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STEVE METZGER

CEO, LABELLA ASSOCIATES, DPC

Years in current role: 2

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

In a year burdened by the pandemic and other economic influences, LaBella grew by roughly 30% in both revenue and number of employees, now at approximately 1,350. We saw remarkable performance within many of our markets and across all our service lines including architecture, engineering, program management, power, renewables, environmental, and transportation. We finished 2021 strong and have carried that momentum into 2022.

What are your expectations for the rest of this year?

Our backlog is healthy, and we expect to achieve our performance goals for 2022. Despite factors dragging on the economy, we are optimistic that investments will continue within our infrastructure-based markets well into 2023.

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

Our training and education focus our attention on solving technical problems, but as consultants, ours is a relationship-based industry. Listen to your clients and develop the solutions they need.

What is one personal goal you have for the next year?

To achieve my pre-knee replacement level of fitness through walking, hiking, and biking.

What are your favorite things about Rochester?

It’s big enough without being too big. We have many outstanding and unique educational, cultural, and natural resources to enjoy and very little traffic!

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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