

Board member, Rochester Italian Charities and Italian American Community Center Inc.; member, gala committee, Special Olympics--Monroe County; involved with fund raising for Problem Pregnancy Help Center Inc.

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my entire family and, more specifically, my father and grandfather. I spent my early career working directly with my father and grandfather in our family accounting firm. They taught me to work hard every day and always be fair and honest in all my business and personal relationships. They encouraged me to set high goals and gave me the confidence I needed to accomplish these goals. They also taught me to be grateful for what I have and the importance of giving back to my community and helping those less fortunate.

Ten years from now:

The world is changing in so many ways that I can't imagine where I will be or what I will be doing in 10 years. Over the next 10 years and beyond, I hope to build on all my education and unique experiences to be a leader in my profession and in my community.



Mindy Zoghlin

Partner, Bansbach, Zoghlin, Wicks & Wahl P.C.

Age: 39

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

Family: Husband, Benson; daughter, 13; son, 9

Professional responsibilities:

Manages case load of more than 100 active matters and helps run the law firm; as incoming chair of the Monroe County Bar Association's environmental law committee, will develop continuing legal education programs in environmental law, provide networking and mentoring opportunities for attorneys in Monroe County and promote the use of technology and Internet resources for environmental law practitioners

Community leadership:

Board member and co-chairwoman of the economic prosperity committee, Greece Chamber of Commerce; incoming chairwoman, environmental law section, Monroe County Bar Association

Greatest influence:

The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my mother, who raised me to believe that I could accomplish anything if I applied myself, and my husband, whose love and support fuels the fire that keeps me going.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing to enjoy civic, professional and personal challenges. I don't have a clear picture of what form they will take. I only know that there are more opportunities than there is time to identify them, and I can't go too far wrong if I focus on the ones that are enjoyable and meaningful to me.


Leslie Clarke Zornow

Vice president, branch administration and marketing, Savings Bank of the Finger Lakes F.S.B.

Age: 34

Education: B.A., English literature, Nazareth College of Rochester; National School of Banking (Class of 2000)

Family: Husband, Mark

Professional responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall management of the bank's six banking offices, as well as the marketing, human resources, training and sales management departments; manages the bank's subsidiary, SBFL Agency Inc., through which the bank offers investment and insurance products; as one of six members of the bank's senior management team, also responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company

Community leadership:

Board member, Smith Opera House and March of Dimes Finger Lakes Council; member, public relations committee, Seneca Lake Whale Watch; member, promotions committee, Geneva Business Improvement District; volunteer, Ontario County Office for the Aging

Greatest influence:

The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my boss and friend, Tom Bowers. Tom has shown me that it's very possible to be a kind, generous person while still being a strong manager who can make tough business decisions.

Ten years from now:

In 10 years, I see myself continuing in a leadership position with the Savings Bank of the Finger Lakes in a capacity through which I can actively contribute to the growth and profitability of the company, as well as being able to mentor aspiring professionals. I'd also like to have a couple children to experience the joys (and challenges) of balancing family and professional life.

10/30/1998 (c) 1998Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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