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People might not get all they
work for in this world, but
they must certainly work for
all they get.
-Frederick Douglass

What we do during our

working hours determines
what we have; what we do in
our leisure hours determines
what we are.
-George Eastman

Alesco Advisors salutes

Rochester leaders of the
past and those we
celebrate today.

From inventors to social

reformers, Rochester
continues its strong
history of innovation and

Here's to an even brighter

tomorrow, planting the
seeds of the future for the
Flower City.
Table of Contents
Junior Achievement celebrates 10 Carl Myers
50 years of helping develop Myers started Sweeteners Plus after becoming
unhappy with the result of the sale of his first
entrepreneurs sweetener business.

6 Jim Gould 12 Michael Mandina and Rick Plympton

Gould, the founder and CEO of Alesco Advisors
Mandina and Plympton have grown Optimax
LLC, used a steady hand to guide investment
from a startup to an optics powerhouse that is
advisory firm past early obstacles.
still expanding in Wayne County.

8 Andrew Langston 14Pursuing creativity,

A pioneer in broadcasting, Langston founded
the first black-owned radio station in New
they built Rochester
York after being rebuffed by television.

This year’s Rochester Business Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on Oct. 16 during a dinner at the
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Honoring the Best.
Benefitting who’s next.
develop and run their own small business- engaging learning environment that re-
es. To this day, I hear countless stories flects the workforce demands of our local
(and sometimes I am even shown the economy, and empowers them with the
actual products!) from alumni of the JA knowledge, skills and confidence to un-
Company Program, many of whom credit lock greater economic opportunity. The
their success to this single JA experience. JA Discovery Center has had measurable
In the early 80’s and beyond, Junior impact on over 400,000 students in cities
Achievement took the basic tenants of such as Washington, DC, Atlanta, and
the JA Company Program inside the Detroit, to name only a few. It will be
classroom, developing a K-12 continu- the first of its kind in New York State.
um of programs focused on preparing In the future, we will continue to
for success in any career – including explore additional proven opportunities,
By PATRICIA LEVA financial literacy, workplace readiness like the JA Discovery Center, that provide

and entrepreneurial skills, all delivered by a collective impact approach to meeting
very year the Rochester Busi- a community volunteer. the needs of the community. An example
ness Hall of Fame inducts new Today, we reach over 14,000 student in is the recent introduction of 3DE by JA
members who have helped shape 25 counties, and continue to focus with USA, a unique JA-run high school that
our Region as business owners and earnest in the Rochester City School integrates curriculum, professional devel-
innovators. They have made extraordi- District, where the need for skills and opment and business partnerships into
nary contributions to their industries, inspiration is greatest. the daily academic experience.
given generously to our community, and We have also introduced digital I would be remiss if I didn’t mention
serve as excellent role models for the next program delivery, and have more that our 50-year milestone is even more
generation. student-based events, competitions, meaningful as we share it alongside our
Junior Achievement takes great pride opportunities for networking and schol- national partner, JA USA, which marks its
in helping prepare and inspire the next arships than ever before. We continually 100th anniversary this year. As I am often
generation to follow in the footsteps of the collaborate with educators to help fill reminded, when you start marking your age
exceptional men and women of the Roches- their needs, as evidenced by this year’s in centuries, it doesn’t mean you are old, it
ter Business Hall of Fame. The 2018 class launch of the JA Youth Entrepreneurial means you are adaptable, innovative, and
is a special one for JA, as we celebrate our Summit, and the upcoming launch of the ready for the future. Special thanks to all
50 year anniversary this month. JA Stock Market Challenge. of our stakeholders who have supported
It was October 1968, when 33 individ- While we demonstrate the impact of JA throughout the last 50 years, especially
uals, representing business, government, our programs by testing for knowledge those members of the Rochester Business
education and clergy, rallied around gain and behavioral changes, we know Hall of Fame, who are the role models for
a vision for the next generation – one we can do more in the years ahead. We this bold vision for the future.
which not only provided the skills to be have a bold vision for the future, one that Patricia Leva is president and CEO of
successful in a burgeoning manufacturing takes an even more active role in helping Junior Achievement of Central Upstate
economy, but also the inspiration that to reduce poverty, increase graduation New York Inc.
would fuel the continuation of invention rates, and fill the gap of skilled workers in
and innovation that Rochester had be- a variety of industries.
come known for. With a $50,000 invest- As part of our anniversary, we have
ment from both Eastman Kodak Co. and launched a capital campaign that will
Xerox Company, and a commitment of bring a state-of-the-art, hands-on
their employees to share their expertise, learning lab for 12,000 middle and
Junior Achievement of Rochester, New high school students in our region. The
York Area, Inc. was born. 17,000 square foot “JA Discovery Cen-
Over the next decade, business and ter” will be located in the historic former
education converged, as JA matched tens firehouse at Eastman Business Park, and
of thousands of students with industry will showcase “replica” businesses and or-
mentors, after school hours, to help them ganizations – providing students with an

