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Forty Under 40 Class of 1999

Rochester Business Journal
October 29, 1999

Jack Baron
President, northern region, PaeTec Communications Inc.
Age: 38

Education: B.S., neuroscience, University of Rochester; MBA, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Lisa; two daughters, 13 and 9

Professional responsibilities: Full profit and loss responsibility from Boston to Chicago; responsible for 11 sales offices staffed by more than 100 sales and service personnel

Community leadership: Rochester area and international board member, Compeer Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my family (my wife, children and parents) and Arunas Chesonis (my boss, former chairman of Compeer's board and Rochester "Philanthropist of the Year" last year).

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as chairman of a company I have founded, a father to three children and a major force in Rochester's community, civic and philanthropic endeavors.

Joshua Barwick
Associate counsel, SUNY Office of University Counsel
(formerly an attorney with Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP)
Age: 39

Education: B.S., industrial and labor relations, Cornell University; M.S., health economics and administration, Ben Gurion University; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Provides legal support to the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with an emphasis on health care law, contracting and business transactions

Community leadership: Former board member, vice president and volunteer, Jewish Family Service of Rochester Inc.; former volunteer, Catholic Family Center; participated in the resettlement of refugees from Belarus, the Ukraine, Bosnia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and Liberia

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who exemplify kindness and service to others, and the refugees it has been my privilege to know, whose spirit, resourcefulness and resiliency are inspiring.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as looking back--I hope--with pride over my professional achievements and community contributions.


Kelley Ross Brown
Associate attorney, Woods, Oviatt, Gilman, Sturman & Clarke LLP
Age: 33

Education: B.A., St. Lawrence University; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Husband, Christopher; daughter, 20 months

Professional responsibilities: Assists and counsels real estate, banking and other clients to help them successfully complete their goals and expand their business in the most efficient manner

Community leadership: Trustee, Monroe County Bar Association; board member, Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp., Neighborhood Housing Services of Rochester Inc. and DePaul Adult Care Communities Inc./DePaul Community Facilities Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my husband and family, because without their love, concern and support it would be very difficult for me to realize my potential by participating fully in my professional obligations and pursuing my civic interests.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to contribute to the successes of my clients, as well as expanding my community and civic participation.

Katherine Cronin
Vice president and general manager, Healthcare Services, Xerox Corp.
Age: 38

Education: B.A., Duke University; MBA, Duke University Fuqua School of Business; master of music in vocal performance, New England Conservatory of Music

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Leads a team of industry and project management experts to identify hospital opportunities for customized Xerox digital solutions. Together we identify partnering and investment opportunities that will result in increased business for Xerox in health care, and increase value for our clients.

Community leadership: Board and strategy and planning committee member, Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.; past board member and current marketing committee advisor, Rochester Oratorio Society

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents. Both teachers and lifelong learners, they helped me learn to approach new choices and problems from a principle-centered perspective, to both be true to my dreams and to truly live with my choices.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself working with a cohesive team of people to design and implement strategic change--whether in Xerox, within the health care community or in some other way related to education and learning.

Patrick Cusato
Attorney, partner, chairman of the real estate department, Underberg & Kessler LLP
Age: 37

Education: Bachelor's degree, Canisius College; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Family: Wife, Joan Varney; two daughters, 7 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Manages the law firm's real estate department; concentrates practice in commercial real estate and mortgage banking

Community leadership: Vice president, executive board, and chairman, project development committee, Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation Inc.; board member (elect), Child Care Council Inc.; vice president, executive board, Mortgage Bankers Association of the Genesee Region; member, advisory board, Public Abstract Corp.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who encouraged me to achieve my goals. I am also inspired by my wife, Joan, who reminds me how important a sense of humor is to surviving and learning from life's challenges.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to dedicate time to civic endeavors, assisting in the professional growth of younger attorneys, enjoying new career challenges and spending time with my wife and daughters.


