Bret Garwood

Bret Garwood

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Bret Garwood

CEO, Home Leasing

bret-garwoodYears in current role: 2

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

The most fortunate gift you can receive for your career is a boss who cares about you and your future.

What’s been your biggest success?

Becoming a part of a wonderful industry of people and organizations who work together to provide for affordable housing across New York State.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Anne Peterson, former executive director of The Housing Council; Carlos Carballada, former commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development at the city of Rochester; Marian Zucker, former executive vice president of NYS Housing Finance Agency; Nelson Leenhouts, chairman of Home Leasing.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

Spend time with my family and friends, listen to music, and focus on my artwork.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at