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Bricks and Mortar on the Web

Nobody feels the heat of an upstate New York summer more than a carpenter working on a home, and Carl Bass has spent plenty of hot, humid days hammering nails and sawing lumber around the college town of Ithaca. Originally from Brooklyn, Bass used his carpentry and cabinet-making skills to pay the freight at Cornell University, and in 1978 he ...

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Pyott’s Voyage in Lilliput

Shortly after David E. I. Pyott became chief executive of Allergan in January 1998, he asked his direct reports to outline their views of the future for the ailing Irvine, CA-based provider of eye care and specialty pharmaceutical products. He got several different answers.The varied responses disturbed Pyott. Allergan had been in poor financial health for several years. Flat sales ...

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The Aart of Chip-Making

When Aart de Geus wants to escape the rigors of running Synopsys, the electronic design automation software leader he co-founded, the CEO trades computer chipsfor finger picks and belts out a few licks of raw Southern-infused electric blues guitar.Now de Geus is fine-tuning Synopsys to meet the demands of a shifting, highly specialized marketplace. And it’s not a simple chord ...

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Smugglers’ Foe

The dusty truck appeared no different from others idly waiting to cross into Nogales, AZ, from Mexico. At random, Border Patrol agents decided to spot-check its cargo, as happens hundreds of times each day. But rather than rummage through the contents, government officials parked the vehicle under a giant high-tech X-ray machine able to detect suspicious shapes and organic material-such ...

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Pump up the Volume

Oil prices are scraping the bottom of the barrel, chemicals are in the tank, and the power-plant business is dim, at best. If 80 percent of your company’s revenues relied on these three sectors, how would you manage?You might learn from Bernard Rethore, the chief executive who has the formidable assignment of putting the flow back in Flowserve, the world’s ...

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Up Periscope

Although he’s avidly involved with sports and recreation, Brunswick Corp. Chairman and CEO Peter N. Larson usually shows off his moves in the boardroom, not on the basketball court. But there he was in Salt Lake City not long ago, trying to outrun Utah Jazz superstar Karl Malone in what some might politely call a one-sided one-on-one hoop game. Larson, ...

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All Juiced Up

What Daniel Dillon knows about grape juice would fill a tall glass. The CEO of Concord, MA-based Welch’s Foods has spent 16 years marketing the Concord and Niagara grape juices, frozen concentrates, jams and jellies sold under the Welch’s name. The 129-year-old Welch’s brand is a familiar supermarket fixture, particularly its purple Concord grape juice. But the fruit juice business ...

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