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TIGHT-KNIT STAFF: Members of Embrace Home Loans Inc. in Middletown gather for a team-building event at Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Fall River in October 2021. / COURTESY EMBRACE HOME LOANS INC.

Family-like approach, charity at the core of Embrace Home Loans culture

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Large Company 1. Embrace Home Loans Inc. Employees in R.I. 450 CEO: Dennis Hardiman Full-service, nationwide mortgage lender Embrace Home Loans Inc.,...
CONNECTED: Pictured are members of the Edward D. Jones & Co. LP branch team of Ronda Warrener in North Kingstown, from left: Branch Office Administrator Cindy Roy, Warrener and Branch Office Administrator Jessica Jimenez. / COURTESY EDWARD D. JONES & CO. LP

Building connections with clients and staff

PBN BEST PLACES TO WORK 2022 Midsize Company 1. Edward D. Jones & Co. LP Employees in R.I. 61 Managing Partner: Penny Pennington Contrary to the saying, sometimes big...
GIVING BACK: Whether training colleagues on new software programs or preparing high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, Tami Hughes, senior associate at DBVW Architects Inc. in Providence, relishes being a mentor.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Investing in young minds will set up architecture industry for future...

Business Women Awards 2022 Outstanding Mentor Tami Hughes, DBVW Architects Inc. Tami Hughes has always loved design. During high school, she began studying structures and creating three-dimensional...
IMPACTFUL LEADER: Since Cheryl Merchant joined Taco Comfort Solutions in 2019 as CEO, the heating, cooling, plumbing and irrigation systems manufacturer in Cranston has seen a 20% jump in revenue. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Merchant plays integral role in moving manufacturing forward in R.I.

Business Women Awards 2022 Career Achiever Cheryl Merchant, Taco Comfort Solutions While growing up on her family’s Michigan farm, Cheryl Merchant learned firsthand the value of...
IMPACTFUL LEADER: Whether working as a nurse in an intensive care unit or taking on additional responsibilities in executive roles, Cathy Duquette, executive vice president of quality and safety and chief nursing executive at Lifespan Corp. in Providence, enjoys making a difference in her community. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Duquette is driven by her passion to make a ‘meaningful difference’

2022 C-Suite Awards: Career Achiever | Cathy Duquette, Lifespan Corp. executive vice president of quality and safety and chief nursing executive Growing up in Rhode...
GOING STRONG: As chief financial officer at The Fogarty Center, Michelle Brodeur has displayed leadership skills, commitment and vision “that is truly the strength of the Fogarty Center,” says CEO David Reiss.   PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

No matter the challenge, Brodeur adapts, attacks head on

2022 C-Suite Awards: Enterprise company | Michelle Brodeur, The Fogarty Center, chief financial officer Michelle Brodeur, chief financial officer at The Fogarty Center in North...
TALENTED GROUP: Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC managing principal Gary Pannone says incorporating diversity and inclusion in the law firm’s philosophy has resulted in hiring the most talented individuals from day one. Pictured at the firm’s Johnston office are, from left, William Trezvant, senior counsel; Regina Costa, senior counsel; and Cristina Irizarry.  PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Fundamental philosophy allows law firm to develop diverse staff organically

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Legal: Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC At Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, diversity and inclusion aren’t just...
PROUD DISPLAY: Amgen Inc. employees hold the progress pride flag, a variant of the pride flag, or the rainbow flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, which flies overhead on the center flag pole at the company’s West Greenwich campus.  COURTESY AMGEN INC.

Inclusive culture yields best teams, solutions

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Manufacturing: Amgen Inc. After several years at Amgen Inc.’s Woburn, Mass., facility, Dania Gonzalez-Guzman joined the leadership team of...
RESCUES: Volunteer Bryan Houle and staff member Lexi Bouchard walk dogs while Executive Director Elizabeth Skrobisch holds new arrival Minnie at Animal Rescue Rhode Island in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

401Gives Day provides needed boost for nonprofits

Unable to hold in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 401Gives Day, a fundraising initiative created by the United Way of Rhode Island, took...
Andrew Schiff / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

5 questions with Andrew Schiff

5Q: Andrew Schiff | CEO, Rhode Island Community Food Bank 1. Has the need for food and support increased or decreased this year? During...

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