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Gould’s steady hand steered
Alesco past early obstacles

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By NICOLE SHELDON were expanding and getting a lot of Gould is a St. Bonaventure Advisors, he also lends his expertise
new clients,” says Gould. “So, we had University graduate. He received and time to local organizations that

his year, investment advisory a revenue boost to offset the market his bachelor’s degree in accounting, he has fostered long-standing rela-
firm Alesco Advisors LLC value declines of the portfolios.” and has maintained close ties with tionships with, including St. Ann’s
surpassed $4 billion in assets In 2006, Gould oversaw an the college. In fact, he received the of Greater Rochester, St. John’s
under advisement. But the firm had expansion into the Buffalo market. Gaudete Medal from the school, an Home and the Diocese of Rochester.
a rocky start after its founding in Ten years later, Alesco Advisors dug award for “one who has inspired, In addition, Gould most recently
2000. roots in San Francisco. encouraged and enlightened others joined the board of directors for the
“The first several years were really Working with a consultant from through their personal and profes- Greater Rochester Health Founda-
difficult,” says Jim Gould, founder BlackRock—an international sional lives.” He also sat on the St. tion, where he serves as secretary
and CEO. “We were undercapital- investment management compa- Bonaventure Board of Trustees for and treasurer.
ized. We had some of the wrong ny—opened Gould’s eyes to the San almost a decade and served as the Highly accomplished and a lead-
people in the organization. It took Francisco market. St. Bonaventure Rochester Alumni ing investment advisor and business
us three and a half to four years “This (consultant) had seen many Association president. owner in the community, Gould is
before we had the ship righted and different firms around the country The firm as a whole has achieved well-deserving of joining the ranks of
moving in the right direction.” and when she wrapped up her work notable accolades under Gould’s the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.
It’s been mostly uphill since then. here she said that she loved Alesco,” leadership. In 2017 and 2018, Ales- “I don’t understand how (I’ve
The financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 says Gould. “She loved the culture, the co Advisors was named to Financial been chosen as an inductee), but
posed another obstacle for the in- company, our investment approach. Times’ 300 Top Registered Invest- I am honored and humbled,” says
vestment company, but it was able to She said if we ever wanted to open up ment Advisors, and was ranked as Gould. “I’d also like to express my
weather the storm relatively smoothly. an office out west to let her know.” one of Forbes’ 2015 Top Wealth appreciation for the selection com-
“Fortunately, because we have Three years later, Gould received a Managers. mittee that they’re willing to look
relatively low overhead compared call following through with that offer. Prior to founding Alesco Advi- at small businesses for nominees to
to most other firms, we were able Gould says that he plans to see sors, Gould spent 13 years at Clover the Hall of Fame because I think
to get through that in pretty good continued geographical expansion Capital Management Inc., where he it’s a reflection of how our economy
shape both in terms of having a of the company, though he isn’t sure rose through the ranks to president operates. Many people work for
favorable performance compared to of the exact location. He expects until stepping away to launch his smaller organizations and I think
most others, and we were also going a move to the east to a region like own investment management firm. it’s wonderful that the selection
through a period of time where we Albany, Syracuse or even Boston. Not only does Gould pilot Alesco committee recognizes this.”


