Greg Thomas - Rochester Office
I’ve decided to write about the D&I Committee’s formation and mission thus far. So, about a year ago now (hard to believe) the firm had decided to start something. A dialogue or group to help connect the firm and our diverse community at large. This was in the wake of a summer of unrest with protests gripping our nation. I have said this before, I think it was a brave, necessary and correct decision. We need to show that we are conscious of the minority community and that we hear them and are willing to help bridge the gap.
Jay Upadhyaya - Rochester Office
My family started looking for a puppy before the pandemic started last year. We traveled all around New York looking at puppies. After a long search, we found our golden retriever puppy named Sully. He came home right before the lockdown happened and I was thankful that he was a pretty relaxed puppy. All he wanted to do was eat and sleep. Working from home this past year definitely required adjustments, but I eventually got into a good routine and I had an added benefit of having Sully around with me all day when I worked. I am so glad we were able to adopt Sully and give him a good home.
Emily Lathrop - Elmira Office
As unique as my first busy season was, my second one was an unprecedented experience. In addition to work during busy season, I was the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding. Originally her wedding had been scheduled in 2020, they, along with many others, decided to push their wedding in 2021. In turn now, they have a unique anniversary date of 4-3-21. Between September 2020 and April 2021 I planned a bachelorette party, a bridal shower, and helped with wedding arrangements. I almost felt like I had two jobs! I was auditing by day - making favors, mailing invitations, perfecting a speech, and practicing how-to walk-in platform heels by night.
Lizzie Straub - Rochester Office
As the weather gets warmer, I start to get excited to finally get outside and enjoy some sunshine after a long winter. The summer is my favorite time of year. I love to get outside and be active whenever I can. This summer I am specifically excited to spend some time with my family at my camp in Chaumont Bay. My grandparents bought the camp over 50 years ago, and we have spent almost every weekend up there since I can remember. At the end of last summer, we did some home improvement projects at the camp to update it and I am excited to finally have a whole summer to enjoy the work that we have done!
Brian Hedges - Rochester Office
Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year of this Covid-19 pandemic! I presented at a client’s annual board meeting a few months ago, and I will NEVER forget the prior March 2020 meeting: it was the first time that I ever “elbow-bumped” someone as a greeting. It was also the first day where it was clear to me in “little old” Rochester, NY that we were in for a big change.