quote:TekSavvy Solutions Inc. will have one less member of the Gaudrault family running the local business.
Rocky Gaudrault, who founded the Internet service provider company with his brother Marc in 1998, has left the business after taking a one-year sabbatical to pursue new opportunities in the mortgage and insurance business.
Rocky Gaudrault told The Chatham Daily News he has done a lot of soul searching and came to the realization that, as much as I loved everyone at Teksavvy and the Internet access world, what had become of the business, an my role within, was too far a departure from being able to do what I loved most . . . deal in relationships and people.
He said it is with mixed emotions that he's decided to step way from the company.
Marc Gaudrault, who is taking over as CEO and owner of TekSavvy, after a year of being acting CEO, said, in a written release: Rocky's contributions have been immeasurable.
I will do my best to carry on the torch with the same pride, dedication and passion that Rocky did.
Seems to me Rocky preferred it when TekSavvy was a smaller "mom & pop" operation, where he was able to be hands on with many things, create a presence here on DSLR with open and no bullshit attitude unseen before.
I wish you all the best Rocky. Hope you stop by here once in a while and say hi and what you've been up to.
Good luck Rocky! I know you will bring the same passion, determination, drive, and sound principles to whatever venture you choose to embark upon. -- If my online experience is enhanced, why are my speeds throttled?? BHell... A Public Futility.
I'm glad we have confirmation as to whats going on.
Thank you Rocky for building such a great ISP and bringing your unique take on leadership into the market. I'm grateful that TSI exists today and that we can continue to enjoy service hopefully for a long time to come
Best wishes for all your future endeavours, and thanks *especially* for taking the time to participate on this forum and all the other acts of engagement with your customers. It was unique, and will be badly missed.
Re: Rocky Gaudrault leaves TekSavvy for new ventures
I may no longer be a teksavvy subscriber but I really liked Rocky's dedication to the Teksavvy community and how he use to stick it to bell when they got out of line.
Rocky you will be missed you were a great CEO and an inspiration to us all, May you have good on your future endeavors.
edit: I also use to think it was really awesome how you use to post in response to try to help customer's even if they were blatant trolls. You still got in there and did your best to keep everyone happy.
You were a fantastic CEO Rocky, I aspire to be half the man you are.
Good luck, Rocky. Thanks for providing us with an affordable and top notch service. I'm surprised that someone who's passionate about battling big business and providing a great service is entering the mortgage and insurance business, but I hope you find what you're looking for.
I own a firm in the telecom sector and I have a pretty good idea why Rocky left after watching this forum for years and it's the same reason I didn't grow my business. I have had the chance a hundred times over to increase revenue by expanding which would have left me unable to offer the level of service I prefer to give my customers. Options come along and people say "do this and you'll make more money". "But I'm happy making less with absolutely no headaches" I would reply. I have never, and this is after thousands of customers and before TSI was even around, had an unsatisfied customer. Occasionally I lose a little money on a job or break even but it always comes back around in referrals and goodwill. Even though I could make much more money the stress is just not worth it. Of course this isn't possible in every sector of telecom as it is grow or die but I wonder if Rocky could do it over he would do things differently.
Good luck Rocky, although we never met in all honesty i was a silent admirer of your work (watched the youtube videos above a dozen of times). You were a good competitor and was a source of motivation for me to continue in this business.
We started both around the same time but your business had a much higher success and bigger growth. You can be proud of being behind that along with the 'dream team' human resources that you trained/hired.
I have heard a lot of things about why you left that i will not comment here. From deep in my heart i wish you to find your way and keep serenity with that decision.
It is sure not easy, it's your baby that you let go and i can testify how much work you went through.
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