Alumni of Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 check in with updates on career and life. Here's a look at the Class of 2001.
Burns & Schultz LLP
Position then: Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Current business role: Founder and partner in a four-attorney boutique law firm that exclusively handles civil litigation for companies and individuals.
Education: B.A., Vanderbilt University; J.D., University of Illinois
Family: Wife, Jill Schultz; daughter, 14; two sons, 12, 11
Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I've enjoyed numerous favorable results in cases over the years. One case that I'm particularly proud of was my representation of an individual who was sexually harassed at work; we settled the case for $1 million.
Surprising fact: I'm easygoing.
Cook Communications LLC
Position then: Director of client services, Saphar & Associates
Current business role: I own and operate a full-service marketing communications firm serving corporate and non-profit clients-helping them realize their full marketing potential. Cook Communications provides a broad array of services, including public relations, advertising, marketing and political consulting.
Education: B.A., Nazareth College of Rochester
Family: Wife, Ann Marie; daughter, 14; son, 11
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Starting my own business, Cook Communications LLC.
Assistant to the president for college, community and government relations
Monroe Community College
Position then: Director of public affairs, Monroe Community College
Education: B.A., Juniata College; M.P.A., SUNY College at Brockport
Birthplace: Covington, Pa.
Division director, strategic health initiatives, Upstate New York
American Cancer Society
Position then: Manager, provider relations, Rochester Individual Practice Association
Current business role: Creates a new operation to partner with large organizations to implement evidence-based strategies to decrease the incidence of cancer across upstate. We are aggressively pursuing strategies proven to work in reducing the factors that lead to cancer, such as tobacco-free worksites and caloric posting in restaurants.
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo; MBA, SUNY Albany
Family: Wife, Melissa
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I was hired by the American Cancer Society three years ago to lead a turnaround of a struggling operation. I worked painstakingly to provide vision and focus, and we were fortunate to have a great group of passionate people who with the proper support were able to accomplish many things. After three years, we were serving twice as many cancer patients as before, raising 40 percent more money to fund our mission, and we had created a new Hope Lodge Rochester. I never worked harder in my life, but at the same time I never felt more fulfilled in what we achieved, not only by turning around the operation but more importantly for all the people with cancer who benefited from our work.
Surprising fact: My close friends and family would tell you that I have surprisingly bad taste in music. I prefer to call it eclectic. Either way, I won't let you see what's on my iPod!
Public relations manager
George Eastman House International
Museum of Photography and Film
Position then: same
Current business role: In charge of local, national and international media relations for George Eastman House, in addition to serving as part of a team that plans the museum's special events and fundraisers.
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Oswego; M.A., SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Husband, Paul Olcott; two daughters, 3
What brought you to Rochester? A journalist position at The Brighton-Pittsford Post after college graduation.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: In addition to garnering national media placements that PR folks dream of, my most meaningful career accomplishment was being asked to emcee the 20th-anniversary ceremony of the 2009 PRism Awards, the annual awards of the Rochester chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. While local media celebrities usually get this honor, my PR peers chose me, and I am most appreciative.
Surprising fact: Not only am I a major fan of "The Wizard of Oz," but I've met all of the surviving munchkins from the 1939 film, plus several more of these fascinating folks over the years.
Director of strategy services
Position then: General manager, Element K LLC Learning Center
Current business role: Emerge is a digital and direct marketing services firm focused on customer relationship management and loyalty programs. I develop strategies that build stronger relationships between brands and their customers.
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Maureen; two sons, 14, 8; daughter, 11
What brought you to Rochester? SUNY Geneseo. I fell in love with the Finger Lakes and never left.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: There are many professional accomplishments of which I am proud. One thing that comes to mind, however, is the fact that my career path allowed me to participate in the American Heart Association's Rochester Division board of directors. During my time with the AHA, we inspired the adoption of automated external defibrillators throughout the community. Only two weeks after installation of an AED at the Webster Aquatic Center, a woman went into cardiac arrest. With quick response from citizens and the lifeguard, the AED was used and a life was saved. This woman "crashed" three more times on the way to the hospital, where doctors were able to stabilize her. She is alive and healthy today. Nothing beats that.
Surprising fact: While I don't think too much about it, it seems that people are a bit awestruck when I tell them that I grew up in a family of nine kids and that my dad was a postman. We didn't have much materially, but we really enjoyed life.
TSG Innovative Solutions
Position then: Information technology director, city of Rochester
Current business role: Managing and directing a virtual team of business and technology specialists responsible for solutions with a specialty in project management and information technology consulting.
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Wife, Shirley; daughter, 19; son, 16
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I am proud of the climb I have made through the information technology career ladder. I started my journey as a geek in the high school computer lab. My journey continued after graduation from college. I started as a computer programmer and proved myself in many positions and at my levels before being appointed the leader of the information technology department.
Surprising fact: Most often on a Thursday afternoon you can find me volunteering at the Wilmot Cancer Center.
Managing director, business development
Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc.
Position then: Executive director, Rochester Resource Alliance Inc.
