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PAUL WETTENHALL
Position: Founder and president, QSoft Solutions Corp.
Age: 43
Past positions: Chief operating officer, Microlytics Inc. and SelecTronics Inc.; held various marketing and finance posts during a 13-year tenure at Xerox Corp.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MBA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Obscure honor: South Carolina extemporaneous speaking champion, 1969
Quote: “Everything was very placid at Xerox. Yeah, we laid people off, but it was all kind of very sterile and very abstract. I still tease my wife–she’s a financial person at Xerox. Kathy will come home and say: “Oh, we’re off the plan by $200 million for next year, we’ve got to do something.’ And what they’re doing is going to a meeting and putting things up on the board, and saying, “Well, let’s cut $50 million here.’ It’s all quite abstract. Then I’ll say, “Let me tell you what I’m working on this week. I wonder how we’ll make the payroll in October.”’

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