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THOMAS R. GEARS

PRESIDENT/CEO, SWBR

Years in current role: 5

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

Our team participated in diversity awareness surveys and training. We discussed where we are, where we want to be, and measurables to track our journey. In the process, lines of communication were opened, blind spots were discovered, and many voices “fed forward” powerful ideas to improve our culture and our business performance.

What are your expectations for the rest of this year?

We are very busy reacting to a pent-up demand for the design of new projects. That is tempered by unprecedented construction costs and labor/material shortages, so implementing these visions has become challenging. We are hopeful for some normalization but know that will take time. We will continue our steady growth.

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

Have a thirst for learning about all aspects of the design profession. Be curious. People are happy to share their experiences — ask them and you’ll get a head start. There are many different disciplines, markets, and associated areas of expertise. Over time, you will own your personal differentiator — something you are passionate about that is highly valued by clients.

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

My wife and I recently became first time grandparents. I’d like to spend a lot of time spoiling Kennedy, who is in D.C.

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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