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WILLIAM H. GOODRICH

CEO & MANAGING PARTNER, LECHASE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC

Years in current role: 15

What are your expectations for the rest of this year?

The outlook for construction remains strong, with demand across all markets including health care, education and commercial sectors. We see the demand continuing beyond year-end, as we are already engaged in a number of jobs that won’t begin construction until next year or even 2024. Taking advantage of the opportunities — both near-term and long-term — will require construction firms to address some continuing issues. Notably, those include materials availability and pricing, and the need for additional skilled workers. To that end, we are collaborating with clients, using new technology, working to recruit new talent, and engaging in programs that promote careers in construction.

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

I would give anyone starting out in their career the same three pieces of advice. First, keep your priorities straight. That means family comes first, and you always strive to do the right thing. Second, be present. We live in a hurried world with many distractions, but when you engage in dialogue with someone, focus solely on that interaction — be in that moment. Finally, make sure you understand the facts before reacting to a situation. There’s often more than one side, and sometimes more than two sides, to a story. You have to listen and fully comprehend the who, what and why before you react.

What are your favorite things about Rochester?

Rochester is unique. We have many cultural, recreational, and educational offerings you’d expect to find only in a larger city, but we still retain the feel of a smaller town … we have that sense of community. So to me it’s the best of both worlds. It’s easy to get out and take advantage of all there is to do in the area — parks, sports, arts, dining — whatever your interests. At the same time, it’s great to feel connected to others who share pride in the community, and who are willing to pitch in to make it an even better place to live.

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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