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FULL SPEED AHEAD: Catherine Anders, head supervisory human resources specialist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, has been busy in recent years. The division has hired about 350 people in each of the last three years, and the pace isn’t slowing.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Anders ensures hiring at NUWC Division Newport stays on correct course

Business Women Awards 2019 | WOMEN TO WATCH, TECHNICAL SERVICES Catherine Anders, NUWC Division NewportWHEN CATHERINE ANDERS’ plans for a career as a dancer ended...
LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...
PANELISTS SPEAK at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit. Above, from left to right, Dr. John Murphy, Jim Purcell, Shannon Shallcross and Neil D. Steinberg. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN Health Care summit addresses industry trends, problems

PROVIDENCE – Employers are wasting almost all of the money they invest in workplace- wellness programs because they simply don’t understand the lives, problems...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
 / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...
POSITIVE PICTURE: PBN Economic Trends Summit keynote speaker Osborne Jackson, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, tells attendees employment, labor-market participation, housing prices and consumer confidence are in generally healthy condition in Rhode Island. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Summit attendees encouraged by healthy condition of R.I., N.E. economies

Osborne Jackson, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, offered a generally positive image of Rhode Island’s and New England’s current economic...
CONFIDENCE WANING? Matt Fair, center, of Hayes & ­Sherry Real Estate Services, listens with colleagues during PBN’s first Economic Trends Summit in Providence on Feb. 15. Panelists said perennial concerns such as rising health care costs and uncertainty about changing federal policies are dampening optimism about an otherwise strong economy.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Optimism tempered by uncertainty

Rhode Island’s economy is doing well, but a handful of perennial bugaboos, along with actions at the federal level, have dampened the business community’s...

PBN Economic Trends Summit: R.I. improving but future optimism guarded

PROVIDENCE – Graphs with various economic indicators showing a giant dive in 2008-2009 followed by a steady upward line to today flew on big...
A BRIGHT START: Michael Stuba is training for a job as a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat at a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. manufacturers learn to manage a ‘good’ problem – training more...

In the last few years, manufacturing in Rhode Island is on a growth spurt of sales, productivity and plant modernization, and that’s led to...
Brandon Castaneda
Age: 36
Company: National 
Marker Co.
Job title: Production 
planning manager
Education: High school, 
some college / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Room to grow

Brandon Castaneda | Age: 36 | Company: National Marker Co. | Job title: Production planning manager | Education: High school, some collegeBrandon Castaneda, production...
Lee Harrison
AGE: 26
COMPANY: VIBCO Vibrators
JOB TITLE: Lead assembler
EDUCATION: High school, some college / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Rejecting digital tools, he works with his hands and finds satisfaction

Lee Harrison | Age: 26 | Company: VIBCO Vibrators | Job title: Lead assembler | Education: High school, some collegeAt age 26, Lee Harrison thinks...
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