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Leading by example: Manik Arora President and CEO Arora Engineers, Inc. (Chadds Ford, PA), a firm that meets the evolving needs of its clients through more intelligent, sustainable, infrastructure solutions.
By LIISA ANDREASSEN Correspondent
A rora is the chief visionary and leader at Arora Engineers. He loves to be challenged and has a strong penchant for winning. As president and CEO, his most important responsibility is to Arora’s clients, ensuring their needs are met and exceeded. Within the firm, he promotes the company’s values of innovation, collaboration, and hyper-responsiveness to its 200+ professionals, nationwide. On a personal note, Arora is a motorcyclist and when the weather is nice, you can find him de-stressing by riding back roads. “Communication is vital to productivity,” Arora says. “I’ve always believed that it’s not about correcting someone, it’s about connecting with someone. If you do not connect, they may not be there for you when you need them. I also make it a point to personally visit people, sit in their offices, and have discussions about what’s going on.” A CONVERSATION WITH MANIK ARORA. The Zweig Letter: You started your career as in intern
with the city of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation. Is there anything you learned there that you still carry with you today? Manik Arora: As an intern, I learned that the practicality of what happens in the field can be very different from what we perceive when we’re in an office environment. The chief engineer at the time taught me about the importance of quality and proper communication to ensure a well- executed project. I’ve carried that with me, always considering, “How do we ensure we provide the quality needed for a project?” I also learned that understanding the construction in the field has its own way of making you a better designer. Once you understand that what happens in the field is much more complex, you can bridge the gaps to design. I also learned that I was passionate about aviation. TZL: How far into the future are you able to reliably predict your workload and cashflow?
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