Deborah Ellwood
Senior researcher, Center for the Study of the States at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
Age: 38

Education: B.A., economics, Bowdoin College; master in public policy degree, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Family: Husband, Andrew Dick; son, 3

Professional responsibilities: Manages a multistate project examining how social services spending has changed since the implementation of welfare reform; research seeks to determine what investments states are making to help low-income families escape poverty and achieve self-sufficiency

Community leadership: Board member, distributions committee member and chairwoman of the strategic planning committee, Rochester Area Community Foundation

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My parents, brother and sister are all architects of program and policy reforms in their respective fields; they've paved the way for me to enter the "family business." In addition, my husband has been an invaluable resource and steadfast supporter.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself a little grayer, a little wiser and still striving to do work that results in more compassionate and effective public policies for children.

Doug Emblidge
News anchor and reporter, WOKR-TV and WRMM-FM
Age: 38

Education: B.S., telecommunications management, Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Family: Wife, Coleen; two daughters, 12 and 11; son, 8

Professional responsibilities: Writing and anchoring the news for "Tony and Dee in the Morning" on WARM 101.3; reporter and anchor of WOKR-TV's NewsSource 13 at 5 p.m.

Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Area Crimestoppers; active member, Pittsford Rotary Club; chairman, annual golf tournament, Camp Haccamo; honorary chair, Holiday Heroes campaign, CURE Childhood Cancer Center Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been a long list of colleagues, friends and family members who have been tangible examples of how to fit hard work, family and community service into busy lives--Ginny Ryan, Don Alhart, Dee Alexander, Tony Infantino, Jerry Flynn, Sheriff Meloni, my parents and in-laws, and my wife, Coleen, to name just a few.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself here at home, in Rochester, even in the winter. I hope I'm still working in broadcast news, whatever form that will take in our "wired" world.

Robert Fischer
Senior vice president, Rulison & Co. Inc.
Age: 36

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

Family: Wife, Elaine; son, 10 months

Professional responsibilities: Manages all corporate financial information; interacts with governmental entities on the federal and state levels; sales development specifically relating to broker/dealer networks; overall responsibility for the internal operations of the firm

Community leadership: Commodore, Rochester Yacht Club; management board member, New York State Superfund; member, Governor Pataki's Superfund Work Group; treasurer, Western New Yorkers for Economic Growth political action committee; board member, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.; member, finance committee, Reynolds for Congress

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the guidance from my father-in-law, Jack Newell.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as more entrenched in the Rochester community through an increase in active participation in the private business sector, as well as through my continued dedication to public service.

Denise Fitzgerald
Vascular nurse practitioner, Vascular Surgery Associates and ViaHealth Rochester General Medical Groups
Age: 36

Education: B.S., nursing, Keuka College; M.S., family nurse practitioner, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Scott; three daughters, 11, 8 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Serves as a vascular nurse practitioner in a three-surgeon vascular practice, and is a certified wound specialist; consults with Hill Haven Nursing Home; lectures frequently at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and other venues

Community leadership: President, National Society for Vascular Nursing; nursing advisory board member, Keuka College; liturgical minister, children's liturgy, St. Christopher Church; founder, Amputee Coalition of Rochester; clinical associate and clinical preceptor, University of Rochester School of Nursing

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my undergraduate program at Keuka College. The close-knit education at an all-women's college fostered my sense of achievement. My parents have also continuously encouraged my professional growth and civic achievements.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself completing a doctorate in nursing education and teaching at the university level.

Erin Foster
Director, public relations, Eric Mower and Associates Inc.
Age: 36

Education: B.A., St. Bonaventure University; M.A., newspaper journalism, Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Family: Husband, Kevin; four children, 7, 5, 3 and 16 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the development and execution of marketing public relations programs for clients served by the agency's Rochester office; as a member of the agency's executive committee, responsible for setting office policies and procedures

Community leadership: President-elect, Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association; member, publicity committee, Athena Awards

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my father, who taught me to never quit, that hard work is not always rewarded but is always rewarding, and that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself embracing my commitments with a tireless enthusiasm for attaining excellence, teaching and rewarding principled behavior in my children, and pursuing a higher level of personal and professional growth--one day at a time.

John Galbraith

President and creative director, Twin Advertising Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.A., psychology, Roanoke College

Family: Wife, Amy; two daughters, 5-year-old twins; son, 9 months

Professional responsibilities: Oversees all strategic and creative services for the advertising agency's clients, as well as all major managerial responsibilities for the agency; creates and implements the strategy for the agency's two largest clients--Soyata Computers of Rochester and Road Runner High Speed Internet

Community leadership: Board member and executive committee member, Children's Hospital at Strong; trustee, Seneca Park Zoo Society

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the birth of my daughters, born at 24 weeks. Both Raleigh and Alex had to fight for their lives for months. Now they are loud and happy 5-year-olds who play soccer and participate in gymnastics. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in everything that's going on at the agency, but when I get home at night, they make me realize what's really important.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself doing what I love most--creating groundbreaking advertising and marketing campaigns!



