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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 2002.
Advanced Language Translation Inc.
Position then: Same
Current business role: As president I am responsible for the long-term strategic planning for the company. I also manage key accounts, and I manage strategic alliances.
Education: B.A., SUNY Binghamton; M.A., University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Lynn; two sons, 15, 13
Birthplace: White Plains
What brought you to Rochester? My wife is originally from the area, and I attended graduate school here.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Having built a company that has stood the test of time in a very competitive industry.
Surprising fact: Outside of work I am a lycra-clad competitive cyclist.
Senior vice president
Genesee Valley Trust
Position then: Vice president, Genesee Valley Trust
Current business role: Responsible for the strategic direction and promotion of Genesee Valley Trust's investment management and fiduciary services.
Education: B.S., St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Lisa; two sons, 13, 11; daughter, 10
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Growing a successful business in Rochester and building a solid reputation in the industry.
Surprising fact: I was a pole vaulter.
Position then: Same
Current business role: In-house counsel for my family's commercial real estate development, management and brokerage company. Responsible for lease negotiation and enforcement, property and asset management.
Education: B.A., Syracuse University; J.D., Yeshiva University
Family: Husband, David; son, 6
Senior vice president
Paetec Holding Corp.
Position then: Vice president, engineering, Paetec
Current business role: Overseeing all network engineering functions, including traditional TDM technologies, packet-based voice and data, new technology infrastructure and charting the strategic technology direction of the company and its shift to IP-based services. Responsible for all technology evolution, design, deployment and support of all network elements and driving processes and automation to support these elements.
Education: B.A., Cornell University
Family: Son, 13; daughter, 8
Place of residence: Fairport
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
If not a Rochester native, what brought you here: Paetec
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Playing a key role in the networking and telecommunications industry in the migration of legacy circuit switching technologies to next generation packet switching and voice over Internet protocol technologies.
Surprising fact: Despite the fact that I am the key technical driver for a technology-focused company, I have no academic engineering background. I majored in philosophy at Cornell.
President and CEO
Grace Hill Settlement House
Position then: Executive vice president, Community Place of Greater Rochester
Current business role: As the president and CEO, I have responsibility for overall strategic direction and execution of the organization's strategic plan. Management of key functional areas of governance and compliance such as human resources, fiscal management, contract compliance, revenue generation and strategic partnership development. I serve as the chief professional officer at the discretion of the board of directors.
Education: AAS, SUNY College at Morrisville; B.S., Syracuse University; M.S., SUNY College at Brockport; Ed.D., St. John Fisher College
Family: Wife, Karen; son; daughter
Residence: St. Louis, Mo.
What brought you to Rochester? I relocated to Rochester for work.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Establishment of the Rochester Step-Off program and organization, which aided in increasing the proportion of students in the Rochester schools and surrounding districts that enrolled in college.
Surprising fact: I am really a very private and reserved person in my personal life.
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Position then: Same
Current business role: Law firm partner in the litigation department and chairman of the labor and employment
Education: B.A., Amherst College; J.D., Fordham University
Family: Wife, Paula; four sons, 15, 13, 11, 8
What brought you to Rochester? Job
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Expansion of the labor and employment practice group at Underberg & Kessler.
Surprising fact: I'm a Grateful Dead fan.
Chief operating officer
Christa Development Corp.
Position then: Same
Current business role: Responsible for day-to-day activities of Christa Development involving finance, legal, accounting, design, construction and property management of Christa ventures. Also vice president and officer of Christa Construction LLC.
Family: Wife, Susan; four daughters, 19, 17, 14 (twins)
What brought you to Rochester? I played professional hockey in the Buffalo Sabres organization and came here to play for the Rochester Amerks in 1984-86.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Demonstrating to my children that balancing career and hard work with family responsibilities can be compatible, yielding great results for each, but not with one being at the expense of the other.
Surprising fact: Being totally out of touch with hockey. Having grown up playing hockey and making a professional living at it until 1989, I am completely out of touch with today's youth leagues and pro teams, focusing the past 15 years on girls basketball and girls lacrosse!
Executive director of marketing
Simon Graduate School of Business
University of Rochester
Position then: Director of marketing, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Current business role: As executive director of marketing and communications, I am responsible for developing and implementing the Simon School's strategic marketing plans. My goals have been to make the marketing of the school more effective, to oversee major advertising planning and Internet strategy, and to build awareness of the Simon brand in national and international markets through advertising, publications, Internet, social media, verbal and visual communications. I also manage key initiatives such as business school ranking surveys, Web development, national media buys, creative advertising programs and marketing publications.
Education: B.A., Rochester Institute of Technology; MBA, E. Philips Saunders College of Business, RIT
Family: Husband, Michael; daughter, 19; son, 16
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being sought after by national organizations to speak on the topics of branding and marketing in higher education to other professionals in colleges and business schools. Additionally, being president of the Rochester chapter of the American Marketing Association for 2008-09 was an incredible experience at running a large volunteer board and organization.
Surprising fact: The most surprising fact about me is that I am an identical twin, and my twin, Denise Fitzgerald, is also an RBJ Forty Under 40 honoree from 2000.
Moore Corporate Real Estate Inc.
Position then: Associate broker, Moore & Associates Inc.
Current business role: Office management and sales of commercial, industrial, office and investment property in and around Rochester.
