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PARTNERING FOR THE LONG RUN: The Beck Companies looks to create long-term customer relationships across its business lines. Here, Tracey Beck, co-owner, right, meets with customers Jo Polis, left, and Annalyn Bauer, back to camera, from Lebanon, Conn., while in the background employees Jon Mitchell, left, and Eric Backstrom move stone slabs at the company's North Smithfield facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The Beck Cos. organizes, strategizes its forward motion

Tracey Beck loves to build things – especially businesses."I get to see so many projects come from concept to reality," said Beck,...
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Sojourner House staff, including from left, Executive Director Vanessa Volz, Manager of Immigration Advocacy Gloria Greenfield, Director of Operations Sarah DeCataldo, intern Grace McClenticy and Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Dugan, are focused on finding solutions to domestic and sexual violence through advocacy and ministering to the needs of victims. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Supports shifting to meet changing client needs

Sojourner House was founded in the mid-1970s by Providence residents and Brown University students, recent alumnae and staff members concerned about the prevalence of...
BETTER OUTCOME, LOWER COST: Michelle Wu, Ximedica vice president of quality, and Bradley Codkind, design insurance engineer, discuss a project at the company's Providence headquarters. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Staying one step ahead

Back in the mid-1980s, fellow Rhode Island School of Design grads Stephen Lane and Aidan Petrie formed a company devoted to providing an innovative...

Old-style quality with modern plan

CEO (or equivalent): George Matouk Jr., CEO and president2015 Revenue: $26,039,7522013 Revenue: $20,371,100Revenue growth: 28%Tradition, quality and pride are all words synonymous with...

Banking on the community

CEO (or equivalent): Sandra J. Pattie, CEO and president2015 Revenue: $62,527,5422013 Revenue: $53,149,200Revenue growth: 18%For nearly 200 years now, BankNewport has been meeting...
CEO (or equivalent): Daniel Dwight,  CEO and presidentNumber of employees: 191

Safety interwoven throughout Cooley

The folks at Cooley Group know a thing or two about taking care of their employees. In fact, they've been at it for 90...
ACTIVE, HEALTHY AT WORK, HOME: Wright-Pierce employees are encouraged to exercise, including at the office. Here, doing yoga are Ymane Galotti, left, project engineer, and Holly Finlay, office manager. Keeping to work in the background is Christine Sexton, project engineer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With health, firm is stronger

CEO (or equivalent): John W. Braccio, CEO and president Number of employees: 203Employee wellness has always been big business at Providence engineering consulting firm...
CEO (or equivalent): Scott D. FarmerNumber of employees: 30,000

Putting wellness at the company core

Cintas Corp. strives to make its employee-partners feel like family, looking out for each other's health and well-being."The health and wellness of our partners...
STANDARD SETTER: Whether in the courtroom, as an advocate for the legal profession or mentor to women in business, Melissa E. Darigan expects a lot and delivers on those expectations. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She stands and delivers

Melissa E. Darigan has spent her entire life around Providence.Born and raised in Elmwood, she says it was the best possible place for her...
IT'S ALL ABOUT PEOPLE: In Jessica Bickoff's role at Textron developing the next generation of leaders, her interest in – and enjoyment of – working with people has made her a valued team member in a short time. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

One-time peer now leader

Jessica Bickoff has held jobs in several different industries, including quality improvement, estate planning and travel. And though the businesses might have varied, the...
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