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Victor E. Salerno

CEO, Co-Chairman of the Board, O’Connell Electric Company

Years in current role: 16

What was your biggest success in 2021?

Growing our sales to over $365 Million dollars including an increase in employment to over 1000.

What are your expectations for 2022?

We anticipate continued profitable growth to new record levels. We look forward to providing additional quality jobs in our various communities.

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

COVID-19 has taught us to be prepared for constant change in dealing with an unknown “Black Swan Event.” None of us saw this coming and we look forward to a reasonable COVID-19 conclusion in 2022.

What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?

All our family and friends that are here for sure. Another favorite is all the potential economic opportunities driven by the 19 colleges and universities located in the Rochester metro area. Finally, other than a snowstorm or two we avoid the major atmospheric weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and forest fires. This is one of the safest places in the country to live and work.

If time were no issue, what would you do to help the community that you aren’t already doing?

Encourage others to get on some nonprofit boards of organizations they are passionate about. The more involvement we get from other members of the community the better off we will be.

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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