Alumni of Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 check in with updates on career and life. Here's a look at the Class of '97.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: I am a litigation attorney who focuses most of my practice in the construction and commercial law area. I am also the manager of our litigation unit with over 40 lawyers. It is quite a challenge!
Education: B.A., Colgate University; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
What brought you to Rochester? I came here right out of law school and this was where I got a job!
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I am fortunate to be a partner at a wonderful law firm that has grown considerably these past 10 years. It is a great place to work.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Position then: Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Current business role: I represent clients in lawsuits from inception through trials and appeals in business disputes, trusts and estates, professional liability, and personal injury cases. I also advise my firm on ethics, practice management, and risk management issues.
Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
Family: Wife, Nancy; three sons, 22, 20, 14
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being named a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and having practiced with the firm for my entire professional career of more than 25 years.
Rachel Brody Bandych
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Position then: Deputy clerk in charge, United States District Court, Western District of New York
Current business role: I serve as senior counsel in the estates and trusts practice group at Underberg & Kessler LLP
Education: B.A., Mount Holyoke College, Mass.; J.D., Boston University
Family: Husband, David
First vice president
Merrill Lynch-Bank of America
Position then: Assistant vice president, Merrill Lynch & Co.
Current business role: I run a multifamily office for ultra-high-net-worth clients and corporations within Merrill Lynch's private banking and investment group. We manage multi-generational wealth as well as advise on corporate activities.
Family: Wife, Amy; two sons,13 and 10; two daughters, 7 and 5
Birthplace: Methuen, Mass.
What brought you to Rochester? My mother moved here in 1975 with her four children.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being able to successfully help many of the wealthiest families in Rochester without drawing attention to them or my team.
Surprising fact: I'm very competitive (just kidding). I am a Buddhist.
Rochester regional president
First Niagara Financial Group
Position then: President, Burke Group
Current business role: I am responsible for First Niagara Benefits Consulting, a statewide benefits and compensation consulting firm and provide market leadership in Rochester for business development, charitable contributions and sponsorships.
Education : B.S., Cornell University
Family: Wife, Irene; son, 16
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Raising a very fine son
Senior managing counsel
Position then: Associate at Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP, now Nixon Peabody LLP
Current business role: Responsible for management of Latin American legal departments in eight countries and advising on a broad range of legal matters arising out of the Latin America region of Xerox's developing markets operations, including human resources issues, customer and distributor disputes, and Xerox business practices and policies. Also serve as chair of the Diversity Committee of Xerox's legal department.
Education: B.A., Pace University; J.D., Brooklyn Law School
Family: Husband, Bobby Colon; two daughters, 15 and 12
Birthplace: New York City
What brought you to Rochester? Moved to Rochester in 1988 to work for Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle
Alesco Advisors LLC
Position then: Vice president, Clover Capital Management Inc.
Current business role: I am responsible for managing the firm, business development and client service. I work with our investment team as a member of the firm's investment committee.
Education: BBA, St. Bonaventure University; M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Ann; four daughters, 23, 21, 18 and 15
What brought you to Rochester? First job after college was as a financial analyst for Xerox Corp. in Webster
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Working with a team of professionals who are totally focused on the client and Alesco's mission.
Richard Gray & Company CPA P.C.
Position then: Partner, Bonn, Shortsleeve & Gray, LLP
Current business role: Provide tax, accounting and consulting services to closely held businesses and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries, while managing the firm and mentoring a dedicated group of accounting professionals.
Education: B.S., Binghamton University
Family: Wife, Kim; son, 17; two daughters, 15 and 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Building a successful practice and developing long-term relationships with clients and other professionals in the community
Surprising fact: I still have my commercial truck driver's license from my teenage years working at the Rochester Public Market.
Chairperson, Policy Committee
Nixon Peabody LLP
Position then: Partner, Nixon
Current business role: Counsel public and private companies and entrepreneurs in the full spectrum of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions, financings, corporate governance, and securities law. Serve clients in many different industries with a focus on manufacturing, energy, life sciences and health care. Also have leadership responsibilities within Nixon Peabody.
Education: B.A., Binghamton University; M.A., J.D., Boston University
Family: Husband, Scott; daughter, 14; son,11
What brought you to Rochester? An opportunity to perform sophisticated legal work at Nixon Peabody LLP, formerly Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP, in a vibrant community that was known for a high quality of life.
Town & Country Travel Inc.
CEO, Patriot Management & Consulting
Position then: President, Town & Country Travel
Current business role: I currently oversee the marketing and strategic account development of existing client relations and prospective business.