Kathryn Gallant

Marketing communications consultant (self-employed)

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.)

Family: Husband, Peter Infante

Professional responsibilities: Provides marketing planning and communications services to a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Rochester area

Community leadership: Board president, Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association; board member, CURE Childhood Cancer Center Inc. and St. Lawrence Foundation for Theological Education; council member, First Unitarian Church of Rochester; co-chairwoman, exhibitions preview sub-committee, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my father, Steve Roberts, my most treasured life and professional mentor.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to work independently with a variety of interesting clients, still involved with issues and organizations I care about, and doing a lot of jazz singing, gardening and writing.



William Goodrich

Chief operating officer, LeChase Construction Services LLC

Age: 35

Education: A.A.S., construction engineering technology, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred; B.S., business, SUNY College at Buffalo

Family: Wife, Rhonda; daughter, 8; son, 6

Professional responsibilities: Manages the organization's operations; promotes and leads new business opportunities; maintains the company's core ideologies and philosophies

Community leadership: Co-chairman, annual fund-raising campaign, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; board member, Nazareth Academy School and Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; board member and district chairman, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; member, board of governors, Builders Exchange of Rochester, New York Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been the dedication and contributions to the community displayed by Wayne LeChase, president and CEO of LeChase Construction; volunteering for Junior Achievement; and the support and guidance provided by my wife and children.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself in a position of leadership at LeChase Construction, while giving back to the community that provides for us.



Steven Hayes

Process manager, training and development, Fleet Services Corp.

Age: 33

Education: B.A., accounting, and MBA, marketing, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Laura

Professional responsibilities: Develops, coordinates and facilitates technical and personal development training within Fleet's investment operations division based in Rochester; participates in strategic initiatives, including workplace improvements, customer service models and strategic recruiting

Community leadership: Board member, Team Fleet, A Meal & More Inc. and Greece Rotary Club; volunteer, American Institute of Banking and Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who taught me the value of working hard and enjoying what I do, and to never stop learning and seeking fair value for my efforts.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself helping my 9-year-old face her homework and my wife face her 40th birthday, while I sell tickets to the Greece Rotary Ziti Dinner, still held on the Sunday before the Super Bowl after 40 years!



Lawrence Heilbronner

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

Age: 34

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

Family: Wife, Laura; daughter, 2; son, 5 months

Professional responsibilities: Budgets, analyzes, reports and plans the financial activities of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and its affiliates; reports regularly to the bank's board of directors and its shareholders

Community leadership: Assistant treasurer, Jewish Family Service of Rochester Inc.; trustee, Temple B'rith Kodesh; advisory board member, Mt. Hope Family Center; member, Camp Seneca Lake Committee of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the support of my wife and my parents in all my business and community pursuits.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a member of the senior team leading the bank as the premier full-service community financial services company in the metro-Rochester region, and fulfilling my continuing goal of active service to the community.



Karen Higman

Vice president for institutional advancement, St. John Fisher College

Age: 36

Education: B.A., political science/history, Hartwick College

Family: Husband, Sean; two sons, 10 and 7; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities: Serves on the college's senior staff and has shared responsibility for the development and execution of the institution's strategic plan; manages the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, responsible for working with all leadership donors to Fisher, as well as the board of trustees; oversees major college events

Community leadership: Vice president, incoming board president and chair of the 1999 Invest in Youth campaign, YMCA of Greater Rochester's Southeast Family branch; secretary, former vice president, membership chair and conference committee co-chair, National Society of Fund Raising Executives; incoming membership chair, Forest Ridge Community Club Inc.; co-chair for several major events at Brooks Hill School, Fairport; pro bono development counsel for Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, Education for Peace Project and Step by Step

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who provided me with a loving environment; my grandmother and her sister; my husband, who is a true partner, as well as a few close friends and his family.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, in terms of my career, I hope to expand my creative horizons and spend more time writing.



