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An entrepreneur by both heritage and hard work, Charles “Chuck” Chesler has sold three self-built companies. He is unique in that his business training was gained not in an Ivy-league classroom, but from years of cultivating best practices from mentors, coaches and leaders.
Chuck was born into a modest family of hard-working businessmen. In 1989, his father decided to retire and Chuck stepped in to take over the family business.
Rather than just stay the course, Chuck took to the street to raise sales and leverage technology. Using telemarketing and professional presentations, he raised revenue with the creative use of free trials. With these creative tactics, sales tripled to over $2.4 million in less than 4 years. Chuck sold the business to a strategic buyer in 1992.
Chuck then followed his passion for music and traveled the world with his band, meeting his future wife in Sweden before returning home to reenter business. He launched Digital Media Incorporated, a Web hosting and design business, and sold it to a network provider in 1996.
Chuck founded Connecticut’s Village Office Supply and Furniture in 1998. Within 10 years, Chuck grew the company from 5 employees to 45. After a record 2007, he sold the business in 2008 to another strategic buyer.
Since 2009 Chuck has become an active Angel Investor/Advisor working with companies in the Mobile, Crowd-Sourcing, and Lead Generation Spaces. Current investments include Opinionaided.com and FreeBusinessConsulting.com.
A key to his success was an awareness of lessons learned along the way, and an ability to communicate these to the staff he mentored. Over the years, Chuck kept part of a cardboard box near his desk and recorded simple yet powerful business rules. He came to call these mantras his “Candy Making Secrets” and enjoys sharing his nuggets of wisdom with students and young entrepreneurs.
Chuck belongs to several professional organizations, including The CEO Roundtable and The Business Council of Fairfield County, and currently lectures at Central Connecticut State University on Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Pace University.
Chuck lives with his wife and two children in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he is a mentor in the Norwalk Board Of Education’s Mentoring Program. He will always play music.
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