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One Last Thing

Custom Design Inc. has been making merchandising displays and store fixtures for retailers since 1976. Adam Dias took over from his father, Raul Jr., recently and looks to the future through the lens of past success. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Taking reins of family business requires a plan for success

Adam Dias | Custom Design Inc. presidentTransitioning from one role to another is never easy, particularly when the shoes you’re filling are those of...

Inspired by the experience of her godson, whose premature birth required considerable hospitalization, Stephanie Frazier Grimm wanted children in similar situations to enjoy real birthday parties. The Confetti Foundation has celebrated more than 4,000 children in 170 hospitals since its founding. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Executing on a good idea requires having a strong team

Stephanie Frazier Grimm | The Confetti Foundation founder and presidentHaving started two successful businesses (Mama & Bambino and Couture Parties), I knew it was...
Performance Physical Therapy has been a recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Practice of the Year Award. Under CEO Michelle Collie’s leadership, the company has almost tripled employment in the last half-dozen years to nearly 200 employees. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Authenticity brings personal, business rewards

Michelle Collie | Performance Physical Therapy CEOFifteen years ago, when I was eight months pregnant, I became a business owner.Until then I had been...
Margaret M. Teller learned early on that a child care benefit affects the workplace when her father, Dave McDonald, founded The Children’s Workshop in 1990. The company now has 19 schools and has grown revenue 30 percent since she took over in 2014. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Offering child care pays off in talent development and retention

Margaret M. Teller | The Children’s Workshop Inc. president and CEOHow well is your company competing for top talent in an economy that recently...
As the head of Lincoln School, Suzanne Fogarty is a big believer in interdisciplinary learning, global education and community partnerships. About to start her fifth year in this role, she is a fierce advocate for girls and girls’ education. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Building confidence helps build the leaders of tomorrow

Suzanne Fogarty | Head of Lincoln SchoolFour years ago, just as I was starting at Lincoln School, I read a book called “The Confidence...
After a 16-year career as a television reporter, including at WJAR-TV NBC 10, Dyana Koelsch branched out into public relations, forming her own company eight years ago. It now counts local companies with regional and national footprints. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

The speed of information flow demands immediate transparency for business

Dyana Koelsch | DK Communications ownerMuch has changed from those days when print and broadcast journalists were the gatekeepers, the storytellers and almost exclusively...
Since reforming the family-run Parker Construction in 1999, President Glenn A. Parker has emphasized standing out in the residential field, including going so far as to build temporary enclosures around job sites in order to work year-round. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Say yes and build your capabilities and renew your enthusiasm

Glenn A. Parker | Parker Construction Co. presidentOver the last two decades I have had the opportunity to be involved in some monumental and...
After nearly a decade working at different companies, Kelly Mendell decided in 2003 to join MIKEL, a company her father founded that did work with the U.S. Navy, taking it over in 2008. Since then she has more than tripled its workforce. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Finding purpose focuses the work and the business

Kelly Mendell | MIKEL Inc. presidentWhy are you in business? What do you believe in?The United States has the most technologically capable submarines in...
Dr. John A. Pezzullo is the latest leader in Rhode Island Medical Imaging’s 75 years of existence. But even as technology has changed, those things that remain the same are what keep the enterprise thriving. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Keeping the business patient-focused yields clear success

Dr. John A. Pezzullo | Rhode Island Medical Imaging presidentMy father always told me, “Doctors make lousy businessmen.” It is not hard to...

For more than a century, Goodwin-Bradley has taken the road less traveled, says President Robert Goodwin, the third generation of 
the family-owned business to be in charge of the Providence manufacturer. And it has 
yielded positive results. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

People – the greatest challenge and reward

Robert Goodwin | Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. presidentAs the current steward of this 106-year-old family business, I am often asked what has been the most...
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