CEO & Managing Partner, The Bonadio Group
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned throughout my career is to always lead with a sense of purpose, meaning to always take the time to understand and explain “the why” behind decisions and changes. I’ve also learned to listen to others with empathy and to consistently communicate with transparency.
What’s been your biggest success?
The biggest accomplishment of my career has been my transition into the CEO role at The Bonadio Group. Tom Bonadio held the founder and CEO role for over 40 years and led this firm to incredible success. It was extremely tough shoes to fill, but thankfully I was given unwavering guidance and support. Additionally, I did not foresee dealing with a global pandemic while still getting comfortable in this new role. I’ve learned that you truly grow as a person and as a professional during times of change and adversity, and I’m proud of the way the firm handled these challenges.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
I believe that we, as leaders of the Rochester area, have a responsibility to promote and encourage compassion, respect, and unity at our workplaces and throughout our community. We need to work together to ensure that needed change takes place as it pertains to diversity and inclusion. Personally, I also aim to continue supporting our community by leading efforts at Bonadio that give time and resources to the causes and people who need it most, especially given the difficult year we just had.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
I love to spend time outdoors when I’m trying to unwind — I golf, boat and fish whenever I can. I also love being with my family and friends, especially my daughter Bella.