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A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Highlander Institute is dedicated to spreading innovation to transform education. Here, left, Eric Butash, director of operations for the nonprofit, discusses smartphone potential with staff at Central Elementary School in Lincoln. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Highlander bets on tech-learning blend

Five years ago, Pleasant View Elementary School in Providence ranked as one of the lowest-performing schools in the state. Only 17 percent of the...

Atrion ramps up selective growth

CEO (or equivalent): Tim Hebert, CEO and president2015 Revenue: $119,990,3822013 Revenue: $84,169,382Revenue growth: 43%Thinking big means thinking small at Atrion Inc.Rather than engaging...
ALL IN THE DETAILS: New England Institute of Technology students, from left, Ray Angell, Shaun Mactavious, Courtney Beauchamp and Mikayla Guarino, learn how to process a crime scene as part of the school's criminal justice degree program. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A simpler way to advance

EDUCATIONMany full-time employees find it tricky to pursue their education while also balancing the demands of work, family and other obligations. The New...
PINPOINT MEASUREMENT: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps other companies manufacture to more exacting standards, thanks to efforts by engineers like Paul Racine, left, and Scott Carlson. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Pumping up productivity

MANUFACTURINGMajor jet engine manufacturers are facing two giant tasks: significantly increasing production to meet the growing demand for commercial airplanes, while also producing...
CEO (or equivalent): Scott Wragg, managing directorNumber of employees: 4,300

Prevention yielding health improvements

Staying healthy pays off at CBIZ Tofias.The national accounting and consulting services provider – which has offices in Boston and Providence – discounts...
CEO (or equivalent): Mike Brandmeier, CEO and presidentNumber of employees: 2,200

Access, unity create fit communities

Health is a family affair at Toray Plastics (America) Inc.The North Kingstown-based plastics manufacturer provides employees and their families with free access to its...
CREATING A NEW TOOL KIT: Dr. Angela M. Caliendo, University Medicine Foundation vice president, with foundation President Dr. Louis B. Rice, spearheaded the group's creation of a leadership academy for its physicians. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Wide and deep influence

Medicine is still a male-dominated field. The United States has nearly twice as many male doctors as females, according to the Henry J. Kaiser...
CEO (OR EQUIVALENT):Steven Carlino, president2014 REVENUE: $27.2 million2012 REVENUE: $21 millionREVENUE GROWTH: 30%

After housing storm, company thriving

Douglas Lumber Corp. is building its business by building homes.The Smithfield-based lumber, kitchen and home store has seen its revenue increase by more than...
SEIZING OPPORTUNITIES:  Since taking the helm at Gloria Duchin, Robyn Smalletz has expanded the company's product line to include jewelry and family keepsakes, among other products, gaining market share and adding employees. The company continues to make its products in Rhode Island. Reviewing ornaments with Smalletz, right, are Kate Huot, left, creative manager, and Carole Massey, vice president of product. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Delivering growth through innovation

For Robyn Smalletz, success is a family business.Smalletz is the president and CEO of Gloria Duchin Inc., a metal gift and jewelry-designing company started...
MAKING IT COUNT: Atrion Chief Financial Officer Marianne Caserta doesn't work in isolation; instead, she works to improve financial awareness throughout the company. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Caserta makes firm’s finances everyone’s business

Paul Cronin, a senior vice president at IT services firm Atrion Networking Corp., sums up Marianne Caserta, the company's chief financial officer, in two...
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