St. John Fisher College is proud to support Hall of Fame inductee

Jim Gould, a longtime and loyal friend and donor.

2018 Rochester Business Hall of Fame ▪ OCTOBER 12, 2018 7

Pioneer in broadcasting, Langston
gave a voice to Rochester minorities

e came to Rochester with
the intent of providing
weather forecasts to televi-
sion viewers. He ended up creating a
landmark radio station instead.
Andrew Langston was a pioneer
in broadcasting, founding the first
black-owned radio station in New
York. WDKX-FM (103.9) signed
onto the airwaves at 5:30 a.m. on
April 6, 1974, and the station has
been making an impact in the com-
munity ever since. The station, with
an urban contemporary format, con-
tinues to consistently rank among
the top three in the Rochester mar-
ket in audience surveys and remains
an active community partner.
“He gave a voice to the voices,”
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said.
And to think that radio wasn’t
Andrew Langston’s chosen pro-
fession when he moved from New
York City to Rochester in 1960.
He relocated so he could go on TV,
accepting a weather position after
impressing station officials with his
audio tape. Except when he arrived
and station management learned he
was black, the offer was rescinded.
Over the next 14 years, Langston
worked as a barber, sold men’s clothing
and became an insurance agent for
Prudential. Along the way, he envi-
sioned someday owning a radio station.
He created many lasting relationships
through those sales jobs, including one
with Xerox founder Joseph C. Wilson.
Wilson supported Langston’s
dream of owning a radio station and
agreed to let the broadcast antenna
sit atop the Xerox Tower. Their
“contract” was written on a napkin.
The antenna site was the least of
Langston’s worries, however. He
was competing for the final avail-
able FM frequency in the Rochester
market and spent parts of six years
in front of the Federal Communica-
ANDREW LANGSTON tions Commission, stating his case
for station approval.
Langston believed there was a lack
of entertainment and information for
the black community. He continued

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to push for his station, realizing a new radio voice in York State Broadcasters Association’s inaugural operate the station. Both father and son declined
Rochester could fill a void. Hall of Fame class. That Hall of Fame is a Who’s offers to sell the station, preferring to remain a
“The opposition was strong,” Rev. Franklin Flor- Who of broadcasting excellence, including Walter local, independent voice for the community.
ence said in the station’s 40th anniversary video Cronkite, Charles Osgood, Mike Wallace and “He gave citizens of Rochester that family
in 2014. “Those persons that were in media at the Al Roker, along with local stalwarts Don Alhart, owned radio station, that outlet to talk about
time did not want Andy, or other blacks along Janet Lomax, Rich Funke and Brother Wease. what’s important to you, what’s important to
with him, to have access (to the airwaves).” “WDKX has had a major, major impact in this citizens of Rochester,” Warren said. “For WDKX
But Langston finally prevailed and
WDKX became a reality in 1974. The sta-
tion call letters are a tribute to black heroes:
D for Frederick Douglass, K for Martin Despite his business acumen, there were early struggles for
Luther King and X for Malcolm X.
Langston was well prepared for the
WDKX. His first landlord refused to allow his station to broad-
venture. A native of Dawson, Georgia, cast, so he relocated to a barely passable facility for the launch.
he earned a bachelor of science degree in
business administration from City College All this did was reinforce one of Langston’s favorite sayings;
of the City University of New York in 1951
and an MBA in finance and economics from “Do the best with what you got.”
New York University in 1954.
Despite his business acumen, there were
early struggles for WDKX. His first landlord community,” Lomax said in the station’s anniver- to be alive and well long after his passing is a testa-
refused to allow his station to broadcast, so he re- sary video. ment to his fighting spirit.”
located to a barely passable facility for the launch. Said the late Louise Slaughter, the long-time Langston was immortalized in 2014 by the City of
All this did was reinforce one of Langston’s member of the U.S. House of Representatives, in Rochester with a street in his name. Andrew Langston
favorite sayings; “Do the best with what you got.” the anniversary tribute: “He was in every sense a Way runs along the east side of Parcel 5 in downtown
Langston and WDKX certainly have done that. friend and a mentor.” Rochester, connecting East Avenue and Elm Street.
Over his career he was named Broadcasting Pio- Andrew Langston died in 2010 at the age of
neer of the Decade and was a member of the New 82. His son, Andre Marcel Langston, continues to 653-4020



