Impelled by the challenge of and passion for the SMB sector, Kazacos continues toiling for Anittel, despite having accumulated enough wealth to see himself through an early retirement.
“If you don’t need to work, you do things you enjoy. Here is the dilemma; what if you enjoy working?” he said, laughing. “I have a lot of friends in the industry and some of them work to be able to enjoy things outside of work, but I actually enjoy work more.
“The other thing is the change in the whole SMB and regional space. I call it the final frontier as it has yet to be conquered.”
Kazacos is also quick to dispel any parallels between Anittel and his former company.
“Kaz was a different ‘modus operandi’ since it was a main city operator and not regionally focused,” he said. “People ask me why I didn’t do another Kaz but why do something old when you can write a new book?”
With 150 employees under its wing across Australia, Anittel attributes the majority of its success to a superb group of staff. Kazacos was especially happy with George Fattouche and Donald Schofield, who were highly commended in their respective individual categories of Customer Service and Technical Excellence at the ARN IT Industry Awards 2009.
“We are quite proud of our staff as services is a big part of our business and it is provided by our employees,” Kazacos said. “We are friendly with customers, our suppliers and we have a good relationship with our competitors because there are times we need to team up.”
Kazacos remains tight-lipped about any future acquisition plans but conceded there are still geographic areas Anittel wants to extend to.
“We did spend a considerable amount of time digesting what we have acquired and we still need parts of Australia covered,” he said. “Stay tuned for more exciting events.”