Brianna Hughes

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Brianna Hughes | 38 | Vice president of operations, supply chain and quality, The Town Dock


What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? Through the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s eating habits and priorities shifted to cooking more at home and being more open to trying new things. We expanded The Town Dock’s retail line to meet that shift and offer more opportunities to make Rhode Island’s famous state appetizer at home, as well as to branch out and try calamari in new center-plate applications.

What is the best advice you have ever received? My dad’s best advice to me was on the importance of setting goals, saying them out loud to hold yourself accountable to them and trusting that you can bounce back from any failure.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Right here at The Town Dock. I love the people I work with and the work we do.

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What was your first job? I grew up working in my mom’s bakery doing everything from making dough to making deliveries.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Make more time for art.

What moment changed your life more than any other? During an exceptionally difficult time in my life, my family and friends surrounded me with an outpouring of love and steadfast support that was an amazing reminder of human goodness. That experience is a blessing I will always carry with me.

What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Calamari.

What was your last streaming or cable binge watch? “Ted Lasso.”

Fox or MSNBC? MSNBC.