Current Job: CEO at The XLR8 Team – Leadership Development Consulting Hometown: Irondequoit, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Leaf Tea Bar Bio: I went to Irondequoit High School and attended college at Cornell University, earning a degree in Applied Economics and Management. After spending a few years in the Boston area after college, I returned to Rochester in 2013 and joined The XLR8 Team to help leaders build values-driven corporate cultures with purpose and engagement. I am a member of Rochester Rotary, currently serve on the boards of NextGen Rochester and the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and recently earned my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from UPenn.
Current Job: Associate Director of Development at American Diabetes Association Hometown: Rochester, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Turning Point Park Bio: I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 and immediately began my nonprofit career in fundraising and event planning. As a logistics-minded person I love planning events for a few or a few thousand. My job, managing half of the Tour de Cure, brings me into companies all across Rochester; I love witnessing the changes to buildings and neighborhoods happening before our eyes! My 16-year old dachshund and I love Turning Point Park and happily call Charlotte home. I also serve on the Young Alumni Council for U of R, as well as the local Monroe County Democratic Committee.
Current Job: Real Estate and Land Use Development for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Hometown: Rochester, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Dogtown Bio: Tyrese grew up in the 19th Ward and attended Rochester City School District schools, graduating from School of the Arts. Tyrese received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from St. John Fisher College and his Master’s of City & Regional Planning from Clemson University. He enjoys urban planning, traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing with his two dogs, Gavin and Devin.
Current Job: Business Development Associate at Innovative Solutions Hometown: Webster, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Friday night dinner at Dorado’s off of Park Ave Bio: I’ve lived in Rochester all my life, and I don’t ever plan on moving away. I’m a McQuaid Jesuit grad and have a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from RIT. Currently, I am a member of the sales team at Innovative Solutions, a local IT company in Rochester. I’ve grown up in a business-minded family and have been around business and technology my whole life. I am passionate about connecting with people, building lasting relationships, and offering value to the lives of others. I have a small family, and we’re all very close – my parents live in Florida, a brother and nephew that lives in Webster, and my dog, Addy. If I am not at work, I’m always with Addy taking her to the fields, parks, or the lake. I also love doing work outside of my house (for fun, not because it’s needed) and serving four amazing non-profit organizations. My favorite motto is, “Dream Big, Live Bold”.
Current Job: Engineer Hometown: Plano, TX Favorite Rochester Gem: Swan Market Bio: Born and raised in Plano, I graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Texas in 2014, and then immediately fled north to escape the Texas summer heat. After a short stint in Kansas City, I landed in Rochester in 2015, put down roots, and never looked back. I love living in a city that’s big enough that I'm never bored, but small enough that I can have a voice in community decisions and actively help shape the city's future. I intend to be here for as long as y’all will have me. When I’m not busy engineering trains, I enjoy playing kickball, drinking outside, and being very bad at golf.
Current Job: Web and Graphic Designer at CGI Communications Hometown: New Braunfels, TX Favorite Rochester Gem: Boulder Coffee Bio: I am originally from central Texas (y'all), and since moving here in the fall of 2017 I have quickly come to discover how special of a city Rochester is. The thriving arts scene is incredibly inspiring, especially as an artist and designer, and I look forward to exploring and discovering more of what Rochester and the surrounding area has to offer.
Current Job: Social Media Coordinator at Nazareth College Hometown: Syracuse, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Maplewood Park and Rose Garden when the roses are in bloom Bio: You could say I have a thing for purple and gold. I'm a 2x Nazareth College alum (Communications '13 and Marketing '16G) who found her way back as the Social Media Coordinator for the College. Rochester has always been on my radar as a city with something special going on. As a member of a rock band in college, we would often book shows at the Bug Jar on Monroe Ave. I fell in love with the different personalities that encompassed different sections of the city and all of the creative people that lived there. When I'm not working on campus or working to grow RYP's presence, you can find me gym hopping, enjoying a cup of coffee or seeing live music around the city.
Current Job: President, Polland Enterprises, LLC. Hometown: Rochester, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Charlotte Beach
Bio: CaTyra is the President/CEO of Polland Enterprises, LLC. Her company offers writing and editing solutions such as developmental and copyright editing. CaTyra has worked with several authors to prepare their books for the publishing stage. She loves helping authors polish their work. She is also the author of Professionalism, What's That. Her hobbies include going to the beach, reading, writing, going to concerts, traveling and shopping.
Current Job: Sales Consultant Hometown: Staten Island, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: The George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre Bio: I grew up in the NYC, tri-state area; spending the majority of my childhood on Staten Island. I went to Nyack College on the Hudson River which is where I met my bride. We moved up here in 2014 and love the mix of city living with gorgeous surroundings. I enjoy nights out at some great local spots, riding my motorcycle, playing golf, and playing tennis. I’m a car enthusiast, I enjoy going to car meets, and I try to go to an international auto show every year.
Current Job: Office Manager Hometown: Mahwah, NJ Favorite Rochester Gem: Corbett’s Glen for hiking, trail running, and splashing in the summer. I love getting in my runs through the trails and loops but feel guilty every time I leave my pup at home as he LOVES swimming and playing in the water, and I don’t mind the splashing either. Bio: Growing up in Northern New Jersey, I was raised in the hustle and bustle of New York City and never loved it. Moving to Rochester, thanks to the influence of my sister, allowed my husband and I the opportunity to reap the benefits of city living while still enjoying a gateway to the outdoors thanks to the finger lakes region, Lake Ontario, and the not too far away Adirondack mountains. I’ve loved being able to settle in and start creating roots in an amazing area of the country while working as a Chiropractic Assistant in Brighton. When not working, I can usually be found outside running, biking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, or snowboarding (in the winter). I also work part-time for LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School teaching kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboard classes on beautiful Canandaigua Lake all summer long.
Current Job: Project Manager at the City of Rochester Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: The Rochester Public Market Bio: After graduating from SUNY Geneseo in 2011, I moved to Rochester, which I now consider to be my adoptive hometown! I completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the City of Rochester in my first year post-college, and have continued to serve in various financial and strategic planning roles for the City. I now work in the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives and work to develop programs and policies that improve economic opportunities for Rochester residents. I love trying out new restaurants, seeing films at The Little, and exploring all of the neighborhoods that make Rochester a great place to live.
Current Job: Financial Advisor Hometown: Webster, NY Favorite Rochester Gem: Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes Bio: I grew up in the Rochester area attending Webster Schroeder High School. After moving away to receive my undergraduate degree from SUNY Oswego in finance, I moved to Buffalo to begin my career and received a master’s degree in finance from the University at Buffalo. I have since moved back to Rochester and am amazed what wonderful and vibrant city it has become. As an avid sports fan and music lover I spend most of my free time playing/ watching sports and attending concerts. I also enjoy spending time outside by the lake and hiking with my dog Mya.