Tom Golisano

(Blase Thomas Golisano)

Tom Golisano
Tom Golisano
  • Born: November 14, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Aviator

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Blase Thomas Golisano is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of Paychex, which offers payroll and human resources services to businesses. Golisano also owns Greenlight Networks, a Rochester, New York-based fiber internet provider. He owned the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League from 2003 to 2011. Golisano unsuccessfully ran for Governor of New York as a third-party candidate in 1994, 1998, and 2002. As of 2018, Golisano had a net worth of $3.1 billion. He has an associate's degree from Alfred State College.

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A lot of politicians say they want to get people out to vote; sometimes you can't totally believe they really want that.
Anyone who has been as successful as I have should want to share those resources. Why not give some of it to charity?
Baseball has been my favorite sport all my life. Life ;Sports & Athletics
By the end of 1978, we had 11 partners and six franchisees, we were operating in 22 cities, and we had about 6,000 clients. We had left Electronic Accounting Systems and were doing our own processing on our own computers. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Electronic Accounting Systems processed my little payrolls like one big payroll. I did the selling, and the people I hired did most of the operations.
From the day I got out of school, I was looking for an idea.
I came up with the idea for what later became Paychex in 1970 when I was working for Electronic Accounting Systems, a company that sold payroll processing to companies with 50 to 1,000 employees.
I love New York. But how much should it cost to call New York home? Decades of out-of-control budgets, spending hikes, and relentless borrowing have made New York simply too expensive. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If we go by the National Popular Vote, we'll get more people voting.
If you have fewer teenagers having children, they could focus more on their vocational development.
I'm not possessed about owning the Buffalo Bills, just as I wasn't possessed about owning the Buffalo Sabres.
In New York, the average total state and local tax burden is $5,260 for every man, woman and child. That's by far the highest in the country.
It struck me that most businesses have less than 100 employees, but most payroll services were going after bigger companies.
I've been paying a lot of money in state income taxes, and I've been happy to do it, but when this last thing happened, this 50 percent increase in the tax rate, it was just too much. Money, Coins & Minting
Like health care, education is something worth spending on and worth investing in, but we're spending more and getting less. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Most people don't understand the Electoral College; they don't know why it exists.
My original business plan? To work hard, get 300 clients in the Rochester area, and live happily ever after. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
New York state and federal election laws allow us to make unlimited expenditures on behalf of or in opposition to candidates so long as we do not coordinate those expenditures.
Politicians like to talk about incentives - for businesses to relocate, for example, or to get folks to buy local.
That's part of being an entrepreneur - you watch your pennies.
The National Popular Vote is about getting states to convert from the winner-take-all rule. The states that pass the legislation will assign all their electoral votes to the candidate that got the most votes in the country, not just in the state.
There are tremendous barriers to building housing. If we could break them down, the need for rent controls would go away.
We picked a great marketplace. We were a pioneer in payroll processing for very small companies. And we had the perseverance and good fortune enough to stick it out.
What made me this way was watching my father go through bad employment experiences. When I was 17, and he was 65, I saw him go through the experiences working for a boss that was rude and obnoxious. I swore if I was ever had the capacity to run a company that I would do it in a different way.

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