Truly one of the best stories you'll hear of how one person rose from being a paid intern.. to the CEO/owner of the business he interned at.
Michael Kilian is the first Rochester born Executive Editor of The Democrat and Chronicle since 1941! Find out how he made that career climb.. as well as his philosophy on the current state of and future of the newspaper industry
Dr. Deana Porterfield was a California girl for her entire life.. up until just 5 years ago. She uprooted her family from her alma mater in Southern California where she had worked for over 25 years and took the job at Roberts. Also, Dr. Porterfield shares the college's latest news, a generous donation from Tom Golisano!
John & Colleen Baker took ownership of Cheesy Eddie's in 2003 after YEARS or pursuing the dream. Recently, they've opened a 2nd location.. again after YEARS of plans to do so. You'll hear how a husband & wife team with a "never say die" attitude have helped create one of Rochester's most beloved food brands.
Joe, a Marine Corps Veteran, now advocates daily in Washington D.C for his fellow Veterans.
Mandy liked 3 things when she was young.. lacrosse, lacrosse, and lacrosse. And she was very talented, even going to college and playing D1. But after school it was time to get a job and although she loved working as a trainer, somebody suggested she would be a good real estate agent. The rest, as they say, is history!
Charlie grew up in a small town and the concept of becoming a CEO, along with the idea of working in a nursing home, seemed impossible to him. One Summer though, he took a job doing odds and ends in a home and within a month, LOVED it. You'll love Charlie's story and recognize his true passion for his business
Stefani's father, Giovanni, had a hero. That hero was Ralph Cantisano, who gave Giovanni a job after he started a new company (after selling Ragu). Giovanni came up through the ranks and eventually was able to acquire the business. But he had one condition before he bought it.. would his kids be willing to join him one day? Stefani said yes. But she took a few left and right turns on her way to becoming what she is today, ... Read more
Caitlin is a local woman who trained to be an actress and even moved to L.A at one point searching stardom! Back in Rochester after her stint in L.A, she figured out a way to incorporate her acting skills into her desire to be an entrepreneur and is now helping improve workplace culture all around the area.
Alison has known since she was a little kid that she was going to be an attorney, because that's what everyone always told her! Sure enough, she's a natural. From acing her LSATs cold, to studying hard and running her own office for a while before becoming the Bates in Wesley, Clark, & Bates.
Maryellen became a chemical dependency counselor at the young age of 21, and it was HARD. However, it made her fall in love with the occupation of mental health therapy. Branching out slowly (part time at first), she started her own practice that has grown to the point of adding therapists.
Charlie and his buddy's took some old garbage cans and started playing a game with a frisbee one day in a backyard in North Tonawanda, NY.. as they say, the rest is history!
Jaime Saunders is a Wayne County girl who moved to Brighton when she was young and became a California girl during college. Back in Rochester when she became an Aunt, her destiny to work with and run organizations that do good for people would become a reality
Vicki grew up fast. Within a month of high school graduation, she was engaged and pregnant. Stuck in a minimum wage job, she became very stealthy with money. Later in life, when she watched her father struggle with his retirement health care options, she saw a business opportunity!
Marty grew up in Pittsford, the son of a banker, and it might surprise you, but he KNEW he wanted to be a banker ever since he was young! Dedicated to Rochester and the area Five Star covers, Marty talks about his career path, gives advice to small business owners seeking loans, and talks about Five Star's investment in downtown Rochester's Five Star Bank Plaza
Joe Crestuk got into a lot of trouble as a kid. He actually dropped out of high school.. and was in to drugs and alcohol well into his 20s. Then, he made a change. Some soul searching led to him utilizing the skills he had learned as an electrician and an ISP and combining that with his knack for sales. The rest is history..
Mike Spoont was pre-med, but a change of heart in college sent him down a different career path and the former newspaper deliveryman ended up coming up through the I.T ranks. Today, Mike runs several offices of IV4 providing technology solutions and safety to medium and large sized businesses
Peter entered the military when he was just 17 years old. After 10 years full time, he decided to pursue law after some of the tasks he was being asked to complete while serving showed him that he had a knack for research. After founding his law firm, and retiring from the military, he wanted to continue to serve in a different way, and was one of 7 who helped bring Honor Flight to Rochester
Geoffrey Rogers is Rochester's youngest journalist. He has built a solid following with GSL Show, a traveling media show that often finds Geoffrey in the places and with the people making news headlines in the Rochester, NY area.
Dan Morgenstern is CEO of The Morgenstern Group, which has several businesses under its umbrella. One of those businesses is Radio Social. Dan's family was involved in the founding of Clover Lanes, and eventually came to be the owners. When Whole Foods came calling, they were able to make a new move, and Radio Social was born