Education: B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Teresa; son; two daughters,
What brought you to Rochester? College and opportunity brought me to Rochester
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Sustaining and adapting
to a continuously changing environment have been keys to our success. Our
staff, technology and client relationships are what make it work. The cycle
Surprising fact: Of all the wonderful places I've had the privilege to visit I most enjoy my annual driving trip to Chatham and Nantucket.
Senior director and general counsel
Pyramid Brokerage Co.
Pyramid Capital Group
Position then: Director, new business development and general counsel, Pyramid Brokerage; executive director, Pyramid Capital Group, mortgage brokerage subsidiary of Pyramid Brokerage
Current business role: My current professional responsibilities include a blend of commercial real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage and legal responsibilities.
Education: B.A., Cornell University; J.D., University of Virginia
Family: Fiancee, Deborah Burgio; two daughters, 22 and 19
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I have sold, leased or arranged the financing of approximately $500 million of commercial real estate during my tenure, over the last 14 years, with Pyramid Brokerage and was the top salesperson for the entire Pyramid Brokerage organization for 2006 and 2007.
Surprising fact: I am an Adirondack 46er, No. 690.
Eliza Benington Kozlowski
Director of communications
and visitor services
George Eastman House International
Museum of Photography and Film
Position then: Same
Current business role: Supervise department of five full-time and four part-time staff. Includes public relations, publications, visitor services, and K-12 education. Responsible for museum's marketing program, audience development, community outreach, public programs, and Eastman Young Professionals, as well as the museum's newest initiative-building online communities through social networking and online offerings.
Education: B.A, St. Lawrence University
Family: Husband, Eric; son, 8
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
What brought you to Rochester? Friends from college did their post-college stint here and sent brochures from the Rochester Chamber to me while I was living in London, trying to convince me to move here rather than Boston. It worked!
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: In 2002, in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of 9/11, I served as co-curator for the exhibition "Picturing What Matters." The community was invited to submit photos of "what matters." More than 2,000 photos were collected, and we partnered with local emergency response organizations to develop programming and encourage participation. A candlelight service was organized on the grounds for Sept. 11 and more than 3,000 attended.
Surprising fact: I was a competitive figure skater and taught ice skating in college.
Susan Schultz Laluk
Partner and chair of corporate group
Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson LLP
Position then: Partner, Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson LLP
Current business role: I chair the corporate department at Boylan Brown and lead the technology practice group, where I assist clients in the growth, protection and succession of their businesses and assets. I advise clients regarding corporate, employment and intellectual property matters, particularly trademark and licensing issues.
Education: B.A., St. Lawrence University; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
Family: Husband, David; daughter, 21; son, 19
What brought you to Rochester? I moved here when I married my husband in 1983.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being given the opportunity in positions of leadership to have a meaningful influence in organizations whose missions I am passionate about, including my firm, the Monroe County Bar Association, Digital Rochester and Wilson Commencement Park.
Surprising fact: I lived in Japan for two years before going to law school.
Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.
Audit partner, Arthur Andersen LLP
Current business role: I head our large company audit, tax and consulting practice and our business development activities. After the downfall of Arthur Andersen, I helped Insero to create a new service offering for the area's largest companies, including the premier benefit plan audit practice, Sarbanes-Oxley/internal audit outsource teams and tax and accounting outsource services.
Education: BBA, Niagara University
Family: Wife, Laurie; daughter, 14; son, 12
Birthplace: Niagara Falls
What brought you to Rochester? While a staff person with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP approximately 25 years ago, I came to Rochester to help out with an audit assignment and liked the area enough that I decided to accept a permanent transfer.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Helping Insero & Co. to launch a successful large-company practice allowing the firm in turn to experience significant and rapid growth over the past seven years.
Surprising fact: I race go karts with my son.
Mary Beth MacClaren
Aging and adult services case manager
Catholic Family Center
Position then: CHW daycare and elementary school owner/administrator
Current business role: Adult guardianship and rep payee services. Legal assistant serving seniors
Education: B.S., M.A., SUNY College at Brockport
Family: Husband, Marc; two sons, 21 and 15
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Educating hundreds of children at CHW, many of whom have gone on to college and successful careers
Surprising fact: I won a national tae kwon do fighting championship
Founder and principal
Marasco Law Firm
Position then: Associate attorney, Culley Marks Law Firm
Current business role: Attorney and legal counselor representing many of Rochester top companies, sport teams and seriously injured persons. We handle all types of commercial litigation and personal injury.
