President & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise
Years in current role: 4
What was your biggest success in 2021?
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) worked with 39 businesses to locate a new operation or expand an existing operation in the greater Rochester, New York region, with plans to invest more than $1 billion in new capital investments and create 2,341 new jobs as well as retain over 2,893 existing jobs. This is a record year for GRE and the region and is only achieved through deliberate collaboration among business, university, community and government leaders.
What are your expectations for 2022?
We expect to see many more innovative, technology-based businesses locate new operations in the Greater Rochester, New York region in 2022 and leverage the smart people and the smart businesses that call this region home.
What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have a number of outstanding, innovative businesses located throughout the Greater Rochester, New York region that continue to grow. We need to celebrate business growth and help more people connect for employment and foster more business expansion throughout the region.
What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?
Connectivity is our superpower – the Greater Rochester, New York region is unique in the ability to connect quickly with smart people to solve problems and move things forward.
If time were no issue, what would you do to help the community that you aren’t already doing?
Meet more people from different backgrounds. I really enjoy meeting different people and helping them connect.