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Forty Under 40 Class of 2007 updates

Rochester Business Journal
November 6, 2009

Alumni of Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 check in with updates on career and life. Here's a look at the Class of 2007.

Jody Allison
Enterprise risk management manager
Paychex Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: I am the collections manager in enterprise risk management. I am responsible for controlling the losses for accounts receivable and loan loss. The total portfolio exceeds a quarter of a billion dollars annually. Each year my group handles in excess of $700 million at risk.
Age: 40
Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Husband, Kenneth Allison; daughter, 10; son, 7
Residence: Honeoye Falls
Birthplace: Rochester
What brought you to Rochester? College. I grew up in the Finger Lakes.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Watching the people who have worked in my organization move on to make greater contributions in their careers.
Surprising fact: I had a piece of poetry published while in high school.

Craig Antonelli
President and owner
Antonelli Construction LLC
Position then: Same
Current business role: Responsible for the implementation and development of business strategy and the management of day-to-day operations for the construction company. Plan and direct all functions related to land development, construction of new custom homes, additions, remodeling/renovations and home improvements throughout the Greater Rochester area.
Age: 38
Education: B.S., Purdue University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Bridget; daughter, 7; two sons, 5, 2
Residence: Fairport
Birthplace: Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Starting a small project remodeling and construction company and having it grow into a land development, custom home building and remodeling company.

Melissa Barrett
Senior court attorney
New York State Unified Court System
7th Judicial District
Position then: Same
Current business role: Provides legal counsel to Judges John Elliott and Maija Dixon. Concentration areas include civil and criminal litigation, consumer credit transactional matters, breach-of-contract issues and residential/commercial lease agreements. Also responsible for assisting with drafting of legal decisions and working closely with the court administrative staff. Currently assigned to Monroe County Family Court and Rochester City Court.
Age: 40
Education: B.A., SUNY Albany; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
Family: Husband, Basil; daughter, 9; son, 6

Bryan Bond
Vice president/partner
Bond Financial Network
CEO, Workplace Vitality
Position then: Vice president/partner, Bond Financial Network
Age: 40
Education: B.A., University of Rochester; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business
Family: Wife, Laura; daughter, 10; son, 8
Residence: Honeoye Falls
Birthplace: Schenectady
What brought you to Rochester? The University of Rochester brought me here.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Leaving the comfort of the corporate world to become a successful small-business owner.

Robert Bourg
Vice president/associate administrator
St. Ann's Community
Position then: Same
Current business role: Administrator for the Heritage, a 203-bed skilled-nursing facility that is part of St. Ann's Community. Oversee all daily operations to ensure outstanding care and service for residents.
Age: 40
Education: B.S., SUNY Binghamton; M.S., SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Wife, Karen; two sons, 12, 10
Residence: Brockport
Birthplace: Syracuse
What brought you to Rochester? Graduate school in 1993.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Undertaking our culture change efforts at St. Ann's Community.
Surprising fact: I was a contestant in the National Spelling Bee and finished in sixth place in 1981.

Lisa Cauda
Vice president,
development and alumni relations
Rochester Institute of Technology
Position then: Same
Current business role: Serve as the university's chief fundraising officer and guide strategic planning and implementation in the areas of development and alumni relations. Develop relationships with RIT's alumni, corporate and foundation partners, donors and friends to increase overall philanthropic support and the level of alumni involvement in the life of the university.
Age: 39
Education: B.S., University of Delaware; M.A., Seton Hall University

Michael Faillace
Managing director
Brown & Brown of New York Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: Responsible for all aspects of the employee benefit practice in the region. My commitment consists of delivering superior benefit solutions, advice and service to all of Brown & Brown's clients.
Age: 40
Education: B.A., Radford University
Family: Wife, Michele; two daughters, 10, 8; son, 6
Residence: Penfield
Birthplace: Westport, Conn.
What brought you to Rochester?
Employment
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Recruiting and mentoring a group of highly successful individuals.
Surprising fact: I am an avid outdoorsman.
Peter Forsgren
Program director, Bank of America Corp.
Position then: Senior client manager, Bank of America
Current business role: Strategic sales, pursuing large state government contracts that do not fit in with the bank's standard, off-the-shelf products. Will find partners with third-parties to build and deliver customized solutions. Establish program management office to deliver solution.
Age: 39
Education: B.A., Brigham Young University; MPA, Syracuse University
Family: Wife, Jocelyn; four sons, 15, 13, 9, 2; daughter, 4
Residence: Fairport
Birthplace: Wilmington, Del.
What brought you to Rochester? Education to Syracuse, work to Rochester.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Consulting with governments and not-for-profit entities such as New Mexico, Tennessee, city and county of Los Angeles, Yale University and many others.
Surprising fact: I have 10 siblings and 43 nieces and nephews. Family reunions are awesome!

