In Their Own Words

We plan to invest in the company and service … to accelerate our rate of growth. /

Food executive named COO of R.I.’s Autocrat

F. Patrick Holmes Jr. has been named chief operating officer at Autocrat. Holmes will oversee manufacturing operations, sales and marketing, finance, and human resources....
While the group is small, the in-house talent is outstanding and knows how to get things done. /

Former journalist named Clarendon director of PR

Kim Keough has been named director of public relations at Clarendon Group. She will be responsible for everything from marketing collateral to “earned media”...
EDWARD COONEY, chairman of the GPCC board, says good economic development follows smart policies for revenue and spending. /

The state needs more taxpayers, not more taxes

(Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of newsmaker interviews with business-community leaders focusing on the state budget and the economy.) Edward J....
Most law firms operate the same way they did 50 years ago. /

Laffey named principal at business law firm

Philip J. Laffey is a principal of Marshall & Laffey Ltd., a new firm he recently formed with fellow attorney Marlene B. Marshall. ...
‘We are the first interaction with the customer before they even experience their vacation.’ /

Former Collette mailroom clerk now sales VP

Frank Marini has been named vice president of sales at Collette Vacations. He will oversee more than 100 members of the company’s internal sales...
‘The firm has successfully managed investments
for many local families for the last four to five generations.’ /

New partner named at Brown, Lisle/Cummings

Scott Lisle has been named partner at Brown, Lisle / Cummings Inc. Lisle, a fourth-generation family member, has more than 15 years experience in...
JACK R. WARNER, state commissioner of higher education, says that Rhode Island is working to grow
college enrollment. /

Merging colleges robs them of their unique identities

This is the fifth in a series of Newsmaker interviews with business-community leaders focusing on the state budget and the economy.As Rhode Island commissioner...
We are working … to cut the
physical number
of servers in half. /

DeVivo named BankNewport IT vice president

Roger A. DeVivo has been named vice president of information technology at BankNewport. He will be responsible for all aspects of the bank’s...
‘My job is to help them grow that wealth in a manner consistent with their objectives.’ /

Financial adviser named Wachovia vice president

Eileen Leonard has been named senior vice president, investment officer at Wachovia Securities. She is a financial adviser in the firm’s Providence office. Leonard...
DONNA CUPELO, regional president for Rhode Island and Massachusetts at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), says despite the lagging economy, her company expects to grow in southeastern New England. /

R.I. well-positioned to ride out the economic storm

(Third in a series of Newsmaker interviews with business-community leaders focusing on the state’s budget deficit and the economy.) As Verizon’s regional president, Donna Cupelo...
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