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TAKE CARE: Nurse practitioner Joan Walton, standing, and community health worker Anelle Diaz, right, work with Maria  Virella in  Virella's  Woonsocket home. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

NHP sees home-care program curbing costs

Remember house calls? Nurse practitioners and community health workers through Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island's Health@Home program are making house calls to some...
FAMILY AFFAIR: Navigant Credit Union CEO Gary Furtado has an "unbelievable commitment to family, to community and to work," according to Marketing Vice President Tim Draper. Furtado is pictured above with Pamela Malafronte, left,  and Deborah Drechnowicz. / COURTESY NAVIGANT

Focus on ‘family’ at Navigant

How many employees have bosses who value family above work? All 260 of Navigant Credit Union's employees do. President and CEO Gary Furtado "has...
MAKING A HOME: Karen A. Santilli, center, is the new CEO at Crossroads Rhode Island. Above, she speaks with co-workers Liz DeJesus, left, direct mail and database manager, and Pat Campellone, special-events and public relations manager. / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Santilli drawn to the mission

"There's a big misconception that people are homeless because they did something wrong or … if they would just get a job, they wouldn't...

A global perspective helps define better local results

Deborah M. Thomas, Hasbro Inc.'s executive vice president and chief financial officer, frequently uses "we," rather than "I." She called teamwork essential to address...
SHOWING HEART: Dr, Alice Kim, left, and Dr. Heather Hurlburt, co-directors of Women's Heart Health at Women & Infants Hospital, lead a program focused on the unique needs of female patients. / COURTESY JOE GIBLIN

Hospital focuses on women’s heart health

With heart disease the No. 1 killer of American women, including here in Rhode Island, a new cardiac-care center for women opened in February....
SMART INVESTMENT: Since President and CEO Thomas Melucci, center, and Richard Bready, right, bought Hope Valley Industries out of bankruptcy in 2002, the company has made a mark on the global automobile market, becoming recognized by both Ford and GM for the quality of its floor mats, produced under the guidance of Executive Vice President Craig Melucci. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Car-accessory maker revs up for even more growth

At least one company in Rhode Island has enough confidence in its business to make significant capital investments in the last 18 months. Hope...
A FRESH SLATE: Ava Anderson, a junior at Babson College, founded Ava Anderson Non Toxic as a teenager to combat what she saw as an overuse of harmful chemicals in beauty and other household products. The company is expected to reach $25 million in sales this year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Ava Anderson Non Toxic faces no growing pains

At age 15, Ava Anderson was too young to execute contracts on behalf of Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the direct sales company she started....
TEAMING TOGETHER: Martha Parker, owner and founder of Team One Newport, is planning a live feed from the racing village to the store in Newport. / PBN PHOTO/?MICHAEL SALERNO

Race respite business opportunity for some

Hotels, restaurants and stores are gearing up to welcome the thousands of visitors who will flood Newport from May 5-17, for the Volvo Ocean...
WORKING THE CORE: Amica Mutual Insurance Chairman, President and CEO Robert A. DiMuccio brings every aspect of the insurer's operations - technology, approach, people - back to making customer service its highest priority. / PBN PHOTOS/ MICHAEL SALERNO

A focus on customer service brings many rewards

“Amica’s folks always go back to our core values,” said Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and CEO of Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Those core...
CEO (or equivalent):  Rick Norberg, president 2013 REVENUE: $5.075 million 2011 REVENUE: $2.33 million REVENUE GROWTH: 118%

Managers, employees lead Atrion through growth

“Everyone fixes PCs, servers and networks, but we work to get our clients to the next level,” said Rick Norberg, president of Warwick-based Atrion...
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