|Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC.
Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of Rochester-based PAETEC Communications
Inc., is the recipient of the 2006 Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial
He is no stranger to RIT. “We probably have 65 alumni already
at PAETEC just in Rochester,” says Chesonis, who joined
the RIT Board of Trustees last summer. At any given time, PAETEC
employs as many as 10 RIT co-ops.
Chesonis, who received a B.S. in civil engineering from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and an MBA from the William E. Simon
Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, began
his career at Rochester Telephone Corp. He went on to serve as
president of ACC Corp., the parent company for all ACC-owned
operations in the United States, Canada, Germany and the United
Kingdom, from 1994 until 1998, and was elected to its board of
directors in 1994. He founded PAETEC in 1998.
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; Joseph M. Lobozzo II, founder and CEO of JML Optical Industries
Inc.; and Dennis and Larry Kessler, Kessler Group Inc.