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Myers broke from family tradition
to launch something sweeter

arl Myers was not plan-
ning to open another
sweetener manufacturer
when he sold his first sweetener
business, Western New York Sugar
and Syrup, to Archer, Daniels
Midland Co. in 1980. But he felt
compelled to when he found ADM
had decimated what he had built
since founding the company a
decade earlier.
Under a management contract,
Myers had stayed on with ADM,
serving as head of production with
the understanding that ADM had
planned to grow the operation. He
didn’t like what he saw.
“They took 80 percent of the
business and threw it out the
window, along with about 80
percent of the people that worked
down there,” said the 76-year-old
president and CEO of Sweeteners
Plus Inc., a Lakeville, Livingston
County, manufacturer of a wide
range of liquid and dry sweetener
products for companies such as
Dunkin’ Donuts. “So that’s why it
behooved me to start Sweeteners
Plus and get separated from them.”
It was a decision that served
him—and the community—well.
Sweeteners Plus has grown its
customer base and delivery oper-
ation substantially during the last
three decades. Myers began with
six full-time employees when he
started the new business in 1983.
Ten years ago Sweeteners Plus had
100 employees.
“We exceed that right now,”
Myers said.
Myers, like his father and
grandfather before him, began his
career as a brew master at Genesee
Brewing Co. In fact, five genera-
tions of Myers’ had served as brew
masters. The tradition stopped
CARL MYERS with him when a friend introduced
him to sweeteners.
“Fortunately I moved on to the
sweetener business where I had an
opportunity to make more money.
The brew masters weren’t the king

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of the roost like they used to be,” Myers said. “In “This is a company that doesn’t rest on its lau-
the early days they ran the brewery like they owned rels,” said chamber President Cynthia Oswald.
it, and that’s the way it was.” The Ann & Carl Myers Charitable Foundation ... Sweeteners Plus has
In 1970, Myers had the foresight to buy an in- Inc. in 2015 donated a total of $1.3 million, which
terest in a privately-held railroad: Livonia, Avon & includes gifts to UR, Aquinas Institute and Roches- grown its customer base
Lakeville Railroad Corp. Myers chose Lakeville for ter Melanoma Action Group, among others.
his sweetener business because of its proximity to The Myers family donated $2 million toward the and delivery operation
the railroad, which he felt would be advantageous $5.8 million cancer center at Nicholas Noyes Memorial
for inbound goods shipments. Hospital, an affiliate of University of Rochester, for the substantially during the
A portion of the track passes through Sweeten-
ers Plus’ 30,000-square-foot industrial complex,
Ann & Carl Myers Cancer Center. The center makes
state-of-the-art cancer treatment accessible to residents
last three decades. Myers
and the company also owns a trucking company.
Sweeteners Plus’ philosophy is “long haul by rail
in Livingston, Allegany and Steuben counties.
Myers said what he has enjoyed most in his
began with six full-time
and short haul by truck.” The philosophy enables
the manufacturer to use its railroad for the majority
career is being his own boss for 50 years, adding
that he couldn’t have achieved the success he has
employees when he
of inbound raw materials, while finished products without his staff. started the new business
are shipped with company-owned trucks and driver “We’ve had a lot of good people go through here,
employees. and a lot of people have stayed here,” he said. “I in 1983. Ten years ago
Myers and his team are known for their ongoing take pride and get up each and every morning for
initiatives to improve operations and reduce waste. that reason alone.” Sweeteners Plus had 100
Sweeteners Plus sells empty sacks to a recycler for But he also commends his wife, Ann, for her
reuse; recycles all cardboard and paper products; hard work making Sweeteners Plus what it is today. employees.
recycles rinse water and uses it twice before dis- “I’ve got a dear wife who worked right alongside
charge; recycles all lubricants for the Sweeteners me and she still works in the business,” Myers said.
Plus fleet; and has reduced gas, electric and air “She’s been a tremendous asset to me. She and I
consumption by 14 percent in the last three years. enjoy what we’re doing and enjoy being the owners
In 2008, Sweeteners Plus received the Livingston of this company.”
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In Optimax, Mandina and
Plympton form a winning team
By BENNETT LOUDON as semiconductors, aerospace, and medical instru- Messenger project for NASA.
ments for the military and industry in the United Mandina at first studied philosophy and psychol-

