Arunas Chesonis to Accept 2006 Vanden Brul Award, April 6

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Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC Corp., will be honored this week at Rochester Institute of Technology. The College of Business at RIT has named Chesonis as recipient of the 2006 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. He will be honored at RIT during a noon luncheon on April 6 at the Louise Slaughter Building (78), Room 2240.

“This award symbolizes the link that joins RIT with the Rochester-area business community,” says Wayne Morse, interim dean, RIT’s College of Business. “Our aim is to spark the entrepreneurial spirit and PAETEC is one of those success stories that will have tremendous value to our students.”

Chesonis is no stranger to RIT—especially to the university’s co-op programs. “We probably have 65 alumni already at PAETEC just in Rochester,” says Chesonis, who joined the RIT Board of Trustees last summer. To attend the award luncheon, contact Donna Slavin at (585) 475-2199; dslavin

NOTE: RIT’s Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award goes annually to a successful individual who developed a business that improved the Rochester economy or whose innovative management skills have changed the course of an existing business. Past recipients include Philip Saunders, chairman of Genesee Regional Bank and CEO of Griffith Energy Inc., Wayne LeChase, CEO of LeChase Construction Services LLC, and Joseph M. Lobozzo II, founder and CEO of JML Optical Industries Inc.