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LIFE OF THE POTTY: Cassie Collinson says she’s learned a lot since starting Cassie’s Cans Inc. six years ago, when she was 19. The South Kingstown company rents portable toilets for construction sites. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

An opportunity Collinson just couldn’t let go to waste

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Achievement Honoree: Cassie Collinson, Cassie’s Cans Inc. THINK ABOUT ANY DIRTY, feces-related joke, and Cassie Collinson guarantees she has heard...
LIFE OF THE POTTY: Cassie Collinson says she’s learned a lot about business since starting Cassie’s Cans Inc. six years ago, when she was 19. The South Kingstown company rents portable toilets for construction sites. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

A business opportunity Collinson just couldn’t let go to waste

Think about any dirty, feces-related joke, and Cassie Collinson guarantees she has heard it. “People find out what I do and like to tell me...
FORCE FOR CHANGE: Cortney Nicolato, CEO and president of United Way of Rhode Island, says opportunities for change are what keep her motivated, starting with “breaking down systemic racism and inequities and injustices in this state.” / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Nicolato brings ‘bold energy’ to leadership role at United Way of...

PBN C-SUITE 2021 AWARDS Cortney Nicolato United Way of Rhode Island CEO and president The past year has been difficult for most, but under CEO and President...
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Phyllis Pelletier, chief financial officer of nonprofit Family Service of Rhode Island, says the example of giving back set by her father when she was young made a big impression on her and led to her wanting to work someplace where she could do the same. / COURTESY LUCA DEL BORGO

Family Service of Rhode Island’s CFO shares nonprofit’s commitment to give...

PBN C-SUITE 2021 AWARDS Phyllis Pelletier Family Service of Rhode Island chief financial officer As chief financial officer of Family Service of Rhode Island, Phyllis Pelletier directs...
TRAILBLAZER: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president of VIBCO Inc. in Richmond, was one of the first to create the blueprints for how to safely operate a manufacturing facility during COVID-19 and conduct employee and visitor screening. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Wadensten gives helping hand to companies, communities in fight against COVID-19

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Manufacturing Champion: Karl Wadensten, CEO and president, VIBCO Inc. VIBCO Inc. CEO and President Karl Wadensten is a well-known name throughout...
FLEXIBLE TEAM: Richard Grundy, left, president and chief operating officer for AVTECH Software Inc. in Warren, speaks with Jonathan Foltz, fulfillment manager. Grundy said the COVID-19 pandemic allowed AVTECH to reimagine a more agile team structure, which helped it prevent downtime. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Boost in international sales of Room Alert products keeps AVTECH on...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Exporting: AVTECH Software Inc. While the COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for most companies in 2020, AVTECH Software Inc....
FEELING SAFE: In 2019, two Providence Community Health Centers locations were designated as LGBTQ “Safe Zones” by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. From left are Dr. Andrew Saal, chief medical officer; Merrill Thomas, CEO and president; Michael Spoerri, health center director; Guillaume Bagal, former head of diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and health center staffers Maria Quiroa, Ester DaCruz and Diane Sette. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

Providence Community Health Centers provides a big safety net to keep...

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS Health Care: Providence Community Health Centers AS THE LARGEST primary health care provider in Providence, and with a patient base...
SUPPORTING INCLUSION: Cox Communications Inc. employees hold colored cloth to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
COURTESY COX COMMUNICATIONS INC.

At Cox Communications, like-minded employees create endless possibilities

PBN DIVERSITY & INCLUSIONS 2020 AWARDS IT/Technology: Cox Communications Inc. BEING INNOVATIVE WITHIN the technology realm is nothing new for Cox Communications Inc. Employees collaborating and...
TEAMWORK: Robert Tolson, left, Lisa Silvio and Kyle Brown, right, line up beams to be bolted as part of the ironworking segment of Building Futures’ five-week pre-apprenticeship in 2019. Participants construct a 70-foot-by-14-foot project that contains many of the tools, materials and techniques used in building steel structures.   / COURTESY BUILDING FUTURES

Building a future in construction

R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen says the decision by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to allow the construction industry to remain...
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Q&A: Vennicia Kingston

Vennicia Kingston | Eagle Eye Properties LLC CEO Vennicia Kingston is CEO of Providence-based Eagle Eye Post Construction Services, which offers construction laborers, cleaning and...

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