Kevin Hill

Partner, Eldredge, Fox & Porretti LLP

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Kathleen; three daughters, 16, 15 and 4; son, 13

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for tax consultation, planning and compliance, and estate planning and consultation; specializes in closely-held businesses, agricultural businesses and corporate tax law; coordinates national affiliation of firms (CPA America) and financial services for Eldredge, Fox & Porretti

Community leadership: President of the youth organization and former bishopric, high council and Western New York employment services coordinator, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Palmyra)

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the two years I voluntarily served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a successful husband and father with three of my four children contributing positively to society as adults (the fourth will still be a teenager). I will be active in community affairs and successfully progressing in business.



Wanda Humphrey

Manufacturing materials manager, Xerox Corp.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., engineering, University of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Husband, Todd; son, 7; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities: Analyzes and implements efficient, cost effective (lean) manufacturing techniques in Xerox's reprographics manufacturing business to reduce on-hand inventory dollars, and increase inventory turnover and operational productivity; provides information to upper management to enable more informed business decisions

Community leadership: Member, alumni advisory council, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents. I observed the balance of professional, philanthropic and family activities demonstrated by them throughout my life, coupled with their core belief that "giving back to your community is the right thing to do."

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself being a role model for teenage girls and other women of color by excelling in my profession, through community work and other deeds.



Thomas Ioele

President and CEO, Extra Help Employment Services

Age: 36

Education: B.A., industrial and labor relations, SUNY College at Potsdam

Family: Wife, Lori; two daughters, 3 and 1

Professional responsibilities: Provides strategic vision, motivational leadership and overall direction for achieving company growth and expansion

Community leadership: Member, board of management, YMCA of Greater Rochester's Southeast Family branch; board member, Small Business Council; member, New York Association of Temporary Services

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my father, Joseph Ioele, and having had the experience to work and learn from his experiences.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continually enhancing my abilities as a leader and motivator of people to achieve success for companies and organizations in which I am involved.



Paul Kempinski

Vice president, ambulatory and clinical services, ViaHealth, the Genesee Hospital and Rochester General Hospital

Age: 39

Education: B.S., health planning and administration, Pennsylvania State University; M.S., health systems management, Rush University

Family: Wife, Maureen; two daughters, 5 and 2; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the management and operations of a variety of ambulatory and clinical departments at the Genesee Hospital and Rochester General Hospital; specific focus on the enhancement of patient access to high-quality services through the creation of community-based outpatient services

Community leadership: Member, board of management, YMCA of Greater Rochester's Southeast Family branch; volunteer, Monroe County Special Olympics

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who instilled the values of faith in God, perseverance, hard work and a desire to venture beyond what you may believe you are capable of; my wife, who is the most positive and supportive influence in my life; and my mentors, whose achievements constantly remind me that true success is derived largely from the desire to do good for others.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself having grown as a husband and as a parent, and continuing to contribute in a more meaningful way to the betterment of my community and organization.

Laurie Maffett

Director, regulatory & operator services, Frontier Communications

Age: 34

Education: Bachelor's degree, accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Husband, Michael; son, 5; daughter 1 1/2

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all federal and state regulatory strategy and implementation issues for each of Frontier's 33 companies, including managing all federal and state commission relationships and representing Frontier's interests in all regulatory proceedings; responsible for the daily operation and long-term strategy of the operator services division

Community leadership: Board member, Catholic Family Center and New York State Telecommunications Association; chairperson, Frontier's partnership with Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc.'s day-care center

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the constant support from my husband and family, along with the opportunity and leadership provided by Marty Mucci and a terrific team who constantly produce results.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a loving wife, proud mother and respected leader.



Henry Marini

Director, strategic sourcing--marketing and corporate services, Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., Bentley College; MBA, Suffolk University School of Management

Family: Wife, Jennifer; two daughters, 10 and 7

Professional responsibilities: Directs and manages the development of sourcing objectives for commodities such as print, premiums, travel, fleet and temporary services; leads and facilitates teams; ensures achievement of process improvements and cost-savings targets

Community leadership: Town councilman, Town of Pittsford; Mission One Funding Committee; council member and former finance board member, Rochester Friendly Home

Greatest influence: My previous servant leaders, Steve and Jim, who allowed me the true privilege of experiencing empowerment. This privilege has given me the opportunity to take risks and to gain knowledge from whatever the experience, be it positive or negative. My father and grandfather, who instilled in me my strong work ethic. My wife, who has taught me the real value of community service, and my daughters, for reminding me of the importance of being their father. Sam, who reminds me to make decisions where core values and instinct rule.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to be committed to family, work and the community. I expect new challenges; I will take them on and learn from the experience.



