Meet E. Philip Saunders

Mr. Saunders is the founder of several notable companies, including Genesee Regional Bank, Truck Stops of America, Griffith Energy, Travel Centers of America, and Sugar Creek Corporation. In addition, Mr. Saunders is an owner of Countryside ALF, a company responsible for commercial properties. Other significant ownership interests include Valley Fuels, Sugar Creek Farms, Western New York EnergyDeep Rock Diesel LLCMaxwell Rejuvenation and American Rock Salt.

Mr. Saunders serves as Chairman of Genesee Regional Bank and Valley Fuels. Mr. Saunders also serves on the Board of Directors of American Rock Salt, Royal Oak Realty Trust, Lewis Tree, NYS Trooper Foundation, Torvec Inc., Rochester Institute of Technology, Western New York Energy, and Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Mr. Saunders was formerly the Executive Vice President and Director of Ryder Systems, Owner/CEO of Econo-car International, and Owner/CEO of Richardson Foods Corporation.

In addition to his current board service, Mr. Saunders has formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Fleet Bank, Genesee Valley Trust Company, Hahn Automotive, Excellus of New York, Ryder Systems, National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO)Paul Smith’s College, Rochester General Hospital, and Roswell Park.

Mr. Saunders is a past inductee of the Rochester Business Hall of Fame, a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Commercial Science from Paul Smith’s College, and is a recipient of several awards: RIT's 2005 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award, RIT's 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award, and the 2018 Rochester Business Journal Icon Award. He is also a member of the Livonia Central School Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Association of Travel Centers Hall of Fame.

View the 10-year anniversary photo album celebrating the dedication of a wall commemorating Mr. Suanders' generosity and accomplishments.

E. Philip Saunders Scholarship

A lifelong resident of Livingston County, NY, Mr. Saunders is a tireless promoter of the Upstate NY economy and believes strongly that an educated workforce is the key to economic growth in the region. As part of his commitment to RIT and to the naming of its College of Business, in July 2006, Mr. Saunders established the E. Philip Saunders Endowed Business Scholarship, providing two four-year academic scholarships annually, one each to a graduate of Dansville (NY) High School and of Livonia (NY) High School, who have been accepted to Saunders College of Business at RIT.

Click here to learn more about the E. Philip Saunders Scholarship.