CEO & Managing Partner, LeChase Construction Services, LLC
Years in current role: 15
What was your biggest success in 2021?
I’m fortunate to have been a part of two successful teams. First, I’m honored to have chaired our community’s 2021 United Way campaign. We not only met our campaign goals, but we also launched the Built United program. With our partner Wegmans and other businesses and volunteers, we completed more than 30 projects – painting, landscaping and light renovations – that helped a variety of non-profits. From a business perspective, I am beyond proud of the LeChase team. Only a year after the pandemic delayed, canceled or scaled back many projects, our team was able to get back on track to grow our business.
What are your expectations for 2022?
I’m feeling optimistic about 2022 and beyond. In construction, the outlook is strong across all markets, including healthcare, education and commercial sectors. In fact, we are already involved in a solid amount of project planning for jobs that are not scheduled to start construction until 2023 or 2024. That said, we are still dealing with challenges in materials pricing and delivery, as well as the need for more skilled workers. So, taking advantage of the market will require tight collaboration with clients, being innovative and using technology where possible, and continuing to find and retain talent.
What is your favorite thing about the Rochester community?
Rochester is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Although Rochester is a mid-sized city, in many ways it’s a unique blend of ‘big city’ and ‘small town.’ We have cultural, recreational and educational offerings you’d expect to find in a larger city. At the same time, we have a community that includes some of the most caring, talented and giving people. I’ve seen it as a business leader, and I’ve seen while working with United Way and other community organizations. Whether it’s a project, a program or an event, people here are willing to work together to help make our community an even better place to live.