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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: Software Developer
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Favorite Rochester Gem: The Genesee Riverway Trail
Bio: I moved to Rochester in January of 2011, right in the middle of a snowstorm. Despite Rochester’s harsh welcome, I fell in love with the city (though by February each year I am always missing the mild southern winters). I live in the cozy South Wedge neighborhood where I love to walk around with my two silly dogs or grab a tasty beer. I’m a self-taught web developer and designer, but I also have a degree in jewelry design and my own jewelry business, where I make custom handwriting jewelry as well as sweet little necklaces in the shape of Rochester’s city outline.