Current business role: Working with an outstanding group of partners to market the Greater Rochester region and bring more business, investment and jobs to the area.
Education: B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo; MPA, SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Wife, Kristen; three sons, 11, 8, 6
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Improving work force development services in the area through the creation of RochesterWorks.
Surprising fact: I start each day with an early-morning workout and am always interested in making a new connection or catching up over a round of golf, even if my golf game is work in progress.
Rochester managing partner
Harris Beach PLLC
Position then: Partner, Harris Beach LLP
Current business role: Assisting and advising clients in connection with their transactional and day-to-day business needs; responsible for managing and monitoring operational performance and profitability of the Rochester office of the firm, supporting, fostering and providing leadership with respect to firm values and goals.
Educaton: B.A., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., New York University
Family: Wife, Gayle; stepdaughter, 21; daughter,18; son, 15
Birthplace: Thornton, Pa.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Playing a leadership role in the continuing growth and successful integration of our firm's many offices.
Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.
Position then: same
Current business role: CPA and partner in charge of the audit and accounting practice at Insero & Co. Provide accounting, attest and consulting services to a wide range of closely held businesses.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College
Family: Daughter,12; son, 8
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being an active part of my client's team and seeing clients achieve their goals in business.
Louis Papa M.D.
Site medical director, Olsan Medcial Group
Associate professor of clinical medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center
Position then: Olsan Medical Group; assistant professor of clinical medicine, URMC
Current business role: Provides patient care, management of medical quality issues with the Olsan Medical Group, educational involvement with residents and medical students.
Education: B.S., Hofstra University; M.D., State University at Stony Brook
Family: Wife Susan; twin sons, 18; daughter, 14
Birthplace: West Islip, N.Y.
What brought you to Rochester? Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The honor of being asked to care for my patients and being elected president of the Monroe County Medical Society.
Surprising fact: I'm a certified yoga instructor and first-degree black belt in karate.
Riedman Development Corp.
Position then: same
Current business role: Oversees the operations of Riedman Development and its subsidiary, @home Builders LLC, a real estate organization that develops, builds, markets and manages a broad real estate portfolio throughout Upstate New York.
Education: B.S., Purdue University
Family: Wife, Betsy; daughter, 14; sons 12, 9
Partner, public relations and public affairs
Eric Mower and Associates, Rochester
Position then: Director, public relations and public affairs, Eric Mower and Associates, Rochester.
Current business role: Manages Rochester office of Eric Mower and Associates, a marketing communications agency. Provides public relations counsel, strategy and implementation for a variety of business-to-business and consumer clients.
Education: BBA, AA, Northwood University, Midland, Mich.
Family: Wife, Ellen; two daughters, 15, 9; son, 11
Birthplace: Saginaw, Mich.
What brought you to Rochester? My wife is from Rochester.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Developing communication programs that have a positive impact on the business of our clients and providing leadership that contributes to the ongoing growth of our staff.
Surprising fact: I sing some mean karaoke.
Bonadio & Co. LLP
Position then: Principal, Bonadio & Co.
Current business role: I am one of the partners at the Bonadio Group, in charge of the firm's small-business advisory group. I am responsible for serving closely held small to midsize businesses in several industries. I specialize in financial statement preparation, tax compliance, online accounting and consulting services.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Annette; son, 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Admission to partnership at the Bonadio Group.
Surprising fact: I had the privilege to work with the Secret Service to transport the president of Pakistan and his entourage to Canada several years ago. It was the first time in U.S. history that a foreign dignitary was allowed to cross the Peace Bridge accompanied by the Secret Service. I was able to do this because one of my clients owned a transportation company and I was asked to assist in driving the president's media.
Human resources manager
Position then: Executive vice president, Applied Mechanical Technologies Inc.
Current business role: Working in collaboration with the HR staff to provide insight and direction for the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of HR programs and projects. Plans, develops and administers programs to promote positive employee relations, including counseling employees on work-related problems, advising managers on effective employee relations and the proper and consistent handling of disciplinary actions. Responsible for the administration of employee recognition events, entry and exit interviews, internal customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction surveys.
Education: A.S., Monroe Community College; B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College
Family: Husband, Tim; daughters, 6, 4
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Forty Under 40 award recipient. The reason this meant the most is that I was secretly nominated by my colleagues at AMT in collaboration with those at the Arthritis Foundation, and their words of recognition on the nomination form were priceless and meant a great deal to me.
Surprising fact: I ran the Dublin Marathon in Ireland.
Manager, global services
Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Position then: Vice president, Tobin & Associates Inc.
Current business role: Responsible for the expatriate population, movement of Bausch & Lomb employees around the globe and U.S. immigration issues. Also responsible for all international relocations.
Education: Associate's degree, Monroe Community College; B.A., Empire State College
Family: Husband, Jim; stepson, 8; daughter, 3
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being part of the management team that was responsible for opening the Penfield Courtyard by Marriott.
Surprising fact: I have traveled to and hiked at more than 15 national parks in the U.S. I also have a Ducktorate degree from Disney University.
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