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Deborah L. Ruggiero is president of DR Communications LLC, a Jamestown advertising and marketing company she started in 2012. She’s also served as a Democratic state representative for Jamestown and Middletown 
since 2008 and is the creator and host of the award-winning radio show, “Amazing Women,” which highlights Rhode Island women who make a difference. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stay present, stay in touch

Deborah L. Ruggiero | DR Communications LLC president This invisible enemy, the new corona­virus, has tested our resources. The suffering has been real on every...
Michael J. LaBella has more than 35 years of banking-industry experience. He joined TD Bank in 2005 and has since taken on positions of increasing responsibility. He is currently TD’s commercial market president for Connecticut, Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leading in times of crisis

Michael J. LaBella | TD Bank commercial market president In this unprecedented time, COVID-19 has disrupted daily life and business operations. Even with the current...
Joseph R. Paolino Jr. became mayor of Providence at just 29 years old in 1984 – at that time he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the country. He went on to become director of the then-R.I Department of Economic Development under Gov. Bruce Sundlun and was eventually appointed as the United States ambassador to Malta by President Bill Clinton. Today, he is the managing partner of his four-generation family real estate and development business, Paolino Properties. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Listen, then get to work

Joseph R. Paolino Jr. | Paolino Properties managing partner Whether you’re leading a city, a nonprofit board or a business, I believe the most important...
Thomas O. Sweeney founded Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal in 2010. He grew up around his father’s real estate firm and discovered his calling early in life. He has worked in the Rhode Island real estate industry for the last 37 years as an appraiser, broker and consultant. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Connect with staff, community

Thomas O. Sweeney | Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal owner and principal broker Early in my career I learned that the building and management of...
Elizabeth Catucci last September was named CEO and president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. She succeeded longtime Chamber leader John C. Gregory. The former director of marketing and business development for PKF O’Connor Davies LLP, Catucci also served on the Chamber’s board of directors for four years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Know your ‘why’

Elizabeth Catucci | Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce CEO and president I have had the opportunity to work with many different types of leaders...
After co-owning her medical billing and practice management consulting firm Comprehensive Practice Management Services Inc. for over 15 years, Sylvestre assumed sole ownership in 2018. Under her leadership, the company rebranded as Grey Ledge Medical Management and is now positioned for regional growth. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Find the time to learn

Julie Sylvestre | Grey Ledge Medical Management owner and president Time— no one has enough of it. In business, available time decreases each day. As...
Don Nokes is a 40-year veteran of the information technology industry. He founded NetCenergy in 2003 with Dan Charland. In 2016, with their team of 35 employees, they reengineered their business model, catering to professional services and medical providers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Letting go

Don Nokes | NetCenergy LLC co-founder and president As business leaders or managers, many of us have experienced positive business growth and refinement of our...
Thorne Sparkman joined Slater in 2000 as executive director of what was then known as the Slater Center for Interactive Technologies. He focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, including working with university-based teams commercializing research. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Support the founders

Thorne Sparkman | Slater Technology Fund managing director As a seed-stage investor, I spend countless hours discovering and courting entrepreneurs, because the founders of today’s...
Peter Bancroft was named CEO and president of WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care in 2003, after serving as chief financial officer for 11 years. The nonprofit provides primary medical care, dental, behavioral health services, substance-use disorder treatment and offers access to discounted medications. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Face uncertainty to spark growth

Peter Bancroft | WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care CEO and president As a senior leader for WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care for the...
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea became the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England when she was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015. Reelected for a second term in 2018, she’s worked to modernize the state’s elections infrastructure and make it easier for businesses to navigate state government. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lead by listening, connecting

Nellie M. Gorbea | Rhode Island secretary of state Successful management can look different across sectors, but there are common ideas to inspire good work....

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