Tom Golisano—entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civic leader—is the founder and chairman of the board of Paychex, Inc., headquartered in Rochester, New York, with more than 15,500 employees and 100 office locations across the United States and Northern Europe. Before starting Paychex, Tom questioned the prevailing wisdom that it was a waste of time to sell payroll services to companies with fewer than 50 employees. He saw the opportunity and worked out the numbers, which showed that smaller companies actually had a greater need than the bigger companies and could be just as (and even more) profitable clients. It took him time to build up the company, but now Paychex has a market value of 28 billion dollars. He currently runs his family’s charitable foundation, which has donated over 250 million dollars to several children’s hospitals, and he also advises young businesses.

Represented by: Susana Alvarez