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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT, PHIL MASON of ServiceMaster by Mason; Elizabeth Eckel, chief marketing officer for The Washington Trust Co.; and Beth Markowski-Roop of ServiceMaster by Mason pose with donated peanut butter at Washington Trust's Westerly Branch as ServiceMaster by Mason delivers boxes of peanut butter to Washington Trust's 19th annual Peanut Butter Drive. / COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO.

Washington Trust collects 3.4 tons of peanut butter during annual drive

WESTERLY — About 6,800 pounds, or 3.4 tons, of peanut butter were collected for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and 12 area food...
DEE DEQUATTRO is the director of development and legal services for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With: Dee DeQuattro

Dee DeQuattro is the director of development and legal services for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, a nonprofit dedicated to helping military veterans through...
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New Construction May 2019

University of Rhode Island Brookside Apartments | 35 Campus Ave., South Kingstown The university’s newest residential hall is close to becoming a reality on campus....

Pisciotta named new executive director of Mental Health Association of R.I.

LAURIE-MARIE PISCIOTTA was recently named executive director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island. The Providence-based organization promotes mental health, with the goal...
STADIUM AUCTION: John Gregory, executive director of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, will be the auctioneer at the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre’s 17th annual Auction for the Arts on May 30 at the theater in Woonsocket. Also pictured are Stadium Theatre Executive Director and CEO Cathy Levesque, left, and Stadium Theatre Community Relations Director Diane Landry.
 / COURTESY STADIUM THEATRE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Editor’s Choice: Stadium Theatre to host Auction for the Arts May...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Stadium Theatre to host Auction for the Arts May 30 THE STADIUM THEATRE Performing Arts Centre will host its 17th annual Auction...

Lists: Veteran Employers

Top services used by local businesses for veteran recruitment among those surveyed: 1 (tie). Veteran/military job boards 1 (tie). Online military job boards 3. Veteran community organizations 4....

Staying ahead

How closely do you follow your business competitors? Somewhat closely: 53.8% Very closely, we want to see what they are up to: 38.5% Not closely at all,...
BRYANT UNIVERSITY'S Board of Trustees has distributed a memo to faculty and staff explaining why President Ronald K. Machtley was paid $6.2 million in 2017. PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Bryant paid Machtley $6.2M in 2017 as part of long-term incentive...

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University is acknowledging that it paid President Ronald Machtley $6.2 million in 2017 – by far, more than any other school...

Salganik to lead RIPIN

SAMUAL SALGANIK was recently named executive director for the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, a Cranston-based nonprofit that helps individuals and families who need...

Business Best-sellers May 17, 2019

Free to Focus: A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less By Michael Hyatt. Hyatt creates a system to help overwhelmed individuals...
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