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Mark S. Hayward was appointed district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island district office in March 2000. He joined the office as deputy director in 1991 and served as the acting district director from 1996 until his appointment as district director. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Foster belief in project goals

Mark S. Hayward U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island district director • Failure is not an option: I’ve seen unrealistic goals achieved and achievable goals unmet....
Jo-Ann Schofield has been on Mentor Rhode Island’s staff for 22 years, starting as the program assistant to the Warwick Mentor Program. She has led the organization since 2013. The nonprofit is the statewide resource for youth and corporate mentoring and has formed a network of over 60 programs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Adopt mentoring mindset

Jo-Ann Schofield | Mentor Rhode Island: The RI Mentoring Partnership Inc. CEO and president We are all on this journey together. As social beings, the...
Melissa D. Travis was named president of RISCPA last February, the first woman to serve in that role since the organization’s founding in 1905. Under her leadership, the organization launched the RI Business Forum and became the first state society in the country to implement a workforce-development program. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Find strength in adversity

Melissa D. Travis | Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants president • Thrive in the face of adversity: Don’t be deterred by what others...
Tom Giordano has served as executive director of the Partnership for Rhode Island, a nonprofit comprised of chief executives from the state’s largest employers and nonprofits, since the organization’s founding in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The power of partnership

Tom Giordano | Partnership for Rhode Island executive director The partnership addresses big-picture issues that affect all Rhode Islanders. The lessons we’ve learned can be...
A career working in the hospitality industry led Laurie Stroll to join Newport Hospitality in 1992. After 12 years in sales and event planning, she purchased the company in 2004. It is the first and only accredited destination-management company in Rhode Island, planning meetings, events and outside activities 
for groups and conventions. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Invest in the team to shine

Laurie Z. Stroll | Newport Hospitality Inc. (a DMC Network company) owner and president The biggest lesson I have learned over the years is that...
Dan Gertrudes founded GrowthLab five years ago with Steven Byler, now president, managing partner and chief operating officer. The Providence-based company works with startups on growth plans and this year hired several new staffers. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Create culture of risk-taking

Dan Gertrudes | GrowthLab Financial Services Inc.CEO and managing partner As business leaders, our goal is to generate growth and to continuously innovate. As business...

The virtues of servant leadership

Kelli J. Armstrong | Salve Regina University president I was drawn to Salve Regina because of its mission, which flows from the inspirational values of...
Eagle Scout Tim McCandless was named CEO and scout executive of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America in 2016. The council serves nearly 13,000 youths, including girls welcomed into Scouting earlier this year. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Communicate, ‘rephrase and repeat!’

Tim McCandless | Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America, CEO and scout executive Girls have participated in our Exploring and Venturing programs for decades but...
Dr. James E. Fanale has served as CEO and president of Care New England since Jan. 1, 2018, when he replaced the retiring Dennis D. Keefe. He’s since focused on rebuilding CNE’s finances, establishing an aggressive strategy for stabilization and growth while leading a team of more than 7,000 staff and clinicians. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commitment fuels success

Dr. James E. Fanale | Care New England CEO and president Health care is very challenging in the Northeast, even more so here in Rhode...
Rich Small has spent more than a decade with Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, originally 
as its chief financial officer. 
When a strategic reorganization 
took place in March 2016, he was asked to lead the Cumberland-
based company as CEO. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Share internally to stay on track

Rich Small | Neurotech Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO By training, I am a certified public accountant with a professional history focused in raising capital, strategizing and...
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