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The barometer of “making it” in the business world today is to excel long enough to record your success. So it’s good timing for CEO of Rochester-based PAETEC Corp., Arunas Chesonis, who collaborated with writer David Dorsey to release a tell-all book—It Isn’t Just Business, It’s Personal: How PAETEC Thrived When All the Big Telecoms Couldn’t.
It Isn’t Just Business kicks off the First Person Corporate Profile Series for RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Press.
The book’s foreward, written by RIT President Albert Simone, reflects on Chesonis as an entrepreneur, community leader and RIT trustee. Last April, RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business named Chesonis the recipient of the 2006 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award.
“That balance between being part of the human race and serving and working with people, while at the same time maintaining loyalty to their own individuality so that originality and uniqueness can come to the fore, is a formula for success. It is the formula for PAETEC success,” Simone says.
With win-win principles on PAETEC philosophy, Chesonis’s book complements other bestsellers on the Amazon.com hit list: L. L. Bean: The Making of an American Icon with CEO Leon Gorman; and Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbuck’s Built a Company One Cup at a Time with CEO Howard Schultz.
Chesonis believes his people-first philosophy is the key to his company’s success.
“One thing hasn’t changed since Day One,” says Chesonis. “We continue to value people before quick profit. Our mission is to be the most employee- and customer-oriented telecom in the industry.”
It Isn’t Just Business: It’s Personal is available through RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press. Call 475-6766 or visit http:/library.rit.edu/cary/CP_publications/CP_PAETEC.html.