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Jim Wilkinson has been in the lawn fertilization business for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t always easy to make ends meet, especially when he started out as a teacher of golf course management at the college level. After working in the corporate world, he decided to create SeaScape nearly 25 years ago. It now has more than 10,000 customers in southern New England. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Investing in people yields the biggest returns

Jim Wilkinson | SeaScape Inc. founder and presidentBelieve it or not, lawn technicians aren’t usually known as the biggest power players in the room....
PJ Fox succeeded co-founder of the Nonviolence Institute Teny O. Gross when he left to lead a nonviolence project in Chicago. Prior to that, Fox was the institute’s chief operating officer. He serves on a number of local boards, including those focused on public health and combating violence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In the face of intractable problems, community is the way forward

PJ Fox | Nonviolence Institute executive directorWe are in the business of ending violence, in all its forms. Sadly it seems, the Nonviolence Institute...
Dedicated to bringing safe, affordable housing to her neighborhood, Sharon Conard-
Wells has raised more than $120 million for the West Elmwood Housing Development Corp., for which she has been executive director since 1991. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Meet people where they are, not where we think they should...

Sharon Conard-Wells | West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. executive directorHills can be obstacles or glorious delights.Diversity and difference are not bad words. Diversity can...

After taking over Earth Care Farm in 2016 from her father, Jayne Merner Senecal realized that she had gaps in her business acumen. Her experience with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program gave her focus and has helped the farm thrive. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Love your millennials by keeping them engaged

Jayne Merner Senecal | Earth Care Farm owner and managerWe have all heard the generalizations: Millennials are entitled, unreliable, irresponsible and unrealistic. This has...
Michael C. Artesani Jr. is the third generation of his family to lead the Cranston-based painting and remodeling company. He was introduced to the business while a teenager and joined it full time after graduating from the University of Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Being true to your roots delivers the results you want

Michael C. Artesani Jr. | Artesani Painting and Remodeling presidentAs we celebrate our 70th anniversary, I look back at how much we have changed...
As the fourth generation of a family-owned contracting firm, Brian Casey knows how much a strong company culture can mean to an enterprise. Since taking over in 2015, Casey has doubled revenue and grown the employee count by one-third, something he credits in large part to his team. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Success depends on you building the right team

Brian Casey | Pariseault Builders Inc. presidentA major component of a CEO’s role is to make important decisions. These can range from expanding into...
Leslie Taito
Hope Global CEO
Leslie Taito has worn many executive hats in Rhode Island: chief of staff at Hope Global; director of regulatory reform at the R.I. Office of Management and Budget; and CEO of R.I. Manufacturing Extension Services, among others. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Allowing failure can lead to innovation

Leslie Taito | Hope Global CEO Recently, a bright, young employee came to me with an idea to improve a long-standing manufacturing process. He described...
PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

If you believe in yourself, stick to it and your perseverance...

Charles A. Donadio Jr. | Rhode Island Fast Ferry Inc., Atlantic Wind Transfers presidentGrowing up in Narragansett, I have been very fortunate to be...
Starting with the creation of Astle Engineering as a college sophomore, Richard Astle took on bigger challenges as he progressed through corporate ranks, culminating in his founding NeQter Labs LLC in February 2018. 
It supplies cybersecurity services, among other things, to local small businesses in the defense industry. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Establishing a strong culture makes success more likely

Richard Astle | NeQter Labs LLC founder and CEOCompany culture, especially in a startup, can be more important than pure experience. It helps ensure...
Pam Hyland has been the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England since late 2015 and before that headed a Girl Scout organization in upstate New York and rural Pennsylvania. She lives the Girl Scout mission, promise and law every day. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Making decisions for the long run yields the best results today

Pam Hyland | Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England president and CEOI am a lifetime professional Girl Scout. I have worked in seven states,...
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