Bruce Lane has been “playing in the real estate market” since 1985, which has allowed him to put three children through private colleges without taking on debt. The key, he says, is practicing what he preaches.
For the past three years, Mary Lu Bilek has been dean of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law, where she has supported pursuit of accreditation by the American Bar Association and real-world educational programs for new lawyers. Late last year, the law school launched a Commonwealth Fellows program that discounts tuition by $5,000 for qualified students, lowering the rate from $24,178 to under $20,000 a year.
Tim Gray, a University of Rhode Island graduate, has written, produced and directed 12 documentary films to date. His company, Tim Gray Media, is a consultant and contractor for the World War II Foundation, for which he is chairman. Gray collaborates in this work with video-journalist Jim Karpeichik, who owns Ocean State Video.
Arnold Bromberg knew from an early age he would enter into the family business. His grandfather, Benjamin Bromberg, founded the first Benny’s in 1924 and it has since become one of Rhode Island’s most well-known, privately owned retail businesses. The stores today offer a variety of merchandise, from tires to clothes and toys.
Forty-six years is a long time to complete a real estate development. But the transformation of the former Brown and Sharpe mill complex in Providence into the mixed-use Foundry wasn’t a run-of-the-mill construction project. Antonio Guerra purchased the property in 1968, when it had become run-down, commercially obsolete and the city around it was being emptied by the suburbs. Last month, Foundry Associates marked the start of work on the final phase of the complex’s redevelopment, construction of 196 new units to be added to the Promenade Apartments, with a celebration that also remembered Guerra, who died roughly a month earlier.