ptimax Systems Inc. President Michael Man- States and overseas. ogy at St. John Fisher College, but an interest in
dina and CEO Rick Plympton lead the na- Optimax focuses on small volume, high-quality math drew him to the field of optics. He transferred
tion’s largest prototype optics manufacturer. jobs with quick delivery. Their projects include to Monroe Community College where he received
They supply precision optical components, such parts for the Mars Rover Mission and the Mercury an associate’s degree in optics technology in 1975.



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While still a student at MCC, Plympton worked at Melles Griot facturing. expects to add 59 more after doubling
Mandina started working at Ilex Op- from 1984 until 1995 at various Using computerized technology the size of the facility to 120,000
tical Co. as a process engineer. locations around the world. While was a major departure from the tradi- square feet by expanding into a build-
In 1976, Mandina and another Ilex he worked at Melles Griot, Plympton tional approach of having skilled arti- ing next door.
engineer started Cormac Industries earned a bachelor of science degree in sans do the grinding and polishing. “This adds capacity for supporting
Inc. Six years later, Cormac was sold optics from the University of Roches- In a continuous effort to stay on projects that we prototype as well as
to Melles Griot Inc., which was based ter in 1987. He later earned an MBA the forefront of innovation, Optimax adding the capability to expand on
in California at the time. degree from University of Rochester’s has collaborated with five universities, product offerings,” Plympton said.
Mandina became Melles Griot’s Simon Business School in 1999. including UR and the University of “We hope for continued success
manufacturing manager, while Mandina left his job at Melles Arizona. Mandina and Plympton track and another expansion in the future,”
pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Griot in 1990 and joined Optimax, the latest research developments at the he said.
applied physics at SUNY Empire which was a startup at the time, as schools and apply it to their company Mandina and Plympton are aware
State College, plus taking business a part owner and president, and the to stay ahead of competition. that there are business opportunities
and engineering classes at Rochester company’s first full-time employee. “The company originally pursued for them in other places, such as
Institute of Technology. Plympton returned to the Roches- limited-run projects, but as we grow Arizona and California, and even
Mandina received his Bachelor of ter area in 1995 and Mandina hired bigger and bigger, our marketing is Europe.
Science degree in applied physics at him at Optimax in 1996 to use his still around small-volume, but we’re “Having a presence there would be
Empire State College in 1984. marketing and sales skills to help being approached to take on more beneficial,” Mandina said.
Also in 1984, after being promoted, build the customer base. production projects,” Plympton said. “We’re just compelled to be here at
first to operations manager, and then Annual sales reached $3 million in While Plympton is regarded as the this time because of the rich infrastruc-
to general manager of Rochester oper- 1997. By 2006, sales grew to $13 million marketing and sales genius at Opti- ture going on because of incentives
ations at Melles Griot, Mandina hired and they had to turn down work because max, Mandina focuses on operations. and the critical mass of resources that’s
Plympton, who was still a student at they couldn’t meet the demand. By His desk is on the shop floor along- alive and prospering in the Rochester
Finger Lakes Community College. 2013, sales reached about $15 million. side the employees he’s often coaching area right now. We get wonderful
Plympton earned three associate’s Optimax was one of the first com- and mentoring. support from the local community col-
degrees at FLCC — engineering panies to adopt a new technology for The company, located on Dean leges and universities” Mandina said.
science, business administration and lens grinding and polishing developed Parkway in Ontario, Wayne County,
computer science. at the UR’s Center for Optics Manu- now employs about 300 workers and /(585) 232-2035

