Chairman of the Board, Dixon Schwabl
Years in current role: 4 months (previously CEO for 33 years)
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that big ideas can come from anyone in the company. The key is to be open to hearing other perspectives and the ability to collaborate to co-create together. That’s how the biggest and best ideas are born.
What’s been your biggest success?
Building a great company culture has been something I’ve been incredibly passionate about for the last 33 years. I’m proud that Dixon Schwabl has been ranked as a great place to work by the Great Place To Work Institute in San Francisco. A good culture is created by establishing core values and hiring team members who share those values.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
My hope for Rochester is for everyone to come together, collaborate and drive real change in the areas of diversity and inclusion. We have a moment in history where we can create real change if we commit to doing this together. In addition, my hope is that we take pride in our amazing community and be grateful for all of the tremendous assets we have.