Victor E. Salerno

Victor E. Salerno

Power 100 list

Victor E. Salerno

Chief Executive Officer, O’Connell Electric Company, Inc.

copy-of-vicsalerno-full-size-1Years in current role: 15

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

To build long-term relationships and help those in their hour of need. It will pay huge future dividends.

What’s been your biggest success?

Helping to grow our company from $2 million in sales and 35 employees in 1971 to over $350 million in sales and over 800 employees; we are now the 29th-largest US electrical contractor. It is a wonderful feeling that you are helping to provide the livelihood for over 800 families. Becoming CEO in 2006 was obviously a great accomplishment and honor.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Walter Parkes, our Chairman. I could not have succeeded without his knowledge and dedication. Dr. Donald Bain, Emeritus President of St. John Fisher College.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

My hopes are that through the efforts of Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), our higher education institutions and great local businesses that we will see substantial growth and success. I truly believe that our area with its wonderful workforce will help drive much success. OUR TIME IS NOW.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

Family time at our Canandaigua Lake house and a little golf and fishing. Great times with our daughter and her family in Fairport, including golf with my son-in-law and two grandsons and of course quality time with our granddaughter. Visiting our son and his family, including our youngest 3-year-old grandson on the North Fork of Long Island.

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