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RIT alumni receive business kudos

    Central and Western New York business organizations, in their various annual award programs, continue to acknowledge the excellence of RIT alumni.

    In 1999, People's Pottery, owned by Jim Froehler '79 and his wife, Carla Froehler, was named Rochester's top privately held business by the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce. Several other companies owned by RIT alumni were included in that Top 100 list, including Light Fabrications, owned by Jim Cucinelli '68; Tex-Port Technology Group, owned by Philip Ferranti Jr. '78; and Printing Methods, Inc., owned by Olanrewaju Olotu '84.

    The Rochester Business Journal's 40 Under Forty 1999 list--local citizens who have achieved a high level of success at a young age--includes Laurie Maffett '87, director for regulatory and operator services, Frontier Communications; Michael McAlpin '84, executive vice president, McAlpin Industries; Sheri Scavone-Calieri '84, vice president and chief operations officer, Western New York Physical and Occupational Therapy Group; Jacqueline Schertz '97, counselor, RIT's Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf; Henry Webber '96, controller and chief financial officer, Applied Image Group; and Thomas Wolf '63, partner, Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co.

    In 1998, The Central New York Business Journal named Patrick Benz '84, owner of Hardy Construction in Syracuse, as one of its 40 Under Forty for that year. Also that year, Rochester Business Journal named to their 40 Under Forty list Julie Wegman '83, vice president and director of financial markets, Harte-Hanks Inc., and Cheryl Magin '84, vice president and sales and service manager upstate region, Chase Manhattan Bank.

    The 40 Under Forty 1997 list for Business First, a Buffalo area paper, included Timothy Moag '80, director and shareholder, Battaglia, Andrews and Moag P.C., and Howard Zubin '80, executive vice president and partner, Northeastern Appraisal Associates Residential Inc.

    The Rochester Business Journal's 40 Under Forty 1997 winners included James Gould '85, Clover Capital Management; Donald Johnson '84, Town and Country Travel; Kathryn McGuire '97, ViaHealth's Independent Living for Seniors, Inc.; Joseph Measer '92, Genencor International, Inc.; and Steven Sauer '95, Business Methods, Inc.