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BRET GARWOOD

CEO, HOME LEASING

Years in current role: 5

What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?

Home Leasing and Home Leasing Construction have continued to grow and are active throughout Upstate New York, with projects under construction in the Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Owego regions.

What are your expectations for the rest of this year?

Home Leasing anticipates starting its largest and most complex project to date in July, the redevelopment of the Hickey Freeman campus in Rochester, which will include updated and consolidated manufacturing space for Hickey Freeman to continue their operations plus 134 units of affordable housing for seniors in the historic building. The housing will be created to achieve a very high standard of green building technology, including large geothermal and solar systems.

What advice would you give somebody just starting out in your industry?

It is important to find an organization that cares about your future and a boss willing to mentor you. I have been very fortunate to have a series of fantastic and supportive mentors who I reported to and I would not have been successful without their help and guidance.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 30 Real Estate & Construction list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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