President and CEO, Riedman Companies
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
“As you ramble on through life, Brother, whatever be your goal, keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole.”
What’s been your biggest success?
My greatest satisfaction comes from our company. 2020 has exemplified the dedication and commitment of all of our team members. From the speed with which everyone reacted to the pandemic last March, to the hard work that continued throughout the year to ensure continuity in our business, our team members demonstrated an incredible will to not only survive, but to thrive. That culture of dedication is also what allows me to contribute the time that I do in service to our community. Indirectly, it is our team who contribute so much. For that, I am eternally grateful.
Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?
I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors throughout my career. They came from varied walks of life, providing me with diverse insight on my craft and on leadership. I subscribed to a practice a long time ago of not praising people by name to make sure I don’t omit someone carelessly.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
Many factors contribute to Rochester’s quality of life, including an affordable housing stock, accessible health care, some of the nation’s best secondary schools, competitive and sought-after higher education, world class cultural attractions and a wide array of natural resources in a convenient, mid-size city with moderate density. In this past year, we’ve seen technology enable the accelerated shift in how and where people work. We need to leverage our assets to capitalize on the changing landscape and the opportunity it presents our community.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
The great outdoors, summer, winter, spring and fall.