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CLOSE TO HOME: Collette Vacations Chief Financial Officer John Galvin joined the company 22 years ago, when it had $63.2 million in revenue. Last year, it had $172.2 million. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Amid change, Galvin helps carve a niche

Though many would-be travelers swapped their exotic vacations for “staycations” during the Great Recession, Collette Vacations grew its tour-operation business significantly, thanks in part...
SCHOLARLY PURSUITS: From left: Sandy Restall, Linda Springer and Aileen Quinn work on projects at a Whispering Pines scrapbooking weekend retreat. / PBN PHOTO/CATIA CUEN

Campuses host array of business gatherings

Colleges are vital to the state’s meetings and events industry, says Brian Hodge, of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. “One thing we sell...

Architecture nonprofit launches local chapter

Rhode Island nonprofits and other small organizations that don’t have the means to hire professional architects can get their services through Architecture for Humanity’s...
GOOD GENES: Barrett Bready, CEO of NABsys, says that his startup’s approach to looking at DNA is different and more comprehensive than other current methods. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A new method of extracting information from DNA

The genetic basis of the most deadly diseases in the world aren’t well-understood or easily treated. But a small group of scientists in Providence’s...
SUNNY OUTLOOK: Keller Williams Realty of Newport opened amid turbulence in the mortgage industry. The company has expanded operations in order to prosper. Pictured above is Cathy Leary, a Realtor at the company. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Real estate firms diversify to weather downturn

The common thread among the most successful real estate-related companies in Rhode Island is that they diversified services to increase revenue throughout the downturn,...
CROWN JEWEL: The staff of Alex and Ani, a Rhode Island-based company that makes eco-friendly bangle bracelets. /

Staff grows with Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani Inc.’s eco-friendly bangle bracelets dangle from wrists all over Rhode Island, and the unique line of jewelry with a message has...
TALENT: OceanState Financial Services staff, with a little help from the Boston Blazers mascot, held a sing-off to raise money for a number of children's charities. 


Performance rewards keep these employees focused

Few people can say their employer buys them an all-expense-paid vacation. But that’s typical at Oceanstate Financial Services, one of New England’s oldest and...
hooray for you: Staff applaud James McIlton, left, as he accepts a monthly recognition award from company President Kurt Noyce.
Photo courtesy embrace home loans /

Embracing staff needs keeps firm competitive

One measure of a good place to work is employee turnover, and at Newport-based Embrace Home Loans, Inc., that rate is only about 10...
BANK ON IT: BankNewport President and CEO Thomas W. Kelly, back row center, Executive Vice President and COO Sandra J. Pattie, center, and company employees help load more than three-quarters of a ton of food donated during the bank’s summer collection drive. /

Banking on a culture of trust

Middletown-based BankNewport enjoys success in retail banking, commercial and residential lending, mortgage servicing and group insurance trust thanks to dedicated employees. In turn, the...
SCHOOL’S IN: Rose Mary Grant, head of Highlander Charter School, with a group of the school’s students. She said the school uses social gatherings to show its teachers it appreciates their work. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Flexibility, team approach make this school work

It’s a tough time to be a school teacher in Rhode Island, particularly in Providence public schools, where many teachers faced dismissal notices and...
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