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AN INCLUSIVE GROUP: Panelists take part in the virtual Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Dec. 10. Clockwise from top left are Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion for Advancing Workplace Excellence; Kevin Nerney, executive director of the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council; Lisa Ranglin, founder, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Steve Sublett, senior vice president of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc.

Summit panel: Diversity, inclusion efforts have been lacking

Progress toward more diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been slow in Rhode Island, with more of it confined to plans on paper...

Investing in employees pays off for Arden Building Cos.

PBN FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES 2020 $75M AND ABOVE 2. Arden Building Cos. CEO (or equivalent): Robert Bolton 2019 Revenue: $168 million 2017 Revenue: $121 million Revenue growth: 38.8% THE SUCCESS...

Acertitude brings a better process to clients

PBN FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES 2020 $5M - $25M 2. Acertitude LLC CEO (or equivalent): Kevin O’Neill, co-founder and managing partner 2019 revenue: $13 million 2017 revenue: $7.2 million Revenue...
fresh air: We Make RI trainer David Cucconelli, center, works with Jeremy Hardy, left, and Evan Luca during an outdoor training session. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

We Make RI helps people ‘make’ a career change

PBN INNOVATIVE COMPANIES 2020 EDUCATION/TRAINING We Make RI “Innovative” is an everyday term at Cranston-based We Make RI. The 4-year-old organization dedicates itself to educating...
ACCORDING TO PLAN: From left, Assistant Project Manager Taylor Huntly, Superintendent Marty Mendonca, Senior Project Manager Chi Yik and Manager of Project Administration Sharon Barbary unfurl blueprints in the Providence office of Shawmut Design and Construction.

Energized by innovative projects

2019 PBN Fastest Growing Companies: $75M and above 1. Shawmut Design and Construction CEO (or equivalent): Les Hiscoe 2018 Revenue: $169,800,000 2016 Revenue: 103,375,698 Revenue growth: 64.3% ALTHOUGH EMPLOYEE-OWNED national...
A CLOSE LOOK: NFI Corp. employee Kim Brittain inspects a laminate at the New Bedford company.

At NFI, a laser focus on graphics

2019 PBN Fastest Growing Companies: | $5m - $25M 1. NFI Corp. CEO (or equivalent): Renaud Megard, owner and CEO 2018 Revenue: $14,482,646 2016 Revenue: $5,511,868 Revenue growth: 162.8% WHILE...
RISE AND SHINE: After decades of practicing law, Brian J. Spero climbed the executive ranks at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. and has successfully led the workers’ compensation insurer since 2017. 

Brian J. Spero, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner BRIAN J. SPERO | CEO and president, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. BRIAN J. SPERO, CEO and president at...
ALWAYS EXCELLING: Catherine M. Parente, a partner at Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., has held numerous leadership positions at public accounting firms during her 41-year career. 

Catherine M. Parente, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner CATHERINE M. PARENTE | Partner, Sansiveri, Kimball & Co. LLP HARD WORK HAS long been part of Catherine M....
THE RIGHT MIX: E. Paul Larrat, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Pharmacy, says the pharmacy program is among the nation’s best because of the atmosphere of teamwork among students and faculty.

E. Paul Larrat, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner E. PAUL LARRAT | Dean of College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island E. PAUL LARRAT MADE a steady...
CONSTANT PRESENCE: David M. Gilden has been a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP since the firm was established in 1988.

David M. Gilden, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner DAVID M. GILDEN | Founding partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP DAVID M. GILDEN WAS originally expected to go...

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