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If renewable energy has become a religion for some, Jigar Shah has been preaching its gospel from the very beginning. His fascination with solar power started in grade school. After college the Illinois native worked at a host of solar companies through the 1990s, when the business prospects for green energy were tenuous. more
Dennis Nixon, the new director of Rhode Island’s Sea Grant program, has long been involved in the environmental, legal and social currents of the waterways of the Ocean State. more
Abdur Shabazz’s winding career path has led him from school athletics through jewelry design and, by way of an unexpected connection, to designing jewelry for an American Basketball Association project. Now he’s taking a jump into a new profession as owner and CEO of the new Providence Anchors ABA team. more
As George Samuel Bottomley led centers for physician-assistant studies from Pennsylvania to Maine over the past decade, he envisioned launching a center in Rhode Island. Today, he is at the helm of a new program at Johnson & Wales University that this fall received provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. more
The odd hours and unexpected demands of a real estate agent mean the job is not for everyone, even those with a passion for property. For Susan Arnold, having to respond to a client call the night before her wedding convinced her to look for more predictable work and she found it in corporate purchasing with Pratt & Whitney. But after night school produced a law degree, Arnold was drawn back to real estate, first as legal counsel and eventually CEO of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, where her combination of corporate, legal and real estate experience was a good fit. Now in her second decade with the Realtors group, Arnold is trying to help her members negotiate challenges like the government shutdown and changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. She says flood insurance in particular - with new maps and the phasing out of subsidized rates for old homes - has caused significant anxiety in the housing market. more
Known best for its culinary-arts program, Johnson & Wales University offers degrees in the arts and sciences, business, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Not typically considered a school for athletes, the university in fact has 22 varsity athletic sports at the Providence campus. Three programs debuted in 2013 –- women’s field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse – while women’s hockey was added as a club sport this year. This past year, the university also completed construction of the school’s first athletic fields. more
Homeowners who can’t help checking their address on Internet property value trackers like Zillow’s “zestimate” likely weren’t happy with Stan Humphries, the real estate website’s chief economist, when house prices were plunging in recent years. An architect of the algorithm behind the “zestimate,” Humphries is probably more popular now that home prices on Zillow are rising again. 2013 was a very strong year for real estate across the country and even in the economically challenged Providence area, where Humphries was in town recently to network with local real estate agents who use or are looking at using Zillow’s data platform. more
Lincoln-based A.T. Cross Co. is in some ways a brand new 175-year-old company. Founded in 1839, the high-end pen maker was sold to private equity firm Clarion Capital Partners in July 2013, while its former eyeglass division was renamed and eventually sold as well. more
Performing in concert halls in Vienna, Prague and Budapest in July, Andrew Howell and the Chorus of Westerly showcased the talent and training of the multigenerational Rhode Island group to audiences with limited familiarity of the Ocean State. more
Seventy-five years ago last month, The Great New England Hurricane, or the Hurricane of ’38, altered the southern New England coastline and perception of the region’s vulnerability to severe weather. Since then, meteorologists have made huge advances in hurricane forecasting unimagined in the 1930s, while communities have built storm barriers and coastal fortifications. But we’re still vulnerable. Karen Clark, whose consulting firm advises businesses and insurance companies on catastrophe risk and modeling, has developed new tools for estimating the losses that will occur from different storm tracks. She recently released a report on what we could expect if a storm like the Hurricane of 1938 landed in New England today and discusses that and other unpleasant scenarios. more
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