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Pursuing creativity,
they built Rochester
Rochester Business Hall of Fame inductees by year:
2001 2002 2003 t Howard Coles, whose
newspaper, the Frederick
t John Jacob Bausch and t Matthew Augustine, owner t Burton and Charles August, Douglass Voice, gave
Henry Lomb, who co-founded of Eltrex Industries, founded as brothers and co-founders of Rochester’s African-American
global eye-care leader Bausch & a response to Rochester’s 1964 Monro Muffler Brake Inc., an community its public voice;
Lomb Inc.; race riots; industry leader; t Max Farash, who
t Chester Carlson, whose t Ernest Del Monte, chairman t Patrick Barry, who co-ran transformed a commercial
revolutionary invention launched and CEO of E.J. Del Monte Mt. Hope Garden and Nurseries, air-conditioning business into
Xerox Corp.; Corp.; helping to develop it into the one of the region’s leading
t George Eastman, who built t Frederick Douglass, a world’s largest such operation; construction and real estate
Eastman Kodak Co., one of the former slave who became an t John D. Brush, who built development firms;
most recognizable brands in the orator, politician and newspaper Sentry Group from a t Philip Nothnagle, owner and
world; publisher of international Depression-era start; chairman of Nothnagle Realtors
t Frank Gannett, founder of t Bal Dixit, founder and and founder of Nothnagle Home
media giant Gannett Co. Inc.; t Jacob Freeman, an chairman of Newtex Industries Securities Corp., the first
t James Gleason, who has Inc., who built a global firm on nonbank mortgage lender
orphaned Hungarian immigrant,
made Gleason Corp. a world his substitute for asbestos; licensed in New York;
and Jeremiah Hickey, who
leader in gear production t George Ellwanger, who t E. Philip Saunders, who has
co-founded Hickey-Freeman,
technology; established and co-ran the steered a wide range of
one of the most successful
t Kate Gleason, a trailblazer in world-famous Mt. Hope Garden enterprises, including the Sugar
clothing manufacturers of its
manufacturing and real estate; and Nurseries in the 19th Creek chain of convenience
t Thomas Golisano, Paychex century; stores, W.W. Griffith Oil Corp.
t Martha Matilda Harper,
Inc. founder and Rochester’s t James Wilmot, who and Truckstops of America; and
first billionaire; founder of the country’s first
founded Wilmorite Properties t F. Ritter Shumway, who
t Marvin and Richard Sands,
franchising operation and a
Inc. in 1950; and assembled a manufacturing
the father-and-son team whose proponent of women in
t Louise Woerner, CEO and empire that culminated in the
Constellation Brands Inc. is the business;
chairwoman of HCR Home Care, creation of Sybron Corp.
world’s largest wine company; t Nelson and Norman
which she founded in 1978.
t Austin Steward, a Leenhouts, brothers and
pioneering businessman and co-founders of Home Properties
t Robert Wegman, creator of
Inc., a real estate investment
trust that operates on the East
2004 t Ezra Andrews and James
the Wegmans Food Markets Inc. Coast; t Ralph Cantisano, whose Briggs, the early leaders of
supermarket empire; and t Nathaniel Rochester, family introduced the popular Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
t Joseph Wilson, who led founder of Rochester; and Ragu brand of pasta sauce and Co.;
Xerox to worldwide growth and t Hiram Sibley, founder of who formed and led Cantisano t Ronald Fielding, who
 Western Union Telegraph Co. Foods Inc.; helped pioneer changes that