Education: B.A., Ohio State University
Family: Wife, Marci; son, 3; daughter, 1
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Ownership in a 40-year-old family business at the age of 32. Serving on the board of directors of various community organizations.
Surprising fact: I can solve the Rubik's Cube.
President, digital medical solutions
Carestream Health Inc.
Position then: Americas service general manager, commercial imaging, Eastman Kodak Co.
Current business role: Full profit-and-loss executive responsibility for $650 million digital high-technology division. Oversees all aspects of this global health care equipment, software and services business with manufacturing and development sites in Israel, China and the United States, as well as a base of more than 3,000 employees that does business in more than 40 countries.
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Potsdam; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Husband, Angelo
Birthplace: Caro, Mich.
What brought you to Rochester? I came to Rochester after being hired by Kodak on campus at SUNY Potsdam.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: In my current role, leading a strong team that is bringing to market innovative and cost-effective solutions such as the DRX-1 (wireless, battery-powered digital X-ray equipment) in the health care industry.
Surprising fact: I can't say that I am very surprising!
President and CEO
Predictive Insights Inc.
Position then: Vice president, client relations and business development, Goodrich & Sherwood Associates Inc.
Current business role: As a coach and master career strategist, I selectively partner with senior professionals and executives to provide the elite, quality career management support they deserve. We'll work one-on-one to customize the process based on targeted outcome, competitive landscape and schedule. As a consultant, I equip teams to perform with innovative and creative genius.
Education: B.A., Denison University
Family: Significant other, Larry Pitts; two sons, 20, 13
What brought you to Rochester? Upon completion of his medical training, my father established his ob-gyn practice in Rochester when I was 6 years old.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I translated 18 years of "lessons learned" into a successful, thriving executive career management and consulting business where I leverage my strengths every day and work with extraordinarily talented and motivated professionals and their companies. I am told I have boundless energy and passion for what I do. This is good!
Surprising fact: Occasionally, I will get in the longest line at Wegmans so I can browse the tabloids. For my 50th birthday I want to jump out of a plane (and parachute to the ground!).
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Position then: Partner, Sardone, Robinson & Schnell LLP
Current business role: Tax and business valuation partner, responsible for client service relationships regarding closely held private companies and tax and business valuation consulting regarding special projects.
Education: B.S., Canisius College
Family: Wife, Dawn; son, 8; daughter, 3
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Being asked to join the McQuaid Jesuit High School board of trustees and then being asked to be the treasurer.
Surprising fact: I am an Eagle Scout and have had unexpected but ultimately safe direct contact with a bear and a moose, among other less intimidating animals, while in the wilderness on long adventure trips.
Chief operating officer
and executive vice president
Doyle Security Systems Inc.
Position then: COO, Doyle Security
Current business role: Manage and provide leadership of operations for the sales, installation and service of burglar and fire alarms, closed-circuit television, access control systems and other life-safety systems in Upstate New York and northwest Pennsylvania. Responsible for the medical monitoring and safe and lock divisions.
Education: B.A., West Virginia University
Family: Wife, Marlene; son, 16; two daughters, 13, 19
Residence: Akron, N.Y.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: Contributing to the leadership of a company that received the Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence from the Better Business Bureau and the Rochester Business Ethics Award in the same year.
Surprising fact: I started out as a "blue light sale" specialist for Kmart and was fired from my duties.
Director of communications
Position then: Senior vice president
for client relations, Auragen Communications Inc.
Current business role: I oversee all official communications of the school, including magazines, direct mail, Web sites and intranets. In addition, I provide internal consulting on user interface design, effective use of communications in business process, and business and non-fiction writing. Lastly, I teach a class, manage a table in the dining hall and serve as a resident associate in a dormitory.
Education: Two B.A. degrees, University of Rochester; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Vita; two sons, 6, 4
Residence: Deerfield, Mass.
What brought you to Rochester? I came to Rochester to attend the University of Rochester.
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I've been very lucky throughout my career. I've had the opportunity to co-found, grow and lead Auragen, an Inc. 500 company, as well as other businesses. I've been lucky enough to get deeply involved with local boards, non-profits and political organizations along the way. And just this year I've achieved a major life goal by returning to a leadership position at Deerfield Academy; getting the chance to teach is icing on the cake. I am very thankful and have no complaints!
Surprising fact: I generally dislike computers and really prefer to work with my hands. Cooking, photography and woodworking are the avocations that keep me sane even as my career forces me to sit in front of an LCD all day.
Canandaigua Medical Group
Position then: Chief financial officer, Rochester Individual Practice Association
Current business role: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 27 provider multi-specialty physician practice.
Education: B.S., SUNY College at Geneseo
Family: Wife, Maureen; son, 19; daughter, 16
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: I have been successful in every position that I have held during my career, advancing with each position to the level of CEO. In my last two job moves, I was approached by the organization to come work for them based on interactions I had with them from my previous position.
Vice president, corporate banking
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Position then: Same
Current business role: Client executive in the middle-market banking group with a focus on public and large private entities in the region. Also spearhead the region's technology corporate banking initiative, which provides corporate banking and investment banking services to emerging and established high-technology/high-growth clients.
Education: B.S., Alfred University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester
Family: Wife, Melinda; son, 16; daughter, 13
Most meaningful career-related accomplishment: The development of the technology corporate banking focus within Chase. This has been a successful initiative and has allowed me to stay active with early-stage companies, which has always been a strong interest of mine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.