George Romell

George Romell

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George Romell

President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester

george-romell-ymca-of-greater-rochester-headshotYears in current role: 22

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

I’ve been privileged to be part of an amazing organization and the successes achieved through its great work has never been achieved singularly. The most important lesson I have learned in my career is that you must have the ability to inspire a shared vision. Involving all levels of the organization is crucial to success.

What’s been your biggest success?

Every day I work with, and for, great teams that have allowed the YMCA of Greater Rochester to grow and meet the changing needs of our community. As I look back on my 32 years in Rochester, I think my biggest success is being able to transform the Y into a mission-driven organization that has the desire to evolve and serve an even larger constituency. I’m extremely proud of the Y’s ability to earn the trust of philanthropic supporters within the community and garner significant sources of public and private funding to advance our mission.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

Being physically separated during this time and witnessing America become quite polarized has caused a lot of walls to be put up in our everyday lives. We must work together to find solutions as one community and be more tolerant and respectful of all. My fervent hope is that we emerge from this pandemic with a newfound purpose of collaboration and community, and an understanding of what brings us together is stronger than what divides us.

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