Managing Partner, Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Years in current role: 8
What was your biggest success in 2021?
Our biggest success as a firm was to continue to adapt to the challenges around us and find innovative ways to serve our clients and help them succeed during a time when they needed our help more than ever.
What are your expectations for 2022?
My hope is that we have a little bit of a breather and not so many distractions to deal with, however, this pandemic has forever changed our lives both personally and professionally. The keys to future success will still be basic tenets like customer service, people development and technological innovation, but we will be implementing them in a different fashion than we have previously.
What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
Out of every obstacle comes opportunity. Keeping a positive energy and positive mindset allows you to persevere and overcome any obstacle thrown your way.
What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?
Rochester has such a rich history with arts and culture and civil rights and has top-notch public and private schools, colleges and universities, great communities and golf courses, but my favorite thing by far is our people. It is a vibrant community, filled with people who are smart, friendly, welcoming, humble and giving.
If time were no issue, what would you do to help the community that you aren’t already doing?
I am truly blessed to have been part of some awesome organizations and volunteer with some truly incredible people. If time was not an issue, I would spend more time with these organizations away from the boardroom and in the trenches living the mission.