Education: B.A., Canisius College; J.D., University of Dayton, Ohio
Family: Wife, Noelle; son, 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Starting my own firm and running it with my vision of client service and dedication to their interests.
Surprising fact: I was the middle linebacker for the Rochester Warriors semi-pro football team.
Vice president, public relations and marketing
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Position then: Assistant vice president, marketing, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust
Current business role: Public, community and government relations, branding, marketing
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Fredonia
Family: Wife, Ann; son, 21; daughter, 17
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Community volunteerism
Surprising fact: My love of classical music
Mary Ellen McArdle
Director, community relations
St. Joseph's Villa of Rochester
Position then: Same
Education: B.A., St. Bonaventure University
Family: Husband, Mark
Senior vice president
ArchCare-The Continuing Care Communities of the Archdiocese of New York
Position then: Executive administrator, ViaHealth's Independent Living for Seniors
Current business role: I oversee various programs of ArchCare, including its developing home and housing programs, a Medicare Advantage (HMO) special needs plan for nursing home residents, and a program of all-inclusive care of the elderly that will expand to eight locations within the 10-county archdiocese of New York within 5 years. We are also designing ArchCare's community independence demonstration project, a major initiative to change the way long-term care is provided and financed. This demonstration project harkens back to my health care roots in Rochester, where innovation and demonstration projects helped to breed cooperation and keep costs down for employers and consumers for many years.
Education: B.S., Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y.; M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Husband, Michael; two daughters, 23 and 20
Residence: Huntington, Long Island
What brought you to Rochester? After college I married my best friend, Mike McGuire, and relocated to Rochester where we made our home for over 18 years.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The development and career progress of so many successful health care supervisors and managers that I have worked with over the years. I look proudly on their growth and advancement. The operational and clinical success of the PACE organizations that I have developed and advised in New York and five other states.
Surprising fact: That I am a huge sports fan and that since moving to Long Island, we still follow the Sabres, Bills and Amerks with a passion ... thank goodness for the Center Ice and NFL cable packages!
President, Minetor & Co. Inc.
Position then: Vice president, marketing communications, Saphar & Associates Inc.
Current business role: Trade media relations, writing and speechwriting for clients in manufacturing, higher education and selected non-profit sectors. I also have written 26 books for The Globe Pequot Press on America's national parks, hiking in New York State and other travel topics.
Education: B.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A., University of Rochester
Family: Husband, Nic
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Writing 26 books in four years-20 of which will be in print by spring 2010.
Surprising fact: Despite the fact that I now write hiking and outdoor guides, I was a chronic gym skipper in high school. I may still hold the record for the number of physical education classes skipped in a single year at Brighton High.
Senior vice president, operations
Position then: Vice president, eastern operations, Frontier Telephone of Rochester Inc.
Current business role: Responsible for all operations and customer service for Paychex' 550,000 payroll and human resources services clients, as well as the company's product management and information technology functions.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Darcy; two sons, 24, 22
What brought you to Rochester? College
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Leading a team of leaders and employees at Frontier Telephone of Rochester that brought the company back to providing great customer service results; it was fun to be part of actions that were great for customers, employee pride and shareholder value.
President and CEO
Partners + Napier Inc.
Position then: Senior partner, Eric Mower and Associates Inc.
Current business role: To create a vision and business strategy to drive the strategic growth of our agency.
Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.S., service management, Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Husband, Bob; two daughters, 20 and 18
What brought you to Rochester? College
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: When my partners and I bought the Rochester and Atlanta offices of Wolf Group, before Wolf Group was dissolved, we were not only able to create our own independent marketing agency but, more important, we were able to preserve the jobs of all of our employees and of vendors who relied on us.
Surprising fact: I'm a lot more soft-hearted and sensitive than most people would think.
President and CEO
Position then: President of New York Agency
Current business role: I'm responsible for helping clients define and carry out their brand and positioning strategies to improve marketing performance.
Education: Attended University of Denver and Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife, Bridget; three daughters, 17, 15 and 10; son, 9
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Helping clients grow their revenues for 22 years
Director, Parking and Municipal Code
Violations Bureau, city of Rochester
Position then: Director of special projects, city of Rochester
Current business role: Oversee operation and management of the adjudication portion of the city's overall parking system
Education: B.A., M.S., University of Rochester
Family: Daughter, 29; son, 27
Birthplace: Pascagoula, Miss.
What brought you to Rochester? My family was a part of the northern migration of African Americans in search of manufacturing jobs.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Providing support in the development and growth of the Families and Friends of Murdered Children support group.
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