Timothy Mason

President and chief operating officer, Selkowitz Inc.

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Lori; two sons, 9 and 6

Professional responsibilities: Overall accountability for leading a team of marketing communications professionals to deliver advertising and marketing solutions that exceed client expectations; works with a management team and senior staff members to address and resolve operating issues; maintains numerous client contacts while serving as a senior marketing and communications strategist for many of the company's clients

Community leadership: Member, corporate advisory and public relations committees, Monroe County Special Olympics; pastoral planning board member, Webster-Penfield Catholic Parishes--St. Rita's Church; steering committee chair, Webster-Penfield Catholic Connection;

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the satisfaction of seeing my efforts, both on the job and in the community, helping others or making others happy.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself enjoying the fruits of the hard work and dedication in growing our business, spending more time with family and friends and mentoring other small-business owners and marketing communications professionals, while continuing to dedicate time to non-profit organizations.



Lyndon Matteson III

Senior vice president, KeyBank N.A.

Age: 35

Education: SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Family: Wife, Natalie; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: District manager of the Small Business Lending Division, focusing on businesses with revenues of less than $5 million, ensuring that their needs are met through a wide variety of loan, deposit and investment products and services; management of the retail branch network of 15 offices throughout the Rochester area

Community leadership: Board president, member and executive committee president, Housing Council of Monroe County; participant, Leadership Rochester, Class of 2000

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional achievements has been the opportunity to lead the Retail Banking Line of Business in a newly formed Rochester District for KeyCorp, and to be an integral part of a strong local management team. The greatest influence on my civic achievements has been KeyCorp's commitment to each community we serve and the strong support for its management team to become involved in the community in a leadership capacity.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a business leader in the community, focusing my efforts on housing issues as well as education.



Michael McAlpin

Executive vice president, McAlpin Industries Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., chemistry and computer science, Rochester Institute of Technology and Boston College

Family: Wife, Debbie; son, 4; daughter, 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Provides input to company's strategic direction and growth; personal focus as corporate officer is in materials management, from customer order entry to shipping.

Community leadership: Board member, High Technology of Rochester's Manufacturing Extension Partnership; industrial liaison, APICS Small Manufacturing Specific Industry Group; member, finance committee, St. John the Evangelist Church; past president and board member, APICS Rochester Chapter

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, who stressed the importance of family and doing the right thing, offering guidance, direction, and example along the way; my wife, Debbie, who enables me to support the organizations with which I am affiliated; and my brother and business partner, Ken, from whom I continually learn more about running a business.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to grow, learn and improve myself as a manager, leader, husband and father.



Nannette Nocon

Senior financial advisor, American Express Financial Advisors Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.S., Cornell University; CFP, College for Financial Planning; ChFC, American College

Family: Husband, Karl Wessendorf

Professional responsibilities: Helps clients achieve their financial goals and objectives by providing comprehensive personal financial planning services; offers ongoing advice and service on issues regarding a client's financial picture

Community leadership: Board member, Rochester Area Community Foundation; trustee, Geva Theatre; member, scholarship awards and investment committee, Cornell Alumni Association of Greater Rochester

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been the perspective I have gained as an immigrant from the Philippines. My mother and siblings appreciate the opportunities that face us. Like most immigrants, we realize that achieving the American Dream is truly a privilege. Through my spiritual and religious faith, I believe that it is my responsibility to give back to others.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to work as a financial advisor. I am fortunate to have found a career that is rewarding and ever changing. It's a blessing to look forward to going to work in the morning and love every minute of it.



Eugene O'Donovan

President and chairman, Montana Mills Bread Co.