Kate Gleason, Robert Wegman,

2001 2001

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made municipal bond funds popular
nationwide; 2009
t Francis and George French, whose
ingenuity made French’s Mustard an t James Cunningham, whose luxury
American food classic; carriage firm was the largest employer
t Thomas Gosnell, who expanded in Rochester in the 1880s;
Lawyers Cooperative into the second- t John LiDestri, who leads a $500
largest law book publisher in the United million food company with strong local
States; roots;
t R. Wayne LeChase, who grew his t Thomas Judson Jr., who has
firm into one of the top 20 construction transformed the firm his great-
companies in the Northeast, and grandfather founded into one of the
t John Riedman, who built one of the largest commercial construction
nation’s top privately held insurance companies in the Northeast;
companies. t Ferdinand and Gregory Smith, who
have built Jay Advertising into a
nationally known firm; and
2006 t Ford and Subaru dealer Kitty Van
Bortel, whose Subaru franchise ranks
t Morton Adams, who helped a among top U.S. dealers for sales.
partnership of small canners and a Laurence Glazer, 2006
farmers’ cooperative grow into a nearly
$1 billion business; 2010
t Laurence Glazer and Harold
Samloff, who built Rochester’s largest t Thomas Bonadio, founder of the
real estate developer and property Bonadio Group, one of the first public
management firm; accounting firms in New York to expand
t Dennis and Laurence Kessler, who beyond auditing and accounting to
created an eatery empire with nearly 70 business advisory and financial services;
restaurants; t Harlan Calkins, chairman and CEO
t T. Carl Nixon and Thomas Hargrave, of Rochester Midland Corp., a cleaning
who guided the growth of the city ës and disinfectant company founded by
largest law firm; and his grandfather with operations in five
t Walter Parkes, who built one of New dozen countries;
York’s largest electrical contractors. t Abraham Feinbloom and William
Feinbloom, founders of Champion
Products Inc., an athletic wear company,
2007 and pioneers in garment manufacturing; Richard
t Fred Gordon Jr. and Lucius “Bob” Dorschel, 2007
t Ronald Bittner, who led Rochester’s Gordon, whose Mixing Equipment Co.
phone company as it doubled in size to became a world leader and innovator in
nearly $2.5 billion in revenue; the manufacture of industrial mixers;
t Richard Dorschel, who built a car and
dealership into a $300 million business t John Summers Jr., who grew his
with 500 employees; father’s business, Jasco Tools Inc., into a
t George Hamlin, who nurtured a holding company for four firms,
community banking institution with including the largest tool-and-die
more than $1 billion in assets; manufacturer in Rochester.
t David Kearns, who encouraged
diversity and quality as CEO of Xerox
Corp.; and
t William Stolze and Herbert Vanden
Brul, co-founders of RF Communications t Joseph Klein, who built Klein Steel
and champions of entrepreneurship. Service Inc. from a tiny family operation
into a leading regional business;
t David Reh, who made his mark
2008 through Gorbel Inc., Retrotech Inc., George Hamlin, 2007
Ravenwood Golf Club and other
t Arunas Chesonis, who built Paetec ventures;
Holding Corp. into a telecom force; t Rob, George and John Norris, Suzy
t James Hammer, whose Hammer Hofsass and Anne Wells, third-
Packaging Corp. became a global generation owners of Seabreeze
printing powerhouse; Amusement Park, one of the oldest
t Raymond Hickok, who led Hickok parks in the world; and James
Manufacturing, the world’s largest maker t Henry Ward, who built Ward’s Hammer,
of men’s belts, and the Young Natural Science Establishment into a 2008
Presidents’ Organization; worldwide provider of science
t Robert Hurlbut, a pioneer in the specimens and equipment.
nation’s shift from traditional nursing
homes to senior living facilities;
t Elliott Landsman, who created three
successful real estate and construction
companies; and t Frederick Berkeley III, who grew
t John “Jack” Wehle, who grew Graham Corp., co-founded by his
Genesee Brewing Co. into one of the top grandfather, into an international
breweries in the nation. company while preserving local jobs;

