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Arunas Chesonis
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 Award.

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.