Alumni of Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 check in with updates on career and life. Here's a look at the Class of '99.
Anchor, "13 WHAM News This Morning" and "13 WHAM News at 5," WHAM-TV 13
Newport Television and Clear Channel Radio
Position then: Anchor, "13 WHAM News This Morning" and "13 WHAM News at 5." I also was part of the Tony and Dee morning show on Warm 101.3.
Current business role: I am part of the team on "13 WHAM News This Morning" on WHAM-TV 13 and CW-16 every weekday morning from 5 to 9 a.m. I also provide news for Brother Wease each day on WFXF-FM 95.1, the Fox, and for JP Hastings on WDVI-FM 100.5, the Drive. Evenings, I co-anchor "13 WHAM News at 5." My daily duties include a mix of writing, anchoring, reporting and weighing in on decisions about coverage.
Education: B.S., Syracuse University
Family: Wife, Coleen; two daughters, 22, 21; son, 18
Residence: South Bristol
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Some stories I've done that turned out well, but broadcast news is a team sport, so it's hard to answer that question. I guess I'd have to go back to being hired at Channel 13, which was a goal I'd set before I started high school.
Surprising fact: When I retire, I want to have long hair and a beard. I live and die with the Buffalo Sabres. I play the guitar every day but have yet to take a lesson; I really need those lessons.
Midlakes Management Corp.
Position then: Vascular nurse practitioner, Rochester General Hospital
Current business role: I currently am the CEO of a physician services company. We provide full management services to private and hospital-employed physician practices. Our service lines include credentialing, medical billing, accounting, human resource management, information technology and consulting.
Education: BSN, Keuka College; MSN, University of Rochester; MBA, University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business
Family: Husband, Charles Burgen III; three daughters, 21, 18 and 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Achieving the CEO level in my current line of work!
Surprising fact: That I am rather shy with people I do not know.
Executive vice president
and chief financial officer
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Position then: Vice president, finance, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Current business role: Financial management, budgeting and reporting for the corporation, bank and their subsidiaries, a well as managing information technology, back-office operations, trust operations and facilities.
Education: B.S., State University at Binghamton
Family: Wife, Laura; two daughters; son
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being a part of a growing and profitable company with its roots and commitment firmly with the Greater Rochester area. Since my joining, the company has increased nearly fivefold in assets and income and more than doubled the number of branch offices.
Surprising fact: While living in Amsterdam in the Netherlands for two years in the early 1990s, I spent most of my working days in the Czech Republic and Ukraine.
Partner and head of the tax and business services department
EFP Rotenberg LLP
Position then: Partner, EFP Group LLP
Current business role: CPA specializing in tax law and head of a department of 35 people. Clients include closely held businesses and large corporations, as well as individuals needing tax and estate planning.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Kathleen; three daughters, 27, 25, 14; son, 23
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
What brought you to Rochester? Church service. I met my wife here and settled here.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Running the tax department for EFP Rotenberg LLP
Surprising fact: I do ultramarathon bike races of up to 12 hours.
President and CEO
Employee Relations Associates Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: In the role of president and CEO, my No.1 responsibility is to ensure that the business remains strong to meet current market conditions and serve the local and national clients that we represent.
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Potsdam
Family: Two daughters, 12, 11
Birthplace: Geneva, Ill.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: These include maintaining a value system within the organization that has sustained the company for 25 years, including navigating the business direction over the last three years in uncharted waters. During those years, the company was able to maintain profitability and grow and provide enhanced services to the clients we serve.
Surprising fact: The littlest things in life make me happy, such as a lazy morning with my children, a good cup of coffee or a bright, sunny day.
Position then: Director of global strategic sourcing, Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Current business role: Energy management services, assisting companies in finding ways to reduce consumption and reduce energy costs.
Education: B.S., Bentley University; MBA, Suffolk University
Family: Two daughters, 20, 17
Birthplace: Newton, Mass.
What brought you to Rochester? A job at Bausch & Lomb.
President and CEO
Mason Selkowitz Marketing Inc.
Position then: President and chief operating officer, Selkowitz Inc.
Current business role: Responsible for managing the operations of our 30-person, $8 million marketing communications agency. Serve as management supervisor and senior strategist on the majority of agency accounts. Mentor the agency team to provide the highest level of strategic, creative and project management services.
Education: B.A., St. Bonaventure
Family: Wife, Lori; two sons, 19, 16
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Leading the growth of our agency from just two people in 1991 to a team of 30 senior marketing communications professionals with a base of more than 20 clients across the United States, covering diverse industry segments with billings exceeding $8 million.
Surprising fact: I am an avid bass fisherman.
Private wealth adviser
Nocon & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial
Position then: Senior financial adviser
Current business role: I work with clients in developing and implementing financial plans for clients using investment and insurance tools. I help coordinate their tax planning and estate planning needs with other professionals.
Education: B.S., Cornell University
Family: Husband, Karl Wessendorf
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
What brought you to Rochester? I immigrated with my mother and four siblings in 1976 following my father's death in 1972, mostly for economic reasons. My siblings and I were able to attend college, finding our own means to educate ourselves.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being able to help clients navigate through financial decisions and help them achieve their goals and objectives, one client at a time.
Surprising fact: I am blessed with a high level of energy, which I devote to the things I enjoy the most in life.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Position then: Associate vice president for work force development and dean of technical education, Monroe Community College
Current business role: My primary responsbilities include planning, resource development, leadership, government relations, community relations and overall management of the institution.
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Fredonia; MPA, SUNY College at Brockport;
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Residence: Amsterdam, N.Y.
Birthplace: Milton, Pa.
What brought you to Rochester? I came to Rochester for work after graduating from college.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Advancing FM for the past three years as president, including addressing the needs of older students, addressing deferred maintenance needs and being a leader of a great group of faculty and staff.
Surprising fact: My sense of humor.
Lori Van Dusen
Managing director and executive committee member
Convergent Wealth Advisors LLC
Position then: Managing director, Citi Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Current business role: Leads the consulting practice at Convergent Wealth, which serves institutions and high-net-worth families whose average assets exceed $25 million. I am one of seven members of the firm's executive committee and am active on the firm's investment committee and also am an equity holder of the firm.
Education: B.A., Ithaca College; M.A., Harvard University
Family: Husband, Ron Boillat; two sons, 17, 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Building an institutional practice that is recognized by peers and the industry as one of the top practices in the nation.
Surprising fact: Initially I intended to get my degree in vocal arts and thought I would become a professional musician.
Katherine Van Zile
Van Zile Travel
Position then: Same
Current business role: Develops and oversees strategic plan.
Education: Attended Monroe Community College
Family: Husband, Tom Bayer; two daughters, 29, 15; son, 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Developing an exceptional executive team.
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Position then: Operations partner, Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co.
Current business role: I have overall responsibility for the achievement of the firm's goals and growth plans. This includes oversight of all aspects of operations. Further, I am responsible for employee and client satisfaction and fulfillment of the firm's mission, vision and values.
Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Dawn; two sons, 17, 15
What brought you to Rochester? I went to college at RIT; after college, I was offered an entry-level position with Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being named managing partner at Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. Election to the position validated that I had the trust and respect of my partners to be the leader of our firm.
Surprising fact: I love to play the drums.
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