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RBJ’s Power 100 List 2021

When we decided to launch our Power List series, we knew it would be a difficult task to select just 100 power players in the Rochester community for our inaugural Power 100 list.

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It definitely was. But we are pleased with the makeup of this list of leaders.

Health care is heavily represented, as it should be. The health care industry is vitally important to the Rochester economy even in normal times, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased our reliance on our local health care organizations.

Rochester’s nonprofits also have played a crucial role in helping our community survive this crisis, and they are well-represented here.

Banking and finance, education, law, manufacturing, and real estate and construction also have a significant presence here and in our local economy.

Over the rest of the year, we will delve deeper into several of these industries — banking and finance, health care, higher education, law, and real estate and construction — with Power 30 lists that will allow us to highlight more people who are working to make an impact in Rochester.

Rather than tell you about all of these power players’ accomplishments and accolades, we decided to give them a chance to tell you more about themselves through their answers to a few different questions. For anyone who was unable to complete our questionnaire, we put together a small profile.

The Power 100 is presented in alphabetical order; selecting 100 power players was hard enough without trying to rank them. We are optimistic that the people and organizations listed here will play a large role in helping Rochester recover from the pandemic. We also look forward to seeing who steps up even more over the next year to earn a spot on the 2022 Power 100.

We know that any endeavor such as this is sure to generate lots of opinions, and not everyone will agree with our choices. I welcome any feedback you have at [email protected].

Power 100 2021

Denise Battles
SUNY Geneseo

Adam Bello
Monroe County

Eric Bieber
Rochester Regional Health

Marty Birmingham
Five Star Bank

Mary Walsh Boatfield
Ability Partners, Inc.

Christopher Booth
Lifetime Healthcare Cos.

James S. Branciforte
Lifetime Assistance, Inc.

Rev. Myra Brown
Spiritus Christi Church

Dan Burns
M&T Bank

Julie Camardo
Zweigle’s Inc.

Jackie Campbell
ROC the Future at the Children’s Agenda

Bill Carpenter
Regional Transit Service

Alex Castro
Pathstone Corporation

George Conboy
Brighton Securities

James Continenza
Eastman Kodak Co.

Yvette Nicole Conyers
St. John Fisher College

Maria Cristalli
Hillside Family of Agencies

Andrea DeMeo
Trillium Health

John L. DiMarco II
DiMarco Constructors

Lauren Dixon
Dixon Schwabl

Sandra Doorley
Monroe County

Robert Duffy
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Jill Eisenstein
Rochester RHIO

Andrew Gallina
Gallina Development Corp.

Bret Garwood
Home Leasing

Marisa Geitner
Heritage Christian Services

Pietro (Pete) Giovenco
Bergmann

Kenneth Glazer
Buckingham Properties

Tom Golisano
Paychex/Golisano Foundation

William H. Goodrich
LeChase Construction Services, LLC

Frank H. Hamlin III
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.

Janice Harbin
Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation

Joseph Hart
Bausch + Lomb

Seanelle Hawkins
Urban League of Rochester

Myra Henry
YWCA Rochester & Monroe County

Ed Hourihan
Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

Matt Hurlbutt
Greater Rochester Enterprise

Marc Iacona
Simcona Electronics Corporation/Rochester International Jazz Festival

Raymond Isaac
Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Chris Jagel
Harris Beach, PLLC

Kimberly Jones
Butler/Till

Rufus Judson
The Pike Company

Jennifer Leonard
Rochester Area Community Foundation

Stefani LiDestri
LiDestri Food and Drink

Jared Lusk
Nixon Peabody LLP

Heidi Macpherson
SUNY Brockport

Sarah Mangelsdorf
University of Rochester

Faheem Masood
ESL Federal Credit Union

Colleen Matteson
Bank of America Corporation

Marc Mayer
Manning & Napier

Theresa Mazzullo
Excell Technology Ventures

Rev. Jonathan McReynolds
Aenon Missionary Baptist Church

Dana Mehnert
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.

Michael Mendoza
Monroe County

Steven Metzger
LaBella Associates

Sister Grace Miller
House of Mercy

Joe Morelle
Congress

Martin Mucci
Paychex, Inc.

Kevin Mulvehill
Phillips Lytle LLP

David Munson
Rochester Institute of Technology

Phil Muscato
KeyBank

Lesli C. Myers-Small
Rochester City School District

Sharon Napier
Partners + Napier

Shaun C. Nelms
University of Rochester

Aaron Charles Newman
CloudCheckr

Wade Norwood
Common Ground Health

Mitchell S. Nusbaum
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Todd Oldham
Monroe Community College

Beth Paul
Nazareth College

Angelica Perez-Delgado
Ibero-American Action League

Rick Plympton
Optimax Systems, Inc.

Aqua Porter
Rochester-Monroe Anti-Povery Initiative

Deana L. Porterfield
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary

David Riedman
Riedman Companies

George Romell
YMCA of Greater Rochester

Gerard Rooney
St. John Fisher College

Victor E. Salerno
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc.

Robert Sands
Constellation Brands, Inc.

Jaime Saunders
United Way of Greater Rochester

E. Philip Saunders
Genesee Regional Bank

Loretta C. Scott
City of Rochester

James Senall
NextCorps

Sankar Sewnauth
CDS Life Transitions

Naomi Silver
Rochester Community Baseball, Inc.

Greg Smith
Jay Advertising

Elaine Spaull
The Center For Youth

Mark Taubman
University of Rochester Medical Center

Julia Tedesco
Foodlink

Matthew Tipple
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Erin Tolefree
Baldwin Richardson Foods Co.

Jerome H. Underwood
Action for a Better Community

Adam Urbanski
Rochester Teachers Association

Lori Van Dusen
LVW Advisors

Lovely A. Warren
City of Rochester

Colleen Wegman
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Thomas Wilmot
Wilmorite Management Group

Craig Wittlin
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Louise Woerner
HCR Home Care

Bruce Zicari
The Bonadio Group

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer
Rochester Downtown Development Corporation

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