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Chairman


“Safety, quality and ethics are LeChase’s top three priorities, aside from our people. And we live and breathe these values every day. We truly want our customers, our communities and our employees to benefit from the work that we do.”

R. Wayne LeChase

When R. Wayne LeChase succeeded his father as president and CEO of LeChase in 1981, the shift in leadership introduced a fresh management style that reinvigorated motivation company-wide and attracted an abundance of extremely qualified construction talent. In 1997, Wayne also added managing partner to his title and in 2002, he named William (Bill) H. Goodrich as president. In 2007, Wayne assumed the role of chairman and appointed Bill as CEO; Bill was also named managing partner in 2008. As chairman, Wayne continues to play an active role in shaping the firm’s strategy.

Prior to joining LeChase, he practiced law at the offices of Johnson, Reif and Mullan, and later worked as a partner at the law firm of LaDuca, Offen and LeChase.

In addition to being a consistently effective leader and entrepreneur, Wayne believes in the importance of civic responsibility and is a champion of many important community initiatives. He is former member of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (formerly Rochester Business Alliance). Wayne is also a Life Trustee of the University of Rochester, Emeritus Trustee of St. John Fisher College and McQuaid Jesuit High School, and the former chairman of the Greater Rochester Enterprise.

Wayne’s education includes a B.S. degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University and a J.D. degree from University at Buffalo Law School. He was awarded the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award by Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business in 2004. In 2005, he was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, a program created to recognize exemplary leaders who have made outstanding and enduring contributions to business and community in the Greater Rochester region. Wayne also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Builders Exchange of Rochester in 2013.

A self-described extrovert, he exemplifies the principles of honesty,trustworthiness and integrity, and is extremely generous with his time, knowledge and resources. Wayne is the standard bearer for the characteristics essential to LeChase and is an engaged part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to its clients, employees and communities.

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