Paul H. Griswold

President and CEO of Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies.

Paul H. GriswoldProfession

Paul Griswold was President and CEO of Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies. FLTG was formed in 1995 in order to offer deregulated telecommunications services. Since 2005, Paul has served as President and CEO for both Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies and Finger Lakes technologies Group, Inc. in Central New York State. Both companies have been owned and operated by the Griswold family for over 98 years and 5 generations. FLTG owned the largest privately held fiber network in Upstate NY.  Our fiber network encompasses over 2,500 miles and connects 50 different cities in Upstate NY.  Our co-location facility resides at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, NY.  Our property encompasses 800 acres and contains 64 Nuclear Warhead Bunkers, secured by triple barbwire fences.  FLTG was one of the largest Cisco partners in Upstate NY, earning one the highest Cisco certifications – CMSP (Cisco Master Service Provider).

In 2017, Paul initiated the acquisition of FLTG to FirstLight.  Paul now a Senior Adviser at FirstLight. Paul also continues to operate the Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone Companies and he serves as the President & CEO.

Education

Paul studied Marketing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has completed graduate work at the University of Kansas School of Telecommunications.

Activities

Paul began his career in the telecom industry working for Rochester Telephone’s subsidiary, RCI Long Distance, in 1985.  Paul began his career with Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone in March of 1987.

Paul is very active in industry associations, and community and business organizations. Paul chaired the New York State Telecommunications Association’s (NYSTA) MIS Committee and spearheaded the establishment of both NYSTA’s video conferencing network and its Local Area Network. He has also been active on NYSTA’s Customer Services, Government Affairs and Inter-Company Operations Committees. In 2008, Paul was elected to the Board of Directors for NYSTA and became Chairman in June of 2016.

Board of Directors /Advisory Board Activities Present and Past

Presently on the Board of Directors/Advisory Boards for the following:

  • Champlain Telephone Company (100 year old family owned telephone co.) and Primelink (subsidiary of the Champlain Telephone Company)
    • Board member
  • Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies and Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (subsidiary of Trumansburg Telephone Company)
    • President & CEO, Board member
  • New York State Telecommunications Association (NYSTA)
    • Chairman of the Board
  • Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce
    • Past Chairman of the Board
  • University of Rochester, affiliate Thompson Health Board
    • Systems Board member
    • Foundation Board Member
    • Thompson Health Finance Committee
  • Modern Marketing Concept
    • Board Member
  • Cisco Systems Eastern Regional VAR Council
  • Cisco Systems National Commercial Advisory Board
  • Cisco Systems Midmarket Small Business Advisory Board
  • Finger Lakes Community College – Victor Campus Advisory Board

Past Member of the Following:

  • Board of Directors of the Phelps Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors of the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce
  • Five Star Bank Advisory Board
  • High Tech Business Council of Rochester
  • Finger Lakes Visitors Connection
  • Clifton Springs YMCA
  • Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
  • Selected to serve on the Government Initiatives and Network Infrastructure Actions for New York State
  • The House of John
  • Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Springs
  • Lead Gifts Committee for the FLCC Foundation
  • United Way of Ontario County
    • United Way Capital Advisory Campaign Committee
  • Wade’s Market Advisory Board

Community Leadership Roles:

  • Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce
    • Chairman, January, 2016
    • 1st Vice President, 2015
  • Past President of the Phelps Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President of the Clifton Springs Rotary Club
  • Chairman of the United Way of Ontario County Golf Tournament
  • Chairman of the NYSTA (New York State Telephone Association)

 Awards/Commendations:

  • “We Care” Award Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Cos. – 2002
  • Featured in the 2011-2013 Rochester Business Journal of Who’s Who in the List
  • Features in the 2010-2013 Buffalo Business First Who’s Who in Technology List
  • Alfred University College – 2010 Galanis Award For Excellence in Family Business
  • 2012 Great Awards Winner – Visionary Leadership Award, awarded by Digital Rochester
  • 5000 America’s Fastest Growing Private Company – 2012,2013,2014,2015,16
  • Calix Innovation Award – 2014
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ontario County – Legacy Award 2015
  • Democrat & Chronicle Top 100 Work Places – 2015
  • Democrat & Chronicle Top 100 Work Places – 2016
  • Democrat & Chronicle Top 100 Work Places – 2017
  • New York State Best Companies to Work for – 2016
  • New York State Best Companies to Work for – 2017

Family

Paul and his wife Julie reside in Victor with their two children, Brenden and Ashley. Paul and Julie became proud grandparents in 2017.   Paul enjoys golf, camping, scuba diving and spending quiet times with his family. Paul also loves to read about and experiment with the latest and greatest technologies, habits that have earned him the nickname “Gadget Man.”