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Tom Golisano

Founder, Past Chairman, President and CEO Paychex / Chairman, Golisano Foundation / Founder, Grand Oaks Capital

Years in current role: 51

What was your biggest success in 2021?

Investing more than $330 million during 2021 in 11 growing companies located predominantly in Upstate New York.

What are your expectations for 2022?

I don’t have a crystal ball, but it is my hope that the economy will continue to bounce back as people go back to work and as the virus continues to decline. I also hope more students stay in high school and graduate and consider a career in the skilled trades.

What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?

I was shocked to see how the COVID virus shut down and impacted so many sectors of our society and our daily life. I am sorry for the tremendous loss of life.

What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?

Summers in the Finger Lakes.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at


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