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CLEAR NUMBERS: Shannon Shallcross is the CEO of BetaXAnalytics in East Greenwich. The company cleans and aggregates health care data to make the associated costs more transparent for employers, enabling them to make better-informed spending decisions.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leading in an industry whose time has come

When Shannon Shallcross began working for Amica Mutual Insurance Co. in Lincoln in 2002, she had no intentions of leaving the company, or the...
BUILDING HER WAY: Kathleen Bartels, left, principal at LLB Architects in Pawtucket, speaks with Haley Hardwick-Witman, architect. Bartels studied Russian and spent time in public relations before discovering her love of architecture, which eventually brought her to LLB Architects in 1996.
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Bartels travels unique path to becoming an architect

Kathy Bartels, a principal at LLB Architects, took a path to her chosen profession that included foreign-language study and public-relations work – not typically...
MANY HATS: Margaret Brooks, president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition, also heads the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education, advocating for more financial education for K-12 students, and is the director of the Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., and also heads the school’s Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Boosting financial literacy Brooks’ passion

Margaret Brooks is passionate about empowering the state’s vulnerable populations via financial literacy, a subject she knows intimately. The fourth of nine children growing up...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Being a professional chef in Rhode Island, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, is unlike anywhere else. It’s mutually...
IMPROVED INDUSTRY: Patrice Milos, left, president and CEO of Medley Genomics in Providence, speaks with Niru Chennagiri, director of informatics. Milos said she’s seen improvement in the number of industry women in science with Ph.D.s. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Milos advances genomics innovation, this time on home turf

Patrice Milos, president and CEO of Providence startup Medley Genomics, is no stranger to Rhode Island. Although she’s lived here since 1989, until a...
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: Katie Schibler Conn left a marketing position with PlayStation because she wanted to take time off and travel abroad. She says the experience helped her to successfully launch her own marketing firm, KSA Marketing + Partnerships, which has seen 500 percent / growth since 2011.
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Travel abroad taught Conn to be targeted, intentional when starting a...

KSA Marketing + Partnerships is, in many ways, all about contrasts. The marketing communications firm works out of a 1710 grist mill in Warwick, for...
DESIGNING DUO: Janelle Blakely Photopoulos, right, owner and principal interior designer at Blakely Interior Design, with Bernadette Heydt, designer, in their studio in North ­Kingstown.
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Interior designer strikes unique balance of life, work, school

What's the secret to building an award-winning interior design company while caring for three children (one with special needs) and going to school at...
MAKING HER MARK: Kristin Urbach, executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, at the NORAD facility on Davisville Road in North Kingstown. NORAD is one of dozens of North Kingstown Chamber member manufacturers.
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Urbach connecting NK businesses to opportunity

Kristin Urbach has been executive director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce for three years. She’s quickly made her mark as a strong...
SPIRITED CULTURE: Jennifer Brinton, co-owner of Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island in Westerly, strives to maintain a family atmosphere and culture at the brewery. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Family approach includes staff for Grey Sail’s Brinton

“You can’t teach work ethic, but you can model it,” said Jennifer Brinton, co-owner of Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island. “I don’t ask...
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Hurdles are only as high as you make them

Let me begin by congratulating all of today’s honorees on your outstanding achievements. I would also like to congratulate past honorees on your success....
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