Updated March 25 at 6:25am

PBN names Best Places for 2012


PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News and Best Companies Group announced Monday the 2012 winners of the annual Best Places To Work competition.

The 40 companies, the same number as were named to the list in 2011, are divided into three groups based on the number of employees – large employers were those with 150 or more local (Rhode Island and Bristol Co., Mass.) employees, medium employers had between 50 and 149 local workers and small employers had 15 to 49 employees. The winners were chosen based on responses to a management questionnaire as well as a confidential employee survey.

This marks the seventh year that PBN has sponsored the Best Places To Work program, which is conducted by Best Companies. The winners will be celebrated at a dinner to be held Thursday, June 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick. Rankings within each category will be revealed then. To make reservations to attend, email Events@PBN.com.

Four companies have been named to the Best Places To Work list in each of the seven years PBN has sponsored it: Edward Jones, South Kingstown; Embrace Home Loans (formerly Advanced Financial Services Inc.), Middletown; Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP, Providence; and Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Providence.

Presenting sponsor for the 2012 Best Places To Work program is UnitedHealthcare, while partner sponsors are: Collette Vacations; Cox Business; Pawtucket Credit Union; and USI Insurance Services. Media sponsor is AM790.

The winners, by category and in alphabetical order, are:

Small (15-49)

  • Advanced Pharmacy Concepts

  • Banneker Industries Inc.

  • Cornerstone Group

  • Edward Jones

  • Envision Technology Advisors LLC

  • Healthcentric Advisors

  • Kforce Inc.

  • Provider Insurance Group Inc.

  • Province Mortgage Associates Inc.

  • ShapeUp

  • Taylor Duane Barton Gilman LLP

  • Turino Group Inc.

Mid-size (50-149)

  • Alex and Ani

  • Andera Inc.

  • Barnum Financial Group

  • DiSanto, Priest & Co.

  • Highlander Charter School

  • Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP

  • Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. Ltd.


  • LFI Inc.

  • Oceanstate Financial Services

  • Pet Food Experts

  • Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

  • Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.

  • Tides Family Services

  • United Way of Rhode Island

Large (150+)


  • Amgen Inc.

  • Amica Insurance Co.

  • Atrion Networking Corp.

  • BankNewport

  • Collette Vacations

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

  • Embrace Home Loans Inc.

  • Navigant Credit Union

  • Newport Harbor Corp.

  • Pawtucket Credit Union

  • The Washington Trust Co.

  • University Medicine


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