Marisa Geitner
Executive vice president and
chief operating officer
Heritage Christian Services Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: Responsible for oversight and direction of Heritage Christian Services' programs, which include residential, community, work and health and clinical support programs, as well as innovative initiatives such as Springdale Farm, Heritage Christian Stables and the Pieters Family Life Center.
Age: 39
Education: B.S., M.S., Nazareth College of Rochester
Family: Daughter, 11; son, 9
Residence: Bristol
Birthplace: Canandaigua
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The design and development of a state-of-the-art, fully inclusive community wellness center, which opened in 2007 as the Pieters Family Life Center.

Victoria Lyn Grady
Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: Concentrates practice in commercial law with an emphasis on transactional lending. Counsels financial institutions in commercial lending, secured transactions, asset-based financing, commercial real estate and development financing and loan restructuring. Lectures on the Uniform Commercial Code and real estate matters.
Age: 38
Education: B.A., American University; J.D., Boston College
Family: Husband, Sean; daughters, 12 , 7; son, 9

Stephen Gutch
Vice president and
senior portfolio manager
Federated Clover Investment Advisors
Position then: Portfolio manager, Clover Capital Management
Current business role: Conduct investment research and manage investment staff.
Age: 41
Education: B.A., University of Rochester; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Julie; two sons, 8, 6
Residence: Pittsford
Birthplace: Utica
What brought you to Rochester? Great quality of life and job opportunity.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being part of a successful investment team.
Thomas Halter
Chief financial officer
NYMAT Machine Tool Corp.
Haas Factory Outlet
a division of NYMAT Machine Tool Corp.
Position then: Vice president, commercial banking, HSBC Bank USA N.A.
Current business role: Responsible for the daily financial and human resource functions of two companies.
Age: 37
Education: B.S., LeMoyne College; MBA, Canisius College
Family: Wife, Christina; son, 1
Residence: Fairport
Birthplace: Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Having been able to earn the respect of my peers and clients and be viewed as a trusted person and business partner.
Surprising fact: I am a first-generation American.

Aaron Hilger
President
Builders Exchange Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: Executive management of Builders Exchange and related entities, government relations, labor relations and economic development. Improving the construction market in Upstate New York and working to remove barriers to development are primary focuses.
Age: 35
Education: B.A., University of Rochester; M.A., George Washington University; MBA, SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Nicole; two daughters and a son, all 5
Residence: Victor
Birthplace: Lockport
What brought you to Rochester? A great opportunity at Builders Exchange!
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Creating Builder Partners, a government relations partnership that includes construction associations from all over New York.
Surprising fact: I enjoy cooking.

Laurene Hofmann
Accounting/human resources assistant
Passero Associates
Position then: Financial controller, part time, Turner Engineering P.C.
Current business role: Assist with accounting and human resources responsibilities.
Age: 40
Education: B.S., Clemson University
Family: Husband, James; two sons, 10, 7
Residence: Mendon
Birthplace: Batavia
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I love my career, but my most meaningful accomplishments to date have come through my volunteer work. I was recently honored to receive an Outstanding Asset Builder Award through the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau. Working with our community's youth is a top priority in my life.
Surprising fact: I really like disco music, and I love to dance.

