Awards & Honors















  • Forbes Top 10 Bosses in the U.S., Annual CEO Pay Survey – "Best Bang for the Buck"
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals' Outstanding Philanthropist Award Presented at International AFP Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • Junior Achievement of Western New York
  • Inc.'s Business Leadership Hall of Fame, Buffalo, NY
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
  • Special Recognition Award, Youth Services Council, Rochester, NY
  • Outstanding Philanthropist for 2004 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • WXXI Associate of the Year


  • FORBES' Top 10 Bosses in the U.S., Annual CEO Pay Survey – "Best Bang for the Buck"
  • First-ever recipient, Humanitarian Award, Italian American Community Center, Rochester, NY
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, Builders Exchange, Rochester, NY
  • Built Environment Award, Builders Exchange, Rochester, NY
  • Columbus Day Award, Federation of Italian American Societies of Western New York
  • Certificate of Merit, Rochester Academy of Medicine, in recognition of distinguished services to the Medical Profession of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • B. Thomas Golisano Day claimed by the Mayor of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY



  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE magazine 10th Annual CEO Growth 100 list (May)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges
  • Inaugural class, Rochester Business Hall of Fame, Rochester, NY
  • INC. magazine "Dream Team of the Eighties" list
  • "Entrepreneur of the Decade" by Rochester Business Magazine
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, American Association of Community Colleges, Chicago, Illinois


  • Businessman of the Year Award, Sons of Italy, Rochester, NY



  • Mitchell and Company CEO 100 Award for Stock-Price Leadership


  • "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" Award from the Otetiana Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Rochester, NY
  • Tom Golisano is profiled in Inc. Magazine as a successful alumnus of the Inc. 500


  • Master of Entrepreneur Award, Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the year Awards Competition, Western NY
  • Bronze Winner in Financial World's 22nd Annual CEO of the Year Competition
  • Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist


  • Shumway Distinguished Service Award from Family Service of Rochester
  • Communication Achievement Award, Postprandial Club of Toastmasters International, Rochester, NY
  • Fifth Time CEO 100 Award Winner for Outstanding Stock Price Growth, Mitchell and Company (1995-1997)


  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY
  • Served on the Honorary Committee for Mental Health Association
  • Certificate of Appreciation, The Anthony L. Jordan Foundation


  • Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by the Boy's Town of Italy
  • Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Award in Commerce and Industry and Industry Award, Chamber of Commerce Civic Medal, Rochester, NY
  • Honorary Chairman, Cancer Action Inc.'s Fifth Annual Cancer Hero Award of Merit Program
  • Honorary Chairman, 1993 Golf Tournament to Benefit The Muscular Dystrophy Association, Macedon, NY
  • CEO 100 Award Winner, Outstanding Stock Price Growth, Mitchell and Company (1993-1995)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office
  • Wilson Commencement Park, In recognition of outstanding volunteer service at 1st annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • INC Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Judge


  • International Humanitarian Award, Boys' Town of Italy, Rochester, NY
  • Carl S. Hallauer Award, Police Rosewood Club, Rochester NY
  • Respite Cares honors Tom Golisano for continued outstanding, generous support and for his distinguished leadership in his generous contribution of council and advice, Rochester, NY
  • CEO 100 Award Winner, Outstanding Stock Price Growth, Mitchell and Company (1992-1994)


  • City of Rochester Volunteerism Award, Rochester, NY
  • CEO 100 Award Winner, Outstanding Stock Price Growth, Mitchell and Company (1991-1993)


  • INC. magazine's "Dream Team of the Eighties" List
  • Entrepreneur of the Decade, Rochester Business Magazine
  • Tom Golisano featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the "Up and Comers" in business


  • Tom Golisano featured in Inc. magazine on "How to Build an Inc. 500 Company"


  • Herbert W. VandenBrul Entrepreneurial Award, presented by Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Business


  • "Master Entrepreneur" award in Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year awards competition for Western New York
  • Honorary Member of Delta Theta Chapter SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo NY
  • Business Week profiles Tom Golisano and Paychex' success


  • SUNY's Outstanding Alumni
  • Fortune Magazine list of "People to Watch"


  • Tom Golisano establishes B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, which awards grants to organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for those with disabilities and offering support to their families


  • Inc. 200 Celebrates the Achievements of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies, Paychex Inc. and Tom Golisano rank at #8


  • Exceptional Leader Award, in Recognition of Outstanding Leadership Responsibilities, Chris Hegarty