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ASSEMBLY LINE: Machine operator Yahalra Santiago, left, helps Hache Diaz pack soap at Bradford Soap Works Inc. in West Warwick. Bradford CEO and President Stuart Benton says the company has had difficulty filling available positions due to a lack of skilled labor in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stronger, eager to grow

The flexibility required of Rhode Island manufacturers to stay open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of them stronger, says Kathie Mahoney, center...
Zane Allen
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A Zane Allen

Zane Allen | Handles Unlimited CNC machinist/machine operator Zane Allen is a computer numerical control machinist/machine operator at custom handles, pulls and knobs manufacturer Handles...
Cindy McDermott / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Q&A: Cindy McDermott

Cindy McDermott | Ximedica LLC vice president, organizational and human development Providence-based medical-device developer Ximedica LLC, which in June was acquired by Veranex, offers intensive...
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...

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