Andrew Hoyen
Director, OEM business management
Carestream Health Inc.
Position then: Director, North American services and operations, Carestream Health
Current business role: Executive development for implementation and management of our indirect channel strategy across an entire portfolio of medical device and information technology products and solutions. Drive incremental revenue growth to exceed $250 million in both sales and service through an evolving indirect channel both regional and national in scope.
Age: 39
Education: B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute; MPH, SUNY Albany; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Rebecca; two sons, 9, 7
Residence: Fairport
Birthplace: Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being promoted to an executive of Eastman Kodak Co. by 35. And, of course, being part of the Forty Under 40.
Surprising fact: In addition to being a hockey player, I was an accomplished musician.

Tonya Love
Area manager for color imaging and control systems group, Xerox Research Center Webster, and Xerox innovation group green program manager, Xerox Corp.
Position then: Executive assistant to Xerox chief technology officer and president of Xerox innovation group
Current business role: Responsible for managing a dynamic team of researchers focused on specialty imaging services and color image quality improvements. Also responsible for spearheading the development of Xerox's research and technology investment portfolio for future environmentally friendly innovations.
Age: 37
Education: B.S., Alabama A&M University; master of engineering, Clarkson University
Family: Single
Residence: Rochester
Birthplace: Mobile, Ala.
What brought you to Rochester? My employer and the rich technology heritage of Rochester.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Choosing to work at Xerox 11 years ago among all the wonderful people I've had the opportunity to work with.
Surprising fact: I love to dance.

Scott Marshall
President and CEO
Marshall Farms Group Ltd.
Position then: Same
Current business role: President of a group of affiliated, privately held companies headquartered in North Rose that provide specialty products for biomedical/biopharmaceutical research, for pets and for pet diets.
Age: 40
Education: B.S., Cornell University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Courtney; two sons, 12, 10; two daughters, 9, 6
Residence: Webster
Birthplace: Newark
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I'm proud of our management team, our employees and the unique company culture in which we work.

Robert McFadden
Executive vice president
of retail sales and operations
Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union
Position then: Assistant vice president of commercial lending, Five Star Bank
Current business role: Responsible for the leadership and execution of the organization's lending, marketing and retail sales and operations. Serve on the senior management team.
Age: 36
Education: B.S., LeMoyne College
Family: Wife, Ann; two daughters, 6, 4
Residence: Geneva
Birthplace: Geneva
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I was recognized by my peers in my community with two awards, as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Geneva, Rotary's highest honor, and with the Distinguished Community Leader Award by Finger Lakes Leadership, a program of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce.
Surprising fact: I followed in my father's footsteps and am part of the leadership team for the credit union that my father helped to create in 1967.

Michael McNaughton
President
OakWood Financial Services
Position then: Same
Current business role: Help clients successfully transition into retirement and enjoy financial independence.
Age: 41
Education: BBA, St. Bonaventure University
Family: Wife, Melissa; daughters, 14, 12; son, 10
Residence: Penfield
Birthplace: Syracuse
What brought you to Rochester? My wife wanted to finish up her career at RIT.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Celebrating the 10th anniversary of OakWood Financial with my business partner, Daniel Schmitz.
Surprising fact: I unknowingly took my family on a two-week camping trip to South Dakota during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally-enjoyed with more than 500,000 bikers.

Kelly Odorisi
Partner
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: Assisting clients with their estate and elder law planning needs and representing individual and corporate fiduciaries in the administration and settlement of estates and trusts.
Age: 41
Education: B.S., Ball State University; J.D., John Marshall Law School
Family: Husband, Scott; son, 9; daughter, 5
Residence: East Rochester
Birthplace: Chicago
What brought you to Rochester? My husband.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being named a partner at Underberg & Kessler.
Surprising fact: I compete in triathlons.

Scott Odorisi
Partner, Odorisi Law Firm
East Rochester town justice and acting Rochester City Court judge
Position then: Same
Current business role: My law practice concentrates on business and corporate law, elder law, bankruptcy and estate administration and probate. As a judge in East Rochester and in City Court, I preside in cases involving misdemeanors and violations and have preliminary felony jurisdiction on matters that occur in the town and city limits.
Age: 41
Education: B.S., Siena College; J.D., John Marshall Law School; LLM, DePaul University
Family: Wife, Kelly; son, 9; daughter, 5
Residence: East Rochester
Birthplace: Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I was elected as East Rochester town justice at the age of 26. At the time, I was the youngest elected town justice in New York. I am now serving my fourth four-year term.
Surprising fact: I'm a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., and an active triathlete. I just completed my first Half Ironman triathlon.