Age: 39

Education: Bachelor's degree, general business, and master's degree, accounting, University College (Dublin, Ireland)

Family: Wife, Suzy; daughter, 3; son, 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Founder and president of a three-year-old chain of all-natural bread store bakeries. Montana Mills operates eight stores currently in Rochester and Buffalo, and plans to expand into Syracuse and Albany by the first quarter of next year.

Community leadership: Ernst and Young LLP Entrepreneur of the Year, 1999; member, Pittsford Chamber of Commerce and Williamsville Business Association; directs company charity efforts, including donation of all day-old bread to area shelters and food cupboards.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my upbringing. I grew up on a farm in Ireland, and the values that were emphasized--hard work, neighborliness and treating people with respect--are the values I still call upon for my business dealings today.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself still as an entrepreneur, most likely continuing to develop new and innovative methods of distribution of great bread and bread-related products. Also, I would like to have a slightly better golf game by then (it needs help).



Gregory Parrinello

Senior tax manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Age: 36

Education: B.A., political science, University of Rochester; MBA, public accounting and corporate finance, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration

Family: Wife, Monica; children, 5 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Serves as a key business advisor, coordinating and providing tax and legal services for individuals and companies; leads firm's Upstate Technology, Information Systems, Communication and Entertainment Industry Group tax practice

Community leadership: Member, operating committee, Venture Development Council and Mentoring Committee of the High Technology of Rochester board, and chair of its capital committee; co-chair, 1998 Business Plan Review Committee, High Technology of Rochester; co-chair, 1998 Lennox Tech Enterprise Center Work Group; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP United Way representative; volunteer, University of Rochester, YMCA of Greater Rochester and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents, sister and brothers; my wife, through her exemplary balance of a successful career with motherhood; my mentor and friend, Gerry Van Strydonck, through his continual guidance; and my children, Colin and Cassie.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to try to make a difference for my clients, co-workers, community, family and friends.



Alan Regan

Chief operating officer, Landsman Development Corp.

Age: 36

Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Fredonia

Family: Wife, Colleen; two daughters, 13 and 9

Professional responsibilities: Oversees and directs the activities of each department in the organization; directs events that will lead to a stable and successful future; makes policy, financial and operational decisions

Community leadership: Board member, Young Audiences of Rochester Inc.; member, facilities committee, Al Sigl Center; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; member, CEO Roundtable and Rochester Rotary Club; soccer coach, RH Soccer

Greatest influence: If I have to choose one person, it would probably be Elliot Landsman. He has shown a unique ability to be superb at business without sacrificing his moral responsibilities to his peers. He has taught me that you can be trustworthy, honest and have a high level of integrity, and still be successful in the world of business.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as having the ability to give back even more to the community. As much as I crave professional success, I feel that it is extremely important to share my knowledge and experiences with the people who make up our future. Committing more time to the youth in our community would satisfy me to no end.



Jacqueline Schertz

Counselor, substance and alcohol intervention services for the deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology

Age: 39

Education: B.S., social work, and M.S., career & human resource development, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Frank Kruppenbacher

Professional responsibilities: Gives presentations to deaf people in an inpatient addiction treatment program; provides consultation and training to service providers in creating a deaf-friendly and accessible environment; teaches a freshman seminar class at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf; meets with clients to assess the need for drug and alcohol education and intervention

Community leadership: Advisory board member, Deaf Community Support Services and DePaul Embury Road House Community; social work advisory board member, RIT; member, Deaf Sober Community Initiatives; past board member, Rochester School for the Deaf and United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my early exposure to deaf role models who demonstrated leadership qualities, especially in the expression of language. These individuals, including my parents, nurtured my enthusiasm for understanding by including me in their discussions and activities.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself working in an environment utilizing my experience in counseling, teaching, training, program coordination, community collaboration and public speaking.

Raj Shah

Senior vice president, operations, ICS Telecom Inc.

Age: 33

Education: B.A., Western Michigan University

Family: Wife, Katherine Kramer Shah

Professional responsibilities: Manages operations for nationwide installation and service staff for ICS Telecom; manages U.S. Attorney's multimillion-dollar telecommunications contract; evaluates new product and service offerings and contracts

Community leadership: Co-founder and co-chair, Family Business Forum; board member, Small Business Council, Independent Dealers Association for Executone, Mental Health Association

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents. My father taught me business skills, the value of friendship and the importance of loyalty, and inspired me to strive for success, as well as commitment to work for the betterment of the community. My mother taught me compassion, caring and the importance of balance between my business goals and my personal life.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as head of ICS Telecom, taking it to the next level, as well as working with my younger brother, Jon, to get him ready to take over the family business. On the personal side, in 10 years, I hope to be spending more time with my wife and children.



