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HOLIDAY CHEER: Rite-Solutions Inc. employees get into the spirit at a recent holiday company party. / COURTESY RITE-SOLUTIONS INC.

Collaborative team solves complex tech challenges at Rite-Solutions

PBN Best Places to Work Awards 2021 Large Companies #1. Rite-Solutions Inc. Employees in R.I. 227 CEO and President Dennis McLaughlin The motto at Rite-Solutions Inc. is “Friends...
COMING TO HELP: Edward Jones’ Disaster Relief Fund is supported by Edward Jones partners, associates and retirees to help associates impacted by federally declared disasters, including COVID-19. Pictured, from left, are Edward Jones financial adviser Anthony Lizzi, Branch Office Administrator Stelle Maris-Martin and financial adviser Peter Gobis III. / COURTESY EDWARD JONES

Edward Jones employees empowered to take ownership in firm’s success

PBN Best Places to Work Awards 2021 Midsize Companies #1. Edward Jones Employees in R.I. 67 CEO and Managing Partner Penny Pennington One of the nation’s largest financial...
EARLY CALLING: Brenda Seagrave-Whittle, chief marketing officer at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, says she knew from an early age that she was “born to protect, support and advocate for people” and that her purpose in life was to “stand up for others and give them a voice.” / COURTESY HUGHES FIORETTI PHOTOGRAPHY

Seagrave-Whittle’s path led to where she ‘truly belonged’

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Career Achiever: Brenda Seagrave-Whittle, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island With parents who were very active in the Somers, Conn., community...
IMPASSIONED TEAM: Diana Ducharme, partner at Cervenka Green & Ducharme LLC, attributes the boutique real estate law firm’s success to not only the passion and dedication she shares with her partners, Jennifer Cervenka and Rachelle Green, but also the respect and admiration they have for one another. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She’s ‘vested’ in her clients’ success

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Professional Services: Diana Ducharme, Cervenka Green & Ducharme LLC A Rhode Island native, Cervenka Green & Ducharme LLC...
WELL-PREPARED: Meghan Grady, executive director of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, said the nonprofit is focusing on innovating and modernizing its programming in preparation to meet an increased need for its services. / PBN PHOTO/ ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Grady ensures home-bound seniors are fed and safe

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Health Care Services Woman to Watch: Meghan Grady, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island As a lifelong Rhode Islander, Meghan...
FIRST OF ITS KIND: Karina Holyoak Wood is the founding executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Rhode Island program, which she started from scratch in 2016 in partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island, the first statewide program rollout in the U.S. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Holyoak Wood getting results for 10,000 Small Businesses Rhode Island program

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Social Services/Nonprofit: Karina Holyoak Wood, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program began...
DRIVEN TO SUCCEED: Mary E. Noons, executive vice president and chief retail lending officer at The Washington Trust Co. in Westerly, says she took advantage of seminars and conferences, as well as opportunities to learn from “a diverse group of talented, knowledgeable people.” / COURTESY THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO.

Noons credits her career success to learning from many ‘teachers’ along...

PBN C-SUITE 2021 AWARDS CAREER ACHIEVER Mary E. Noons The Washington Trust Co. executive vice president and chief retail lending officer It has been almost 30 years...
VALUE ADD: Mary Halpin, senior vice president, human resources, at Centreville Bank, conducted interviews, oversaw the offer process and created an online orientation to successfully integrate employees from Putnam Bank following its acquisition by Centreville. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Halpin ensures staff delivers on Centreville Bank’s purpose

PBN C-SUITE 2021 AWARDS Mary Halpin Centreville Bank senior vice president, human resources You might say Mary Halpin’s impressive career in human resources began with being in...
ALWAYS IMPROVING: Bradford Soap Works Inc. machine operator Paula Panizza holds a bar of soap while CEO and President Stuart Benton looks on. Benton says he tries to get everyone to focus on incremental improvement every day. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Bradford Soap CEO aims to clean more than hands on path...

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Strategic Leadership: Stuart Benton, CEO and President, Bradford Soap Works Inc. A bar of soap has taken on a whole new importance...
OVERSEEING SOAPS: Robin Brown, group leader at Bradford Soap Works Inc., works on the production line at the West Warwick factory. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Sustainability a key ingredient to Bradford’s soap formula

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2021 Excellence in Green Manufacturing: Bradford Soap Works Inc. Sustainability is at the very heart of Bradford Soap Works Inc.’s strategic planning. The West...

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