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Alumni of Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 check in with updates on career and life. Here's a look at the Class of 2000.
Senior counsel, global vision care/
Canada and Latin America
Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Position then: Associate, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Current business role: Attorney for global vision care business and Latin America region, providing business and legal advice, as well as coordinating matters handled by outside counsel. Areas of responsibility include advertising claims, product development-related matters, licensing, some intellectual property and training on various legal and ethical topics.
Education: A.B., Columbia University; J.D., Boston University
Family: Wife; two daughters, 5, 1; son, 3
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
What brought you to Rochester? First job
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Making a successful transition from being a law-firm lawyer to in-house counsel.
Surprising fact: I was 41 when I won the Forty Under 40 award-just kidding. I used to be a vegetarian.
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Position then: Vice president, M&T Bank Corp.
B.S., West Virginia University
Family: Wife, Joanne; two
daughters, 17, 14
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Surprising fact: I have an identical twin brother, Mike.
Bonadio & Co. LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: I am the partner in charge of the professional excellence division at the Bonadio Group. In this capacity, I am responsible for all of the firm's quality-control processes and procedures, including peer review and inspection, as well as directing and coordinating all training for the firm.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College
Family: Husband, Jeffrey; son, 12; daughter, 7
What brought you to Rochester? College
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Becoming the firm's first "home-grown" and female partner.
Wilson Commencement Park
Position then: Director of human services, city of Rochester
Current business role: I lead and direct a local not-for-profit called Wilson Commencement Park, which was founded in 1991. The organization provides training in life skills and transitional housing for up to 24 months for single-parent families.
Education: B.S., University of Dayton; M.S., Central Michigan University
Family: Daughter, 8; son, 7
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: To date, it has been working in the administration of former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr., one of
the greatest leaders this community
has ever seen.
Surprising fact: I can eat broccoli every day and never get tired of it.
Genesee Valley Health Partnership
Position then: Development director, Rochester Museum & Science Center
Current business role: CEO for a non-profit, rural health network of 49 organizations based in Livingston County. The partnership provides preventive care programs and health education services to Livingston County residents with a mission to improve the health and well-being of Livingston County through collaboration, education and prevention.
Education: B.S., Villanova University; M.A., Seton Hall University
Family: Wife, Lanette; daughter, 10; son, 7
What brought you to Rochester? My parents.
Surprising fact: I don't play golf.
Position then: Same
Current business role: LLD Enterprises is a family-owned commercial real estate development, management and brokerage company. I oversee and direct all aspects of new site acquisitions, development of properties and commercial brokerage.
Education: B.A., Syracuse University; M.S., New York University
Family: Wife, Wendy; son, 6
Birthplace: Livingston, N.J.
What brought you to Rochester? My wife.
wealth management adviser
The Eidlin-Kilmer Group, Merrill Lynch
Position then: Vice president, sales manager, Merrill Lynch Central New York complex
Current business role: Partner in a financial advisory practice, providing wealth management and private banking services to high-net-worth individual investors. My practice also has a special focus on providing balance-sheet consulting, retirement plan management, insurance and commercial banking services to small to midsize businesses.
Education: B.A., Boston University; MBA, Cornell University
Family: Daughter, 9; son, 5
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Merrill Lynch Circle of Excellence.
Surprising fact: I have completed five 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic races.
Kim Dyce Faucette
Chief of staff
Rochester City School District
Position then: Principal, Benjamin Franklin High School
Current business role: Manages day-to-day issues and concerns for the superintendent through strong leadership, teamwork and organizational skills. Serves as liaison between the Cabinet and the board of education on the superintendent's behalf. Supervises and evaluates administrative teams, leads Cabinet meetings as needed, responds to inquiries from board members and the community at large.
Education: B.S., M.S., M.S., Ph.D., Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester
Family: Husband, William
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: As chief of staff, I take pride in the work that I have done to support three superintendents-Manuel Rivera, William Cala and Jean-Claude Brizard. I continue to ensure that all of my work is dictated by what is in the best interests of our students. Additionally, upon the arrival of Mr. Brizard, I worked closely with him to implement his reorganization plan. This process helped to position us to begin the work that was essential to improving the educational experience for all students in the Rochester City School District.
Surprising fact: I enjoy knitting and love to exercise.
Harris, Chesworth, O'Brien, Johnstone, Welch & Leone
Position then: Attorney, Harris, Chesworth & O'Brien
Current business role: My practice is concentrated in litigation and municipal law matters.
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Brockport; J.D., SUNY Buffalo
Family: Gillian Hargrave; three sons, 16, 10, 6
Birthplace: Dunkirk, N.Y.
John Lynch Jr.
Senior vice president
First Niagara Benefits Consulting
Position then: Vice president, local and national account sales, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Current business role: Our firm provides strategic benefits consulting to employers of all sizes. My role is to oversee the group of consultants in our Rochester and Buffalo offices, as well as provide consulting to a small group of large employers in the Rochester area.
Education: B.A., Hamilton College
Family: Wife, Laura Saxby Lynch; son, 5
Birthplace: Lowville, N.Y.
What brought you to Rochester? After college, I went to work in Ithaca. Two years later, when I decided to leave that organization, a company offered me work in either Washington or Rochester. As an upstater, I chose Rochester, and I have never looked back.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Career accomplishments come in both large and small packages. Certainly, leading the substantial growth of First Niagara's health and welfare consulting practice over the past five years is meaningful. But so is implementing wellness programs at client organizations where such programs have literally saved lives.