Christopher Passero
Business development manager
Passero Associates
Commercial real estate consultant
Park Avenue Realtors
Position then: Business development manager, Passero Associates
Current business role: Identify potential opportunities from numerous sources and personal network; provide support to management team in due diligence, proposals, contract development and client relationship; establish relationships with prospects and clients to assist them in their real estate, development and facility needs. I strive to learn about clients' business goals and how to assist them in their success.
Age: 39
Education: B.S., Ithaca College
Family: Wife, Laura; two daughters, 6, 3; son, 8
Residence: Penfield
Birthplace: Rochester
Surprising fact: I have a passion for seeing people connect to a personal relationship with God.

Christopher Potash
Partner
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: Concentrates practice on executive compensation, employee benefit and tax matters. Represents both public and private companies, from closely held businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with respect to the design, implementation, administration and reporting obligations of their executive compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, deferred compensation and performance incentive awards.
Age: 41
Education: B.A., University of Rochester; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Shonda Ranson
Work force development analyst in energy
North Valley Job Training Consortium
city of Sunnyvale, Calif.
Position then: Assistant research professor, University of Rochester
Current business role: Researching and networking with energy sector companies and stakeholders to forecast the future of the industry and help prepare workers for jobs that have yet to be created.
Age: 36
Education: B.S., M.S., M.S., Roberts Wesleyan College
Family: Significant other, Maarten Hofman
Residence: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Birthplace: Ripley, W.Va.
What brought you to Rochester? Work opportunities.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Faculty appointment at UR.
Surprising fact: I'm a published (in print) short-story fiction writer.

John Rizzo
Managing partner
Rizzo & DiGiacco CPAs PLLC
Position then: Same
Current business role: My current responsibilities include managing the daily operations of Rizzo & DiGiacco CPAs and providing accounting, taxation and consulting services to our clients. Our firm is entering its fifth year and has had considerable growth since inception. I meet with clients on a routine basis and am part of their management team.
Age: 36
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Fredonia
Family: Wife, Anmarie; two daughters, 4, 1; son, 2
Residence: Penfield
Birthplace: Niagara Falls
What brought you to Rochester? Career opportunity with a local accounting firm.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Assisting 52 organizations impacted by the 9/11 tragedy to obtain low-interest government loans.
Surprising fact: I tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.

Fiona Willis
Series producer, "Second Opinion"
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
Position then: Same
Current business role: Oversee all aspects of the production of the national PBS health series "Second Opinion." Also work on launching another public television series and a documentary.
Age: 40
Education: B.A., SUNY College at New Paltz
Family: Husband, Daniel Sedlacek; two daughters, 8, 4; two sons, 6, 2
Residence: Mumford
Birthplace: Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Forty Under 40 was truly an honor because there are so many dynamic, successful people in Rochester in that age group. I produced my first TV show in New York at age 23. I was the youngest producer on the series and was very proud of that. But true reward comes when viewers contact us to say that an episode of "Second Opinion" made a difference in their lives or in loved ones' lives. It is proof that we are accomplishing our mission.
Surprising fact: People who knew me when I worked in New York City or earlier in my career are always surprised that I now live on a small farm where we raise chickens, cows and horses. I am often seen shoveling out the chicken coop with a suit on.

Lyjha Wilton
President/owner
Wilton Enterprises Inc.
Boulder Coffee Co.
Boulder Realty
Position then: Same
Current business role: I oversee management of three retail coffee shops and a growing wholesale business. I also own and manage 150 units of rental property. In my spare time I look for new and interesting real estate projects.
Age: 32
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Oswego
Family: Wife, Jillian; three sons, 6, 4, 1; daughter, 3
Residence: Rochester
Birthplace: Lowville, N.Y.
What brought you to Rochester? My wife grew up in Greece, and we landed here after college.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being a great dad and husband and a good businessman.
Surprising fact: I like to take naps.

11/06/09 15th Anniversary 2009 Forty Under 40 supplement; (c) 2009 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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