Margaret Somerset

Partner, Harris, Beach & Wilcox LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Providence College and Universite de Fribourg (Switzerland); J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Family: Fiance, Richard McCarthy

Professional responsibilities: Defends hospitals and other health care providers (including nurses, physicians, technicians, medical assistants, pharmacists and paramedics) in medical malpractice actions and manages these cases from their inception through trial, and appeals, if necessary; counsels facilities on records and risk management

Community leadership: Board member, Crestwood Children's Foundation, Monroe County Board of Ethics and Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; former board member, Monroe County Bar Association and Main West Attorneys at Law, a non-profit law office serving the working poor

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been other lawyers in Rochester who give so generously of their time to improve services to the children and the underprivileged of our community, and to fight for justice for all people.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a leading advocate in my area of law, a facilitator for alternative dispute resolution, a mentor to young lawyers and a continuing volunteer for programs to improve the quality of life for the children and the underprivileged of our community.



Dustin Swanger

Assistant vice president and dean, Monroe Community College

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political science, SUNY College at Fredonia; master's in public administration, SUNY College at Brockport; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University

Family: Single

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership for college's work in training area employees from a variety of companies, and working with business and industry to bring them and the college together; responsible for the academic departments at MCC that offer degree programs designed to prepare students for employment in technical fields

Community leadership: Board member, Monroe County Manufacturing Partnership, High Technology of Rochester, Finger Lakes Regional Education Center; project team director, Rochester Institute of Technology Project Equity; program chair, New York State Plastics Summit; volunteer, Helping People with AIDS' Dialing for Dollars

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my colleagues. Without their knowing, they have mentored me and made me a better person over the years.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a vice president at a community college.



Jeffrey Sweedler

Senior vice president, Vallen Safety Supply Co.

Age: 39

Education: A.A.S., Monroe Community College; B.S., SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Ann; two sons, 11 and 8

Professional responsibilities: Provides management and leadership to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Canada, including full profit and loss responsibility for all branch operations and on-site stores

Community leadership: Board and executive committee member, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; board member, the Genesee Valley Safety Conference and Safety Equipment Manufacturers Agents Association; member, Safety Equipment Distributors Association National Association of Wholesalers, and Industrial Distribution Association; member, golf tournament committee, School of the Holy Childhood and Monroe Community College Hockey

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my family: my mother, who taught me about love, courage and the importance of family; my father, who taught me--unknown to me at the time--how important it is to be a good father; and my wife and kids, who make every day a joy for me.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to pursue my career goals with the same energy, enthusiasm and focus on fun that I enjoy today. The world will undoubtedly change, and I hope I will have taken the necessary steps to change with it successfully.



Hugh Thomas

Partner, Harris, Beach & Wilcox LLP

Age: 37

Education: B.A., economics, Johns Hopkins University; J.D., University of Maryland

Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughter, 4; son, 2

Professional responsibilities: Member of the business transactions and health regulatory and corporate services practice groups. Focuses on tax and general corporate law; tax planning and litigation; New York sales tax matters; contract negotiation; and health care issues. Serves on the firm's hiring committee.

Community leadership: Board member, Unity Health System and its Health Care Group, and chair of the Health Care Group's residential care committee; board member and vice president of the executive committee, the Norman Howard School

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my parents and my mentors at Harris Beach. Civic involvement always has been a way of life for my parents, who taught me the intangible rewards such involvement can bring. My mentors at Harris Beach have unselfishly shared their insights and experiences.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to be actively involved with non-profit health care organizations, striving to ensure that low-cost health care services are accessible to all.