Surprising fact: I spent all of my high school and college vacation time working for a plumbing and heating contractor.
Vice president, corporate
communications and public affairs
Bausch & Lomb Inc.
Position then: Director of public relations, Buck & Pulleyn Inc.
Current business role: Responsible for global media relations, employee communications, executive communications, government affairs, community relations and philanthropy.
Education: B.S., Boston University
Family: Wife, Jennifer; two sons, 8, 6; daughter, 3
What brought you to Rochester? Work and my wife's family.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Leading a team that was recognized by PRWeek as the nation's best boutique agency in 2002, considering that it was a collective effort by a group of passionate and smart colleagues who knew how to mix fun with business.
Surprising fact: I began my college career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the vision of becoming an acoustical engineer.
Manager, corporate construction
One Communications Corp.
Position then: Senior commercial security consultant, Doyle Security Systems Inc.
Current business role: I have oversight of construction, property management, energy, and lease administration for over 60 locations across the One Communications corporate footprint nationally.
Education: B.A., St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Lisa; daughter, 6; son, 3
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The growth and development of my staff.Happy and productive employees claim ownership to all that they do and contribute significantly to the overall health and success of the company.
Surprising fact: Former Beatle Paul McCartney extended best wishes to my wife and I when our fist child was born in 2003. My sister had just attended an event in London and was having a conversation with him when I had phoned her to give the news of our daughter’s birth. It was quite a thrill.
President and CEO
AM&M Financial Services Inc.
Position then: Chief operating officer, AM&M Financial Services
Current business role: I set the corporate vision and help to formulate the strategy for long-term success for AM&M, as well as leading the integration process of AM&M into Tompkins Financial Corp., our parent company. Most importantly, I am responsible for finding, challenging and retaining the best staff in the industry.
Education: B.S., SUNY Buffalo; MBA, University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business
Family: Wife, Tammy; two sons, 10; daughter, 7
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Becoming CEO of AM&M at age 35.
Burns & Schultz LLP
Position then: Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Current business role: Founder and partner of Burns & Schultz LLP, a civil litigation law firm
Education: B.A., SUNY Buffalo; J.D., Vanderbilt University
Family: Husband, Andrew Burns
Vice president, marketing and client services
Concentrix, a Synnex Corp. company
Position then: Senior director, marketing, Element K
Current business role: I lead our corporate marketing and business development activities, as well as the client services organization. Responsibilities include marketing strategy, execution and client support for our business in the U.S., Philippines, China, Japan and Latin America.
Education: B.A., University of Dayton; M.S., Nazareth College of Rochester
Family: Wife, Sandi
Karen Ruda Singer
Director of marketing
Dorschel Automotive Group
Position then: Same
Current business role: Oversee the marketing department and business development center, where commercials for TV and radio, Internet, print, outdoor, transit advertising and direct mail are handled. Oversee and execute all community relations and promotional events.
Education: B.A., University of Maryland at College Park
Family: Significant other, Frank LaMar; two sons 14, 11; stepson, 13; stepdaughter, 11
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Watching my one department grow from a two-person team 10 years ago to two departments at 18 people today. Also, 10 years ago I was asked for my Forty Under 40 bio where I would be in 10 years, and I replied, "At Dorschel Automotive." I am still here!
Surprising fact: I majored in dance and minored in radio, television and film.
Real estate broker
Position then: Real estate broker, Lowenguth Realty
Current business role: Oversee a team of nine professionals responsible for selling $35 million worth of residential real estate annually.
Education: B.S., University of
Family: Partner, Duffy Palmer
What brought you to Rochester? The University of Rochester.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Having assembled a fantastic team of professionals whose company I enjoy on a daily basis.
Surprising fact: My first job out of college ...
President and chief operating officer
Brite Computers Inc.
Position then: Vice president, Brite Computers Inc.
Current business role: Responsible for all aspects of strategic and tactical operations at Brite Computers, including the management of nearly 50 employees. Heavily involved in customer engagement activities including day-to-day sales, customer service and customer satisfaction.
Education: B.A., Villanova University
Family: Wife, Stacey; three sons, 9, 7, 5
Surprising fact: I love to watch the Food Network's "Unwrapped."
Position then: President, Premiere Group USA Ltd.
Current business role: Responsible for designing international/cross-border payment strategies to improve liquidity, mitigate risks and improve profitability. Work with importers and exporters in identifying global trade financing solutions.
Education: B.A., University of the Philippines; MBA, University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business
Family: Wife, Maria Angela; four daughters
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
What brought you to Rochester? Career opportunity
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The ability to create and manage a corporate treasury company that provided training and consulting services to international and community banking institutions. This opportunity also allowed me to serve on several non-profit organizations to improve the lives of disadvantaged individuals.
Surprising fact: I love to sing and tell jokes. These are two elements of my life that are not manifested in my job as an international banking specialist.
Regional vice president
Position then: Co-founder, Choice One Communications
Current business role: Responsible for commercial (business) sales and market strategies in Frontier's east region. The region includes Frontier's largest market, Rochester, as well as Frontier's operating companies in seven states: New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
Education: B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Cheryl; two daughters, 13, 10
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Making Forty Under 40. What else?
Surprising fact: I have always wanted to teach and coach and almost chose that as a career path.
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 email@example.com.