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t Frank Chiaino and John Purcell, Fibertech
Networks co-founders, who expanded the
Giovanni LiDestri,
firm in a rough economy from five employees
to 250;
t Michael Jones and Geoffrey Rosenberger,
founders of Clover Capital Management;
t Richard Kaplan, a serial entrepreneur who
has guided companies including Pictometry
International Corp. and Torvec Inc. toward
growth; and
t Frank and George Taylor, whose Taylor
Instruments focused on instrument precision and
customer service at a time when both were rare.

t Lauren Dixon and Michael Schwabl, leaders
of Dixon Schwabl Advertising, founded by Dixon
in 1987;
t Joseph Harris, Selah Harris, Margaret Harris
Sheldon and Joseph Harris, whose family firm
Harris Seeds was launched in 1863 and still
operates nationwide from Rochester
t Robert Morgan, who built Morgan
Management LLC into a multimillion-dollar real
estate ownership firm; and
t Dilip Vellodi, founder of Sutherland Global Thomas Bonadio,
Services Inc., which employs more than 30,000 2010
people worldwide.

2014 explosive growth at Wright Beverage fastest-growing private companies 11 times;

Distributing. t I.A. “Drew” Morris, who led G.W. Lisk Co. Inc.
t John Bruning and Robert Hopkins, optical
from the Great Depression to become a leading
engineers who as the leaders of Tropel Corp.
were lab-to-market visionaries; electromechanical products manufacturer; and
t Paul DeCarolis, who stepped up to lead his t Michael Nuccitelli and Ronald Ricotta, who
father’s trucking company and built a fleet of built up Nationwide Precision Products, Parlec
t Mark Davitt, whose ConServe began as a
more than 2,000 vehicles; one-man shop and now employs nearly 800 in Inc. and Century Mold Co. Inc.
t Jane Glazer, founder of QCI Direct, a leading the student-loan collection business;
catalog and online business that carried more
than 4,000 products; and
t Partners Arthur Finocchario, Robert Latour
and Donald Tomeny, whose B&L Wholesale 2016
t Claude H. Wright, who led a turnaround and Supply was ranked one of Rochester’s Top 100
t Roger Friedlander, who was a pioneer of
next-day delivery and stockless inventory
through Spectrum Office Products;
t William Konar, whose Clinton Merchandising Inc.
Lauren Dixon and
was one of the first U.S. chains of discount drugstores;
Michael Schwabl,
2013 t Partners Salvatore LaBella and Sergio
Esteban, whose LaBella Associates P.C. has been
named one of the Top 500 Global Design Firms
by Engineering News-Record; and
t Amy Tait, who co-founded Broadstone Real
Estate LLC and grew it into a $2 billion business.

t William Levine, whose business skills led him
to philanthropic endeavors, with the William &
Mildred Levine Foundation donating more than
$20 million to local charities;
t Victor Salerno, who doubled the business of
O’Connell Electric Company Inc. and extended
its reach beyond the Rochester area;
t Rob Sands, who grew his family business
Constellation Brands to a more than $7 billion
company while also contributing time and
money to local organizations; and
t Christine Whitman, whose penchant for
entrepreneurism has led multiple companies to
Jane Glazer, 2014 success, including Complemar Products where
she is chairwoman and CEO

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