Michael Tschiderer

Partner, Bonadio & Co. LLP

Age: 39

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

Family: Wife, Lisa; two sons, 9 and 4; daughter, 7

Professional responsibilities: Partner in charge of Bonadio & Co.'s Management Consulting Division, which includes the Physician Practice Services group and Bonacom Technical Center. Provides services to clients across New York in the following core areas: accounting software sales, training and support; benchmarking and satisfaction survey services; health care provider practice management and finance-related services; and outsourced CFO functions and project management

Community leadership: Board treasurer, Community Partners for Youth Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters; member, finance advisory committee, March of Dimes; past president, Center for Youth Services Inc.; member, benefit golf committee, Lifetime Assistance Inc.; volunteer, Cub Scouts

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my wife, who is a survivor and a tremendous support, my parents and the accounting faculty I was privileged to learn from at St. Bonaventure University.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself continuing to enjoy my career, my involvement in the community and my family. I enjoy teaching and would like to work again at the college level while I try to lower my golf handicap.



Lori Van Dusen

Senior vice president and financial consultant, Salomon Smith Barney

Age: 39

Education: B.A., Ithaca College; master's degree, Harvard University; graduate, investment management analyst program, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business

Family: Husband, Ronald Boillat; two children, 7 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Provides investment advice and services primarily to high-net-worth families, foundations and endowments, and private and public pension funds; acts as an independent objective third party in the investment process

Community leadership: Gubernatorial appointee, board of trustees, Monroe Community College; board member and vice chairwoman, MCC Foundation

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my family. My grandfather, a self-made businessman and entrepreneur, was my father figure, always caring and supportive. My mother was an independent single mom. Both were truly inspirational. My husband, Ron, has always been, and continues to be, a remarkable partner.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself spending more time on charitable and community activities.



Kate Van Zile

President and owner, Van Zile Travel Service

Age: 36

Education: Monroe Community College

Family: Husband, Tom; children 19, 5 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for helping others in the organization to be motivated to achieve a high level of personal success; steering the company into the future by enhancing technology utilized, staff training and services offered to customers; and developing growth opportunities relative to all aspects of travel services, including the corporate, meetings and incentives, cruise, group and leisure markets

Community leadership: Chair, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Small Business District and member, United Way Nominating Committee; advisory board member, Roberts Wesleyan College; member, ASTA Education Board; GIANTS director; member, Roberts Wesleyan Female Mentor Group

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been great motivational leaders, including Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Ken Blanchard, Harvey McKay, Earl Nightingale and my family. Most importantly, I learned the value of time management, a positive attitude and an unwavering standard of ethics.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself running a $300 million operation and enjoying time with my family and friends.



Henry Weber

Controller, Applied Image Group Inc.

Age: 34

Education: B.S., accounting, St. Leo College; M.S., finance, SUNY College at Oswego; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Mary Beth; daughter, 18 months

Professional responsibilities: Controller and administrator; provides administrative assistance for merger and acquisition activities, monthly and yearly close, budgets, audits, internal control, forecasting, cost and capital reporting, operational reviews, and state regulatory requirements for New York and Arizona

Community leadership: Member, Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Board, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. Joint Business Legislative Committee, Small Business Roundtable, Community Partners for Youth Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters

Greatest influence: The greatest influences on my professional and civic achievements have been my mother, who encouraged me to strive to be above the standard, and my former boss, Gary Haag, a role model who is accomplished in his profession and has a very healthy family life.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I see myself as a respected financial accountant, one who has continued to progress in responsibility and training. I also want to continue attempting to make a difference in our community.



Thomas Wolf

Operations partner, Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP

Age: 38

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

Family: Wife, Dawn; two sons, 7 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Operations partner, responsible for oversight of the firm's quality control procedures, technology, human resources, marketing and internal financial reporting; member of the firm's audit and accounting department, and responsible for serving numerous privately held and publicly traded companies

Community leadership: Board member, Midvale Country Club; committee member, Al Sigl Center; event coordinator, Community Partners for Youth Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters; member, public relations committee, Heart of Gold Foundation fund-raiser

Greatest influence: The greatest influence on my professional and civic achievements has been my wife and best friend, Dawn. Her understanding, support and encouragement have been instrumental in allowing me to achieve my personal and professional goals. My mother made incredible sacrifices as a single parent, yet always found time to be there when I needed her. My firm and my partners provided me the opportunity to practice a profession I love with a group of outstanding people.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I expect to be celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary and enjoying my children. Professionally, I expect to continue giving the most I am capable of in meeting the needs of my clients and firm.

10/29/1999 (c) 1999 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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